Originally Posted by 757690
This analysis assumes that the manager has nothing to do with how well players perform. If you think that is true, then of course you don't want Baker as manager.
I think the hitters would perform better with a better manager who put them in better spots to succeed.
Dusty and Bryan Price have done a sensational job with the pitching staff. I tend to give most of that credit to Price because I think Dusty pretty much lets Price do his thing with the pitchers. Dusty has the final say and signs off on the decisions, but basically Dusty wisely trusts Price to run the pitching show.
I don't think Dusty is managing differently this year than he did last year when the team was bad, and therefore shouldn't get too much of the credit for the improved performance of the team. The biggest difference between last year and this year is the addition of several excellent players -- Latos, Ludwick, Frazier, Cozart and Marshall. I am sure Dusty was part of the decision-making process along with Jocketty that resulted in acquiring and utilizing those players.
By the way, I didn't say that I "don't want Baker as manager". I just feel the team is at a point where they have a chance to acquire an upgrade at manager.