Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Dusty Baker a little unsure about the number 15

Today, Johnny Cueto was scratched from his start and placed on the DL with a lat injury. Apparently the injury from his previous stay on the DL never healed properly and it’s still a bit sore. He only needs to rest it for a bit and he’ll be fine. Whatever. Doesn’t matter.

What does matter, however, is that he was placed on the 15 day DL. As most know, once you’re on the 15 day DL, you’re stuck there for 15 days since your last appearance (11 days from now, in Johnny’s case). But that might not be crystal-clear to Manager Dusty Baker. “He’ll miss one or two starts,” Baker said. OK. We’re good. We’re on message. But then this. “If he feels better, it’ll be one.” No! No, Dusty, it won’t! Because even if he feels better on May 11th, he won’t get to start. Because he’s still on the DL. He’s already missed one start. That makes two. Best case. Alright?

Now for some of my favorite Dusty Baker quotes. As anyone who’s frequented this blog since 2004 knows, he’s probably my favorite topic. Here’s a brief collection of just a few of my favorites.

April 23rd, 2005. LaTroy Hawkins has just blown another save, and Baker has announced that he is going to a ‘Bullpen by Situation’, as a ‘Bullpen by Committee never works.’ What’s the difference, Dusty? “[It’s a] bullpen by who’s pitched two or three days in a row. It could be a number of things. It’s not exactly by committee.” Well Dusty, how is that different from a bullpen by committee? “You say bullpen by committee, and that sounds like everybody, but that’s not everybody.'” OK Dusty.

April 24th, 2005. Chad Fox was called upon to save that night’s game. Dusty is then asked about Chad Fox’s health. Remember, this is shortly after he ruined Kerry Wood and Mark Prior. In fact, Wood would leave his next start – one of his last - for another trip to the DL. “You still have to protect [Fox], too. This guy is coming off, I don’t know what it is, two or three arm operations. He didn’t pitch at all last year. We have to protect him. He probably won’t go more than two in a row no matter what it is.”

April 25th, 2005. Dusty Baker uses Chad Fox in the 9th inning of a 10-3 game, the day after he said he wouldn’t use Chad Fox in back-to-back games because of his health. Sure enough, Fox ended up walking off the mound as though he’d been shot, and took another trip to the DL. He would only end up pitching another 3.2 innings in his career, allowing 7 runs. Baker: “It didn’t look good.”

March, 2004. After a performance in which his Cubs got 5 walks: "I think walks are overrated unless you can run. Most of the time you’re just clogging up the bases for somebody who can run… Have you ever heard the Yankees talking about on base percentages and walks? Walks help. But you ain’t going to walk across the plate. You’re going to hit across the plate… it’s called hitting. It ain’t called walking. Do you ever see the top 10 walking?” Not satisfied, Dusty went on, “Why don’t people leave me alone? Why do they always talk shit on me? People always have been trying to bring me down… that’s OK. That’s how it is. Actually, that makes me stronger. It’s OK. What are you going to say when I kick somebody’s ass?”

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Yes. Hello?

Well, the interesting thing about this post is that I’m writing it four years after the previous post. Whoops. A lot has changed in those four years. So let’s rewind the clock. By one day.

One day ago, I was sitting at school. For some reason, I decided to search out my old blog. I was really more interested in seeing whether or not I was still paying money for the domain redirect, but… anyway, it turns out that Blogger keeps things online. Forever. So I started reading. I laughed. I miss having fun with baseball.

Since I wrote my last post, well... I graduated from college. I didn’t get a job. I lived out west for two months, hiked into Canada, and saw games at Busch, Kauffman, and Coors. I got a job. I went back to school. I did not watch the Tigers win the World Series. I got another job. I left school. I left the first job. I built websites. I did not watch the Tigers win the World Series. I got into medical school. I left my job. I moved to downtown Detroit. I did not watch the Tigers win a World Series. I studied in a windowless room for a year. I did not watch the Tigers win the World Series. I studied in a room for another year. I watched the Tigers manage their offseason bullpen like an ADHD kid who can’t be bothered with offseason acquisitions in MLB 2K13 because he’s tweaking too hard about his next 162-0 season.

You know, I miss writing about baseball. The degree program I’m in now is, let’s say, substantially harder than my previous one. I don’t have the time I used to have. So this is going to be an experiment. I’m going to see if I can maintain a baseball blog that discusses current baseball events, but without watching ESPN and without spending hours reading about baseball news. It’s going to be a little more difficult to gather material for these ridiculous stories. 

A lot has changed. But you know what? Dusty Baker still manages a Major League Baseball Team. The Houston Astros are still competing with the Ringling Brothers. The Detroit Tigers still show an utterly catastrophic lack of foresight with regards to their bullpen. And now the Marlins are trying to force Bud Selig into creating a one-team contraction scheme. So, actually, I think I’ll be just fine.

See ya soon?

Can you throw a baseball? The Tigers need you.” – March 30, 2009
Welcome to the Houston Circus” – June 12, 2007