Dusty Baker isn’t known for being a smart manager when it comes to managing his pitching staff. If anyone recalls 2003, Dusty Baker was solely responsible for the Chicago Cubs collapse by misusing his bullpen. Regardless, Baker hasn’t learned. Aroldis Chapman has one of the best arms in the history of the game. A case will and will continue to be made for Chapman going into the rotation, something I can’t really disagree on. Do I think he’s a longterm starter? Probably not without a 3rd pitch, but that’s neither here nor there. When you have the slider/fastball combo that Chapman has, he deserves the shot. The next issue I have is Chapman isn’t even closing! I mean really? Who would want to face this guy in the 9th inning? Throwing 103 mph with a 93 mph slider? Yeah- I’ll pass, and so will many.
So what exactly is Dusty Baker’s problem? He keeps saying stupid things like “I need another left handed reliever in my bullpen.” Yeah great Dusty- that’s why the Reds won’t win, you continue to be a bad manager.
I don’t get it, and I don’t think I’ll ever get it. You pay a guy major money to be a middle reliever? Do the Reds not know that they’ve wasted a full year with Chapman, and are planning on making it two? I don’t think he’s going to be resigning in Cincy if that continues to happen, because his contract is up in 2 short years.
The good news is, there is a ton of time to fix the problem. The question I have is simply: will Dusty fix it? Speaking as a Cubs fan that saw Dusty do some ridiculous things, I wouldn’t hold my breath as a Reds fan. Who knows- people can change I suppose.