08/06/09 2:05 PM ET
Jones gets rare day off on Thursday
Trembley rests center fielder before series in Toronto
By Spencer Fordin / MLB.com
"I was going to give him either yesterday or today off," said Trembley of Jones. "We are going to play on that turf [in Toronto] for three days and I was going to do it yesterday or I was going to do it today."
Jones, Baltimore's lone All-Star representative this season, helped break up Detroit's shutout bid with a two-run home run in the ninth inning on Wednesday night. That was his 19th homer of the season, but Detroit manager Jim Leyland told Trembley that he was more impressed with another aspect of the youngster's game.
"Jim Leyland, after the first game, commented on the fly ball that Jones hit," said Trembley, relaying a private conversation. "And he was almost at second base when they caught it. You don't ask him to play hard anymore, which I think is a real sign of accepting the responsibility and maturing and doing all those kinds of things."
Trembley, who has considered Leyland a mentor dating back to their shared tenure in Pittsburgh's organization, said it meant a lot to him to hear one of the game's most acclaimed managers praising his team.
"That's the greatest compliment as a coach or a manager you can get from somebody else -- your guys play hard," he said. "When it is recognized on the other side and it is recognized by Leyland, like he said, 'You cant fool him.' He has been around for a long time. He told me that about my team. ... It is a compliment to the players."
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.