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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

ESPN: Reds’ Dusty Baker suffered stroke

Dusty Baker won’t manage the Cincinnati Reds until the final series in St. Louis, giving him time to recover from an irregular heartbeat and a stroke suffered last week. The 63-year-old manager was hospitalized for four days in Chicago because of an irregular heartbeat that he’s had for some time.
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Baker became ill while the team was in Chicago for a three-game series last Wednesday and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment of the irregular heartbeat.

His statement said that when he was being discharged from the hospital on Friday, he suffered a stroke and was treated immediately, “Which minimized the effects of the stroke.”

NTNgod Posted: September 25, 2012 at 06:18 PM | 33 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Tom Nawrocki Posted: September 25, 2012 at 06:26 PM (#4245638)
Oh, geez. Take care of yourself, Dusty.
   2. Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: September 25, 2012 at 06:52 PM (#4245656)
I wish him the best. Surprised no snark.
   3. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: September 25, 2012 at 06:54 PM (#4245657)
stroke snark? (say that 3 times fast)
   4. Walt Davis Posted: September 25, 2012 at 06:57 PM (#4245659)
This sucks.
   5. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: September 25, 2012 at 07:01 PM (#4245661)
Get well soon Dusty; you're one of the good ones.
   6. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: September 25, 2012 at 07:01 PM (#4245662)
Yikes.
   7. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: September 25, 2012 at 07:08 PM (#4245664)
(Since the doctors said he should be fine, I don't feel too bad making this post):

He should be back to ruining young pitchers in no time.
   8. smileyy Posted: September 25, 2012 at 07:10 PM (#4245667)
He shouldn't have kept his heart on a beat-count. Is that enough snark?
   9. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 25, 2012 at 07:16 PM (#4245670)
Dusty Baker suffered stroke ... of Corey Patterson's Bat in the Leadoff Spot
   10. Rickey! the first of his name Posted: September 25, 2012 at 07:16 PM (#4245671)
Clearly Dusty's been overworking his brain, thus the clot. Shoulda pulled it in the 7th.
   11. Joe Bivens Will Take a Steaming Dump Posted: September 25, 2012 at 07:30 PM (#4245675)
5...that is such a pathetic troll that it's almost funny. So, almost bravo, sir.
   12. Esoteric Posted: September 25, 2012 at 07:36 PM (#4245680)
5...that is such a pathetic troll that it's almost funny. So, almost bravo, sir.
How is Joey's B. post trolling? It was gracious and classy. And I agree -- whatever your opinion of Baker's faults as a manager, he's beloved by his players and seems like a warm-hearted guy. I wish him all the best, and hope he's back to full strength for the playoffs.
   13. Rickey! the first of his name Posted: September 25, 2012 at 07:40 PM (#4245683)
How is Joey's B. post trolling? It was gracious and kind. And I agree.


Is this another moral failing of Natinal fans in general?
   14. Esoteric Posted: September 25, 2012 at 08:02 PM (#4245693)
Jesus Sam, it's a stroke.
   15. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: September 25, 2012 at 08:12 PM (#4245701)
know the drill dusty.

good luck
   16. Rickey! the first of his name Posted: September 25, 2012 at 08:23 PM (#4245705)
Jesus Sam, it's a stroke.


Overrated band. I prefer Hot Hot Heat.
   17. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: September 25, 2012 at 08:28 PM (#4245707)
I was thinking he has a toddler at home, but that World Series was ten years and two teams ago.
   18. Rickey! the first of his name Posted: September 25, 2012 at 08:31 PM (#4245710)
I was thinking he has a toddler at home, but that World Series was ten years and two teams ago.


I was thinking "if the primary warning sign of stroke is slurred speech and incoherence, how on earth did anyone notice something 'wrong' with Dusty?!"

But I'm a terrible human being that way.
   19. Gamingboy Posted: September 25, 2012 at 08:39 PM (#4245718)
I hope for Dusty Baker's health.
   20. UCCF Posted: September 25, 2012 at 10:55 PM (#4245819)
Well, we know it wasn't a stroke of genius.

(Seriously, if you're going to have a stroke, the best place to do it is while you're still in the hospital. Hopefully that helped minimize the damage, and he'll be back in the dugout for the postseason.)
   21. Random Transaction Generator Posted: September 25, 2012 at 11:15 PM (#4245827)
Dusty: "Pull the starter. He's just a kid, and he's looking a little gassed."
Bench coach: "Oh, ####! Dusty's having a stroke! Call 911!"

