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Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker thinks second baseman Brandon Phillips and pitcher Johnny Cueto got the shaft on the National League All-Star roster from Tony La Russa. Baker said in a Cincinnati Enquirer story that the decision stemmed from an August 2010 brawl between the Reds and the St. Louis Cardinals when La Russa was their manager. “A snub like that looks bad,” Baker said. “Johnny and Brandon were at the center of a skirmish between us and the Cardinals. Some of the Cardinals who aren’t there anymore are making some of the selections.” Cueto received a seven-game suspension after the bench-clearing incident and Phillips was fined. Phillips’ numbers this season made him worthy of consideration for a third straight All-Star spot. He is batting .285 with 10 homers and 46 RBI. La Russa, who retired last season after a long run as Cardinals manager, selected Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros over Phillips as a reserve second baseman. Cueto is 9-4 with a 2.26 ERA. I s...
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Dusty Baker thinks the former Cards skipper left two Reds players off the All-Star roster because of the bad blood between the two teams, but La Russa says that simply is not true.
Dusty Baker and the Reds (44-35) used a late-inning surge to race past the host Dodgers (44-37), 8-2, Monday night at Dodger Stadium. Cincinnati scored all of their eight runs in the sixth inning or later including five of them in the last two frames alone. By doing so, they took full advantage of the absences of Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier from the Los Angeles lineup and managed...
As far as controversies go, this one is benign. The Reds think the Redbirds don't like them. National League legendary manager Dusty Baker thinks former National League legendary manager Tony La Russa has it out for his team. And everybody is super ticked that their guys -- their incredible guys -- didn't make the All-Star team. But really, what is the big deal? Baker and...
Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has weighed in on the great (and arguably stupid) All-Star Game roster debate between Tony La Russa and Dusty Baker. The commish is siding with the La Russa. Baker and La Russa have exchanged comments through the media over the past couple of days after La Russa, who is managing the National League All-Star team, left a couple of key members...
Fans,Tony LaRussa left Phillips in a place he’s left many batters this season –unexpectedly out.
In recent years, there have been few certainties in Cincinnati. Seasons of low expectations transform into seasons of promise. Years of high expectations turn into years of shattered dreams. The team has been both close and distant in the chase. The roster has been reworked. Votto’s...
Tony La Russa, manager of the NL All-Star squad,
made no attempt at hiding his personal grudges
through the selection process this year
A lot of folks in a lot of places were up in arms after seeing the All-Star Game rosters on Sunday. And rightfully so. Some of the more deserving players received the cold shoulder while others seemingly made the squad on their reputation...
Dusty Baker and Joey Votto were not pleased that teammates Johnny Cueto and Brandon Phillips were not selected to the National League All Star roster that Tony La Russa selected. Let's look first at the case of Cueto. Here is how he stacks up with the other starting pitchers on the roster: