Originally Posted by Hoosier Red
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.
Don't most teams power hitters have their best OBP because they are better players and they are feared more so they are walked more often? (Intentional or Unintentional)
Your right most managers wouldn't bat Bonds 1st and Kent 2nd. I wouldn't either. You need their bat to drive runners in.
No one is denying the fact the Giants and the Cubs had better players then any Reds team Baker has coached, BUT!!! Cutting Baker any slack for batting Willy T and Patterson 1st for that long in 08 and 09 is simply a fool's errand. There were better options both years.