Originally Posted by M2
I imagine Giants fans like him better, but you've got a column from San Francisco's Ray Ratto right there and he's saying:
"Is Dusty Baker a good hire then? The short answer is he isn't bad at all. The more involved answer is, that depends on Adam Dunn and Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips and Harang and Bailey and Wayne Krivsky and Bob Castellini."
That's hardly a case of acting like the guy is some sort of baseball messiah.
Plus, it's not just the Chicago folks who've indulged in the frantic Dusty bashing. A good chunk of the numbers-oriented crowd apparently has a Dusty itch that must be scratched as well. Apparently you don't have to be rational about Dusty Baker.
But Ray Rotto is just one example. And to be honest, I didn't interpret the article the way you did. I thought Rotto was more defending Dusty than putting him down. Could he have used better language to convey that if that's what he really felt? Absolutely. But, I took away from the article that he was saying that the field manager would be in tact and that it was up to the players and the ownership to make the rest happen.