so lame & predictable. this city can't have jack didly shhht with these teams. not one time advancing in the playoffs since 1995. unreal. i knew it would happen
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mlbtrReds GM Walt Jocketty told reporters (including John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer) that he expects manager Dusty Baker and the coaching staff to return in 2013. Baker has completed his last year under contract with the Reds and said he's “not sure where my career is going here in Cincinnati. We’re going to talk about that in the next couple of days. But I’m not through managing. I have more to do.”
when I read this, I think that unless Dusty is getting another offer from someone else, which I doubt, then he'll be back. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not though.
I don't see where he says there is an offer on the table, though. That's just a GM talking like a GM. He isn't going to say "Yeah, we're done with that toothpick eatin' bastard!".
No matter what the reports currently are, I don't see him ever managing again. If he does, the Reds have some serious thinking to do.
the rumor is he has an offer on the table. it wouldn't surprise me with this ownership. like I said though, i don't know how I feel about an extension for Dusty.
Dusty is well liked by his players, and he will continue to lead this team to the postseason, but is that good enough for the fans? Even more importantly is that good enough for Jocketty and Castellini? I believe at some point if the Reds continue making the postseason they will prevail and at least make a World Series appearance. Changing managers could mean that the Reds don't make the postseason at all, which is way worse than losing a NLDS.
Im sure sometime this year Dusty covered in one of the team meeting that when someone gets on second base... hit the ball and not to the opposing team.
The biggest thing I would like to see Dusty overcome is the fear of losing his players respect or confidence. A prime example would be with Mat Latos in game 5 of the NLDS. After allowing 2 Runs in the 5th inning we all were thinking the same thing at that moment (not in hind sight), get somebody up in the bullpen, don't let this spiral out of control. Next thing you know bases are loaded and Posey is at the plate. 6-0. Here's the thing, Dusty said in a post game interview that he thought about getting somebody up in the bullpen too, but didn't because he thought Latos still had plenty left in the tank. His mistake was putting too much confidence in Latos in the most crucial game of the entire season. He catered to the player and not to his instincts, the same instincts that all of us had. I'm not blaming Dusty for the loss, but now Mat Latos is blaming himself for the the whole thing. Dusty was showing confidence in Latos, but he would have served Latos better by pulling him one or two batters before Posey came to the plate. There are other examples throughout the season, but those tend to not be as glaring a postseason mistake.
I think there is a trap many fall into during postseason and that's Push Button Managing.. The media fuels it with their so called experts screaming out their opinions..
Baseball is funny and cruel.... Have the right pitcher in the game vs the right hitter and its a toss up who wins the battle..
Keep your heads up... Reds had a great year nothing to be ashamed of...
WJ is an excellent GM and will do well for the Reds fans.
I understand the meaning of your question, but Dusty has a track record and a lot of us can bring up several more examples just in the final 2 games of the NLDS. I don't want to do that because it's just too frustrating to discuss right now.