Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
Some people think Dusty Baker got the most production possible out of this team. Some people think improved lineup construction and in-game strategy could have resulted in more wins. Everybody is entitled to their opinion. It isn't fair to say Dusty Baker was perfect and can't be criticized because the Reds won 97 games this year. No matter how many games they won they could always have done better. Even the best managers make mistakes and it is fair to discuss them.
No, Baker hasn't been perfect. I personally hate bunting with position players. He certainly can be criticized.
But forgive me if I'm dubious about the next guy whomever he may be. They all have their tendencies and flaws. On balance, I think the Dusty era has been very good for the ballclub and, if he goes, I'll remember him as one of the better ones. And I do expect him to leave.
On the post-season, Tom Verducci wrote a piece in SI about the increase in strikeouts and how teams that make contact are better suited for the post season. It was in SI a couple weeks ago, and the team he featured (as being well suited) was the SF Giants. Interesting reading when thinking about the Reds' offense.