Originally Posted by Falls City Beer
I know Dusty's not the least bit responsible for this trainwreck.
True. So true.
I'm not a dusty Baker fan, but I've seen him win games. He's not an idiot. I've seen idiots (as baseball managers) names withheld to protect the innocent, who have managed the Reds. You have to wonder why he took the job. Here was the pitch:
"Dusty, at first we've got Scott Hatteberg. He's 38 and a lefty, but we paid his option and he'll platoon with Joey Votto, who's a rookie and also left handed. At second, we've got Brandon Phillips who had a career year in 2007. At shortstop, we've got Alex Gonzalez, but he hasn't played much and Jeff Keppinger will play there. At third, we've got Edwin Encarnacion who has fielding problems, but had a hot bat every other month. In the outfield, we've got the powerful Adam Dunn who goes through horrible slumps, Ryan Freel, who hits in splurts and tries to make a we gem on every bal hit to him (and he has this little base running problem), and in rightfield we have Hall of Famer Ken Griffey, Jr., who's 38, but can still hit. Our catcher is David Ross who spent most of last year hitting below .200 and is not the best fielding catcher and Javier Valentin, who is at best a backup. Our starting pitching staff consists of two rookies, Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo. The fifth guy is totally inconsistent. We've going to bring in Josh Fogg, who might give us 5 innings of 3 run ball. Our relievers are the worst in the business. I know you want this job."
I have run like the devil away from this and stayed at ESPN. He brought in Corey Patterson because he thought he was what he did not have--a guy who could play centerfield. Dunn and Griffey would make up for his poor skills with the bat and he brought in Paul Bako because he is a competent catcher, something we didn't have. It's all gone south because the team is horrilbly constructed. That doesn't excuse Dusty's poor lineup construction. You have to believe that will change and I understand it will starting tomorrow.
Walt Jocketty has a big job in front of him. The offense must improve and that will require moves. If he cuts or trades Valentin or Ross, brings up Jay Bruce to play center, acquires a right-handed power bat, andconvinces Dusty to tweak his lineup, things may begin to improve. Same with Dusty. He needs to construct his lineup better. All we can do is hope because if changes are not made, we'll lose 90 games again and folks will stay away in large numbers.