There are some things about Dusty Baker that make you think that he isn’t a good manager. There was another example of that on Monday, when the Cincinnati Reds manager had a heated exchange with Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson over the use of the designated hitter in a spring training game.
Baker wanted to use it and Gibson didn’t. With Arizona hosting the game, Gibson won out. The rules are the rules in the National League, and even though the DH is used some in spring training to get batters an extra at-bat or two. In this case though, Baker was in the wrong.
I give Gibson a lot of credit for sticking to his guns and playing by the rules, and for Baker to get that worked up over it just proves he has no control over any situation. Everyone saw it last season with the Reds in their postseason collapse, and the other two times in the postseason when Baker had his teams within one win of a historic moment for the franchise, only to allow things to get out of control in both cases.
You can give Baker credit for getting his teams to the playoffs, but he can’t do anything else after that. Baker even brought in Mark Prior this week, 10 years after basically ruining Prior’s career with the Chicago Cubs.
There is going to be this constant pressure on Baker until he finally gets the job done once and until then, people like myself are going to criticize every misstep that Baker takes.