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Monday Morning Manager: Dusty isn't seeing clearly

By July 2, 2012

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The Cincinnati Reds have three All-Stars, which is two more than the big-market Boston Red Sox have. But that didn't stop Dusty Baker from a rant on Tony La Russa's choices for the National League team.

"I'm happy for the guys who made it big time, especially for [Aroldis] Chapman," Baker said to the Cincinnati Enquirer. "You figured that Joey [Votto] would make it. We knew Jay [Bruce] had an outside chance. You also figured that Johnny Cueto and Brandon Phillips had a great chance. I don't understand that one.

"A snub like that looks bad. Johnny and Brandon were at the center of skirmish between us and the Cardinals. Some of Cardinals who aren't there anymore are making some of the selections."

Sorry, Dusty, but there's nothing to this. La Russa had nine picks to make after the fans and players were done. He had to pick three players from teams who weren't yet represented (Wade Miley of the Diamondbacks, Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins and Huston Street of the Padres). He then had no-brainer picks in Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, the NL's leading hitter in Carlos Ruiz, a 10-game winner in Cole Hamels, a somewhat questionable pick in Jonathan Papelbon. And then he picked one of your guys, Jay Bruce.

Maybe Johnny Cueto gets in next week. And Phillips would be a fine injury replacement, too. But Baker's manner of handling this leaves a bad taste.

On to this week's Monday Morning Manager:


Dewayne Wise, Yankees: Wise's reputation is as a good-glove, no-hit outfielder. His career average is .221, and he's 34 years old. But he's found new life in pinstripes. He was 7 for 14 with a slugging percentage of 1.143 last week.

Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals: Looks like he's healthy and coming out of his slump. He has three homers and 12 RBI in the last week, and his average  rose from .219 to .241.

Hiroki Kuroda, Yankees: Won two games last week, just when New York has needed him most. After a slow start, he's now 8-7 with a 3.17 ERA.


Cliff Lee, Phillies: It seems impossible that Lee is still winless, but it's becoming that kind of year in Philly. The Phillies were winless in his five starts in June, and he only pitched well in one of them.

Mike Napoli, Rangers: Fans voted him an All-Star starter, and that was a bit of a gift. Napoli was 4 for 22 with 10 strikeouts and 0 RBI last week. He's only hitting .235 for the season.

Will Middlebrooks, Red Sox: The Red Sox trade Kevin Youkilis to give him room as the everyday third baseman, and he goes 4 for 27 for the week with seven strikeouts. It's a tough business.


1. Texas Rangers (50-30, last week No. 2)

2. New York Yankees (48-30, last week No. 1)

3. Washington Nationals (45-32, last week No. 4)

4. Los Angeles Angels (44-35, last week No. 5)

5. San Francisco Giants (45-35, last week NR)


26. Minnesota Twins (33-45, last week No. 27)

27. Houston Astros (32-47, last week No. 26)

28. Colorado Rockies (30-48, last week No. 28)

29. San Diego Padres (30-50,  last week No. 29)

30. Chicago Cubs (29-49, last week No. 30)


July 5, 2012 at 7:18 pm
(1) Chris Strohmier says:

It’s not how many Reds were chosen. It’s which Reds were chosen and which weren’t. To include Bruce instead of Phillips and Chapman instead of Cueto is questionable, at best.

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