I wish him a full recovery. This will be a nice story for the playoffs if he comes back to the team.
   22. shoewizard Posted: September 25, 2012 at 11:37 PM (#4245850)
From the article:

Baker revealed that when he was being released from the hospital on Friday, he suffered a "mini-stroke."


I thought this sounded like a TIA incident, which my mother has had two of.

From National Stroke Association Website they say this:


A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is an event, sometimes called a mini-stroke, with stroke symptoms that lasts less than 24 hours before disappearing. While TIAs generally do not cause permanent brain damage, they are a serious warning sign of stroke and should not be ignored!

Up to 40 percent of all people who have experienced a TIA will go on to have an actual stroke. Most studies show that nearly half of all strokes occur within the first 2 days after a TIA. In fact:

Within 2 days after a TIA, 5 percent of people will have a stroke.

Within 3 months after a TIA, 10 to 15 percent of people will have a stroke.


While I'm no doctors, it seems like if you get past the first "danger" period, and make some changes in your life, you have a better chance. My mom had her first TIA incident more than 15 years ago. For her the long term effect has been a somewhat reduced sphere of vision in her left eye, (kind of a circle in the lower left quadrant that is blacked out or fuzzy). And her balance was affected, but she's old now, so that goes with the territory anyway. Makes her interesting to drive with though.

Anyway, if Dusty gets through the next week without incident, he's still at risk, but managing or not managing doesn't seem to be a risk factor.
   23. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: September 26, 2012 at 09:38 AM (#4245995)
Makes her interesting to drive with though.


Why wouldn't you drive?
   24. Spahn Insane, stimulus-funded BurlyMan™ Posted: September 26, 2012 at 09:46 AM (#4245999)
Hope he recovers soon. Be nice to see him get another shot at a ring.
   25. Spahn Insane, stimulus-funded BurlyMan™ Posted: September 26, 2012 at 09:48 AM (#4246002)
I was thinking "if the primary warning sign of stroke is slurred speech and incoherence, how on earth did anyone notice something 'wrong' with Dusty?!"

Now now. Dusty's incoherent speech has always been clearly enunciated.
   26. Ron J2 Posted: September 26, 2012 at 09:49 AM (#4246005)
#8 Well played sir. A classic Dusty reference which (to me at any rate) does scream, "Too soon"

Strokes suck. I'm glad he got prompt treatment.

And #22 my sister had a mini-stroke a couple of years back. Scary as hell, but she's still teaching.
   27. Greg Schuler Posted: September 26, 2012 at 10:33 AM (#4246073)
All this and no mention of whether skin color makes a difference in stroke victims - for shame, BFT, for shame.
   28. Addison Russell T. Davies (chris h.) Posted: September 26, 2012 at 10:34 AM (#4246075)
My grandfather started having TIAs before the big one hit that ended his life. Of course, he was 98 at the time, so it's not a comparable situation.

Hope Dusty ends up OK, here.
   29. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: September 26, 2012 at 10:45 AM (#4246093)
My grandfather started having TIAs before the big one hit that ended his life. Of course, he was 98 at the time, so it's not a comparable situation.


My grandfather had what was probably a TIA in 1957. It scared him enough that he got himself together and eventually lost about 150 pounds. He died in 1998. I hope Dusty's got another 41 years left in him.
   30. dr. scott Posted: September 26, 2012 at 01:03 PM (#4246287)
At least #17 is thinking of the children... or teenagers...
   31. DL from MN Posted: September 26, 2012 at 01:29 PM (#4246326)
The "irregular heartbeat" is probably what caused the stroke. Sounds like atrial fibrillation. Hopefully they can fix it for him so he doesn't have to take the blood thinning drugs.
   32. Rickey! the first of his name Posted: September 26, 2012 at 01:34 PM (#4246333)
All this and no mention of whether skin color makes a difference in stroke victims - for shame, BFT, for shame.


All things being given, I'm sure Dusty had his mini-stroke in the sun, during a day game.
   33. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 26, 2012 at 06:35 PM (#4246671)
Hmm. Apparently walks clog up the circulatory system too.

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