Braves’ hires include ex-managers Elia, Trembley

The Braves added plenty of major league experience to their staff Friday, hiring former Baltimore manager Dave Trembley as minor league fielder coordinator and former manager Lee Elia and veteran scout Bob Johnson as special assistants to general manager Frank Wren.

Trembley, 59, managed the Orioles from 2007 until being fired in June. He was a longtime minor league manager before that, and was selected as one of the top five minor league managers of the past 20 years by Baseball America in December 2001.

“We whittled down a list of guys who would be the type to not only teach our players, but teach our teachers,” Wren said. “Dave’s full of baseball knowledge, and he has so much passion for the game and teaching the right way to play the game.”

Trembley faced new Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez many times when both were minor-league managers, and Gonzalez  gave him a high recommendation.

“This role, what it does is help solidify the link between majors and minors from a teaching standpoint and consistency standpoint,” Wren said of Trembley’s position. “He’ll go around to all teams and oversee instruction.”

Trembley replaces Tommy Shields, who’ll switch to coordinator of minor league infield instruction.

Elia, 73, has spent more than 50 years in baseball and been a major league player, coach, manager and front-office man. He will serve  as an instructor at the major league and minor league levels.

“When you have a guy with his kind of baseball knowledge, he makes you better in so many ways,” Wren said. “His knowledge will be invaluable. He’s passionate about hitting.  He and Larry [Parrish, new Braves hitting coach] are very much compatible. Larry said he’s had a number of real good conversations with Lee about hitting.”

Johnson, 63, has been a pro scout for 35 years, working extensively in both leagues. He spent the past four seasons with the New York Mets, after 10 years as an advance scout with Oakland and Texas.

“One of the most highly respected advance scouts in the game,” Wren said.

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Bama Brave

November 12th, 2010
4:46 pm

rammerjammer

November 12th, 2010
4:47 pm

Old is good.

stew

November 12th, 2010
5:12 pm

All this other news new scouts, coaches, backup first basemen et al fine. Bottom line GET RYAN BRAUN AND BJ UPTON and we win world series in 2011.

Bob the Blogger

November 12th, 2010
5:15 pm

I think it is good that Wren looks past the age of potential employees and hires them on their abilities. Fredi Gonzalez is 46 and Lee Elia is 73.

vivabeta

November 12th, 2010
5:24 pm

Haha. Braun AND Upton? Are we just gonna hand the entire Mississippi team over to Milwaukee and Tampa?

mjm

November 12th, 2010
5:30 pm

Just don’t put a mike in front of Lee Elia.

1eyedJack

November 12th, 2010
5:53 pm

@vivabeta, sure it’s just like trading baseball cards.

Chop Chop

November 12th, 2010
6:13 pm

How ’bout that day baseball, Lee Elia?

It’s a field day for the, well, sockcuckers.

Dawgdad (The Original)

November 12th, 2010
6:37 pm

Bring back Chuck Tanner, Yogi Berra, Tommy Lasorta,and Jack McKeon. They all know a lot about baseball.

Dan Schafer

November 12th, 2010
7:07 pm

Braves fans — you’re gonna love Dave Trembley. I promise you, you’re gonna love him!

Gulf Coast

November 12th, 2010
7:41 pm

I’d like to see Leo Mazzone and Trembley have a get together . . .

DaveLover

November 12th, 2010
9:21 pm

Dan Schafer, I already love Dave Trembley–I do, I promise you, I LOVE him!!!! But who wouldn’t . . .

Go Braves

November 13th, 2010
3:49 am

Is it me or is Wren bringing back the parts he had as GM with the Orioles when he was FIRED!

From Southwest Georgia

November 13th, 2010
7:18 am

DOB, does Bobby Dews have a job for 2011 with the Braves?

ExBraves Fan

November 13th, 2010
8:24 am

Braves ain’t gonna sign any of those listed up there. NEVER! They sign Independent League sluggers. In other words, dirt cheep for a .200 average, 2 dingers, 6 RBI, 65 strikeouts in 98 ABs. Naw, forget the old days when Braves made real moves. Now it is on the cheap, with broken down worthless players. KC Royals have the best minor leagues. All those so called GREAT players the Braves have down there, 1 in 20 actually turn out too be any thing. Remember when Frenchie was suppose too be the next Mantle. Now he is a free agent who refused a MINOR league assignment by Texas.

