I'm not in a clubhouse, so I can't say how common this logic is, but I can't believe Dusty is so brazen about it. He's basically saying that getting guys to round numbers and positioning them for Free Agency is a higher priority than giving playing time to young players who are key parts of our future....You can’t just say: ‘Hey man, you’re not playing anymore.’ Everybody here’s trying to make a living. Everybody here is trying to have a good year. Everybody here is trying get a job for next year, whether it is here or somewhere else. So you do what you can.”
“I was a September call-up. These guys are getting a lot more playing time than I ever got. Everybody is trying to get their numbers. I’m doing what’s best for them and what’s best for the team....
Joey’s trying to get 100 RBI. Jay’s trying to get 100 RBI. Stubbs is trying to get 100 runs. These are things you can’t take back. Brandon is trying to have the best year he can because his contract expires. You try to keep all these things in mind. Whether people understand or not, I don’t have any remorse about it. These guys have been busting their butts all year long.”
If there were ever a doubt that he's a player's manager, there you go. Nothing like a manager showing his players than their individual stat lines trump what's best for the organization.