Dave Trembley

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David Michael Trembley

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Biographical Information[edit]

Dave Trembley managed in the minors for 20 years and was the manager of the Baltimore Orioles from 2007 to 2010.

Trembley began his baseball career by serving as a coach at a Los Angeles, CA high school for several years. From there, he went on to serve as head coach at Antelope Valley Junior College from 1980 to 1984. He then joined the Chicago Cubs organization, first as a scout and later as a minor league coach. In 1986, Trembley got his first managerial job with the unaffiliated Kinston Eagles of the Carolina League. The next year, he took over as manager of the Harrisburg Senators and was named Baseball America Minor League Manager of the Year.

Trembley spent time managing in the Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, and Chicago Cubs farm systems before joining the Baltimore Orioles as skipper of the Bowie Baysox in 2003. After two years there, he spent two seasons leading the Ottawa Lynx. He managed continuously in the minors from 1986 to 2006, except for the 1990 season, when he was manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates' minor league training complex in Bradenton, FL.

In 2007, he was named the bullpen coach for the Orioles. On June 18th, he was appointed interim manager after the club fired Sam Perlozzo. The team was in last place in the AL East, with a record of 29-40 at the time. After Joe Girardi turned down the job, Trembley was given an extended chance to see if he would have the job long-term. In late August, 2007, it was announced that Trembley would return as Orioles' manager for the 2008 season. The O's promptly lost 15 of their next 17 games, including a game where they gave up an AL-record 30 runs to the Texas Rangers. The team's abysmal pitching was more to blame than Trembley, however.

Trembley was given more than two full seasons to turn the Orioles around, but never managed to get them out of the AL East cellar. He did succeed in integrating a few good young players into the line-up, with Adam Jones and Nick Markakis emerging as solid outfielders, but shortstop was a constant source of problems during his tenure, and he was unable to develop a reliable crop of pitchers. While a few young starters like Brad Bergesen and David Hernandez showed flashes of talent, the top of his starting rotation was always patched up, with the veterans expected to provide leadership not contributing, and the bullpen was often a disaster area. He was dismissed on June 4th, 2010 with the Orioles owning the worst record in the major leagues at 15-39 and was replaced on an interim basis by third base coach Juan Samuel.

In 2013, Trembley returned to the major leagues as third base coach with the Houston Astros under new manager Bo Porter. In 2014, he moved to bench coach under Porter. On September 1st both he and Porter were fired by the Astros even though the team was much improved, the result of a power struggle with General Manager Jeff Luhnow.

Preceded by
Sam Perlozzo
Baltimore Orioles Manager
Succeeded by
Juan Samuel

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1986 Kinston Eagles Carolina League 60-76 7th none
1987 Harrisburg Senators Eastern League 77-63 2nd Pittsburgh Pirates League Champs
1988 Harrisburg Senators Eastern League 65-73 7th Pittsburgh Pirates
1989 Harrisburg Senators Eastern League 71-65 2nd Pittsburgh Pirates Lost League Finals
1991 Charleston Rainbows South Atlantic League 69-72 7th San Diego Padres
1992 Charleston Rainbows South Atlantic League 55-85 14th San Diego Padres
1993 Wichita Wranglers Texas League 68-68 3rd San Diego Padres Lost in 1st round
1994 Orlando Cubs Southern League 59-78 10th Chicago Cubs
1995 Daytona Cubs Florida State League 87-48 1st Chicago Cubs League Champs
1996 Daytona Cubs Florida State League 71-66 6th Chicago Cubs
1997 Orlando Rays Southern League 63-75 9th Chicago Cubs
1998 West Tenn Diamond Jaxx Southern League 66-74 7th Chicago Cubs
1999 West Tenn Diamond Jaxx Southern League 84-57 1st Chicago Cubs Lost League Finals
2000 Iowa Cubs Pacific Coast League 57-87 16th Chicago Cubs
2001 Daytona Cubs Florida State League 68-68 6th Chicago Cubs
2002 Daytona Cubs Florida State League 64-73 8th Chicago Cubs
2003 Bowie Baysox Eastern League 69-72 8th Baltimore Orioles
2004 Bowie Baysox Eastern League 73-69 5th Baltimore Orioles
2005 Ottawa Lynx International League 69-75 9th (t) Baltimore Orioles
2006 Ottawa Lynx International League 74-69 8th Baltimore Orioles
2007 Baltimore Orioles American League 40-53 4th Baltimore Orioles replaced Sam Perlozzo (29-40) on June 18
2008 Baltimore Orioles American League 68-93 5th Baltimore Orioles
2009 Baltimore Orioles American League 64-98 5th Baltimore Orioles
2010 Baltimore Orioles American League 15-39 -- Baltimore Orioles replaced by Juan Samuel on June 4

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