Trey - 6

November 13th, 2010
9:20 am

Wren does not seem to think things though and always seems to make rash and impulse moves. I guess now we know why Baltimore fired him.

Mutts

November 13th, 2010
10:01 am

Maybe Elia was signed to platoon with Chipper at 3rd base.

RichieRich86

November 13th, 2010
11:46 am

Stew,

If you only knew what you were talking. The Braves will not and Should not get a player like B.J. Upton. He is lazy!!!!! You think Fredi got into it with Hanley after he jogged to that ball he booted. He’d freakin break his foot in Uptons Ass for his lazyness!

David O'Brien

November 13th, 2010
11:58 am

From Southwest Geogia: Yes, I wrote a comment yesterday that Dews would be back in same role.

Chopdawg

November 13th, 2010
3:26 pm

Somebody told me there’ll be a new manager in Rome, anyone heard anything about that?

KoReen

November 13th, 2010
9:31 pm

Chopdawg, Tommy Lasorda is interested.

hAL

November 14th, 2010
5:03 am

yea sighn upton then we can have a black hole in right and center lol

braves70

November 14th, 2010
6:46 pm

I agree Go Braves. What do want with all of these Orioles losers running and ruining our team? This article details how many of them have come aboard:

http://www.explorehoward.com/blog/drivers-seat/349/trembley-joins-the-braves-miller-gets-the-boot/

Hammerin Hank

November 15th, 2010
7:25 am

Why did the Braves part ways with Hubbard?

Heisenberg

November 15th, 2010
9:39 am

Hubbards’ job in addition to 1B coach was to coach infielders. Considering the Braves defensive issues (which could be argued were not his fault), one could follow the logic where a new manager would want to make a change. That plus even though it was obvious a change needed to be made at hitting coach, Fredi still wanted to keep his buddy TP on staff and Hubbard was just odd man out. Either way he did not deserve it. But that is life and we move on.

Chuck M.

November 15th, 2010
10:19 am

hAl you are such a jack a@@ you find every opportunity to display your ignorance, If you only had a brain! lol

doggieshurtbreggiiiii

November 15th, 2010
11:05 am

good moves, we are not spending anything more under Liberty so let’s scout ‘em to death

fslusser seminole 58

November 15th, 2010
12:32 pm

No comments until I hear who we are really interested in. Like a good hitting outfielder. This week things should heat up. I hope they are right about Larry Parrish. I wanted Presley.

Heisenberg

November 15th, 2010
2:33 pm

I do not know much about Larry Parrish coaching record. I do remember him as a player – he was the other L Parrish. But I do not think recycling the Marlins hitting instructor was the answer. Think about it. The Marlins have been a free-swinging bunch that strikes out a lot but also can hit some long balls. Well we got the free-swinging strike out part down pretty good. We need a guy that can teach hitters about approach and setting up pitchers. Not sure whether or not Parrish will be that guy but did not think Presley was based on what I saw from the Marlins teams he coached.

Chuck M.

November 15th, 2010
4:21 pm

DOB I wondered if you heard anything on Hubbard, I really thought he did a good job with the Braves,with all of the coaching positions open< i hope he lands one.

Reid in EAV

November 15th, 2010
4:36 pm

Thanks for the reminder on that infamous Lee Elia quote from Chicago. I had forgotten that was him. Good stuff, hilarious, and largely true. (Sorry, Cubs people.)

Leanne Gra

November 16th, 2010
1:34 am

RichieRich, You are correct that BJ is lazy more often than not. But it’s actually deeper than that. BJ is a PrimaDonna without portfolio. He came up with huge fanfare. Since then, he’s seen several of his old teammates from the Virginia Leagues, including his brother receive multi-year contracts and high local accolades and then watched Evan Longoria get a long-term contract and huge reknown.

BJ steals alotta bases because he usually has the spotlight to himself. He turns doubles into singles from standing and watching long flies waiting for his 4Bagger Romp only to realize the ball doesn’t have the carry. Bj seems to believe that he’s owed something from baseball, the fans, the teams instead of appreciating what a great gig he’s got. BUT, he responds to discipline. Something Joe Maddon will never do as he expects players to already be grownups. IMO, Fredi Gonzales might be just the kind of take-no-BS manager that BJ will respond to. Lou Pinella was known as a disciplinarian and BJ responded and speaks now of missing as he put it “always knowing what’s expected”. I think a trade would be good for the Braves-Rays and BJ.

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RBrave

November 16th, 2010
11:23 am

Don’t need old headcase, Upton !

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