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Dusty Baker will not use Aroldis Chapman for multi-inning work

Jun 14, 2013, 10:50 PM EDT

In the latest instance of a Major League manager refusing to consider anything but by-the-book bullpen use, Reds manager Dusty Baker reiterated to the media that he will not use closer Aroldis Chapman for more than one inning:

Baker’s worry over Chapman’s health is curious when juxtaposed with his use of Jonathan Broxton, who has been dealing with a sore elbow, yesterday. The Reds and Cubs were tied 5-5 entering the bottom of the 14th in Chicago. Rather than use Chapman, Baker brought in the less-than-100% Broxton, who ended up surrendering a walk-off single to Julio Borbon. Chapman never had an opportunity to pitch in the game.

Then, earlier today, the Reds official Twitter sent this out:

On this subject, Jonah Keri has a great column at Grantland, and he happened to be writing it while that 14th inning was in progress.

  1. flamethrower101 - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Dusty Baker is an imbecile. That at least we can all agree on.

  2. natijim235 - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    chapman was preparing to be a starter before the season started and he can’t pitch more then one inning of relief when the game is on the line?

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:13 PM

      Dusty Baker can’t even get underusing a pitcher right.

  3. roadwearyaaron - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Breaking: Dusty Baker is bad at bullpen management and lineup construction. However, his history seems to indicate that he’s quite capable of managing personalities and egos.

    As a Reds fan, I get extremely frustrated with many of Dusty’s game-day decisions. But he seems to do well with high profile players like Bonds, Sosa, and Votto. There are few managers that are successful in both game-day decisions and personality management, so it seems that you have to pick your poison. Reds FO have decided to go with the latter. I may not agree with that decision, but as long as they’re willing to put up the money to keep good talent, I’ll continue to give them my support.

    • tanzkommandant - Jun 15, 2013 at 8:02 AM

      This alleged personality management has no amounted to much of note for his career.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:16 PM

      Great post Aaron.
      You guys would be far better served to have more of your type in the stands.

  4. junglerat524 - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Like I said yesterday

  5. gunpowderjones - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    I hate the save so much. I would murder it if it were a person.

  6. hornbuckle - Jun 15, 2013 at 6:30 AM

    That sounds like it comes directly from Walt.

  7. thomas844 - Jun 15, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Perfect example of why this is a horrible philosophy: Garrett Jones up in their last series in Pittsburgh, Reds are up 4-2, two outs in the 8th, runner on, Broxton pitching against a team who hammered him last time he faced them. It would make sense to let Chapman mow Jones down and get the save in the 9th right? Not in Dusty’s World. What then happened was Jones crushing one into the river off of Broxton.

    Another Dusty philosophy that drives me nuts is constantly having shortstops hit second, no matter what their OBP is. It would make more sense to have Xavier Paul/Derrick Robinson hitting second, but he goes with Cozart and Izturis instead. Makes no sense.

  8. sleepyirv - Jun 15, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    On the Cubs broadcast, Len and Jim were discussing how Chapman must have been dead because that’s the only rational explanation on why Dusty didn’t put him in the game. Jim is new and shouldn’t know better, but Len has been in the booth since Dusty managed the Cubs. He should know how the maestro works.

  9. albertmn - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Everyone want to b!tch and moan about bullpen use, even though nearly every team does it the same way. A few teams have tried the bullpen by committee approach in the past and it has blown up in their faces EVERY time. While I realize some managers are old school and against change, does anyone really believe no other manager would change their bullpen use if it worked?

    The Minneapolis Star Tribune had an article in the last couple of days about bullpen use. Twins closer Glen Perkins is a sabermetrician. But, even he admits that guys perform better in defined roles. He also points out that while some guys can pitch great in the 8th, they just can’t hack it in the 9th. He points out that you need to remember that these are people, not just a collection of numbers.

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