What they're saying about the Orioles

Media roundup

  • Orioles shortstop Cesar Izturis is shown in front of a sparse crowd at Camden Yards. An announced 9,299 showed up to watch the Royals' 4-3 victory.
Orioles shortstop Cesar Izturis is shown in front of a sparse… (Baltimore Sun photo by Gene…)
May 18, 2010|By Baltimore Sun staff

Here's a look at what other media are saying about manager Dave Trembley's status and the state of the Orioles six weeks into the 2010 season.

• FoxSports.com's Jack Magruder ranks the Orioles last in his latest MLB power rankings.

Just when the schedule lightened up, the best the Orioles could do was split six home games against fellow bottom-feeders Seattle and Cleveland. Brad Bergesen has been a bright spot in the rotation the last two times through.

• Larry Dobrow from CBSSports.com ranks the Orioles 26th in his latest power rankings.

I loved that state-of-the-Orioles speech by Andy MacPhail on MLB.com. Let's keep the technology train moving along with "Three Minutes with Miggy," in which the mercurial infielder will kick it Andy Rooney-style ... Calling up Corey Patterson is a bad idea, but batting him leadoff is a failure of both imagination and common sense. At this point, Dave Trembley is practically begging the team to send him home ... And then there's Garrett Atkins, just sitting there, contributing nothing of worth.

• SI.com's Joe Lemire says Dave Trembley tops the list of major league managers on the hot seat, although recent success may keep him in Baltimore a little longer.

When Trembley was named interim manager in June 2007, the charge was simple: Develop the young players now, win later. Trembley had managed 20 years in the minors and was entrusted with preparing Baltimore's young core to compete in the AL East. This spring, however, president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said publicly that the Orioles must now start winning more games and that it was "the right thing" to give Trembley the first opportunity to do that.

• Tim Brown from Yahoo Sports also puts Trembley on his "barely managing" list.

If they're not the worst offensive team in the league, they have only the Mariners to thank.

This isn't fair, particularly since Trembley is the kind of spirited baseball lifer the game needs more of. But, sheesh, 12 wins in mid-May is 12 wins in mid-May.

• In his latest video for FoxSports.com, Ken Rosenthal speculates that the Orioles may pursue Rays first baseman Carlos Pena.

Although Carl Crawford likely won't be a Ray past this season, the club has a chance to retain Carlos Pena. With Adam Dunn, Derrek Lee, and Paul Konerko eligible for free agency after this year, and Albert Pujols, Adrian Gonzalez, and Prince Fielder potentially hitting the open market in 2011, there are a slew of alternatives to Pena. A power-starved club like the Mariners and Orioles could make a run at Pena, but it's still possible he ends up back in Tampa Bay, assuming there's mutual interest.

[Compiled by Matt Berger]

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