A year ago yesterday, Dave Trembley made plans to take his wife for a walk around the Inner Harbor and drive her to the airport. He would report to Camden Yards that night to fulfill his duties as the Orioles' bullpen coach.
It didn't play out that way.
Trembley received a phone call from team executives Mike Flanagan and Jim Duquette, informing him that manager Sam Perlozzo had been fired and Trembley would take over on an interim basis. And he's still here, running a team that is two games above .500.
"The reality of the situation hits me more and more every day," said Trembley, who is 76-87 as manager, including 36-34 this season. "I don't think the expectations ever end because you can always do better and strive to do more, and you're always trying to tinker with things to make them better. When you're in elite company, as I am, I think you understand the magnitude that goes along with it. But for the most part, I don't feel any different than I did managing 15 years ago, 20 years ago, three weeks ago. It's still managing the game and dealing with people."
Trembley didn't play baseball professionally, but he managed in the minors for 20 seasons before joining Perlozzo's staff. And he has gained the respect of the clubhouse.
"I took a chance that they wouldn't think they were bigger than what my expectations were and what I was asking them to do," Trembley said. "I figured, they've got nothing to lose because the way they've been doing it around here for 10 years didn't work. It was going nowhere. They say timing in life is everything. I think the timing was right to come in here and say: 'Enough is enough. It ain't working, the way you guys have been doing it. The inmates are no longer running the asylum.' "
First baseman Kevin Millar endorses having Trembley in charge.
"I respect everything that Dave has brought to the table," Millar said. "He's a phenomenal baseball manager. We'll never get out-managed. He's one of the better managers I've played for. Dave could be around a long time because he has the respect of a lot of players."
Pitcher Adam Loewen continued his injury-rehabilitation assignment at Double-A Bowie last night, and he is slated to remain with the Baysox for four more games.
Loewen, who didn't allow a run in three appearances at Single-A Frederick, allowed a hit, a walk and an unearned run in two innings last night behind starter Chris Tillman. He struck out one. Once his assignment with Bowie is complete, he'll report to Triple-A Norfolk for one game. He'll be re-evaluated June 28.
Meanwhile, Rule 5 pick Randor Bierd, on the disabled list with a right shoulder impingement, reported to the Gulf Coast League team and is scheduled to throw two innings tomorrow. He is also supposed to pitch Monday and Wednesday with the Rookie-level team and June 28 at Frederick.
Bierd's assignment tentatively runs through July 17.