One of the heavy points of emphasis in spring training will be reducing the amount of “careless giveaways” on the bases, according to manager Dave Trembley.
Players should beware if they don’t get the message.
Trembley already suggested late in the season that he’ll be more inclined to drop the hammer in 2010. Mistakes won’t be as easily forgiven. And he said earlier today that some guys could be “on the outside looking in” if they’re not a little more appreciative of what they have.
“I think sometimes human nature is such in this game that you don’t appreciate it until you don’t have it,” he said.
“I give people the benefit of the doubt, maybe somewhat to a fault. Sometimes, I think people care as much as I do and want to be treated in a way that I want to be treated, and that’s not necessarily the case. Sometimes, you’ve got to find the buttons that everybody needs to be pushed.
“Basically, my job is to get the most out of everybody, and maybe I can do a little bit better job of doing that. Maybe I can get a little bit more out of everybody by being a little bit different. And you have to stop worrying about hurting people’s feelings.
“Really, the bottom line is the game. People ought to care about the game, care about the fans of Baltimore, care about the opportunity that they have maybe a little bit more. I don’t think I can be what I was when I managed in Bowie. You can’t do that. But I think you can be better and not give the impression that it’s OK all the time. It’s not OK. It’s not OK to just not do things right. That’s not OK.”
If a player isn’t hustling next season, Trembley will be more likely to take immediate action instead of handling the situation behind closed doors.
“I think that needs to be communicated by me much clearer than I have in the past,” he said. “We probably should be a little bit more consistent in following through on that, no matter who it is.”