How difficult has it been for manager Dave Trembley to make these roster cuts?
Let him explain.
“That’s why I didn’t want to meet with you (reporters) at 11 today. I couldn’t,” he said. “I walked around those back fields all morning, kind of like, ‘How am I going to talk to some of these guys?’ It was tough for me to tell Brandon Snyder he was going out of camp. I had the kid in instructional league. And (Alberto) Castillo. Do you know his story? A refugee from Cuba played independent baseball. Was a first baseman and pitcher in the Giants organization. Look where that kid has come from. It’s tough to tell those guys. You’re dealing with people’s lives. (Chad) Moeller is 35 years old. He’s been the epitome of a professional guy.
“I had to tell (Adam) Donachie he’s going out. Donachie was a pro’s pro. That kid’s just as important to me as any of these big league guys that have 10 years in the big leagues. I have to give him the same amount of time I gave everybody else. It’s only fair, it’s only professional, it’s only the right thing to do. So to answer your question, it’s the toughest part of this job, looking at these guys, because you love them. You absolutely love them. And to tell them that, hey, they’re not breaking with us in the big leagues and I’m responsible for putting out the light of the dream they have, it’s tough.”
Days like this one make Trembley feel good when he can call Craig Tatum into his office and say, “Hey son, you made the club. Congratulations. Go out there and call your wife. We’re glad to have you.”
“That’s great,” Trembley said, “but on the other side, I’ve got to tell another guy that you’re out.”
Trembley also defended his decision to start Felix Pie in left field on Opening Day.
“This is not a slight on (Nolan) Reimold, but this is the right thing for Reimold. He’s not 100 percent. You think I’m going to go ask him to bust his butt on turf?” Trembley said.
“That kid is as tough as nails. We all saw him play for three months last year, half a player. Never complained, never did nothing.”