The fact that Branch Rickey - 60 years ago - saw more value in on-base percentage than Dusty Baker does today is quite telling.
In San Francisco, Baker was blessed to have on his roster one of the four or five greatest players in the history of baseball right through that player's entire extended peak. It doesn't matter how much of a jerk you think Barry Bonds is, or if you think Barry Bonds took steroids ... the fact is Bonds did produce at a level nobody in this game has seen since Ted Williams during Baker's entire tenure in San Francisco. That absurd level of production out of just one player gave Baker a massive headstart on every other manager in baseball.Again -- if he's so clueless, why did he win so much?
And then in Chicago, Baker was handed the keys to one of the best starting rotations in baseball. He abused that rotation, and two years after arriving had shattered it to pieces (despite adding Greg Maddux to it along the way).
During Baker's four years in Chicago, his offense never improved, and his pitching staff went in the toilet ... no thanks in small part to his own actions.