USA Today has a nice profile of O’s manager Dave Trembley and his long path to the majors. I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: it’s hard not to like this guy. He’s a good face for the franchise as the team works its way back to respectability.
“He has a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s degree in education. Trembley took a job in 1977 as teacher and baseball coach at Daniel Murphy High School in Los Angeles. In 1980, he served as baseball coach at a junior college in L.A. and in 1984 joined the professional ranks as a scout for the Chicago Cubs.
He became a minor league manager in 1986, and to expand his experience also managed winter league ball in Mexico and Venezuela. After 20 years toiling as a minor league manager, he was promoted to bullpen coach for the Orioles before the 2007 season.
On June 18, 2007, upon being named the replacement for Sam Perlozzo, Trembley became the seventh manager in major league history without playing professionally in the minors or big leagues.
He promptly restored fielding practice before games and foisted his three-word mantra upon everyone in the clubhouse: Respect The Game.
Trembley says his approach to the game — and life itself — remains the same.
‘We still drive the same car at home. We still have the same friends. We still go to the same church. I haven’t upgraded my wardrobe,’ Trembley said. ‘When you start taking things for granted, when you think somebody owes you something, when you get out of your lane, when you think you’re above it, you’re wrong. I’m the same guy who started teaching school in inner city L.A.'”