Orioles fire manager Dave Trembley

June 4, 2010


Baltimore, MD – The Baltimore Orioles have fired manager Dave Trembley.

Baltimore has the worst record in the majors at 15-39 and heads into a weekend series at home against Boston with an eight-game losing streak.

Third base coach Juan Samuel has been named as Trembley’s replacement on an interim basis.

The Orioles started the season winning just two of their first 18 games and have struggled offensively all year, being held to three runs or fewer in 34 games. The Orioles have been outscored 271-180, including 18-5 in a just- concluded three-game sweep by the New York Yankees.

Trembley had a record of 187-283 in nearly three years as Orioles skipper.

“I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to [owner] Peter Angelos and [president] Andy MacPhail for the opportunity to serve as manager for the Baltimore Orioles for the past three years,” Trembley said in a statement. “The results on the field were not what any of us would have hoped for, and I understand that the organization felt the time was right to move in a different direction. While I am disappointed at the outcome, I feel it was a privilege to wear the Orioles uniform each day and I thank all the fans for their tremendous support. I hope the team will soon return to the winning tradition they enjoyed for so many years.”

Trembley was initially promoted from his position as bullpen coach to manager in June 2007, replacing the dismissed Sam Perlozzo. The club removed the interim tag on August 22 of that year, and the Orioles went 40-53 under him.

Baltimore then went 68-93 in 2008 and finished last season 64-98, 39 games behind the first place, and eventual World Series champion Yankees, in the American League East.

The team picked up Trembley’s option for the 2010 season during the final weekend of last season and McPhail made it clear that wins and losses would determine his future, calling this year “phase 2” of the organization’s rebuilding plan.

Trembley, in his 26th season in pro baseball, was a longtime minor league coach and manager before joining the Orioles’ staff.

The Orioles became the second team to make a managerial change this season, as the Royals fired Trey Hillman on May 13.

Samuel will get his first opportunity to manage in the big leagues. He was in his fourth year as Orioles third base coach and joined the team after serving as manager at Double-A Binghamton for the New York Mets in 2006, guiding the club to a record of 70-69 in his lone season.

The 49-year-old Dominican native played 16 years in the majors, mostly as a second baseman, and was a three-time National League All-Star. He was the runner-up to Dwight Gooden for the NL Rookie of the Year Award in 1984 with Philadelphia, and also spent time with the Mets, Dodgers, Royals, Reds, Tigers and Blue Jays.

After his career ended in 1998, Samuel spent seven years as a coach with the Detroit Tigers.

The Orioles also named Gary Allenson third base coach. Allenson had been in his fourth season as manager of Baltimore’s Triple-A affiliate in Norfolk.

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