I am on several other boards, and i hear the same tired routine every single day from reds fans there. "FIRE DUSTY", "DUSTY DESTROYS ARMS", yadda yadda yadda. If someone actually gave a legitmate reason that was supported by facts, i wouldnt mind, but its always opinionated crap.
Here are a few arguments i have heard.
"Dusty doesnt like young guys, only older players"
Two starters the other night were 30 or older, BP and Hernandez. Two of our best players. a majority were in the mid 20's.
"Dusty always benches a guy after he has a good game"
Ive seen this tons of times. Ive also come to find out, that when you look stat wise at how a batter does against the opposing starting pitcher, or the type of pitches he throws, the benching is 90% warranted. people act like Dusty, and only Dusty, has any input on this. I'm sure every single team has people watching tape, and using stats to decide the best course of action.
"Dusty destroys arms"
Most peoples default argument against him. Hard to believe someone would actually take a cities excuse for losing pitchers as a fact. This is the same city that believed one foul ball ruined their chances for a world series. Especially when Mark Prior came out publicly and said it wasnt Dustys fault. Then we get the people who tell us to look at the fact that we have had pitchers on the DL this year. If we were the only team that had this issue, then maybe i would believe you. but when asked about the amount of other pitchers who have spent time on the DL in the past 3-5 years, most "Dusty haters" wont change their tune.
"Dusty costs us close games"
just look at our teams RISP in those games and tell me who's fault it is.
There are plenty more, but i'm getting tired of typing. The fact is, Dusty doesnt really do much. We have pitching coaches who work with pitchers (Blaming dusty for a pitchers issues), Hitting coaches who work with hitters (Blaming dusty for batters not hitting the ball), a man above dusty who is responsible for the players in the dugout (People actually blaming dusty for trades not being made and players not being brought up. I'm serious, ive heard this a few times). There was even a person who blamed dusty for cueto being sick.
Dusty does mess up, and he has made mistakes, we all do. But to blame him for every single issue on this team shows a lack of baseball knowledge. Blame the batters for not making contact. Blame the major league pitchers for not being able to throw a strike and do their only job. Blame the closer for blowing games. Blame the hitting coach for players not being able to bunt, or for players having the same broken swing for months. A managers job is way overhyped and he doesnt do much besides be a punching bag.