Because I know you'll ask
With another off day looming and the Orioles seemingly headed for a fifth straight loss, I fully expect the speculation to start that tomorrow will be the day the team fires manager Dave Trembley.
So before it begins in full force, let me say this: I've talked to a couple of prominent members of the organization over the last 36 hours, and I don't see it happening tomorrow.
Can I say it with certainty that it won't?
No, I can't because you can never predict when owner Peter Angelos will just say that he's seen absolutely enough and order a change immediately. He hasn't done it to this point, but that day is probably not far off. I don't think, however, it will be tomorrow on Memorial Day in the media capital of the world.
Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail is not on this road trip, and I've been given no indication that he will meet the team in New York, though it's obviously not that difficult of a trip. There's no way MacPhail would fire Trembley over the phone.
Overall, things aren't looking good for Trembley. It doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure that out. MacPhail and Angelos have met several times and I'm sure they've touched on a variety of topics. But it's obvious they are discussing a managerial change. While I'm sure that MacPhail briefs Angelos on his ongoing effort to revamp the bullpen, there is no way that conversation lasts long. They are obviously discussing their options if - or more likely - when a change is made, and it appears it will be soon.
My opinion is that they'll hire somebody on an interim basis and then open up a search after the season. The three interim candidates are bench coach Jeff Datz, third base coach Juan Samuel and Triple-A manager Gary Allenson. I would give Samuel the edge because he's very well-respected by the players and he's a fiery guy who will rattle some cages in the clubhouse. I think we can all agree that some of these Orioles need to be shaken up a little bit because they continue to underachieve and let down their teammates and coaching staff.
And for the record, I hate even having to write a blog like this, which will undoubtedly serve to just fuel more speculation. But as a reporter, you just can't ignore the constant talk. Regardless of what you think of Dave Trembley as a manager, he's a class act who deserves better than to twist in the wind while hearing he's about to get fired.