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Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

Posted on: February 22, 2011 2:13 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2011 4:03 pm
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Baker

When Dusty Baker's departure as manager of the Cubs was all but certain, he had to deal with a truly abominable act.

"At the very end, somebody took a dump right where I stood in the dugout every day," Baker told FOX Sports. "That was the low point. The grounds crew guy cleaned it up. He said, 'Oh, I think it’s dog crap.' I said, 'No it ain’t. That’s human crap.'"

That would be bad enough if that incident was isolated, but Baker also had to deal with threatening phone calls and letters that all too often skewed into the racist category. No one knows if the two incidents are connected, but the overall message is the same of intolerance.

Say what you want about Baker's managerial tendencies -- and people have, including this author in this very space when talking about Baker's wrecking of Kerry Wood and Mark Prior's arms along with Aaron Harang in Cincinnati (more on this later), but such actions are unacceptable, no matter the setting or situation.

Baker inherited a tough job in taking over Cubs manager and it only got worse after the infamous Bartman game during Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS. (And it must be pointed out that Steve Bartman does not deserve the blame for the Cubs blowing that game.) In fact, Baker and successors included, only Jim Riggleman has managed the Cubs for more than four full seasons since Leo Durocher's firing in mid-1972.

"They turn over their managers pretty quick," Baker said. "They don’t stick with anybody for a period of time, because everybody’s counting -- Year 100, Year 101, Year 102. There’s no such thing as a four- or five-year plan. It’s a one-year plan."

And yet, while plenty of other Cubs managers have had to deal with the outrage of Cubs fans, it's Baker that has to deal with human feces exactly where he stands in the dugout. Yeah, the groundskeeper cleaned it up, but that doesn't get rid of the figurative (and perhaps even literal) stink.

No one deserves that. But that's not all that happened to Baker in Chicago. Since his experience in Chicago, he's been saddled with a reputation that he perhaps does not deserve.

"It really hurt my reputation," Baker said of managing in Chicago, especially after disappointments in 2005 and 2006. "Ever since then, all of a sudden, 'I don’t know how to manage. I don’t know how to handle pitchers. I don’t like young players.' … They don’t even have a clue about it. I never heard that in San Francisco."

Baker had his missteps in San Francisco, most notably yanking Russ Ortiz with a lead in Game 6 of the 2002 World Series and attempting to give Hernandez the game ball, but it must be noted that there were no complaints about Baker's pitcher usage in San Francisco. It's tougher to defend his actions with Prior and Harang, but consideration must be given to the fact it would have happened regardless.

And there's certainly no defending the actions of whichever spineless person chose to take a dump at Baker's feet.

(Was this an inside job? Certainly no fan could get access to the field before the gates even open.)

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Tags: Cubs, Dusty Baker
 
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Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2011 10:20 pm
 

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

'Would have happened regardless? Says who? Russ Ortiz and Jason Schmidt's arms also fell off. The guy has a history of pitchers with injuries. Some managers in the game have very little while others have dozens. How you manage your rotation determines how long your pitcher will be around and healthy. Guys like Dusty Baker, Fredi Gonzalez, and Jeff Torborg may be good at managing a lineup of talent, but suck when it comes to handling pitchers.'
Says me. And I have just as much knowledge as you or anybody else on this matter, but I have one thing on my side that all the people who accuse Dusty of destroying pitchers don't have: plausibility. What people who accuse Dusty of destroying starting pitchers are grounding their accusation on is confirmation bias- they (including you) see what confirms your bias, and don't see what doesn't confirm your bias. It's like some kind of religion, with Dusty Baker as Mephistopheles.

Seems like it's necessarily to merely have put on a uniform at some point with Baker and it's enough to wreck your career. See, he's doing it in Cincy, too- not only Harang, but Cueto and Volquez. That Bronson Arroyo hasn't missed a start in years is meaningless, it's only because Baker has been so busy working his voodoo on the others that he hasn't had time to ruin Arroyo. Those of you slamming Baker need to read a bit of history, specifically on the subject of witch trials.

You know who has a history of pitchers with arm troubles? Every manager in the history of MLB. That includes Terry Francona, whose rotation last year missed how many starts? And the year before, how many starts did his rotation miss? Why isn't it his fault that Beckett, Dice K, Wakefield, Smoltz, Penny and Buchholz missed so many starts? If you are going to be blinded by ignorance at least be consistently ignorant.



Since: Dec 20, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2011 9:41 pm
 

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

Come on if somebody pooped where he sat y didn't he say something earlier. I mean come  if that hareally happened wouldnt u think somebody would have taken care of it. reguardless of how i feel about Dusty come on it was what 7 years ago get over it Cubs fans arent gonna forget or appoligize.



Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2011 8:29 pm
 

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

Poor Baby Bears fans.  Have fun cheering on another loser this year



Since: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2011 8:02 pm
 

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

Dusty is all right. He didn't ruin Pryor's arm - same with Harang and Wood. They just got hurt on his watch. I hope Dusty gets his mdue after all is said and done.



Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2011 7:42 pm
 

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

As a cubs fan i feel like he crapped at my feet daily after 2003. Just sayin



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2011 6:26 pm
 

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

Would have happened regardless? Says who? Russ Ortiz and Jason Schmidt's arms also fell off. The guy has a history of pitchers with injuries. Some managers in the game have very little while others have dozens. How you manage your rotation determines how long your pitcher will be around and healthy. Guys like Dusty Baker, Fredi Gonzalez, and Jeff Torborg may be good at managing a lineup of talent, but suck when it comes to handling pitchers.



Since: May 9, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2011 6:09 pm
 

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

Its not really shocking that psycho fans will stoop to levels of threats and whatnot. Thats been happening for so many years probably.  I would say that Baker probably rubbed people the wrong way if one of his players took a dump on the club house steps.  I man, thats hilarious.   What we really should do is have Dusty pay back all the money he took from the Cubs and also kill his arm like he's done to so many pitchers in the past. Not just on the Cubs but the Giants too.  Dusty "the pitcher killer" Baker, you are a chump. Have another toothpick big baby.



Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2011 5:34 pm
 

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

Clearly earning that 4 mill a year working for the Cubs didn't mean more responsibility for Dusty now.  Clearly.



Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2011 5:20 pm
 

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

agree 

hes terrible, he had a good team with the cubs that year and with bonds in san fran now he has one in cincy, but he aint won crap by being a great manager like Brenley or sanfrans manager last year.



Since: Aug 4, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2011 5:15 pm
 

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

How could he tell the difference between one piece of crap and the rest of the Cubs?


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