Mora, Trembley settle dispute
Third baseman, coach clear air in closed-door meeting
DETROIT -- Melvin Mora and Dave Trembley found some middle ground on Monday, one day after the pair aired an acrimonious dispute in public. Mora, who had felt he had been disrespected by a lack of playing time, took his concerns to Trembley in a closed-door meeting and emerged with some peace of mind.
"He just wanted everything to move forward from now," said Mora. "My problem is not playing time. I can't go out there and ask for playing time when I'm hitting .250 or .260. Come on. I cannot go out there and ask to be in there every day. We never talked about that. We talked about respect, and that's the only thing."
Mora, who was out of the lineup again Monday, said that he was angry with Trembley over a perceived slight left over from the Boston series. The veteran claimed that he understood why Ty Wigginton was playing more often, but he wanted his manager to verbalize why he was taken out of the lineup in a respectful way.
Moments later, Mora said something that proved he understood Trembley's perspective. "If I'm the manager, I just put my lineup up and that's it," he said. "I don't [care] about who cares and who doesn't care."
Strangely enough, that enigmatic thought gave birth to several more. Mora addressed the media in a rambling and sometimes contradictory interview on Monday, saying that he understood being removed from the starting lineup, but that he'd only want to be a bench player on a team with a chance to win.
Mora also said that he hasn't pondered asking for his release and that he's never asked for a trade during his tenure with the Orioles. Clearly, the third baseman is beginning to plot his own exit strategy.
"Whatever happens the next 24 hours, the next week, the next two months," Mora said, "I just want to walk out of here with my forehead up so that everyone can remember me as a great Oriole and not as a son of a gun."
Trembley, who likes to wait 24 hours before addressing unpleasant topics with his players, said that time and an amicable conversation had healed all wounds. Trembley said that Mora just wanted to get some things off his chest and that the two parties involved understood each other a lot better for making the effort.
"My side is like I said yesterday," said Trembley. "Melvin has been a very good player for a long time. I think sometimes things get a little miscommunicated and people's feelings get hurt. That's never been my intent. Honestly, I don't think that's Melvin's intent as well. It's just one of those things that happens and you're glad when you have an opportunity to sit down the next day and talk about it. Each person gives their side of the story, and you feel good about it when you get up and open the door. That's how I feel and I'm sure that's how he feels today."
Mora, true to his nature, wouldn't go that far. The Venezuela native said that he didn't regret the spectacle he helped cause on Sunday and reiterated that he meant what he said in the heat of the moment.
"I'm glad I said it because that's the way I feel," Mora said. "I don't have hair on my tongue. When I feel something like that, I'm going to tell everybody. I never get tired [of] thanking this organization because I've had my career here. I always thank the fans because they've been outstanding with me. ... I've had a good time here with the Orioles, but if you have to move on, you have to move on. I'm always going to be an Oriole, no matter what I'm going to be."
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.