Sam Perlozzo is FIRED! Better Luck to him else where. I'm a Pirates fan yes and you may find it hard how I can like the Orioles, but my dad got me to like the Orioles and the Pirates at the same time.


Something the Pirates can learn from

Perlozzo dismissed as O's manager
Bullpen coach Trembley takes over on interim basis
By Tom Singer /

The Orioles dismissed manager Sam Perlozzo on Monday and replaced him on an interim basis with bullpen coach Dave Trembley.

The club made the announcment at a press conference at Camden Yards.

Club executives have begun the process of recruiting their reported top choice as permanent replacement, Joe Girardi, according to published reports. Trembley will manage the Orioles beginning with Tuesday night's Interleague game in San Diego.

Perlozzo will be invited to remain with the organization, said Mike Flanagan, the Orioles' executive vice president of baseball operations.

"We felt Sam was prepared [and] the club was prepared to do battle every night," Flanagan said. "For some reason it just wasn't working."

The shakeup comes in the wake of a 1-8 homestand and eight-game losing streak that buried the Orioles deeper into the American League East basement. With a record of 29-40, Baltimore is 15 1/2 games behind division-leading Boston.

Furthermore, the moves follow a very public admission that the offseason $42 million overhaul of the bullpen has flopped. Danys Baez, signed to a three-year, $19 million deal, was placed on the disabled list after a string of ineffective outings. Todd Williams was released, five months after being signed as a free agent.

Perlozzo's moves with that bullpen came under intense scrutiny for weeks, beginning with his May 13 decision to remove starter Jeremy Guthrie with one out in the ninth inning with a 5-0 lead at Boston.

The bullpen that night collapsed into a 6-5 loss that day. The worst ninth-inning meltdown in Orioles history began the Perlozzo Watch, which ended on Monday.

"We do feel we have a very good team, a very good organization," Flanagan said. "We've changed things the last few years and we still believe we have a very good organization."

Perlozzo had a cumulative record of 122-164 since succeeding Lee Mazzilli as manager on Aug. 4, 2005.

Furthermore, according to a report by ESPN, the Orioles have also hired former Chicago Cubs president Andy MacPhail as their chief operating officer. MacPhail would replace Joe Foss, who resigned from the club earlier this season. There was no mention of MacPhail during Flanagan's opening remarks.