Originally Posted by mlh1981
I met Dusty Baker at the Reds winter caravan in Athens when I was writing a freelance piece for the paper. Asked him some questions, and he was outstanding in not only what he had to say, but in his whole personalty.
I can see why players want to run through a brick wall for him.
I've actually never heard players say they liked playing for him. I have heard many people (especially pitchers) say otherwise. I woould say Dusty seems to pacify his veterans by playing them even when they don't deserve it.
If people like playing for Dusty so much, where are the players from Chicago and S.F. who used to play for him? They don't seem to be following him (Lewis excluded - but I doubt he could get a much better offer). Maybe I am missing some names.