The axe finally came down on Dave Trembley in Baltimore following a sweep by the Yankees and an 8th straight loss. The 15-39 Orioles decided that it was time for a change firing Trembley and promoting Third Base Coach Juan Samuel as to Interim Manager. In the ripple effect that followed Norfolk Tides Manager Gary Allenson was promoted to the Orioles to assume the 3rd Base Coach position and Orioles Minor League Infield Coordinator/Latin America Field Coordinator Bobby Dickerson named as the Tides Interim Manager. Last year Dickerson Managed the AAA Iowa Cubs to a 72-72 record. He has an extensive Minor League career and has a 525-462 record as a Minor League Manager in which he led the AA Southern League West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx to the post season on two occasions.
It is now time for Andy McPhail and the Orioles to get the kind of big name franchise kind of manager that is also a good teacher for young talent to show Orioles fans that they are serious about winning. Of course if you have ready me since the close of the 2009 campaign, that man is Bobby Valentine. In the mean time it is important for the O’s to really start scrutinizing their roster and making changes to the 25 and 40 man roster and focus on performance as well as potential.
Dickerson will manage his first game against the Buffalo Bisons tonight at Harbor Park. See you there and may God help the Orioles and Tides. Armando Gabino (2-0 1.80 ERA) will pitch for the Tides and face Tobi Stoner (3-5 5.13 ERA). The game will see the return of a number of familiar faces to Harbor Park including Justin Turner, J R House and Mike Cervenak.