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Dusty Baker: "Some people didn't like the s*** I was doing from the time we started"

Sep 16, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

Dusty Baker has the Reds in first place and headed to the playoffs for the first time since 1995, but the veteran manager seems fed up with fans and media members questioning his decisions.
Francisco Cordero has struggled of late, blowing a pair of saves while allowing six runs in his last four outings, and when asked yesterday about the possibility of Aroldis Chapman replacing Cordero as closer Baker responded:

There were some people who didn’t like the s*** I was doing from the time we started. They didn’t like my lineup. They didn’t like this. They didn’t like whatever the hell they didn’t like. I can’t worry about those people. Those people don’t manage this ball club. Those people don’t understand the psychological dynamics of your ball club. Let’s enjoy what we have instead of thinking about what we don’t have. How about that?

Mark Sheldon of MLB.com called it “a spirited defense” of Cordero, while John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote that the question “set Baker off.” Whatever the case, I don’t necessarily blame Baker for lashing out a bit, because rightly or wrongly he’s received a ton of criticism in recent years and now he’s managing a playoff-bound team that has dramatically out-performed expectations.
With that said, there’s never really anything to gain by essentially calling a segment of the fan base stupid. If they’re as stupid as Baker thinks, it’s not like they’ll say, “You know, he makes an excellent point, let’s focus on being more reasonable and positive going forward.”

  1. IdahoMariner - Sep 16, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    he might not be talking about the fan base.

  2. CM_Wang - Sep 16, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    Did he call anyone stupid? I’ve heard *him* called stupid an awful lot by nerds who think they know everything. (Full disclosure: I am a nerd who thinks I know everything.) Let the man bask.

  3. Paper Lions - Sep 16, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    The Reds are heading to the playoffs in spite of their manager (who still thinks fast guys with a .300 OBP and no power should get more ABs than anyone else on the team….Dusty doesn’t “have them” in 1st place, let’s give the credit to the rightful owners, the players.

  4. n15dlo - Sep 16, 2010 at 9:52 PM

    dusty will do what he does best…overwork his starting pitchers just to get to the playoffs and then lose when it counts the most..

  5. Julius Norman Esiason - Sep 16, 2010 at 9:55 PM

    The man has been manager of the year TWICE, and might be on his way to a 3rd. Reds fans should be grateful to have him at the helm, especially after the likes of Jery Narron, Pete McCannon, Bob Boone, Ray Night, Dave Miley….. ARE YOU KIDDING ME!? To say he has nothing to do with success of this team is beyond moronic! Does this team have some holes yes? Is the manager one of them? Not even close. Let’s enjoy the first playoff appearance in 15 years, and build on this for years to come.
    Go Reds! Go Krogering, I’m out!

  6. Julius Norman Esiason - Sep 16, 2010 at 10:05 PM

    Dusty takes the heat for overworking starting pitchers, ie.. Wood and Pryor. Let’s not forget both were using roids! Maybe that had something do do with both of them breaking down???

  7. Paper Lions - Sep 17, 2010 at 8:23 AM

    Manager’s of the year win because the have good players, not because of some innate managing ability.

  8. Paper Lions - Sep 17, 2010 at 8:24 AM

    Feel free to provide an information source.

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