Re: Managerial search over. It's Dusty.
I was away all weekend tending to other business and nowhere near radio or computer. Sometimes I like to get away from all of it. I got home this evening to this. What a couple of days, huh?
I kept looking over all the candidates for this job and came back underwhelmed. All of them. I knew neither Larussa nor Torre were going to come here at their age. I also knew that those two guys had little support here (at least, in message count). Everybody wanted Davey Johnson (including me), but Davey has also said he wasn't interested, so I knew he wasn't coming. I was secretly rooting for a 1-year contract for Mack and a wait until next year, but instead I get Dusty.
For all that's been said in this thread, I agree with Stormy and others who say this signals a disfunction in the whole Reds organization. I think it was Team Clark who said the Reds had trouble even filling the lower level jobs on this team. How sad. That would make it appear to be hopeless for a long time, but I think not. Many have asked what causes a man with the business skills of Bob Castellini to hire a Dusty Baker. Here's why. When Ford was in trouble, what did they do? They hired Alan Mulally, a guy who was successful someplace else to fix their company. The old, old philosophy is if he can fix "this" company, he can fix our company. That's what this was all about. Didn't Bob interview Lou before taking over and maybe even Torre. He wanted an "expert" and this is what he apparently thinks Baker is.
Your owner said he wanted to contend for championships right away instead of waiting, so that's what he's doing. Apparently he thinks that the players a mostly in place to win now.
As for remaining the follow the Reds, I had to ask myself if it could be any worse than Boone, Miley, or Narron. The answer came back a resounding, "no". So, if I stuck with them through that I have no choice but to stick with them through this. Like it or not.
For too long I have been preaching that in order to win championships, we had to have someone who has won something to lead the team. Now we have it. It's not exactly who I had in mind, but that goal (at least for me) is accomplished. The rest of it is up to question until about the middle of next year. I imagine those who steadfastly supported Miley, Narron, and lately Mack as well as Krivsky when we were winning (and even when we were not) will be less critical. But after tomorrow, he'll be our leader. I hope he's very successful.