Dusty Baker Is Paid Cash Money To Be Oblivious

21 Apr

This man is paid millions to manage the Chicago Cubs and say things such as the following:

— Reds center fielder Corey Patterson’s hitting stats are in a free fall, but it wasn’t the driving force behind his not starting on Monday night.

Patterson entered the game vs. the Dodgers in a 0-for-21 skid and he’s 1-for-28 over his past 10 games. His batting average dropped from .323 to .186 with four home runs and nine RBIs.

Ryan Freel started in center field for Patterson. Until being informed by a writer after Sunday’s game, manager Dusty Baker wasn’t even aware that Patterson’s slide had gotten that bad.

“We’ve all been there,” Baker said. “It doesn’t seem like that, because he’s not striking out. Most of the time when a guy is 0-for-something, there’s a bunch of punchouts in there.”

Baker cited matchup concerns for using Freel, who was batting .429 (6-for-14) lifetime vs. Dodgers starter Brad Penny entering Monday’s game. Patterson is a .167 (1-for-6) hitter vs. Penny. Right-handed hitters such as Freel also have better numbers than lefty hitters such as Patterson.

What? Has the man checked a boxscore?  Looked at any numbers?  How did he know about the extremely small sample-size 1-6 that Patterson held against Penny, but not the 0-21 he was sporting.  Maybe he should’ve taken notice that Patterson kept walking back to the dugout only 30 seconds after he got to the plate.  Maybe he should employ a bench coach to keep track of current stats on players so he knows which ones are hitting well (besides just ‘eyballing’ it).  Maybe he should be, you know, awake while managing.

Hell, I’m not even asking to look at stats that are known as ‘advanced’.  Batting average would’ve even pointed out Patterson’s ridiculously bad hitting in the past week or so.  But Dusty’s too busy thinking of new ways to burn out pitching arms.

Sickening.  How did he even get this job?  Because of his great track record of using pitchers correctly? Or because he rode the coattails of Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent?

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3 Responses to “Dusty Baker Is Paid Cash Money To Be Oblivious”

  1. Bryan April 22, 2008 at 8:25 pm #

    “This man is paid millions to manage the Chicago Cubs…”

    He hasn’t managed the Cubs in years…he is managing the Reds!

  2. chris April 22, 2008 at 11:45 pm #

    😉

  3. chris April 22, 2008 at 11:46 pm #

    my joke fell flat i guess. they got good as soon as they got rid of him and the Reds are losing already this year

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