Originally Posted by Griffey
Dumb move. People are critical of him, but people are always critical of managers until the team wins it all, then they're indifferent, always giving credit to the just the players.
Dusty was a good manager. A really good manager. Next year, someone else will be there, and the Reds will go deep into the playoffs and everyone will say, see, Dusty was bad. But they will overlook how injured the Reds were this year and will overlook a full year with people like Hamilton and whoever the Reds pick up.
I feel they took a step back in manager position. Hopefully the new guy will be better. But I'd be really surprised if he is.
I always looked at things this way: once is unlucky, twice you need to look in the mirror, and three times is a pattern. You can't have three stinkers in the playoffs. You just can't. No matter if their is injuries or not. You have to rise up to the challenge and demand more from other players to fill that void. He can't and won't do that. Listen, I have 100% respect for Dusty and what he has done. I really am. But it is time to move on. If they didn't make this move, I can guarantee that they would lose a very big portion of their fanbase. Sure we could strike out with this decision, but I would rather fail at attempting to do something great than do nothing and succeed.