He's Safe For Now

Trembley To Keep Job As O's Manager For Rest Of Season

August 15, 2009|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com

Even if the Orioles' second-half swoon continues, president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said Friday, manager Dave Trembley's job is secure through the end of the 2009 season.

"I have no intention of making any changes in-season," MacPhail said. "We'll address the option when the year ends."

Trembley, whose club is 155-212 since he took the helm of the Orioles on an interim basis in June 2007, has a club option for 2010. MacPhail said a decision probably won't be made for six or seven weeks on whether to exercise it.

"It's like I said months ago, whatever we decide, it will be toward the end of the year," MacPhail said. "Whether we pick up the option or not, it probably won't be decided until the last weekend of the season. Nothing has really changed on this front."

The Orioles' recent struggles - they've lost 10 of their past 14 games and are 8-19 since the All-Star break - have intensified the questions about Trembley's job security.

"Maybe he is saying that now because some people are saying some other things, I don't know," Trembley said Friday night before the Orioles' 16-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels at Camden Yards.

"Like I have said before, I am owed nothing and I ask nothing," Trembley said. "I just do the best job that I can all the time out here. And I am confident in my abilities, and I am just working every day to get the guys better, especially the younger players."

While MacPhail has said all along that Trembley won't be evaluated solely on wins and losses, the Orioles' 47-67 record entering Friday night was tied with the 2001 and 1991 teams as the club's worst mark through 114 games since the dreadful 1988 season. That team was 37-77, after having opened the season by losing its first 21 games.

MacPhail has said repeatedly that it is important to avoid another late-season fade, an annual rite of August and September for the Orioles for more than a decade. It was widely believed heading into the second half that the Orioles would need a strong finish for the club to pick up Trembley's option for 2010.

"I don't want to see us have this horrific last six weeks of the season again," MacPhail said. "It's not just the record; it's how we get there. I know that's a tall order because the schedule is tough. I think I saw a graphic that said we have the second-hardest [schedule] remaining. But it's a function of how we're playing and of avoiding the issues that we've had the last couple of years."

Despite the Orioles' recent struggles, MacPhail said there have been some positives to emerge this season.

"With some individual performances, I think we have some reasons for optimism - whether it be the young starters or [Nolan] Reimold in left field and [Matt] Wieters behind the plate," MacPhail said. "The issues that we've had in some respects have less to do with the young guys that we're introducing and more to do with not getting the performances from some of the veterans that we got last year."

Baltimore Sun reporter Dan Connolly contributed to this article.

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