Guthrie

Jeremy Guthrie has been awesome for the O’s this season. Last night was one of his ‘lesser outings,’ if you could possibly call going 6.1 innings, giving up 7 hits and 2 runs, striking out 6 and walking 1 a lesser outing. Guthrie has been a great great pickup from waivers. If Guthrie would get a little run support, chances are he’d have 10 wins. In his ten starts, he’s been consistently great. I was worried that after 4 or 5 starts he’d fizzle. So far though, so good. He had great stuff against the Yankees lineup last night. I don’t care if the Yanks are struggling, that lineup can destory a pitcher still.

The Post has a write up about our boy here.

Tejada’s out for a month. It makes that trade look very unlikely at this point.

Tejada had this to say about interim manager Dave Trembley

“Trembley is doing a great job,” Tejada said. “I think that something that he has been doing is respect the players, talk to the players. Everybody is happy with what Trembley is doing. I think the guys are just giving a chance to him because he really respects us. It’s something different that he’s doing now. The team really responds to him. You saw it in Arizona. They really played hard.”

Let’s wait for the honeymoon period to pass before we hand Trembley the job. Granted, I like what he’s done thus far….but its too early to annoint this guy Earl Weaver just yet. I think I caught a swipe or two at Sam in those quotes.

Mazzone: I’m not going anywhere

Leo says in an article in the Sun that he’s staying put

“The way I look at it now is I love this city, I love this pitching staff and I hope to finish my career here,” Mazzone said in his first public comments since Perlozzo’s firing.

This pitching staff has a chance to be something real special, and we have pitchers on this staff that have a chance to pitch at a championship-caliber level. So I am looking forward to seeing them progress and to get ourselves in the thick of something.”

This is really good news. I thought that after Perlozzo got the boot, Leo would walk.

“There is too much [talent] on this pitching staff, the groundwork has been laid, and I want to be a part of it for a long time,” he said.

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Cal on the State of the O’s

Cal spoke today.

A few highlights:

“There’s a lot of frustration, not only on the field or around the Oriole organization. The people around here just want a winner in the worst possible way,” Ripken said today during a teleconference held by TBS. “And the frustration really comes out loud and clear when changes are made.”

On the constant turnover in the Oriole Organization

“I think the change might give some hope in the initial stages, but it just seems like it’s part of the ongoing environment of the change, which is not good for the players, it’s not good for the fans, it’s certainly not good for management to keep switching around,” Ripken said.

On freshly hired Andy MacPhail 

“Andy MacPhail has a nice resume coming in, a good resume with Minnesota, a good resume with Chicago,” Ripken said. “Coming in it’s going to be a difficult task, to evaluate what’s there and what’s not. But certainly from the outside you could make a case that here’s someone that has done it before, and if anyone had the ability to come in and start to put together a stable environment, it could be him.”

Quote of the day:

Great article on the epidemic of bandwagon Red Sox fans in the Globe.

Here’s the quote.

’Seriously, the Red Sox are like, the universal language of the people,’ says Sarah, who came to Monday’s game from Spokane with her friends Christina and Jodi – all transplants from Connecticut. ‘You want to root for them – especially here in Seattle, because the Mariners suck.’

I think a part of my brain just died and I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit…or a lot.

Trembley Interview

The O’s website has this interview with Orioles interim Manager Dave Trembley.

MLB.com: How long have you been in love with baseball? Did you have the stereotypical American upbringing?

Trembley: I grew up loving the game and listening to it on the radio, cutting the box scores out of The Sporting News that you bought for a quarter on every Thursday. Growing up, the game was always there. No matter what happens in your life — no matter what trials and tribulations you go through — you can always fall back on the game. It’s something that’s secure. There’s always going to be another season. There’s always another day and there’s always another game.

MLB.com: Did you have any baseball role models? Did you always know you wanted to do this for a living?

Trembley: My hero, growing up, was Ralph Houk. He was major for me, with those great Yankees teams of the ’60s. He seemed like a guy who knew how to deal with people and knew how to deal with superstars. They played hard for him. He demanded respect and he got respect. He backed his players up and he wasn’t afraid to make decisions. That’s the kind of guy I followed.

