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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Dusty Baker wishes Pete Rose could visit Reds

As Szymborski tweeted yesterday…“Does Cincinnati chili contain large amts of lead?”

“He’s supposed to talk to Pete,” Baker said of Votto and other Reds. “Just like they need to talk to Johnny Bench. I wish Tony Perez was around more to teach our guys how to clutch hit. This cat was the best. He taught me and I was on the other team – what to look for, what to do, how to approach this and that. I wasn’t even around him that much. Davey Concepcion, (Perez) taught him, too. When Davey came up, he couldn’t spell, much less hit. And then he became a clutch man.”

... But for manager Dusty Baker, there’s one face missing – Pete Rose.

“I just wish that Pete could come by,” Baker said before Saturday’s game against the Cubs. “He saw my son hitting in the cage, peaked his head in a couple of years ago and he asked my son, ‘Hey little Baker, can you hit?’ My son said, ‘Yeah.’ He goes, ‘Let me see you hit the back of the cage.’ My son remembered that every since. He’ll take BP in the cage and he’ll try to hit the back of the cage instead of hitting it up in the air. This could be something he’ll remember forever. He was wide-eyed, ‘Dad, is that Pete Rose?’ ”

While the elder Baker said he didn’t remember the exact number of hits Rose had, his son knew the number 4,256. “I just knew it was a whole bunch,” Dusty Baker said.

Repoz Posted: May 26, 2013 at 10:44 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Big Train Rollin' Posted: May 26, 2013 at 12:01 PM (#4452400)
what to look for, what to do, how to approach this and that.

Teams have the most trouble with this and that. He could really help out there.
   2. Anonymous Observer Posted: May 26, 2013 at 12:21 PM (#4452410)
McGwire said. “A pure RBI guy like that is just born. When you see his average with men on and when there aren’t men on, it’s a mentality that you can’t teach."
I wish Tony Perez was around more to teach our guys how to clutch hit.


Which is it? Can it be taught, or are you born with it? I'm so confused! HELP ME PLEASE!
   3. Benji Gil Gamesh Rises Posted: May 26, 2013 at 01:06 PM (#4452424)
Teams have the most trouble with this and that. He could really help out there.
See you just want to take this...and add that.
   4. Barnaby Jones Posted: May 26, 2013 at 01:18 PM (#4452428)
The other day I read that Dusty Baker invented the high five. Is this common knowledge? I am the last one to find out? Because it might be the most amazing thing I've ever heard.
   5. SoSH U at work Posted: May 26, 2013 at 01:24 PM (#4452431)
The other day I read that Dusty Baker invented the high five. Is this common knowledge? I am the last one to find out? Because it might be the most amazing thing I've ever heard.


Wasn't he half-responsible, with Glenn Burke handling the other part of the creation (by legend, anyway)?

   6. bobm Posted: May 26, 2013 at 01:46 PM (#4452437)
[4] , [5] Yes.
   7. Rennie's Tenet Posted: May 26, 2013 at 03:34 PM (#4452507)
When I grow weary of hearing how baseball needs Rose, I turn to:

Rose ugly jacket thread.
   8. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: May 26, 2013 at 04:31 PM (#4452574)
"Now Pete, when it got really really hot out on the field, don't you think your performance suffered due to your lack of pigment? What advice could you give to honkey ballplayers on dealing with elevated temperatures?"
   9. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: May 26, 2013 at 05:06 PM (#4452623)
   10. Walt Davis Posted: May 26, 2013 at 05:29 PM (#4452651)
This is the first I've heard of Concepcion as a clutch hitter (and bad speller!). Seemed fishy to me:

nobody on: 261/315/351, 1 UIBB per 14.1 PA
RISP: 267/337/359, 1 UIBB per 14.6 PA (93 IBB, presumably almost all batting 8th)
2 outs RISP: 256/356/711, 1 UIBB per 12.7 PA
Late & Close: 283/336/388, 1 UIBB per 15.7 PA
Tie game: 271/327/363, 1 UIBB per 15.2 PA
Man on 3rd, less than two outs, about 1 SF per 6 non-IBB PA

So the late and close show a bit of clutchiness to them but really, just the same guy in all situations.

   11. Hank G. Posted: May 26, 2013 at 11:23 PM (#4452822)
Rose could also give tips on point spreads, over and unders, and bad haircuts.

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