INDIANAPOLIS — Orioles manager Dave Trembley - almost 20 pounds lighter than he was at the end of his stressful 2009 season - met the media Monday at the winter meetings and confirmed that he plans to be a tougher, more consistent manager next season.
Responding to a question about whether he might have been "too nice" last year while some players appeared to lack intensity, he took responsibility for the performance of the team and promised that things will be different.
"I don't know if 'nice' is the right word," he said. "I think I might have given people the benefit of the doubt to a fault. I tend to think people want to be treated the same way I want to be treated, and that isn't always the case.
"Maybe I can get a little more out of people by being a little bit different. Maybe I've got to stop worrying about hurting people's feelings. I don't think I can be what I was when I managed [Double-A] Bowie. ... You can't give the impression that it's always OK, because it's not OK to not do things right."
I'm giving Trembley credit for not dodging the issue when I pressed him on his disciplinary philosophy.
"I think that needs to be communicated by me much clearer than I have in the past," he said. "I think we probably should be a little bit more consistent on following through with that no matter who it is."