We’re coaches. We’re teachers. I don’t feel any different managing here than I felt managing in Des Moines, Bowie, Harrisburg or Daytona. We’re caretakers of the game. We’re here to make it better for the people that come after us. They’re still playing in Des Moines, Bowie, Harrisburg and Daytona. That’s the same thing I’m trying to do here.

MLB.com: Did you dream to stay in baseball as long as possible, or did you dream to make it to the Major Leagues?

Trembley: My goals and dreams were to be involved in the game of baseball — no matter what avenue or level. I don’t think your worth is necessarily determined by being in the Major Leagues. You could manage an American Legion team or high school. It’s all about how your approach and your passion, how you treat people and how you treat the game. I don’t think you have to be in the big leagues to be a big leaguer.

There’s a certain way to act and a certain way to approach the game. That’s the Major League way, but sometimes the Major League way gets tainted and guys forget where they’ve come from. That’s one thing about me — I’ve never forgotten where I’ve come from. I know who I am and what I am. I’m not afraid to talk to people and I’m not afraid to give it to them straight, but in a way that’s hopefully not offensive. In a way that makes guys realize what’s expected of them. But we’re not going to sacrifice basic principles of integrity, hard work and preparation. Those things won’t be compromised.

MLB.com: And where exactly did you come from? Do you consider yourself a blue-collar guy?

Trembley: I identify myself as a guy who had goals and worked for them. I kept my mouth shut, my head down and worked hard. I’m honest with people and with players. I’m not afraid to get emotional with players and tell them I care about them. I’m not afraid to get in their face, so to speak, and say, “This isn’t the way we’re going to do things.” If that’s blue-collar, that’s the way I thought everybody was. Maybe we got away from that a little bit, but I think all of us realize that the way we were brought up and the people around us were responsible for where we are now.

Somebody’s helped me, somebody’s helped you and somebody’s helped these players get to the point and place in time they are now — both personally and professionally. It’s important not to forget that, and I think a lot of times we need to be reminded of that. I have a way of doing things and a certain sense of courage, confidence and conviction. You get respect when you give respect. And these guys, you guys and the fans will have to be a judge of all that. All I’ve ever wanted out of this game is for my opinion to be asked and to be respected for doing things the right way. The biggest allies I’ve had in this game have been the people that played for me. They know that. And that may sound corny, but that’s just the way it is.

MLB.com: How difficult is it to get this far without having professional playing experience?

Trembley: I think your worth is measured by the contributions you can make to this game — the contributions you can make helping players and the game. I don’t think your worth is measured by anything else other than that. Your work ethic, self-discipline and commitment — that’s what these guys are all about. That other stuff really doesn’t mean a hill of beans to them. Take yourself out of the equation. They don’t want to know what you’ve done and where you’re from. You know what they want to know? What can you do to help them? And do you understand what they’re going through?

That’s what they want, and while I’m here, that’s exactly what they’re going to get. I won’t skirt the issues. It’s like what I wrote on the board in the clubhouse. “Have a good day off tomorrow — but you’d better be on time Tuesday.” I think I have a feel for managing the game and for managing people — and not necessarily in that order. Responsibility belongs to the people who make the decisions, and the accolades go to the people who reap the benefits of those decisions.

I really hope Trembley can get something going with this team. He sure says the right things. I’d rather have a guy like this, a guy who WANTS to be here, as opposed to someone with a big name. The results on the field have to happen though. To Trembely’s defense, the team went 3-3 against two of the toughest teams in the NL. That’s to his credit. Let’s see how this homestand goes.

The search begins anew

The O’s begin the search for a new manager says the Sun:

Those who could receive consideration include three former Orioles: Davey Johnson, who was the last manager to lead the Orioles to a winning record, in 1997; Don Baylor, former Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies manager, who currently works for Mid-Atlantic Sports Network; and Rick Dempsey, a longtime coach and minor league manager who also works for MASN.

