Trembley hopes to take major step to Orioles

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:27 AM ET

Lynx manager Dave Trembley waited out the storm yesterday, staying at home in Daytona Beach with his family while rain and wind from Hurricane Wilma passed through their Florida city.

Once the storm passes, Trembley will wait on something else: Word from the Baltimore Orioles on whether he gets his first chance at a big-league coaching job after spending 19 seasons toiling in the minors.

"It would be neat for my family, and for all the guys who've been in the minor leagues for a long time," said Trembley, a candidate for the final vacant spot on manager Sam Perlozzo's coaching staff.

Perlozzo, who was named as the O's manager last week, still needs a third-base coach after shuffling his staff.

Last week, Perlozzo phoned Trembley to tell him about his candidacy.

"It's nice to be considered and it would be even nicer to get the job," said Trembley. "I've really just tried not to think about it a whole lot."

Trembley's work last season with Lynx players such as Bernie Castro, Walter Young, Eli Whiteside, Alejandro Freire and Aaron Rakers impressed the Orioles, and led to his consideration for a major-league job.

"Your best line of support comes from the players," said Trembley. "I think those guys can be your best allies or they can be your worst foes in these kinds of situations.

"But I think those players appreciated what our staff (in Ottawa) did with them last season and they represented themselves well when they got up there."

Also working in his favour are connections with Baltimore first-base coach Dave Cash, bench coach Tom Trebelhorn and hitting coach Terry Crowley.

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Cash spent part of two seasons with Trembley as the Lynx hitting coach before being promoted to the Orioles last season.

In 1994, Trembley worked with Trebelhorn while managing at Double-A Orlando in the Chicago Cubs chain. Trebelhorn, the manager of the big-league club, joined Trembley in Orlando when the major league season was cut short by a players' strike.

Trembley, who also coached Crowley's son for one season, admitted he's a longshot for the job.

"There are a lot of good baseball people looking for work, and I'm sure Sam has heard from some of them," he said.

"I'm kind of the underdog in this situation. I'm just looking for somebody to give me a chance."

If that doesn't happen, Trembley said he'd return to Ottawa if the Orioles give him the opportunity.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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