Originally Posted by Benihana
Great, how do you explain Dusty penciling Jr. in the 3 spot every single day, when everyone else in the world- including Ozzie Guillen- knows that there's no chance he should ever bat higher than 7th at this point? Furthermore, I don't care what a guy says he will or won't do, it is literally the manager's job to convince him to do what's best for the team. It's one thing if a guy is a stubborn malcontent like Gary Sheffield, but Jr. and Dunn both were perfectly willing to embrace new roles as soon as they left the Reds, and like it or not, that IS an indictment on Dusty Baker.
I wouldn't lay it all on Dusty, though he should get a piece of the blame. It took management a while to get him out of CF and Dusty wasn't anywhere near Ohio.
And by the way...maybe Ozzie is smart enough to bat him 7th, but he is also dumb enough to play him in CF.