Orioles: RIP 2009
The Orioles are ending the 2009 season on a tiny upswing, their three-game winning streak averting a 100-loss season and allowing Dave Trembley the opportunity to enjoy his contract renewal out from underneath their long September losing streak.
Can't remember the last time I was this eager to get a season over with, and I'm guessing I'm not alone. The past month, in particular, has forced everyone to consider the possibility that the current rebuilding program is not quite as far along as some had hoped, though Andy MacPhail will doubtless be burning the midnight oil in October looking for ways to speed things up and position the O's for a more respectable 2010. Godspeed.
Somebody called me out today for writing a column wondering just how we should interpret the decision to rehire Trembley. No disrespect to Dave was intended, and I'm sure it didn't diminish his ability to enjoy at least one more year of job security, but I think it's fair to ask about the team's intentions going into next season.
Inquiring Schmucks want to know. Do you think MacPhail will be able to make enough offseason progress for the Orioles to be competitive next year? To define our terms, I'll set the bar for competitiveness rather low, at a 15-game improvement over this season.