Other possibilities include Chicago White Sox bench coach Joey Cora and New York Mets bench coach Jerry Manuel. Two former managers that have worked with MacPhail, Tom Kelly (in Minnesota) and Dusty Baker (in Chicago), have said initially they are not interested in the Orioles’ job.

Interim manager Dave Trembley, who is 3-3 since taking over for Perlozzo, is also in the running.

I’d rank the choices like this:

1. Davey Johnson

2. Dave Trembley (for the rest of the season at least)

3. Joey Cora

4. Jerry Manuel

5. Don Baylor

12544577445546. Rick Dempsey

I really don’t want Dempsey as manager, in case you couldn’t tell.

New Add to the Blogroll

Added another O’s blog to old blogroll

Orioles Baseball

Drop by and check it out. The more the merrier.

A couple O things

From the New Yawk Post

When the Orioles settle their managerial situation after being spurned by Joe Girardi, they will become a more active seller in the trade market. They definitely will try to deal Steve Trachsel and underachieving Jay Gibbons, and might consider moving Miguel Tejada if he is healthy and can still bring a strong return. However, most interesting is that Baltimore might consider dealing talented-but-erratic Daniel Cabrera, especially if it would help land Maryland native Mark Teixeira from Texas.

I try to avoid the Teixeria talk on here or keep it to a minimum…but my hand has now been forced. Teixeria has repeatedly said he wants to come home and play in Baltimore. It’d be a dream come true, his words..not mine. I’d love to get him. However, He’s a free agent after next season. Getting him now isn’t going cure everything that ails this time. I’ve come to grips that Cabrera should be traded IF THE PACKAGE IS RIGHT. Cabrera may get and become Randy Johnson. But there’s a better chance he’ll always be what he is now, a streaky frustrating son of gun. If you trade Cabrera, trade him for someone else and sign Teixera after next season.  As for trading Trachsel and Gibbons… that’s a no-brainer.

The Chicago Tribune has  this

MacPhail’s hiring by owner Peter Angelos was definitely a blow to the GM tandem of Mike Flanagan and Jim Duquette,who didn’t know their boss was talking to MacPhail until it was reported.

I’m guessing Flanny and Duquette might be updating their resumes right now. This doesn’t really upset me.

It appears it is MacPhail, more than Flanagan and Duquette, who will make the calls about deadline trades as Baltimore builds around left-hander Erik Bedard and right fielder Nick Markakis,arguably the only two untouchables in the troubled organization. MacPhail received promises of autonomy from Angelos, whom he had gotten to know while they served on MLB’s negotiating team in the 2002 and ’06 labor talks.

In Chicago, where MacPhail was split between the business side of the franchise and the baseball side, he always insisted his general managers, Ed Lynch and Jim Hendry,called the shots. But in Baltimore, he has made it clear he’s the guy other teams should deal with.

“It’s important to have one voice,” MacPhail said. “You’re looking for all the help you can get, all the research you can get. But it has to be clear who is responsible, who’s accountable.”

It would be surprising to see Duquette leave in the offseason and then to Flanny moved to some other role in the team. This is going to be MacPhail’s show and its clear this ‘2-headed GM’ thing doesn’t work with him.

Don’t be surprised if one of the first things MacPhail does is find a way to dump center fielder Corey Patterson,a painful reminder of his failures in Chicago.

O’s win again

Without Miggi, the O’s won their 3 straight game and have improved to 3-1 under interim manager Dave Trembley. So far so good, but before Trembley is proclaimed the next Earl Weaver, let’s give him a month. I like what I see from him thus far, but right now he’s still in the honeymoon period. Sam’s gone and apparently the clubhouse is happier. I want to see how things go when the team drops 4 or 5 in a row and how things go then.

At this point, I’d rather have Trembley manage for an undetermined amount of time. At least a month, but rather the rest of season. At season’s end, evaluate him and then go from there. I don’t want Dusty Baker, Jerry Manuel, and all because they are name managers. I don’t want a name or a retread. I want a fresh face or someone proven to come in here with a fire in his belly. Is Trembley that guy? We’ll have to wait and see. But simply hiring a manager because he’s a household name would be a mistake.