"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
It just seems like every chance he gets Dusty goes against stats guys. It's just so frustrating to watch.
Hell, if Cozart was as fast as Stubbs I bet he would still be leading off over Choo.
With the team the Reds have what I wouldn't give for a progressive manager.
Plus, with the 21 million they gave Broxton and the 15 million they gave Ludwick just think if Walt knew this going into the offseason. That's 36 million you could've allocated to potentially sign Choo longterm.
Last edited by NeilHamburger; 03-17-2013 at 12:46 PM.
Nope. A bad GM might do that. Not Walt Jocketty. It was a crystal-clear sign that the Reds' front office was all-in on Chapman moving to the rotation. If all they wanted was insurance for Chapman, there were much cheaper options out there. No matter what Broxton is making this year, the bottom line is that the Reds owe him an average of $7 million over each of the next three seasons. They obviously made that move with the intentions of making him the closer.
Dusty has been manipulating and sabotaging this from the beginning of camp, IMO.
This is the time. The real Reds organization is back.
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."
Reds manager Dusty Baker was glad Chapman spoke up.
"I was going to talk to him after he pitched today for the purpose," Baker said. "You hear all kinds of stuff - from his camp, people talking, everyone thinks they're in the know. We were going to do what's best for the organization and for him, but it makes it a lot easier when you get the person's blessing."
Once Chapman figures out he can make a LOT more money as a starter he might change his mind.
Reporters keep asking Chapman and Dusty, they keep answering politely, and we keep reading into it.
It's actually a pretty good problem to have.
Two weeks of Spring Training to go and we've gotten our first mention of firing Dusty. Right on schedule. Redszone is a well oiled machine!
My own speculation has always been that much of the team attitude on the issue is also related to the well-liked Leake being pushed out of a job.
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