Interesting web site: "Fire Dusty Baker!"
Interesting web site: "Fire Dusty Baker!"
""Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona." George Will
Norris Hopper will be the starting CF next year. Bet on it. Hamilton will be traded or Dunn's option will not be picked up.
I root for laundry, but this is pushing it. I'll give him a fair chance.
"My mission is to be the ray of hope, the guy who stands out there on that beautiful field and owns up to his mistakes and lets people know it's never completely hopeless, no matter how bad it seems at the time. I have a platform and a message, and now I go to bed at night, sober and happy, praying I can be a good messenger." -Josh Hamilton
Well see you in October...of 2020.
Maybe he wasn't the worst candidate (Bob Boone is still lurking out there), but c'mon, there are better people to manage this team.
I'm willing to hope that he can learn new things (like not overwork young pitchers, teach and have your team play fundementals and don't look the other way when steroids are involved), but I'm not hopeful.
Seriously though... I've read numerous times here on Redszone that the manager doesn't matter, that it's all about talent period. I'm getting whiplash.
This manager just doesn't seem to be the right fit for this organization, IMO. Of course, the right fit of a manager hasn't happened much the last 25 years, and when it does, the Reds find away to run the manager out of town (Pinella, Johnson, McKeon).
gm and I share the same sickness....being Reds and Vikes fans. (I like the Sixers too, so I should get more sympathy.) I'm in the middle of the trifecta every fan dreads. Your team is THE most embarrassing in every pro sport.
However, for all of you threatening dropping your allegience, EI subscription, season tickets etc....let me share with you what I've already come to realize.
"I can't quit you"
And really, that's what makes it the most painful. You could't walk away if you wanted to.
Baseball is like church. Many attend, few understand
Awaiting a call from my old college roommate....born and raised in Chicago....DIE HARD Cubs fan (an actual Cubs fan)....works in the Chicago TV market....left him a message last night to give me one good reason to like this move....
We'll see if he calls back.
I'm going to go into this with an open mind....maybe Dusty will prove us all wrong. Win me some games, and chances are I'll forget about this conversation.
He's now the manager of my baseball team....and I've decided not to move
Enjoy your Sunday.
And Baker's potential negatives make this move frightening. He's pretty much the opposite from what I was hoping for this organization.
I, as ever, am the north-going Zax. The Reds front office are south-going Zax's. Regime after regime. The thing is, compromise is only required from me. Dr. Suess' lesson is lost on them.
"Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."
How long before Norris starts everyday in CF, Freel at 3B, and Cantu at first? How long before Burton gets buried?
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
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