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    Dusty speaks...

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    The Dusty Session

    Dusty Baker just did his media session at the Winter Meetings. The guy is a shear delight. He quoted Van Morrison at one point. The session lasted a half hour. I'll transcribe the tape later but here are some highlights:

    --On trading Ken Griffey Jr. or Adam Dunn: "I hope not. I'm not the GM, but I didn't come here for Griffey leave."

    --On his reaction to the Florida-Detroit trade: "Damn. My wife grew up with Dontrelle (Willis') aunt. He's from the Bay Area. We could have rode to spring training together."

    --Has he talked to Pete Rose? "Not yet. I'm hoping to. I love Pete. I'm hoping to prove him wrong when he said you can't win in that ballpark. I want to win there and have Pete and Joe (Morgan) back -- all the dudes that kicked my butt."

    --On the Mitchell Report coming out before Christmas: "That ain't Merry Christmas on Happy New Year for some people." He didn't get interviewed for the report, by the way.

    --On Barry Bonds since the indictment: "I've spoke to him. Just to say hello. I spoke to his mom. I grew up with that family."

    --On the Reds starting pitching: "Is it imperative (we get another starter)? I'd like to have one. Maybe it will be like the Dodgers -- we'll have that surprise fall from the sky, a young guy who picked up another pitch at Winter Ball."

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    # 2:53 p.m. EST: We had lunch with Dusty and Ned Yost. Yost came over to sit down, saw Dusty, Dusty said, "what's up?" Yost answered, "Just trying to find a closer since you got mine."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph View Post
    # 2:53 p.m. EST: We had lunch with Dusty and Ned Yost. Yost came over to sit down, saw Dusty, Dusty said, "what's up?" Yost answered, "Just trying to find a closer since you got mine."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt700wlw View Post
    --On the Reds starting pitching: "Is it imperative (we get another starter)? I'd like to have one. Maybe it will be like the Dodgers -- we'll have that surprise fall from the sky, a young guy who picked up another pitch at Winter Ball."
    Well that's reassuring. If there's one more approach that the Reds need to take regarding starting pitching, it's the fall-from-the-sky approach.

    Here's hoping that Dusty's move to Cincinnati imbued him with a heretofore undiscovered gift of coyness.
    There is no such thing as a pitching prospect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt700wlw View Post
    --On the Reds starting pitching: "Is it imperative (we get another starter)? I'd like to have one. Maybe it will be like the Dodgers -- we'll have that surprise fall from the sky, a young guy who picked up another pitch at Winter Ball."

    Someone better tell Dusty that there isn't a Great Red in the Sky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R View Post
    Someone better tell Dusty that there isn't a Great Red in the Sky.
    Well... There is one Great Red up there...
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    Quote Originally Posted by acredsfan View Post
    Well... There is one Great Red up there...

    Maybe Joe's going to be reincarnated as a starting pitcher.
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    Dusty is slowly growing on me.

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    ah. If Bailey was a fist and a changeup was a glove I'd swear Dusty was trying to see if the glove fit.

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    12/05/2007

    Baker hopeful in new life with Reds
    New Reds manager optimistic team has right pieces in place
    By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com

    New skipper Dusty Baker brings a career 1,162-1,041 managerial record to the Reds.
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- New manager Dusty Baker is still in the get-acquainted phase with his Reds team, but he is quickly accelerating his way past the learning curve.
    Since his hiring on Oct. 14, Baker has immersed himself in all details about his team, from the roster and its makeup to the personnel around the rest of the organization.

    The phones of Reds players have also been ringing, with their new skipper on the other end.

    "I've gotten in touch with probably 70 percent of them, maybe," Baker said Wednesday during a media session at the Winter Meetings. "I've been on the phone a lot... I'm checking on some guys through other guys and see who is working out, who is in shape and find out, 'Why are you waiting until December to start working out?' We've got to change the mindset here of how a winner thinks.

    "I'm looking forward to this weekend, seeing some in person [at] Redsfest and talking to them and seeing who has been dedicated, see who has been working out, see who is getting their mind and body ready for the season. I had a couple players in the past -- every time I call them, they are breathing hard. They were on the stair stepper and stationary bike, and so I start calling at 10 at night and they are [huffing and puffing]. I'd call at 10 in the morning [they're huffing and puffing]. And I say, man, this guy is really working out, and then when I saw him, he's still like 260. So it's a good idea to kind of see them in person."

    The former Cubs manager and a National League Central rival from 2003-06, Baker has firsthand knowledge about some of the Reds veteran players. But he hasn't seen much of the younger players -- from Homer Bailey to Joey Votto, Jared Burton, Jay Bruce and Edwin Encarnacion.

    For now, full notions about his lineup and rotation are on hold. Until the team convenes at Spring Training this February in Sarasota, Baker won't truly know exactly what kind of hand he's been dealt.

    So far, Baker likes what he has to work with.

    "What I like probably most is the combination of youth and veterans, I think," Baker said. "That's what I like the most. If you can get that combination there, and then get them together; like I've always said, you get the experience of the veterans and you get the energy of the youth, and combine those two, we can do some wonderful things."

    Baker has spent much of the week holed up in the Reds' suite with club executives at the Opryland Hotel. Cincinnati has been actively trying to land a starting pitcher -- either through a trade or free agency.

    Last week, Baker was credited with an assist in the Reds' signing of free agent closer Francisco Cordero by making a couple of phone calls to the pitcher's home in the Dominican Republic. The wooing of free agents hasn't stopped there.

    "I feel like a recruiter sometimes," Baker said smiling.

    Baker's star power was evidenced by the size of the media group around him. Past sessions with previous skippers were often attended by a handful of mostly Cincinnati-area reporters. Scribes from Chicago and the Bay Area were present, as were national reporters.

    Among other topics broached:

    Should the Reds try to part with Adam Dunn and Ken Griffey Jr. because of economics?

    "I'm not the GM, but I don't think our organization wants to part with them," Baker said. "If they wanted to then they wouldn't have signed Dunn back in the first place and picked up his option. And Junior's here; I didn't come to town for Junior to leave."

    Has Baker spoken yet with Pete Rose?

    "Not yet. I'm hoping to hear from Pete," Baker said. "I'm sure I will when I get there. I'd like to prove Pete wrong when he says it's impossible to win there in [Great American] Ball Park. I'd like to hopefully win and have Pete there when we do win. Pete, Joe Morgan, all the dudes that used to kick in my tail when I was on the other side."

    Baker's arrival to Cincinnati has sparked enthusiasm for a franchise and fan base that has endured seven-straight losing seasons and no postseason berths since 1995.

    There's reason for the optimism. Baker has a history for helming turnarounds in his first year. In 1993, his Giants won 103 games (but finished second) after the team was 72-90 the previous year. The 2003 Cubs won 88 games and the National League Central following a 67-95 season in 2002.

    "Expecting to win starts in the winter, because by the time you get to Spring Training, it's too late," Baker said. "That's why you start making these calls during the winter. You start thinking about things, you start to see through foresight and you see it in your head first before you get there."
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    Quote Originally Posted by BuckeyeRedleg View Post
    Dusty is slowly growing on me.
    I have one of those slowly growing things too! I call mine Lumpy though, not Dusty. :ughmamoru

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