Everything is perfect, but there is a lot of room for improvement. --- Shunryu Suzuki-roshi
I continue to find this an unbelievable statement, the manager saying that a pitcher is his best RH bench bat. Presumably he has mentioned this, in passing, to Walt in the club cafeteria.
I guess the answer is that Heisey will be back soon, whatever, not going to get started on that. Maybe a healthy and rested Chris will get hot.
Baker has very real skills as a manager combined with some very obvious flaws. He can be maddening to watch when things backfire, but the notion that Dusty is some clueless mouth breather that sits in the dugout chewing toothpicks instead of paying attention to the game is just silly.
"Even a bad day at the ballpark beats the snot out of most other good days. I'll take my scorecard and pencil and beer and hot dog and rage at the dips and cheer at the highs, but I'm not ever going to stop loving this game and this team and nobody will ever take that away from me." Roy Tucker October 2010
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
It should be:
Dustration: the self-imposed frustration one feels when analyzing any decision Dusty Baker makes during a season.
Oooops. I see Doug beat me to it.
Last edited by smixsell; 05-11-2013 at 08:07 PM.
When people say that I donít know what Iím talking about when it comes to sports or writing, I think: Man, you should see me in the rest of my life.
We played, in the late 70's, by NL rules. The pitchers were a mixed bag, some were also position players, some were not. We had a great coach, the best I ever played for. (Pat Quinn- head coach for UC later and then after that Ball State). He made damn sure every single pitcher could bunt. Safely. Effectively. In fact, he had signals, to bunt down the 3rd base line, at the pitcher, or down the 3rd base line.
It was not difficult, but then again, we were only facing 83-90 mph fastballs and curves.
Weren't these Dusty in-game second-guessing threads contained within the game threads last year? It's going to be a long season if we start seeing these pop up every week.
"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference." ~Tommy Lasorda
"Man, the pitch looks fast, even in slow motion." Thom Brennaman on Chapman's fastball.
The older I get - the better I was
and yes - I hate the Cardinals (Reds fan since 1958)