Baker, 62, does not do Twitter or other social media. But Baker knows the critics are out there because, for one thing, he hears them during games. Batting orders, pitching changes, you name it. Everyone is an expert.
“Nothing works all the time, I don’t care how you do it,” Baker said. “This game is basically about matchups and the odds.”
Making a lineup can take several hours, Baker said. Reams of scouting reports are available, and Baker well knows the strengths and weaknesses of his players. Baker also tries to gauge his players’ physical and mental conditions, things unknown to the average fan.
“Sometimes it wakes me up at 4 o’clock in the morning, with a thought about changing the lineup,” Baker said. “Sometimes I do it the night before, and then I get in the next day and I might change it.”
...“No matter what’s been said, we must be doing something right because we’re leading the league in runs scored,” Baker said. “I know sometimes we don’t hit, but I’d hate to see what it’s like when a team really doesn’t hit. You just play the odds, mix and match your personnel.
“Contrary to popular belief, there’s a lot of thought process that goes into it on a daily basis.”