I’d never heard of Dave Trembley until the day he became Baltimore’s interim manager. He was and is a no-name, a no-name who’s gone 20-15 during his first 35 games on the job, 40% better than Sam Perlozzo did with the same sorry lot before he got canned.
It’s with this modest emergence that folks are taking notice. One is Bugs and Cranks, who shows the uncanny resemblance between Manager Trembley and Captain Kirk, and another is SI’s Tom Verducci, who compares Trembley to Tom Kelly, a man that also got his start as an interim manager for Andy MacPhail. That was 21 years ago, and Kelly impressed enough to get the full-time gig before winning two World Series in Minnesota.
Shooting a hole in all this flattery is that, well, Shatner hasn’t aged well, and Perlozzo himself went 9-4 immediately after replacing Lee Mazzilli during the nightmare season of 2005. So let’s hold off on patting the new guy on the ass for just a bit, but rejoice in the Black & Orange playing over .500, even if it is only for a month and a half.
Update: Hours after this post was made, MacPhail removed Trembley’s interim tag, and Baltimore beat Boston (BUH-DARD!).