Bowie Baysox Manager Dave Trembley likes to keep it simple. A self-described teacher and "old-school guy," Trembley came to Bowie prior to the 2003 season as part of the Baltimore Orioles' plan to reinvigorate their minor league system with an emphasis on fundamentals and discipline.
They found the right guy in Trembley, 52, who quietly won his 1,200th game as a minor league manager on July 8 at Binghamton. Over 18 years as a minor league skipper, the 52-year-old native of Carthage, N.Y., has taught his players how to "do it the right way."
"I'm old fashioned and I'm a stickler for details," Trembley said. "My guys know exactly what I expect from them. I want them to be patient, be positive and be a team player."
Trembley's career as a manager began with the Chicago Cubs organization at lesser Class A Kinston in 1986. He spent several years with the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres organizations and came to the Orioles after a return engagement with the Cubs, most recently at Class A Daytona.
In December 2001, Baseball America selected Trembley as one of minor league baseball's top five managers of the past 20 years and he has been named his league's manager of the year on three occasions.
"He brings a tremendous amount of baseball experience and knowledge, with the ability to communicate and instill that knowledge in his players," said Doc Rodgers, the Orioles' director of minor league operations. "He teaches respect for the uniform and respect for the game and it shows."
While amassing 1,200 wins -- fourth among all minor league managers -- is a major accomplishment, Trembley takes no greater joy than in seeing one of his players get to the big leagues.
"In the minor leagues, it's all about player development," he said. "The most special feeling you can have is seeing one of your guys make it. And then if they come back and say, 'Thank you for helping me get there,' that's best feeling there is."
That feeling keeps him motivated. That, and the fear of any player moving up without first learning the fundamentals.
"I don't want them to get [to the major leagues] and have someone say, 'Didn't anyone teach you to play the right way?' "