Former Orioles manager Dave Trembley talks about being fired

March 08, 2011|By Matt Vensel

Fired by the Orioles last June, former skipper Dave Trembley -- or Crazy Uncle Dave as I enjoyed calling him during his last weeks in Baltimore -- has landed with the Braves this spring as their minor league field coordinator. He was recently interviewed by David Laurila about the firing, and Trembley gave excellent insight into what it is like for a major-league manager to get fired.

He spoke about getting a phone call on an off-day from ESPN's Tim Kurkjian as he drank a cup of coffee at the Whole Foods at the Inner Harbor, and how national writers in the Yankee Stadium press box were wishing him luck in his future endeavors before his final game as Orioles manager.

"I was probably the last one to know that I was getting fired," Trembley candidly said in the lengthy interview.

Trembley said he was "hurt and disappointed in the way that it evolved," but he said he understood the organization's decision to fire him two months into the 2010 season.

"To be honest with you, I'm not so sure that I resented being fired," Trembley told Laurila. "I was hurt and disappointed more than anything. But I understand very clearly that a general manager will have to make a change for the sake of the team, and for the betterment of the organization and the players. ... [Orioles president of baseball operations] Andy MacPhail did what he had to do. I have no problem with that."

The Trembley Q&A is a pretty interesting piece, so I suggest you read it in its entirety here.

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