Originally Posted by Chip R
I think you probably have something there. Dusty is more of a manager who believes that if the players are happy and content, they will produce better. That may be true to a certain extent but that doesn't always work out. I can imagine him calling Brandon into his office and telling him, with great anguish, that he's taking him out of the cleanup spot and moving him to 2nd. Brandon may have just said, "OK, Skip" and shrugged it off. But I think Dusty feels that any change from a routine can upset a player and he takes great care not to upset his players.
I also think that he's somewhat of a prisoner of the era in which he played in. I heard someone say once that the kind of music you'll like fir the rest of your life is the kind you listened to in your late teens and early 20s. I think, for the most part, that's the case for a lot of things. Dusty came of age in the late 60s-early 70s. More often than not, the CF led off and either the 2nd baseman or SS batted 2nd. The CF was fast and when he got on he was expected to steal bases. The middle IFer was supposed to be able to hit behind the runner if there was a hit and run on and take a lot of pitches to allow the leadoff hitter to steal. He was also supposed to know how to lay down a sacrifice bunt. Because runs were at a premium for most of the 60s, that's how the game was played then and that's about the time when Dusty started playing professionally.
This is all true to a certain extent, but what I saw, he was always a manager on a team where the best power hitters were also the ones who got on base the most.
Now he had a hand in designing these teams to be sure, but it's not like there are many managers today who would bat Bonds 1 and Kent 2 or A. Ramirez 1 and Derek Lee 2.
So when you go to the next round of guys with less power, he usually batted a guy who was a good OBP guy in either the 1 or 2 positions.