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Dusty Baker: “I’ve been getting hate mail, racial mail … all sorts of references to Barack Obama”

Oct 4, 2013, 1:13 PM EDT

Reds' manager Dusty Baker watches from the dugout as his team plays the Giants in Game 5 of their MLB NLDS playoff baseball series in Cincinnati Reuters

Regardless of what you think of Dusty Baker as a baseball manager and whether or not you agree with the Reds’ decision to fire him today, this report from Jon Heyman of is sad/depressing:

Baker quite likely started to sense that maybe his time was up in Cincinnati. Maybe that’s why he said what he said. “The last couple weeks, I’ve been getting a rash of hate mail, racial mail,” he said. “Maybe it is time to go.”

“This is really ugly,” he said. “There are all sorts of references to Barack Obama. So now I know where they are coming from. I don’t know, maybe people are mad at him, so they don’t like the idea of blacks in authority.”

Ultimately the Reds fired Baker because his teams didn’t have enough playoff success and he clashed with upper management on some key topics, which Heyman details in his article. However, setting aside all the baseball stuff and focusing more on the human being stuff … man, that’s really discouraging.

  1. bills399 - Oct 4, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    why do uneducated people demonize white people for being mostly republican when minorities are mostly democrat? Any answers?

    • aceshigh11 - Oct 4, 2013 at 7:23 PM

      The question you mean to ask is:

      Why haven’t Republicans been as successful at conning minorities into voting for them as they’ve been at conning poor whites, despite the fact that their party has NOTHING to offer to either groups.

      • Glenn - Oct 4, 2013 at 9:41 PM

        You have to hate/disparage one group to attract the other. Shame on us all.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 8, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        You find no previous response to this one. But I do give you props as you are responding to someone bringing up the aforementioned bullshit.

    • jinkyu50 - Oct 5, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      Mark Twain said that those that don’t read the news are uninformed, those that do are misinformed. Both apply here

  2. weaselpuppy - Oct 4, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    I thought Marge Schott was dead…..

  3. aaronkc7 - Oct 5, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    All of these comments make me sick. We are a nation of pussies. Sticks and stones can break your bones (and pitching young guys 1000s of pitches too) but words can never hurt you, unless you let them. Baker got fired cause he sucks at managing. End of story. People talked shit to him about race because its an easy target. If he was white but a huge fat ass he’d hear that instead.

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