Originally Posted by dougdirt
That just tells me that Mark Prior doesn't understand what happened to him all of these years later. Dusty Baker abused that dudes arm, big time, whether he knows it or not.
I don't disagree with that, just pointing out that Dusty is the epitome of a player's manager, and why he's so successful. Even though Dusty basically ruined his career, the guy still wants to play for him.
Dusty gets more out of his players because they want to play for him and they want to pay him back for their opportunities. Can it be bad sometimes? Obviously Wily Taveras and Corey Patterson say hi. But I think there's way more good than bad that comes with that. And that's why we live with some of his questionable calls, although this year, with the lineup, I can't see too much arguing. So I'm guessing bullpen maintenance will be the problem this year.
But for as much as we gripe about Dusty's in-game strategies, remember where we've come from. Dusty would never pinch hit Juan Castro for Josh Hamilton.