Re: Dusty Baker: Teflon Manager
I couldn't read the entire article because I don't subscribe to BP, so I can't comment on exactly what Sheehan said.
But I can say that Dusty never told Votto to swing at bad pitches, never told him to stop taking walks. Dusty said that he wanted Votto to have a more aggressive approach at the plate with runners on base. He was asked about Dunn and he said he wished he took less called third strikes with runners on base. Both Dunn and Votto agreed with him.
I see nothing wrong with wanting your hitters to be aggressive with runners on base, and to discourage them from taking called third strikes.
BigKlu - Vlad Guerrero never a met a pitch he didn't like and he has a lifetime .391 OBP. Oh yeah, his other stats are pretty good too. Ted Williams was one of the greatest hitters of all time with his approach, and Vlad is one of the greatest hitters of all time with his approach. Just for the record, Mantle, Mays Aaron, Ruth were all free swingers, and they did okay too.
MLBFan30 - Doesn't Bonds actually prove that Baker is not as anti OBP as people on this board think he is? If Bonds was going to listen to anyone, it would be Baker, who is friends with Mays and Aaron, two of Bonds biggest role models. If Baker really wanted a batter to be aggressive to the point of making more outs, if he really wanted his hitters to swing at bad pitches, then wouldn't he have had Bonds swing at bad pitches and take less walks so he could get more hits?
It's funny, because many players that played under Dusty, had some of their best OBP years while playing of him. Jeff Kent, Matt Williams, J.T. Snow, Bill Meuller, Derrek Lee, Todd Walker.
Baker has never been against OBP, he himself had a lifetime .347 OBP, which is 69 points higher than his BA. Not Bonds territory, but not the OBP of a guy who hates walks.