Posted by jfay February 28th, 2010, 12:08 pm
Dusty Baker confirmed that Brandon Phillips will hit fourth again.
“He’s the best selection I’ve got, power, speed,” Baker said, “especially now that he’s learning to be an RBI man. I like (Scott) Rolen in the fifth spot, more than the fourth spot. It’ll give him better pitches to hit because Brandon might steal.”
It looks like the top of the lineup will be:
“You’ve got a left, two rights and possibly another left with Bruce after Scott,” Baker said. “Right now, the No. 1 spot is Stubbs. If he doesn’t play, I can slot Dickerson in there without tearing up my lineup.”
Ramon Hernandez will likely hit seventh or eighth, with the left fielder in the other spot.
By the way, tomorrrow’s a big day at camp Goodyear. Tired, old Jamie Ramsey of Better Off Red fame is arriving. He earned the tag Tired, Old in the Reds Caravan. Seems Jamie was spotted at Big Al’s Bait Shop and Clothiers at one of the stops trying to find a pair of slacks that matched a paint chip from Ed Smith Stadium.
Jamie serves as a roadie and Marty Brennaman’s personal valet on the caravan. (Sadly, $2.99 was deducted for the Jamie’s customary sawbuck tip from Marty after Jamie brought back a skinny latte rather than black coffee Marty ordered from Starbucks. It’s doubly sad because Jamie has been saving for Jonas Brothers tickets).
Anyway, the Sansabelts purchased at Big Al’s will be a perfect compliment to Jamie’s fire engine red sports coat he wears on Opening Day. We’re not sure but we think the jacket was rescued from Mr. Howsam’s old office right before they blew up Cinergy Field.
By the way, I think the photos of me on Better Off Red were altered. Sure, I wear a jacket with “Loose Cannon” written across the back. But my hair’s not that gray is it?
Welcome, T.O. Jamie.
After going through the last two years with Dusty, I just don't care anymore.
Dusty's 103-win Season in 1993 had as the #2 hitter, Darren Lewis and his .302 OBP, the exact same OBP as his #1 pitcher Bill Swift. He could have had Swift bat 2nd.
Dusty is such a slow learner, though I thought last year was the best I've ever seen him manage and that includes his San Francisco Giant days. I think he'll get a good product out of them this year even though I disagree with a lot of the things he does.
I'm just going to try to enjoy the season, and with Spring Training officially kicking off really soon, it's not going to be anything but positives from me for the rest of 2010. I'll wait until after the season to post the negatives.
I'm serious. There's way too many positives to be talking about this year to even waste time on any of the negatives....such as lineup construction, which we all know is futile to talk about anyway. But, I won't stop you. Heck, I just started the thread.