Originally Posted by dfs
....Dusty Baker trusted that Simon could get the bunt down. In showing too much faith in his player, Dusty put the player in a position where he could fail, and he did. FWIW Dusty COULD have pinch hit with Joey Votto the second who might have struck out and then you would have message board wags asking why Dusty burned through his bench so early in the game when he could have let the pitcher bunt.
Like it or not, Dusty Baker is going to go into the hall of fame as a manager. Yeah, back up and read it again.
What's better is that if in 15 years when somebody else is struggling trying to manage a mid pack reds team there will be message board wags who will pine for the days when Dusty was in the dugout pushing all the right buttons.
Just imagine how good dusty could be if he just didn't screw up the little things? This is one of my problems with certain media types.....they think just because dusty is a HOF manager then everything he does is good or "good enough" to get a pass because he's forgot more about managing a game than I will ever know.......Pete rose once said that he watched high school baseball games when his son was playing and he would pick things up from high school kids.....basically,it's never to late and your never to good to not learn or not change your style.....if dusty just tweaked a few things here and there he could go down as one of the best of all time......but he won't and he will get a pass for it.
I am not debating this issue solely off him bunting Simon when he could've bunted a starter but there is a whole plethora of goof ups that dusty has has over the last few years that high school managers don't screw up.....maybe dusty has a reason for making his choices but rarely does the media ask him about his screw ups for fear of being black balled......few will ask but every media member who has the stand should ask dusty his thought process when he screws up.....or we think he screws up.
Wasn't there a thread on here a year or two ago that was all about dusty's mishaps?
With all that said, I think he is a good fit for this team......ad if you gave me carte Blanche to choose any other manager in the game, I am not sure I could come up with another manager and be 100% happy with my pick