There’s the curse of the Bambino, but is there the curse of the Tremblino? Every time Dave Trembley gets a promotion or an extension, the most miserable of Orioles games ensues.
We all remember the the 30-3 loss to the Texas Rangers on August 22, 2007, the same day Dave Trembley was officially named manager of the Orioles.
Then, there was last night.
All was good. Tropical storm Hannah hadn’t hit just yet, and the Orioles entered the eighth inning down 3-2.
Then, Hannah rolled in, and the Orioles pitchers’ ability to retire batters rolled out.
As the rain poured down, the Athletics scored eight runs in the eighth inning---on one hit.
Needless to say, the O’s celebrated their manager’s big day once again with another debacle of a game, just as they had a year ago.
It was everything Andy MacPhail tried to avoid in choosing the time to announce Trembley’s extension.
It was interesting to hear the head honcho’s reasoning for waiting until the first week of September to announce the club was picking up Dave Trembley’s option for 2009. It was especially intriguing because it sounded as if both parties knew the extension was a forgone conclusion weeks ago.
MacPhail was very honest when he said he foresaw the downturn the Orioles would take in September a while ago, and to his displeasure, his assumption came true. The Orioles are riding a seven-game losing streak.
MacPhail knew the slide was coming based on the fact that the Orioles lost the whole back end of their bullpen to injuries and trade. Also, he said he took a look at the upcoming schedule back in early August, and it was packed with AL East opponents.
It doesn’t take a baseball executive to realize wins don’t come easy in this division.
The circumstances allowed MacPhail to make the decision to wait to announce Trembley’s extension. Last year, the Orioles’ season fell apart, almost on cue, the day the interim tag was removed, and Trembley was named manager of the Orioles.
MacPhail didn’t want that to happen again. He didn’t want people to associate Trembley’s knowledge of his own job security with a loss of drive or a change in the team’s intensity that leads to losing.
MacPhail almost waited for the wheels to fall off the bus, then gave Trembley the extension as a show of support.
MacPhail made it clear; regardless of the team’s performance recently, he was very impressed with how the team played hard under Trembley in the first two-thirds of the season.
Unfortunately, the lack of depth that has killed the Orioles over the past two weeks makes it pretty obvious it’s going to take more than playing hard to salvage the end of this season. They simply don’t have the pitching. That too MacPhail acknowledged.