If you get on twitter and search for #FireDusty, you’re going to get a lot of results. So many Cincinnati Reds fans, despite his success as a manager, hate Dusty Baker.
If you ask a fan why they hate Dusty, they usually say he overworks his starting pitchers, he makes too many pitching changes, or he doesn’t know how to organize the line-up properly. Well, whether you want to admit it or not, Baker has had a ton of success as the Reds’ manager.
Dusty Baker took over as the Reds’ manager in 2007. In his first year, his team was awful. It was the same in the second, and in the third …
But in his fourth year in the Queen City, 2010, he managed the Reds’ to their first National League Central title since 1995. 2011 was a disappointing year, but they rebounded back last year to win 97 regular season games and capture their second NL Central title in three years.
This year, the Reds will at least have a .500 season as they won their 81st game today, and it looks like they, along with Baker, will be heading to the playoffs. There is no reason why the Reds’ front office should fire a guy that has helped turn the Reds around from one of the worst teams in baseball to one of the best.
I’m not saying that Dusty Baker is the best manager in MLB, but he is without a doubt a great manager and the right fit for the Cincinnati Reds — he knows how to win ball games.