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A Sobering Quote from Trembley


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This place'll have a field day with this one.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/orioles/bal-trembley0716,0,578434.story

"For us, it's more important to get the right guys in the right slots, to make sure they're getting experience and showing improvement. To put it bluntly, we don't have enough players that are done reaching their potential to, on a day-in and day-out basis, succeed in this division. I take the losses personal, but I think you have to keep things in perspective."
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It is true and is really just the saying "the young guys have to take their lumps."

Wieters, Jones, Markakis, and Reimold are not playing to their potential right now, nor is Berken, if you think his potential is a little higher. I would think Bergesen and Hernandez are playing on par right now with their potentials, maybe a little under.

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That quote would be fine if it were the young guns that were keeping us down and hurting the team overall. The fact of the matter is it’s the veterans who have been the biggest drag on the team. Reimold is in a slump and Wieters hasn’t been the force right away we had hoped.. but they aren’t supposed to have to be the run producers.

Markakis, Huff, Mora, Hill, Guthrie etc. are the guys who are responsible for a lot of these losses. To blame it on “young guys who haven’t reached their potential” is a bit misleading when the young guys have been the ones playing as good or better than you could expect a young player to play.

It's a cop out for an underachieving (IMO) team. Blame it on the young guys.

Edit: Not only is this an easy excuse when the team struggles, you then get to take credit for “being good with young players” when they play well.

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That quote would be fine if it were the young guns that were keeping us down and hurting the team overall. The fact of the matter is it’s the veterans who have been the biggest drag on the team. Reimold is in a slump and Wieters hasn’t been the force right away we had hoped.. but they aren’t supposed to have to be the run producers.

Markakis, Huff, Mora, Hill, Guthrie etc. are the guys who are responsible for a lot of these losses. To blame it on “young guys who haven’t reached their potential” is a bit misleading when the young guys have been the ones playing as good or better than you could expect a young player to play.

He didn't blame it on the young guys. He's simply stating that until all of the young guys reach their potential, we can't compete in the AL East. The vets are what they are, its the growth of the youngsters that will determine our fate. If they mature and produce like we think they can, then we have a shot.

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He seems to not realize that since Adam Eaton left the rotation, this team is playing above .500 ball.

Take away the horrid baserunning by veteran players, the complete lack of production at third base by a veteran and the down year by our supposed staff Ace (also a veteran) and this team might be half a dozen games over .500 since Eaton's departure.

Sure the O's will get better as the youngsters improve and gain experience, but to say the team can't compete with the other teams in the East right now because the young players aren't there yet is just indefensible.

Trembley is looking for excuses to justify this team woefully under performing expectations and the young guys are a handy scapegoat, nothing more.

I would have a great deal more respect for him if he'd have said, the team can play with anyone in baseball (which it can) if the veteran players pull their weight. But Trembley has repeatedly shown that he's afraid of veteran players. He never calls them out, never benches them, never criticizes them for poor play, bad fundatments, lack of hustle, poor team attitude or any of a host of other things that coaches shouldn't accept or allow from any player on their team, veteran or otherwise.

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He seems to not realize that since Adam Eaton left the rotation, this team is playing above .500 ball.

Take away the horrid baserunning by veteran players, the complete lack of production at third base by a veteran and the down year by our supposed staff Ace (also a veteran) and this team might be half a dozen games over .500 since Eaton's departure.

Sure the O's will get better as the youngsters improve and gain experience, but to say the team can't compete with the other teams in the East right now because the young players aren't there yet is just indefensible.

Trembley is looking for excuses to justify this team woefully under performing expectations and the young guys are a handy scapegoat, nothing more.

So what? That's still not good enough to compete in the AL East.

We can't compete until the youngsters develop. Their ceilings are much higher than the vets that are currently here. IMO, you're reading too much into this quote.

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Trembley speaks the truth. We don't have enough of our young guys at their potential to compete. That's not a knock against the young guys that are here at all, just obvious that they aren't fully developed yet, and that more are still enroute. And its not a free pass to the veterans either, he's essentially saying that they aren't good enough to compete either, as we need the young guys to supplant them.

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It is true and is really just the saying "the young guys have to take their lumps."

Wieters, Jones, Markakis, and Reimold are not playing to their potential right now, nor is Berken, if you think his potential is a little higher. I would think Bergesen and Hernandez are playing on par right now with their potentials, maybe a little under.

You think Bergesen is playing under his potential?!

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Not only a sobering quote, but a truthful one. Although, it seems like people are MORE truthful when they aren't sober...but I digress...

MacPhail has pretty much said since day one of this season that it was going to be a rebuilding year. Just seems to me that Trembley is stating more of the merely obvious.

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