Let me preface the rest of this short article by saying, I am by no means trying to be a "Negative Nancy" while the Reds are in the midst of playing some tremendous baseball. But when combing through Reds news on ESPN.com I came across an article by David Schoenfield that I couldn't help but laugh at.
I didn't laugh because it was funny—though it actually was, in a sense—but because it was so obvious. In the article Schoenfield says, "Baker apparently believes it's a good idea to start your lineup with two sub-.300 OBP guys." Sense the heavy dose of sarcasm?
He followed that up by stating, "He just doesn't get it, and why the front office hasn't told him to stop that nonsense is beyond me." In the words of the late Harry Carry, "Holy Cow!"
It's not very often that the national media will step out on such a thin line and call out a coach on their decision-making. They usually try to be as politically correct about their statements as possible—covering their assets and attempting to not form such a heavy opinion.
Schoenfield was very clear and direct in calling out Dusty Baker's poor decision-making and stubbornness when creating his lineups. He even questions Baker's competency when he claims that, "he just doesn't get it." He then takes it even further by suggesting that the Reds' front office make decisions for their seemingly incompetent manager.
The article is basically giving even more credit to Reds' fans claims that Baker is not making smart choices for his club and that only he seems to see the sense in those decisions. Stubbornness is good at time, but only when you don't let it consume you.
Luckily for the Cincinnati Reds organization, the team on the field has been good enough to consistently overcome their manager's stubbornness.
If there was a WAR stat for managers, what do you think Baker's managerial WAR (or maWAR we will call it) would be? I'm guessing around -6.1 maWAR. Yes, that is a "negative" sign you see there.
Check out the article here and be sure to chime back in with your thoughts. You are bound to get a chuckle—or two, or three—out of it.