Dusty Baker Newsbeat
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Monday, April 25, 2016
Sunday’s game had everything a game could offer, from dramatic highs to head-shaking oddities. Bench coach Chris Speier, first base coach Davey Lopes and Baker, in his 21st season as a manager, have seen thousands of games combined, and the three agreed this was the wildest game they had been a part of.
It was definitely not the cleanest game ever played, but there were so many uncommon events that this one will be remembered for quite some time.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
This is just a tweet, but I couldn’t not link it.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Saturday, February 13, 2016
He seems like a likable guy. He shouldn’t talk about things which he doesn’t know much about, however.
“He’s like everybody ought to be,” said Bishop, the songwriter and blues guitarist who befriended Baker after they met years ago at John Lee Hooker’s house. “He treats everybody with respect and an open mind. He’s just a beautiful person. If the Martians ever land here, this is the guy I want to send to go talk to them — to represent the human race.”
“My biggest [role] was to tear down the negativity people have about him,” Miller says. “He was very open to ideas from the front office [in Cincinnati] — as much as we wanted him to be. He’s still an old-school guy, and he’s still going to go by his gut and listen to his players.
“But he believes in sabermetrics more than the sabermetrics people believe that these are humans playing the game and that some things can’t be measured.”
Posted: February 13, 2016 at 08:18 AM | 196 comment(s)
Friday, December 11, 2015
Next, let’s ask Dusty his thoughts on the Redskins name.
Perhaps Baker is a bit delirious with joy at returning to the game as a manager. At his first news conference in Washington, he charmed many with non-stop stories and quips. It was an “I’m-back” star turn.
But he didn’t just put a foot in his mouth Tuesday. He inserted both of ’em.
“Who’s to say the allegations are true, number one?” Baker said. “And who’s to say what you would have done or what caused the problem?”
Yes, that will make blame-the-victim bells go off. A manager or coach in pro sports needs to understand the whole culture of which his team is a part. Baker has always been attuned to issue of race in baseball — to buzzwords and catchphrases that tip off someone’s true beliefs. Now he should look hard at his own words. To speak judiciously on serious subjects, or else stay silent, is a core managerial competence. Smoking-a-joint-with-Jimi Hendrix stories are amusing, but optional.
Unfortunately, Baker didn’t limit himself Tuesday. For no reason, he tossed himself into another age-old controversy.
“The number-one thing that’s missing in the game is speed,” he said. “With the number of minorities, you can help yourself — you’ve got a better chance of getting some speed with Latin- and African-Americans. I’m not being racist. That’s just how it is.”
Here’s how it really is: Don’t put a “Kick Me” sign on yourself. Baker’s blundering on Chapman now can’t be called a one-off accident.
The day Baker was introduced as manager, he said, “I’d like to think I transcend different generations, like some musicians. I mean, Stevie Wonder still sounds good. And The Doors might sound even better.”
After Tuesday, transcending generations isn’t his issue. Baker, all on his own, now has raised the issue of whether he’s sufficiently in touch with this generation.
Posted: December 11, 2015 at 01:56 AM | 4 comment(s)
Wednesday, December 09, 2015
this is as weird as it seems, right?
“...I got a buddy at home that’s being abused by his wife. So I think this policy needs to go further than the player. I think the policy should go to whoever’s involved. Sometimes abusers don’t always have pants on.
“You’re always in need of left-handed pitching, left-handed hitting, and in need of speed. I think that’s the No. 1 thing that’s missing, I think, in the game is speed. You know, with the need for minorities, you can help yourself. You’ve got a better chance of getting some speed with Latin and African-Americans. I’m not being racist. That’s just how it is.”
what rhymes with STIGGLES
Posted: December 09, 2015 at 05:57 AM | 19 comment(s)
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