One of the more prevalent themes of the threads around here has been the incessant "need" to bash Dusty Baker in some form or another. Now I understand the frustration with a lot of the moves Baker made during his tenure as a Cubs manager. I, myself, will never understand the affection he had for Neifi Perez.
I understand the frustrations but why can't we just let it go and move on. All the comparisons between Lou and Dusty are nauseating. Lou essentially gets a free pass with everything on this site just because he's NOT DUSTY. That's ridiculous. Dusty was 256-230 (.516) as a manager with the Cubs before his final season in which he was essentially managing a AAA ball club. Seriously no manager could've won with the AA staff we were throwing out there (Marmol, Mateo, Guzman, Marshall, O'Malley, Hill, Walrond, Jerome Williams, Ryu, etc) and the AAA level talent in the position players (Cedeno, Hairston, Mabry, Neifi, Womack, Bynum, etc).
Dusty was the manager of a team that got as close to the World Series as most of us have ever seen a Cubs team get. So why can't we just let all the negative things about Dusty go just as easily as all the positive things we seem to have forgotten?
All i'm saying is I understand the frustration with Baker, i was there too. I just don't understand why he gets ZERO credit for the positives he brought to the organization and why we continue as a fan base to make snide after the fact comments about him. All the "dude i'm just saying" quotes, etc are immature. Let's just get past the fact that he's not our manager anymore, which many of us wanted. While he was here, he accomplished more in one season than any Cubs manager has in the last 60 years and then had 3 VERY average seasons after that. I can think of plenty of Cubs managers that have contributed less to the organization than Dusty. The guy went through enough with all the racially evoked threats he received, can't we just close the book on Baker and focus on what we have now? And how about just evaluating what we have now on their own and not as a comparison especially when their records so far are nearly identical (Baker's career win % with Cubs = .496, Pineilla's so far = .476)
in other news... cubs website is reporting Wade Miller will rejoin the club on Tuesday.... what more do we need to see from him? UGH