What They're Saying About Dave Trembley getting fired

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Dave Trembley 2.jpgIt just became official a little over an hour ago, but its been rumbling for a couple of days now.  Here are some of the early reactions to the Orioles 86ing Dave Trembley:

  • Camden Chat: Dave Trembley wasn’t the greatest manager.  He wasn’t the worst.  He managed some good games and he dogged some bad ones. But the motherf—– had his moments, yes he f—— did . . . We’ve been as bad as many of the worst teams in baseball, but under Trembley we weren’t a sad joke like the Royals under Hillman.
  • Maury Brown: Orioles will have now had five managers in ten years
    when Samuel is announced as the interim manager today. Yes, the problem is clearly the
    manager with the O’s
    .

  • Jorge Arangure: So let’s
    see: Mazzilli first time manager, Perlozzo first time manager, Trembley first time
    manager. Hmm maybe it’s time to bring in a guy with experience?

  • Jesse Spector (responding to Arangure): Rather than a manager with experience, how about a
    roster with a chance?

  • Tyler Kepner: Random thought from an ’83 Phils nerd: Juan
    Samuel, new O’s skipper, is now the only guy who manages a team
    that beat him in the World Series.

  • Orioles Post: It’s too bad that it has come to this, but with the team’s performance,
    piss-poor record and fan discontentment, something has to be done. The
    Orioles were supposed to improve in the hardest division of all baseball
    – perhaps in sports – but instead seemingly have gone backward.
  • FanHouse: Not that it’s entirely his fault by any stretch, but Trembley doesn’t
    have much room to argue. The O’s have the worst record in baseball at
    15-39 and were outscored 34-8 on their just-completed 0-6 road trip.

  • Roar from 34: During the past two decades only Mike Hargrove has lasted
    more than
    three seasons in Baltimore. In that same time frame the Orioles have had
    eight managers. Among those eight, only Davey Johnson and Johnny Oates
    have left town with winning records.

Not sure I can disagree with any of that. All in all, this is basically a textbook managerial firing: a need to do something before all of the fans jump ship, more people to blame than the manager getting axed, but not a hell of things you can do besides axe the manager.

Good luck in your future endeavors, Dave Trembley.  Here’s hoping you can return to the life of admirable organizational soldiering that got you your job as the O’s manager in the first place.  There’s no dishonor in that. Actually, there’s probably a lot more honor in that than a lot of things you can do in baseball.

Shapiro, Murray defend Dellin Betances after arbitration feud

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 12:  Dellin Betances #68 of the New York Yankees and the American League pitches against the National League during the 87th Annual MLB All-Star Game at PETCO Park on July 12, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The dust hasn’t quite settled after right-hander Dellin Betances‘ arbitration hearing with the Yankees on Saturday. The case was decided in the team’s favor, awarding Betances with a $3 million salary for the 2017 season instead of the $5 million he initially requested. Yankees’ president Randy Levine held a press conference to voice his outrage over the figure presented by Betances and his agency, saying it had “no bearings in reality” since Betances does not have the elite closer status required for a salary bump of that magnitude.

Needless to say, the comments caused some consternation within Betances’ camp. The reliever publicly addressed the outburst, telling the press that he was prepared to put his differences with the team aside until he heard what Levine had to say. Via MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch:

Players union executive Rick Shapiro and Betances’ agent, Jim Murray, also spoke out in the right-hander’s favor. Shapiro presented Betances’ case during the hearing on Saturday and called Levine’s comments “an absolute disgrace to the arbitration process and to all of Major League Baseball.” In a report from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Shapiro added: “The only thing that has been unprecedented in the last 36 hours is that a club official, after winning a case, called a news conference to effectively gloat about his victory – that’s unprecedented.”

Murray spoke exclusively to Rosenthal, accusing the president of effectively bullying the 28-year-old during the arbitration process and claiming that Levine had both mispronounced Betances’ name throughout the hearing and blamed the reliever for “declining ticket sales and their lack of playoff history.” Like Betances, Murray said that the agency was ready to accept the arbiter’s decision and move on before Levine’s decision to air his grievances to the media. “The only person overreaching in this entire situation is Randy,” Murray told Rosenthal. “He might as well be an astronaut because nobody on earth would agree with what he is saying. Even the others in the room would disagree with him.”

Royals will experiment with Alex Gordon in all three outfield spots this year

CLEVELAND, OH -  MAY 7: Alex Gordon #4 of the Kansas City Royals reacts to a fan while on first base during the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on May 7, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Royals’ manager Ned Yost is shaking things up in 2017, starting with left fielder Alex Gordon. Yost told MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan that “every scenario is open,” and expects to utilize Gordon in right and center field this spring while he figures out where to position Jorge Soler and Brandon Moss.

Gordon, 33, hasn’t manned right field since a three-game experiment with the Royals back in 2010 and has yet to play center field during any regular season to date. The focus, however, isn’t on Gordon’s capabilities. Among the three outfielders, he carries the best defensive profile and appears to be the most versatile of the bunch.

According to Flanagan, Soler and Moss are average on defense and will continue working closely with Royals’ coach Rusty Kuntz as the season approaches. One arrangement could see Gordon in center field, flanked by Soler in right field and Moss in left, though Yost foresees Soler taking some reps at DH if his defensive chops aren’t up to snuff.

While Moss is prepared to see starts at either outfield corner, Yost appears to be set on keeping Soler in right field, at least for the time being. The club is hoping for a bounce-back season from the 24-year-old outfielder, who was acquired from the Cubs in December after batting a lackluster .238/.333/.436 and sustaining a slew of minor injuries throughout the 2016 season.