Braves hire Trembley for minor league post

Agent: Samuel has spoken with several clubs, including Phillies, about coaching openings

  • Dave Trembley has landed the minor league field coordinator position with the Atlanta Braves, according to an industry source.
Dave Trembley has landed the minor league field coordinator… (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore…)
November 09, 2010|By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun

Five months after being fired by the Orioles, former manager and baseball lifer Dave Trembley has landed the minor league field coordinator position with the Atlanta Braves, according to an industry source.

He is also expected to supervise the instruction of coaches and players throughout the Braves organization.

Trembley, who has been out of work since he was fired by the Orioles on June 3, could not be reached for comment.

Trembley, 59, spent eight years with the Orioles organization, including nearly three full years as manager, before he was dismissed after the team started 2010 with a 15-39 record and was buried in last in the American League East.

In parts of four seasons as manager, the Orioles posted a 187-283 record under Trembley, for a .398 winning percentage. He spent more than two decades in the minors, mostly as a manager, before being promoted to the big leagues in 2007 as the Orioles' bullpen coach.

Trembley worked part of that season as bench coach when Tom Trebelhorn was on personal leave and then was named the team's interim manager when Sam Perlozzo was fired June 18.

Throughout his baseball career, Trembley, a former high school teacher and coach, has been known for his ability to relate to and instruct young players.

Samuel headed elsewhere? Two coaching jobs open

With news that Don Wakamatsu, the leading contender to be Buck Showalter's bench coach, has taken the same position with the Toronto Blue Jays, and the increasing likelihood that the Orioles will not reach a financial agreement with Juan Samuel to bring him back as third base coach, Showalter is looking at alternatives.

Neither Showalter nor President of Baseball Operations Andy MacPhail is commenting on the 2011 staff, but four spots have been filled: pitching (Mark Connor), first base/outfield (Wayne Kirby), hitting (Jim Presley) and bullpen (Rick Adair). That leaves bench coach and first base coach — with the additional responsibilities of catching and infield instruction.

Last week, Showalter offered the third-base job to Samuel, who replaced Trembley as interim manager before Showalter was hired. Samuel said he expected to rejoin the team once he and MacPhail agreed to terms. But the negotiations have stalled, and Samuel's agent, Rex Gary, said Tuesday that Samuel has talked to several teams about open coaching positions.

Gary confirmed that one of those clubs is the Philadelphia Phillies, who are looking for a first-base coach after Davey Lopes stepped down at the end of the season.

Those in consideration for one of two open spots on Showalter's staff include former major league manager Willie Randolph, who spent 18 years as a big league infielder and more than a decade more as a base and bench coach for the New York Yankees before he took over as New York Mets manager in 2005.

Randolph was fired in June 2008 and spent the last two seasons as bench coach for the Milwaukee Brewers, who fired manager Ken Macha this offseason and replaced him with Ron Roenicke.

Other potential candidates for Showalter's staff include: Gary Allenson, a former catcher who split last season between managing the Orioles' Triple-A Norfolk affiliate and coaching third base in the majors; Rich Donnelly, a longtime big league third base coach, mostly under manager Jim Leyland; Rob Thomson, a longtime member of the Yankees' minor league and major league staffs who is without a contract; Mike Bordick, a former Oriole infielder who spent last year as a minor league roving instructor; and Bobby Dickerson, who finished up last season as Norfolk's manager.

Orioles shut out of Gold Glove Awards

After winning a Gold Glove last season, Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones, and the rest of the club's defense, were shut out of this year's American League awards, which were announced Tuesday.

Jones led all major league centerfielders with 12 assists, but he also led American League centerfielders with seven errors. He was attempting to become the first Oriole to win consecutive Gold Gloves since pitcher Mike Mussina in 1998-1999.

The winning outfielders were Seattle center fielder Franklin Gutierrez, Tampa Bay left fielder Carl Crawford and Seattle right fielder Ichiro Suzuki, who received his 10th straight award. Also winning were New York Yankee first baseman and Mount St. Joseph alum Mark Teixeira, Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer, Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria and Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle.

The NL awards will be announced Wednesday.

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