Like everyone else, I can point to some game situations where I would have done things differently than Dave Trembley, but that doesn't make him a bumbling incompetent who is responsible for sinking the Orioles before they even got out to sea. The man is the caretaker of a team with deficiencies that Tony La Russa or Bobby Cox could not be reasonably expected to overcome.
Take today, for instance. Trembley pulled Koji Uehara too late. We all know that now, but -- as at least one astute commenter pointed out -- most of the complaints about Trembley's handling of the rotation before Koji's seventh-inning collapse were aimed at the manager's penchant for removing pitchers too early. Surely, if he had sent someone else out for the seventh and the game had gotten away, there would have been an equal number of complaints about that.
Here's the rub. Trembley's performance has to be judged at that point where his resources meet his results. Trembley does not manage a winning team, so it's unfair to expect him to win, but it is fair for fans to question whether the team is playing as well as it might be playing under different field leadership. Some have already made up their minds that it isn't. I think it's too early to draw a legitimate conclusion.
How about you?
Birthday greetings: The "Say Hey Kid" is 78 years old today. Willie Mays, perhaps the greatest all-around position player who never used steroids or tried to date Madonna, was born on May 6, 1931 in Westfield, AL. This is not something I had to look up. Mays was my favorite player when I was a small child and I still remember his birthdate.