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Slow starts, untimely injuries and marginal talents generally doom teams to poor starts. Poor starts doom managers to unemployment. With Baltimore is off to the poorest start of any team in baseball, someone would have to take the fall. The Orioles made official this morning what many have speculated for the last day. Dave Trembley has been dismissed and will not finish out the balance of the season. He was two weeks shy of the third anniversary of his hiring in 2007.
Trembley's clubs lacked the talent to seriously compete in the vaunted AL East, where three different clubs represent the American League in the last three World Series. The Orioles have been perpetually rebuilding since the decline of their last quality club from the mid-nineties. They've only finished higher than fourth once in the last thirteen years, with no winning records in that span.
The Orioles have a talented core of young players, which has given hope of a return, but injuries to Brian Roberts and Felix Pie as well as slow starts from Adam Jones and Miguel Tejada and Garrett Atkins have robbed the team of the performance they expected. Their younger pitchers have yet to establish themselves, leaving them 21 games behind the Rays, with four months to play.
Third-base coach Juan Samuel takes the reins of the team on an interim basis, with Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail set to find a permanent successor over the course of the next few months. In addition, AAA Norfolk Manager Gary Allenson has been tabbed to take over the third base coaching duties. Mid-season managerial changes frequently turn outside the current organization as incoming managers do not have the necessary time to put in their own system. Samuel will be introduced as interim manager in a press conference today at 2:30 p.m. in the Auxiliary Clubhouse at Camden Yards.
Samuel, 49, is in his fourth season as third base coach on the Orioles’ coaching staff and 27th year in professional baseball. Prior to joining the Orioles, Samuel spent the 2006 season as manager at Double-A Binghamton in the New York Mets system, leading the team to a 70-69 record and second-place finish in the Eastern League. After retiring as a player following the 1998 season, Samuel spent the first seven years of his coaching career as a first base and third base coach for the Detroit Tigers.
Trembley was named interim manager on June 18, 2007 and then hired as the 17th manager in team history on August 22, 2007. He compiled a 187-283 record in nearly three seasons as the Orioles’ manager. Trembley originally joined the Orioles organization in 2003, spending two years at Double-A Bowie before moving to Triple-A Ottawa. He was named bullpen coach for the major league staff prior to the 2007 season.
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