I keep seeing one theme popping up when Dusty replies to questions about playing the young'uns. That is that the Cubs "owe it to the league to but the best team out there," or "owe it to the fans to put the best team out there," or some other variation of owing it to somebody to put the best team out there.
But what it really sounds like is that Dusty really feels he owes it to himself to put a team of veterans out there. I think it is clear that his ego, and his fear of having a losing record is getting in the way of the Cubs' needs to put the young guys out there.
Dusty's latest quote is another priceless one:
"I just can't take the ball and glove out of Neifi's hands," Baker argued. "It's not fair to just sit him down for what he's done for us. So I've got to find a way, at least for a while, for both of them to play."
Actually Dusty, the best way to "reward him" for what he's done for the team (apparently not including his A.Gonzalez imitation on the grounder last night) is to CONTINUE TO PAY HIM HIS PAYCHECK! That is all you need to do. He is an employee and is paid whether he plays or not.
There is absolutely no justification for Neifi Perez starting over Cedeno at any point for the remainder of the season, nor should Matt Murton get pigeon-holed as a RH part of a platoon. They both should play everyday, without exception.
Frankly, Hendry needs to take some control and assert some leadership. Dusty said that Hendry doesn't tell him who to play. Hmmm, maybe it is time for that to change.