In Dusty We Trusty

Bullpen BrianCorrespondent ISeptember 29, 2010

So many Dusty Baker haters out there, but there’s no denying this guy’s a winner. He was a winner with San Fran. He was a winner with Chicago, and now he’s a winner with Cincinnati.

This is Baker’s fourth division championship–Giants ’97-’00, Cubs ’03, Reds ’10.
He’s just the ninth manager all time to lead three different teams into the postseason, and only the third manager to turn the trick in a nine year span.

Baker’s won three NL Manager of the Year Awards–’93,’97,’00.
He could easily win his fourth this season.

Cubs fans, however, loath Baker. He was the blame of nearly every Cubs misfortune from 2004-06. That despite coming within six out of the World Series, an 89-win season in 2004 and the Tribune company’s awful ownership group.

I’m not saying Baker deserved to stay with the Cubs, he didn’t.
The win loss record wasn’t there and neither was his clubhouse chemistry.
But to keep blaming Baker for all the Cubs’ shortcomings during his time in Chicago is ridiculous.

Dusty Baker didn’t fail here alone, he had plenty of help.
Kerry Wood and Mark Prior ruin themselves without Baker’s help. Sammy Sosa, too. Baker didn’t just wake up stupid one morning in Chicago. The Cubs, however, did and let a HOF manager get away.

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