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Dusty Baker wouldn’t mind managing Team USA

Mar 17, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

Reds' Dusty Baker looks on against the Diamondbacks during their MLB Cactus League spring training baseball game in Scottsdale Reuters

Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker, entering his 20th season at the helm of a Major League team, wouldn’t mind leading Team USA one day, reports Danny Knobler:

Perhaps Baker will be the one to decide in the future. He said Saturday that he wouldn’t mind managing Team USA, once his major-league managerial career is done.

For now, he watches along with the rest of us. He sees the passion that players from other countries show.

Baker led the Reds to two NL Central crowns in 2010 and ’12, both ending in NLDS losses. Prior to that, he managed the San Francisco Giants from 1993-2002 with a .540 winning percentage and two NL West crowns, and the Chicago Cubs from 2003-06 with a .497 winning percentage and one NL Central crown.

Former Athletics and Cardinals skipper Tony La Russa is likely the next manager for the U.S., Baker acknowledged recently.

  1. Kevin S. - Mar 17, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    I would mind Dusty Baker managing Team USA. And I think the pitch counts might make him weep.

  2. brewcrewfan54 - Mar 17, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Becausehe wants a chance to ruin even more pitchers.

  3. chill1184 - Mar 17, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Is overuse of a bullpen an improvement over constantly calling for bunts?

  4. misterchainbluelightning - Mar 17, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    20 years of .525 ball and 1 NL pennant, I would hope team USA could find much much better.

    Dusty sucks and if there was a WAR for managers he would be -2 or -4 yearly

  5. thomas844 - Mar 17, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Here come the uninformed, stereotypical “he ruins arms” comments. Prior and Wood themselves both said Baker had nothing to do with their injuries and in 2012 the Reds were the only team to have a starter not miss a start in the regular season. He is just fine at managing arms. As for his Postseason success, he brought two teams (Cubs and Giants) that had no business contending in 2002 and 2003 and almost tasted a title with both of them. They choked under the pressure and let him down, it wasn’t a result of poor managing.

    • misterchainbluelightning - Mar 17, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      “he stinks and I hate him”

    • cur68 - Mar 17, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      Careful, man. The DustyHaters will git you if you keep pointing out his record of success or that he’s no more likely to ruin an arm than any other manager.

      Not that anyone cares to view unbiasedBakerhetoric, but, since you Thomas seem like you might be interested, here:

      http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/28041/in-defense-of-dusty-baker

      Why wouldn’t you want baker in charge of Team ‘Murica? Couldn’t do any worse than Torre.

    • deep64blue - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:14 PM

      Baker is awful at managing arms, the Reds front office have him unders stricter control than the Cubs did hence the improvment.

      • cur68 - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:31 PM

        Right. “Dang you Dusty baker, etc etc…”

    • stlouis1baseball - Mar 18, 2013 at 3:20 PM

      Come on Thomas. Be honest. You don’t believe that.
      Besides…if you do believe it…no one else is buying what you are selling.
      Except for possibly Cur.

  6. rcali - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    As a GM of a team, my pitchers would never be allowed to be managed by the lizard in the World Baseball Crap

  7. jm91rs - Mar 17, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    I love how everyone freaks out about Pryor and wood. Two flame throwers threw their arms out and it’s shocking? We would of course all be crucifying him if he sat Pryor or wood during the cubs’ bartman year. Guys are ruining their arms every year in this game, it’s hardly dustys fault.

    Now if you’re concerned that Corey Patterson or some other washed up, never was player would be leading off for team
    USA, while a young stud withered away on the bench, then I’m right with you on that concern. No doubt mike trout and Bryce Harper would be watching while two past-their-prime former cubs reds or giants clogged up the outfield.

  8. riverace19 - Mar 18, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    NO EFFIN WAY… Can’t even win with Joe Torre. Whoever told Dusty he was a good manager

  9. stlouis1baseball - Mar 18, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    This is a wonderful article. Late in the day on a Monday.
    I am tired from working yesterday…and had a huge job that bid this afternoon.
    Got that done. Day is winding down. And I see this article.
    Thanks Bill. You made me laugh. Laugh a lot. I needed that.

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