Wednesday afternoon the Baltimore Orioles made a decision for their future, as they extended interim manager Dave Trembley’s contract through the 2008 season. President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said he decided to extend the Trembley – who replaced Sam Perlozzo on June 18 – because he thought the team reacted well to failure under the new skipper.
So if you’re Dave Trembley how do you celebrate your new contract? Do you buy a friend something nice? Get your wife some jewelry? No, you do this. That’s right, apparently Trembley and the Orioles were in a giving mood tonight, as they surrendered 30, yes 30 runs, to the Texas Rangers in a 30-3 loss. It was the most runs scored in a major league game since 1897.To put it in plainer terms, the Orioles’ manager got a new contract and his team proceeded to play arguably the worst game of baseball in 110 years. It’s a nice start to a new era in Baltimore.
The funniest part of this whole thing is that the Orioles actually led the game 3-0 after three innings. Then the Rangers scored five in the 4th, nine in the 6th, 10 in the 8th and six more in the 9th. The foursome of Daniel Cabrera, Brian Burres, Rob Bell and Paul Shuey combined to give up 30 runs (all earned), 29 hits, eight walks, six home runs and eight extra base hits.
Burres had the worst day, giving up eight runs on eight hits in just 0.2 of an inning. His ERA went from 4.45 to 5.24 over the course of just 34 pitches. Bell surrendered seven runs on five hits in 1.1 innings taking his ERA from 4.18 to 6.14. And Shuey gave up nine runs on seven hits in 2.0 innings, sending his ERA from 6.75 to 9.49. Yeesh.
The sad part is, pitching is actually considered a strong suit for Trembley’s Orioles. So congrats on the extension Dave, you get to continue in one of the worst jobs in sports and your team
just turned in a historically awful performance. Good luck buddy, I have a feeling we won’t be hearing much from you until sometime around next June when MacPhail calls a press conference to annouce your firing.