Two Words: Neifi Perez
I don't mean playing once in a while, I mean everyday, if you didn't like the veteran scrappiness this year (Stanton, Conine) just wait til Dusty has his say in personnel moves
I'm sure if you look at the record of any manager whose tenure exceeded 10 years that you'd find he relied on some unproductive players somewhere along the way. Sometimes the roster is thin. If Perez had been blocking some young SS now playing productively for the Cubs or some other team, then you'd have a gripe, but I don't think that was the case. If you want to say he ruined the career of the one and only Ronny Cedeno, that's OK, too, but that's not going to convince me Baker is wholly incapable of identifying promising young talent.
The guy's had a year off. Time to reflect on the past and past mistakes. I doubt he'll be the same manager he was.