There is a good article on ESPN about Mark Prior today written by Phil Rogers. He continues to blame Baker for the Cubs injuries to the pitching staff. I really wish people weren’t so fickle about this team. When things are going great, Dusty is a hero, and has brought the franchise from the dead. When things are going a little less than ideal, then the bash the manager stuff starts. I may not be in the majority, but I don’t mind how Dusty handles the pitching staff. He has a great reputation with his team and with everyone else as being a manager everyone wants to play for. You don’t get that reputation by abusing your players.
Mark Prior, Kerry Wood, Greg Maddux, etc all have something in common. They are grown men. That means that they know their bodies and they know what they can do. They are not going to risk their careers and health because Dusty says so. He’s a good guy, but he’s not God. The fact is, Dusty communicates with his players and they have input. I don’t ever remember hearing any of his current or former players going on record and saying that Dusty didn’t know what he was doing.
Also read “I Hate Jay Mariotti” over at Cubbies Corner (Our other site)