Wearing the blue and orange of the visitors and not the black and orange of the home team, Dave Trembley came back to Camden Yards on Tuesday for the first time since being fired as Orioles manager in June 2010.
“It’s special for me to come here, to see everybody. It’s special,” said Trembley, 61, in his first year as the Houston Astros third base coach. “I’ve seen a lot of the same people. People in the offices, clubhouse guys, the ticket-takers. I’ve seen all those people. And I got to talk to [Brian] Roberts, [Adam] Jones, [Matt] Wieters, [Nick] Markakis, those guys. Here we are. It’s kind of full circle.”
When Trembley was hired to replace Sam Perlozzo in the middle of the 2007 season, it was a score for the blue-collar grinder. Trembley had spent two-plus decades in the minors teaching the game to countless young ballplayers – including current Astros manager Bo Porter – before finally getting his chance to manage at the big league level.
“As time has gone on it’s pretty evident why I was here. I think it is very evident that I was here because we were good at developing players and I was the right guy at the right time with young players,” Trembley said. “And as these guys developed and got better and they’re ready to make the next move, it was somebody else’s time to take over. I know good players take care of a lot of those other things. If you don’t have good players, you are not going to win. But what I am most proud of from my time here is that the guys I thought would get better, got better. Jones got better. Wieters got better. [Chris] Tillman got better. [Jim] Johnson got better. Guys did get better.”
The Orioles replaced Trembley with interim manager Juan Samuel and then, eventually that season, with Buck Showalter, who steered the organization to its first playoff series in 15 years in 2012. Trembley said there was a special feeling for him when his old team made the postseason.
“I think it is like this, once you are the manager of the Orioles, you are always the manager of the Orioles," he said. "I think that’s the special thing about being here, because you know you understand about the people in this community, you understand about the history of this franchise. So once you are part of the Orioles, I think you are always part of the Orioles for the rest of your life.”Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun