Posted on: May 25, 2008 10:27 pm

Dusty Baker, aka The Worst Manager in MLB

Dusty Baker is an awful major league manager. When he was the manager of the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs, I respected him because he took the Giants to the World Series and the Cubs to the NLCS and I was hoping that he would be able to take the Reds over the hump this year. So far, Dusty has not looked like the manager I knew in the past and instead makes the decisions of a senile, old man. Some of Dusty's decisions that should be questioned.....

1) Why the faith in Corey Patterson? Patterson is absolutely awful. Almost anyone would play better than Corey. Game line today: 0-8, 3 K's. He certainly contributed to the Reds loss today. Patterson is a holdover from Dusty's tenure as manager with the Cubs so he brought him over to the Reds, and with unfortunate consequences.

2) Unusual, and usually idiotic pitching changes - I've seen too often where Dusty has brought in pitchers to relieve the starters and see them getting their brains bashed in, even though the starters are going strong. I don't know if Dusty has a clue how to manage the pitching staff.

3) Interesting lineups - Dusty puts unusual lineups on the field sometimes. If I were the manager, I would have my best players play every day and maybe give them 1-2 days off a much. Baker gives these guys way too many days off, especially with the rookies because he probably doesn't want to hurt their development. Case in point: He has been slow with 1B Joey Votto, even though Votto is completely ready for the major leagues.

I hope Dusty starts becoming a competent manager again because many Reds fans like me are getting impatient...

Posted on: May 23, 2008 5:14 pm

Favorite NFL player NOT on your favorite team

Most fans have an NFL player that they like who is not on their favorite team. I know that the players on any team that beats the Patriots becomes my new favorite team :) Personally, my favorite non-Colts player is NT Jay Alford of the New York Giants. That's probably pretty obvious by now for anyone who has looked at my avatar, but I felt like throwing that out there. So, who is your favorite NFL player not on your favorite NFL team, everybody???

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