I am a really big fan of the Cincinnati Reds. Not a real fan, just someone that thinks they’re going to be good. They have a young squad full of bombers and speed. They have some talented young pitching and they have a manager that likes to destroy young arms.
What’s not to like? Like Tony LaRussa, Dusty Baker, wins just about everywhere he goes, in spite of himself. He practically ruined the arm of Kerry Wood by pitching him far too often and did ruin the arm of Mark Prior. I worry about the same with Aroldis Chapman and I’ll get into why later.
I’m not a fan of Dusty Baker’s style of managing at all. He does far too many risky moves that inevitably lead to more outs.
The absolute worst thing in baseball is an out and Baker is a disciple of the Joe Morgan style of baseball. He adheres to the hit and run religiously even though it has been proven to increase the chances of making an out.
He ruins bullpens, well really pitching general. Much like Joe Torre did with Scott Proctor, Baker does with everybody. He preaches against walks, oftentimes using the colloquial phrase “clogging up the bases”.
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