Originally Posted by reds44
No, I don't. Not a team who needed every win to get in the playoffs in August and September and then proceeded to play 12 playoff games. If Alou catches the foul ball or Alex Gonzalez doesn't boot a DP and the Cubs go on to win the World Series and Prior blows his arm out do you think Dusty gets fired? No.
To sit there with tunnel vision and say any manager who did that would have been fired on the spot is the definition of hyperbole.
I'm not arguing Prior wasn't overused by Dusty, because he obviously was. I also don't care because Dusty has handled the Reds group of young arms fine since he's been here. If overworking Prior and Wood caused him to change, well I'm glad he did it before he got to Cincinnati.
I also could argue that even if you want to blame Prior's first injury on Dusty go for it, but the fact Prior has never made a comeback when countless number of pitchers have come back from TJ, it probably has less to do with Dusty and more to do with Prior's DNA that he has never really returned.
I agree with you, although Prior had shoulder issues, a bigger death sentence than elbow issues and TJ surgery.