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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


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

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2011 4:35 pm

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

And the purpose of telling this story 5 years later is?

Since: Jul 7, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2011 4:29 pm

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

Some people blame Bartman, some people blame Alou, some people blame Gonzalez, I blame Baker.  He saw his pitcher freaking out on the mound with Moises Alou having a temper tantrum and sat on his little stoop and did nothing to bring the team back.  Personally, I think that the symbolism of the poop in his spot is quite apt. 

The fact is he doesn't know how to handle pitchers and he doesn't play the youngsters.  Tony LaRussa consistantly made him look like a child among men.  He rode the coattails of Barry Bonds for years and actually convinced himself that he knew how to manage.  Now that's funny! 

Since: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2011 4:29 pm

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

Well said!

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2011 4:26 pm

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

I'll just state some facts:

Dusty Baker wanted out of Atlanta as a young player because it was a "racist town".

He was traded to LA, where some years later he was rumored to have a link to drugs-probably completely false, but it played in the media some, and Baker contended when he left, he was run out of town due to racism.

Baker contends the crap on his seat in Chicago was from a racist, obviously on his own team or staff.... How does Dusty know that it was a (white) racist's excrement ? Isn't the assumption that it couldn't have been a black player crapping in his seat, in fact a racist view of his own ?

Baker doesn't admit that he was awarded his first managerial job in San Francisco without any prior mangerial experience due to the MLB equivelent of the "Rozelle Rule" or "Affirmitave Action"-pressure to hire minority managers whenever possible, but he sure remembered he was wronged by racism in every job he faltered with along his career path.   

Dusty Baker routinely runs average speed baserunners with 1 out and 2 strikes on the hitter. He doesn't hit back to back lefty hitters in his own lineup, but will leave his situational righty reliever in to pitch to 2 lefty hitters, with a lefty warmed up in the pen, all the time. He doesn't use conventional wisdom in using his closers in non-save situations 2 or 3 days in a row.

Baker has possibly been falsely accused of injuring pitchers, but his high pitch counts on young pitchers, especially in late season games with little or no consequence, and the bizzare Harang request to pitch in between starts are documented facts that would allow plenty of non-racists to question the coincidence. Baker stuck with veteran Corey Patterson for 300 at bats at less than aa .200 BA while Jay Bruce was hitting .350 in AAA for no explainable reason other than age/experience, (or possibly their race) and has always played every washed up veteran (black) role player over the younger and more defensively talented (white) Paul Janish....all facts or coincidences, that in my opinion, weigh FAR heavier in criticism of Dusty Baker than actual racism ever has.  

Unfortunately, Dusty Baker has undoubtedly been the victim of racism...primarily in the 50's and 60's....but it's also equally unfortunate Dusty isn't a guy that accepts responsibility for his actions much- in his mind, they are frequently the result of racism, and that is a cop out that doesn't gain him any respect-from fans or players.  


Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2011 4:23 pm

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

I totally agree on the the Rothschild arguement he has had a career of destroying pitchers from Tampa Bay to Chicago and everywhere he went inbetween. But with Dusty and Rothchild it was a perfect storm. Dusty has earned his reputation about young players. He is now older and wiser. Besides in Cincy he has no choice there are no real old dogs on the roster. I just hate to see what is going to happen with all those young arms in Cincy. Are we going to see them have to make a move for pitching in June or July because all of that young talented staff is on the DL or going to see James Andrews? We will see.

Since: May 30, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2011 4:22 pm

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

Now we know how Dempster hurt himself jumping over the railingof the dugout, he slipped on human feces.....curse of the Billy Goat to the curse of the human #@$%.

Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2011 4:12 pm

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

That was the exact spot where Pryor fell and hit his arm after Baker turned it into shat.....coincidence? So there you have it, the culprit revealed!!

Since: Feb 22, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2011 4:11 pm

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

That is a nasty story! However, Cubs fans should not blame him for ruining Kerry Woods & Mark Prior's  arms , they should blame the jackass who just left them for New York Yankees!!!!  Yes you guessed it Larry Rothschild ruined those arms!!! He sucks as a pitching coach! So good luck in New York

Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2011 4:06 pm

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

What does race have to do with taking a dump?  Every human being has been disrespected.  This is just an isolated case of a jackhole employee or fan making his case.  Remember the father son combo beating up the 1st base coach in Chicago?  Every city has their rejects.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2011 3:59 pm

Baker reveals disturbing Cubs story

No wonder they haven't won since 1908.....

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