Originally Posted by Mr Larkin
Dusty, my fellow Reds fans, was a proven commodity when he was hired. He has been named manager of the year before and has guided his teams to the playoffs. He has been a solid manager before and I think he continues to be a solid manager.
I think we have been losing because we have not had the talent. It is not the manager's fault that the players are not capable of playing as well as the competition. Would the Red's fortunes been different if Willy was not the leadoff hitter last year? No. Would the Reds have been World Series ready if they had not had Corey in CF two years ago? No. In order to win, the players must play better than the other team. Our players have not been able to do so since Dusty has been at the helm.
I think this could be the first year where we are equal to the task as far as having players who can honestly compete. Let's see if Dusty can now deliver the solid managing skills he displayed as a successful manager before he arrived in Cincy.
i think theres no question the talent level needed to be upgraded. but how can one be okay with patterson and taveras being the lead off guys the past 2 yrs? it just hamstrung the entire lineup when your leadoff guy could NEVER get on. clearly its not the total problem, but it sure doesnt help seeing their numbers pop up on the screen and some of the stats you would hear about as they sucked. then to see dusty be so stubborn and not mix the lineup up and move them down is just ludicrous. basically, he wasnt utilizing the lineup the best way he could with the players he had.
the manager of the year stuff doesnt hold weight imo, if the team is good enough and has one of the best hitters in the game on it, not going to be hard to win that award. look at what dusty did when he got to chicago, no he didnt ruin prior and wood's arms, his first year he won the central, then every year on out proceeded to do worse and worse.