Re: Managerial search over. It's Dusty.
About the only positive thing I can say about the hiring of Dusty Baker is that sometimes a team wins despite, not because of, its manager. For example, in 1982 the Orioles won 94 games with Earl Weaver at the helm and just missed winning the AL East. The next season, with Joe Altobelli as manager, the O's won 98 games and the World Series. Does anybody believe that Altobelli was a better manager than Weaver?
Sometimes you are just lucky. A few players have career years, a few new rookies or acquisitions suddenly do better than you could have imagined, and...well you are lucky-you get hot, you win more than your share of close games-and you are a winner. In those instances, you tend to fall back the next season.
So that's the best I can do when it comes to Dusty Baker. Maybe the Reds will be lucky and win despite him.
"Hey...Dad. Wanna Have A Catch?" Kevin Costner in "Field Of Dreams."