Originally Posted by Cedric
The quotes I read today reek of a complete power play. Dusty wants to hear from Chapman about him wanting to close? He is playing his buddies in Hal and John Fay like a fiddle. I just hope Walt gets the final call and this doesn't become a power struggle. I would hate for the Reds to lose Jocketty as a general manager because of Dusty Baker.
Dusty has been manipulating and sabotaging this from the beginning of camp, IMO.
I could be wrong, but I'm fairly certain Castellini has given Jocketty full autonomy on all baseball decisions, e.g. the hiring, firing and retaining of managers. Therefore, if Dusty gets into a "power struggle" with Jocketty, that won't end well for Dusty. Jocketty is the boss.
In some cases, the manager might actually have more power within the organization than the GM. But that's not the case with the Reds, IMO. I get the feeling Jocketty has never been 100 percent sold on Dusty (he inherited him) but never had enough reason to let him go. I think he believes Dusty is a good manager, but not a great one. Bottom line: Jocketty won't think twice about letting Dusty go if a "power struggle" arises. Although, I don't think it will come to that. I think eventually Jocketty will tell Dusty "You're using Chapman in the rotation and you're using Broxton as the closer. Quit telling the media anything other than that. We don't need the rampant speculation."