Mora says bad start by O's not Trembley's fault

  • Melvin Mora, now of the Colorado Rockies, thinks the Orioles' horrendous start is not the fault of manager Dave Trembley, a man Mora didn't exactly mesh with in Baltimore. "In the bottom of my heart, I don't think this losing has [anything] to do with Trembley," Mora said.
Melvin Mora, now of the Colorado Rockies, thinks the Orioles'… (AP photo )
April 26, 2010|By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun

BOSTON — Wait around long enough and anything can happen in baseball.

Case in point: Melvin Mora, now of the Colorado Rockies, thinks the Orioles' horrendous start is not the fault of manager Dave Trembley, a man Mora didn't exactly mesh with in Baltimore.

"In the bottom of my heart, I don't think this losing has [anything] to do with Trembley," Mora said in a phone conversation with The Baltimore Sun on Sunday. "But somebody needs to get fired or somebody needs to start winning. And if somebody needs to go, who is going to go? You aren't going to change 25 players. But, for me … I don't like people to get fired, anyone."

This losing stretch, he said, should be on the players and the front office, and not Trembley, whom Mora blasted last season for "disrespecting" him.

"If Nick Markakis and [ Adam] Jones and those guys aren't hitting, what does the manager have to do with it?" Mora said. "They go into the offseason and sign a closer and he has [two] blown saves before May, what does the manager have to do with it? They bring in three free agents and if they don't work, what does the manager have to do with it?"

Mora, who played for the Orioles for 10seasons, is a utility infielder with the Rockies. He has batted just 25 times this year and is hitting .280 with three RBIs.

"I am happy here. I am happy I don't have to deal with a 2-16 start because those fans are going to be yelling [at the Orioles' players] and they are right," Mora said. "Because they are desperate to win."

Regardless, Mora said he doesn't think Trembley should be the target of the fans' ire.

"Maybe Trembley will say tomorrow, ‘What? Melvin Mora is defending me?' Yeah," Mora said. "I give Trembley credit. It's a tough situation and he has to battle."

dan.connolly@baltsun.com

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