06/29/07 8:40 PM ET
Notes: Suspended game questions
O's interim skipper Trembley left regretting chain of events
By Spencer Fordin / MLB.com
"I think the situation is a little clearer to me today than it was last night. I believe that the areas of communication will improve if we run into a situation like we did," he said. "I'm not going to point the fingers at anybody. We didn't pitch very well there in the eighth inning. I could've done a couple things a little bit differently. ... It's unfortunate we all got into the situation that we got into."
Trembley didn't get into specifics, but he hinted that the communication between the grounds crew and the umpires could've been better. Baltimore and New York endured a brief delay Thursday night -- during which the rain slowed to a trickle -- and resumed action only to see it rain much harder. The second delay lasted one hour, 25 minutes and ultimately ended in a stoppage.
If the umpires had known the rain would be much worse in a few moments, they may never have restarted the game. In this case, that might've left the Orioles with a lead and a win, but Trembley reiterated that he didn't want to blame anyone.
"I get my instructions from the crew chief. I think you'd have to ask [him] the communication that he got," he said. "I really didn't get a whole lot last night. ... I'm not so sure the game would have been started if that information would've been given to him."
The game will eventually be replayed from the exact point in the game that it stopped, but Trembley wants to do whatever he can to make sure it doesn't happen again. In this case, that likely means facilitating communication. In a way, Trembley even addressed a concern voiced by Melvin Mora -- namely, that the game was prolonged to give an advantage to the Yankees.
"I think the umpires have the utmost respect for the game, the integrity of the game and the welfare of the fans," he said of the decision-making process on the field. "The game has to be played at the highest level by the players, and obviously the conditions sometime have an effect on that. I would never insinuate anything but the highest regard for a decision by an umpire.
"But I think in order for them to make the decisions that they make sometime, they have to have as much information as they possibly can have, and perhaps last night they probably did not have that."
Trembley was pressed specifically on a number of issues, but he declined to answer outside of a general response. Perhaps he'll argue longer and harder for a more judicious delay next time, but one thing is certain: Trembley is extraordinarily aware of his place in the game and his position of authority, and he doesn't want to do anything to overstep his bounds.
"I'll be very honest with all of you," he said Friday. "You're asking me in a very direct and polite manner. I hope you can all read between the lines of what I'm saying, because I would never go above and beyond what I'm expected to do -- and that's manage the baseball team. But also, part of my job is to protect my players, but I would never be disrespectful to the umpires."
Moving on: The Orioles ushered the Yankees out of town and welcomed the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, who beat Baltimore three times in four games last month in Anaheim. Trembley seemed to appreciate the well-rounded skill set that the Angels bring to the table, and he's clearly a fan of Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia's work.
"This is another club that had our number a little bit when we played them on the West Coast," he said. "You look at their lineup, and they've got great balance. Pitching. Bullpen. Power. And they've got some guys that can really run the bases. They have All-Star players in their lineup [and] a manager who forces the action and demands they play the right way."
Trembley, who's 5-3 since taking over for Sam Perlozzo, said he stressed to his players the importance of finishing the first half on a strong note. Baltimore, which sat nine games under .500 before Friday's game, can markedly alter its position with a surge before the All-Star break. And after that, they can collect themselves and play the rest of the season.
"I told our guys last night after the game was suspended that there's been too many negative things that have occurred around here in the last few days, and there's been more positive things that have far outweighed them," he said. "Let's not get caught up in what happened last night. Put it behind you. We've got a job to do [Friday]. We've got 10 days and 10 games to go before the All-Star break."
On the horizon: Garrett Olson, whom many are touting to eventually take a rotation spot from Brian Burres, is leading the Triple-A International League with 97 innings pitched. He also ranks third with 84 strikeouts.
Olson could be a second-half callup, but first he'll pitch for Team USA at this year's Futures Game.
Quotable: "I think we have explained that to them the day we took over. I think the attitude here has been tremendous. If it gets better, we'll take it. But the way these guys have been has been about as good as I could ever imagine." -- Trembley, on the importance of his team playing well as it approaches the All-Star break and the second half of the season
Coming up: The Orioles and Angels will meet again Saturday, and Burres (3-2, 3.36 ERA) will be matched up against former Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon (6-3, 5.90 ERA).
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.