Thursday, June 21, 2007

A week to remember

Well, it certainly was a busy week.

Monday, beleaguered Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo is fired, Dave Trembley is named interm
. The Orioles are currently in ongoing negotiations with last year's National league manager of the year Joe Girardi to take over. In the meantime Trembley has certainly made a name for himself. The team has been playing with much more fire and enthusiasm the last two games, He has shuffled the lineup managed the bullpen much better, executed necessary switches and replacements. I really like Trembley. Girardi is a long term solution, and would be a GREAT addition. The Orioles definitely need blood from outside this organization, without the loyalties that have killed this team over the last 3 years.

And if there is one thing that this team is it's loyal, to a fault. A very big fault. Loyalty is great, but sometimes it can get in the way of you making tough decisions that would benefit the team. Trembley doesn't seem to have this problem and Girardi certainly wouldn't.

But the biggest, most EARTH-SHATTERINGLY good news to come out of this week was the Orioles hiring of Andy MacPhail as President of Baseball Operations. Why is that a big deal you ask? Well, look at the transcript of the press conference here, thanks to the wonderful editors of Orioles Hangout.

The most important part:

(There’s been a lot of criticism over the years about the ownership being too involved in baseball decisions. There is a lot of speculation that Andy MacPhail, with all that he’s accomplished would not have taken this job unless he got full control and final say over baseball decisions. Did you get any guarantee from Peter Angelos that you’re the guy calling the shots and you’re making the decisions):

If I didn’t feel that way, what you outlined, I wouldn't be here. It’s just that simple. Any owner of any team has a prerogative of owning the team and I outlined to Peter, where I think those lines are. He’s very comfortable with it; I’m very comfortable with it.

The even MORE important part:

(Is Peter Angelos holding back with his involvement in the ball club):

Peter Angelos is the owner of the team who has entrusted me to run his baseball operations. That’s the best way I can answer that.

It appears that Peter is making Andy MacPhail, a true blue baseball man, the new decider in the organization. Baseball's history is dotted with MacPhails. Andy's father Lee was President of the Orioles from 1958-1965. He is a baseball man with a baseball mind now taking over control of this beaten and battered organization. This is the biggest news to come out of the Warehouse since the signing of Miguel Tejada and a great day to be an Orioles fan.

Also, Jeremy Guthrie continues to have an amazing season as he went 8IP 1ER 9K performance last night against the Padres as the Birds broke an absolutely hellacious 9 game losing streak with a 7-1 win. Everything clicked last night, the offense defense and pitching was all exemplary. Hopefully this is a new beginning for the Orioles. The whole they have dug themselves in is mighty deep, but what would the game be without second-half teams?

1 comment:

Greta said...

I actually stayed up to watch the last out of last night's West Coast game and didn't regret it one bit. Welcome, MacPhail...and let the healing begin.