I hate Dusty. I've said it before, for years, that the Cubs success in 2003 was in spite of, not because of, Dusty freakin' Baker. And he's really proving now that he can't manage his way out of a paper bag. He has lent no stability to the lineup, instead flipping people around in RIDICULOUS orders for RIDICULOUS reasons.
Then we go and think about our suggestions for his replacement. Grady Little's name came up, but really, does anyone know "how" he manages? What his process is? We know Dusty goes by his gut (which only gets us stupid decisions like Wilson, Macias, and only gets his son nearly killed), but doesn't Little do that too? Wasn't leaving Pedro in a Gut Decision?
I'm tired of the carousel, here in the MLB as well as others sports (most notably the ridiculosity that is NBA head coaches). The same hacks get jobs over and over and over. They do crappy somewhere, then get hired somewhere else for millions, do crappy there, rinse, lather, repeat. WHY? WHY do teams hire known losers instead of taking chances on NEW blood and NEW ideas?
Which brings me to my point: Why don't we find someone new and actually INTERVIEW them or REVIEW what they may have already said. Find intelligent new blood that needs a chance. Find someone who understands things like OBP (at the VERY least).
Lets start thinking the Moneyball way - find what is UNDERVALUED in managers, and find someone who excels in those things. And then start propping him up. Start a mailing campaign to Tribune and Hendry. Plaster his/her name and the reasons why they might make a good manager, in our Informed Fan Opinion. At the very least, maybe someone up top will take notice and start thinking critically about management decisions. It's worked in Boston. It can work on the North Side.
Just my (idealistic, I know) opinion and dream. But seriously, with the kind of baseball knowledge at places like Beyond the Box Score, Baseball Prospectus and the like, someone has GOT to be able to do better. At least have a better plan, for goddsakes. Dusty has got to go.