This is from the ORG
"We had a real short bullpen today, especially with guys with experience," Baker said. "I had a bunch of 'no's' on my lineup card."
Nearly everyone on the ORG jumped on Dusty for saying that he wanted to play guys with experience over rookies in today's game against the Brewers. I agree that at this stage of the season, he should be more focused on getting the young ones their playing time as on winning.
But that is not the point of this thread. Here is the point:
Dusty says all kinds of things all the time, and half the time, if not more, he doesn't really mean them, or he doesn't act on them.
Hal McCoy has said that Dusty is the best manager the beat writers have had since Jack McKeon, in that his office is always open and is willing to talk on the record all day long. Listening to interviews of Dusty, I can see that being very true. He loves to talk.
And people who love to talk, usually talk a lot of crap, they say things off the top of their head without thinking about it. It seems to me that Dusty says a lot of things without thinking about it.
When he was with the Giants, IIRC, he said that black players can handle the heat better than white players. But I have not seen one single instance where he has sat down a white player in favor of a black player when it was hot outside. This was just another case of Dusty saying something dumb that he really didn't mean, or more importantly, didn't act on.
He has made other quotes about liking to play vets over youngsters, especially in crucial situations. But this year he has played nearly every rookie as soon as they arrived at the stadium and in key situations. He put Volquez and Cueto in the starting rotation midway though spring training. He started Votto over Hatte, he played Bruce right away, he played Janish right away, including having him get the game winning hit in his first game, he put Herrera in to face the Phillies murderers row in a crucial situation, he pitched Thompson in Yankees stadium, he put Masset in right away, he started Dickerson right away and kept playing him until he got hurt, he started Ramirez right away, he put Hanigan in a platoon with Bako right away, he played Castillo right away. The only player he really didn't give a real chance was Rosales.
I just don't see how anyone can look at the facts and conclude that Dusty doesn't play young players, even if he says that he doesn't.
And this quote from today's game is just another example of Dusty saying something dumb that he probably didn't mean. Just in this series, he started Ramirez, and let him pitch deep into the game, he brought in Adkins in a tough situation on Tuesday night, and Adkins got the win. He also has started Castillo until he got hurt, and give Richar two pinch hit at bats. He has brought in Janish for defensive. The only recent reliever that he has not used is Herrera, (Pettyjohn is a starter) but he has already seen him pitch, and he is strictly a loogy.
So in this series, he used every recent call up except Roselas, who he has already seen, Herrera, likewise, and Pettyjohn, who likely is being saved for a start.
In today's game, he only brought in one reliever, so it is impossible to know what he would have done if he needed to use more. But considering he had no problem using the recent call ups in the rest of the series, I think it is likely that he would have used a rookie or two if needed, despite what he said after the game.
We really need to stop over analyzing what Dusty says and judge him on what he does. There is enough to criticize just from that.