Originally Posted by Roy Tucker
There are lots of times in life where if I knew then what I know now, I'd be a lot better off. But like I tell my kids, you can't change the past, you can only change the future. If you learn from your past mistakes and get better, then that's how life is.
I think Dusty has moved forward into the modern day thinking of building up a young pitcher. Back then, he did the same thing most every other manager did, win at all costs and burn out young guys. Reds did it with Gary Nolan, Wayne Simpson, Don Gullett, etc etc.
True. And he was likely just following the advice of his pitching coach back then just like he does now. In 2003 the Cubs pitching coach was former Reds coach Larry Rothschild and their bench coach was future Reds pitching coach Dick Pole. I would say those guys were more responsible for overworking Mark Prior than Dusty Baker was, although the final decision was the manager's.