Trembley heated following ejection
Skipper tossed, sparks win over Mariners on Tuesday
SEATTLE -- Dave Trembley left it all on the field during Tuesday night's 12-4 win over the Mariners. Well, at least he left his cap.
And then he left a lot more for reporters in the clubhouse after the game.
The Orioles skipper was ejected from his team's game against the Mariners in the bottom of the first inning at Safeco Field for excessive arguing with home-plate umpire Tom Hallion, and he spiked his cap near home plate in anger before storming back to the dugout and into the tunnel to the clubhouse.
The argument carried over from the top of the inning, when with the bases loaded and two outs, Luke Scott singled to center field, scoring Adam Jones and Nick Markakis. Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez's throw home hit the pitcher's mound and rebounded to the camera well near the Orioles dugout while Nolan Reimold appeared to be past second base and on his way to third.
"When it's the pitcher or the infielder, it's more of a timing play," Trembley said. "It's two bases after the first pitch, after the ball is out of the guy's hand. Once it goes to the outfield, now it's two bases from where that baserunner is. The first time I went out, Hallion told me that it was out of the pitcher's hand. I said, 'No, Tommy, come on. It's not that.'
"And then I went back in and I came back out and I said, 'Now you've got to check with [second-base umpire] Phil Cuzzi and [first-base umpire] Brian Knight because the ball was past the infielders, it's no longer the timing play, the ball out of the pitcher's hand. It's out of the outfielder's hand, it's out of Gutierrez's hand.' And he said, 'Oh, let me check on that. You might be right on that. Let me check on that.' So now he goes and checks, and he said both guys said Reimold hadn't touched second base before Gutierrez fielded the ball and released the ball.
"I waited until the inning was over and then I asked Reimold when he came in, I said, 'Nolan, give it to me straight. I've had you a long time. Did you touch second base before Gutierrez threw the ball?' He said, 'Dave, I won't lie to you. I was past second base.' Then I lost it and I said, 'Tommy, you lied to me. You guys blew the call and you lied to me.' And I couldn't take it anymore after that. That was a little too much for me. ... Just tell me you made a mistake. Don't lie to me. God forbid. Nolan Reimold's the last guy that's not going to run hard there."
Hallion told a pool reporter that the crew had the call correct.
"I had two guys, the first-base umpire and the second-base umpire, both said that he had not passed second base yet before the center fielder threw the ball. That's why we gave them two bases and that's why he didn't score. He would have to be past second base. ... I did not see it. The first-base umpire and the second-base umpire clearly saw that he had not gone past second base. That's why we ruled where the runners were."
Once he was out of the bright lights of the TV cameras, Trembley really let loose, venting frustration from what he felt were two blown calls in the Orioles' recent series against the Red Sox and calling out the umpires for what Trembley perceived to be a question of Reimold's hustle on the play.
"My blood pressure's off the charts," Trembley said. "I don't get excited that much, but it builds up. ... I felt the play wasn't called correctly. I have a lot of respect for the umpires, but when you make a mistake, you've got to admit you made a mistake. They said Reimold had not touched second base before the ball was out of the hand of Gutierrez, and basically told me that Reimold didn't run hard. And that set me off because I asked Reimold, and he told me he already got to second base before the ball was out of the hand of Gutierrez."
When Trembley was asked if he had reviewed the replay of the play in question, he became even more animated.
"I don't watch the replays," Trembley said, raising his voice. "I don't need to watch the replays. I don't need to watch the replay of [Red Sox second baseman Dustin] Pedroia tagging out [Orioles outfielder Felix] Pie at second base with the ball in his hand and his glove. I don't need to watch a replay of [Red Sox catcher Jason] Varitek taking a check swing on strike three and then calling ball four. I haven't slept in a week. They're talking to me about watching the replays? I don't need to watch replays."
When asked if he's expecting to hear from the Commissioner's office for his antics on the field, he nodded.
"Oh, I'm sure I will, because I threw my hat and I got it dirty," Trembley said. "So what, you know? They made a mistake. People need to be accountable when they make a mistake. All I want is for somebody to say, 'I made a mistake. I didn't get it right.' Don't cover for one another. We're big boys here, you know?
"And the last thing I know, I get all this innuendo about, 'Well, this team doesn't play hard,' 'This team doesn't do that,' 'Trembley's passive,' this and that. People have no idea what I do when the doors are closed here. I don't call anybody out in front of the public. But one thing I will not tolerate is somebody telling me my team doesn't play hard. Or Reimold didn't run hard when I know better. And that kind of set me off a little bit, and so, hey, that's the way it goes. That's the way it goes."
And when asked what happened when he was thrown out in his third ejection of the season, Trembley copped to committing another no-no.
"In [the clubhouse on TV], you get a 10-second delay, and that's why I had to get out to the runway, so I can get it live, and hide behind the cop, who was real nice and let me stand behind him so I could get a good look in the dugout," Trembley said.
"You know, I stood behind the King County Sheriff for the whole game. I'll be honest with you. I'll tell you the honest-goodness truth. I stood behind the King County Sheriff, right behind him in the dugout, and he let me watch it.
"And every once in a while he screened it for me like a pick in basketball so nobody could see me. I didn't have my hat on or my glasses on. I had my shower shoes on, didn't have a top on. I watched the whole game from down there and then Kranny [pitching coach Rick Kranitz] was asking me, 'What do you think about that?' 'Well, don't let [reliever Mark] Hendrickson go back out there any longer. He's done. Put [reliever Matt] Albers in. You know, I think we need to put this guy in. Let's go from there.'
"You laugh, you think I'm funny. You have no idea what I've gone through. No idea. I can't talk for a week now, my hat is a mess. That's OK. We won the game. We got some big hits when it counted and the guys played well."
Scott, who drove in a career-high seven runs in the Orioles' 12-4 win, said he appreciated his manager's support and understood his arguing.
"He had every right to," Scott said. "He was in the right. Especially when we're struggling, it cost us a big run. It could have been a big run. It's frustrating, especially when things aren't going well. You want to fight for everything that's yours. All we can ask for as players and managers in this game is fair treatment.
"You've got to understand that umpires are human and are going to make mistakes. But we've still got to go out and battle for fair treatment."
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.