On Friday, June 4, the Orioles decided to make a change in the clubhouse, firing manager Dave Trembley after this year's horrible 15-39 start. Trembley had a record of 187-283 over four seasons with the team. This comes off a 0-6 road trip in Toronto and New York, where they only scored six runs.
Andy MacPhail announced the firing today. Trembley must have seen this coming as there were rumors floating around last night.
"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."
Orioles third base coach Juan Samuel has been named interim coach by MacPhail. This is his first time managing in the Major Leagues and he has been with the Orioles for four years.
Some players are trying to take the blame for Trembley's dismissal.
Designated Hitter Luke Scott said last night: "We're the ones that throw the ball, we are the ones that swing the bats and catch the ball. All the manager can do is put his best nine out there. I mean, it's not his fault. What can you say? It's a very difficult game. It's unfair in a lot of aspects."
This is the fifth time that the Orioles have fired their manager since 1997, which was the last time the Birds had a winning record.
The Orioles have really been struggling in every category and have the worst record in the majors, so it was only a matter of time.
Norfolk Tides (AAA) manager, Gary Allenson, has been named interim third base coach.
The Orioles play the Boston Red Sox tonight as Samuel makes his debut as manager.