John Fay had this to say about our intrepid manager:
No manager has been very popular during the eight-year hiatus from .500-plus baseball in Cincinnati. But Baker seems to be getting ripped more vociferously than Jerry Narron or Bob Boone.
Maybe I’m wrong, but from my perspective, that’s just silly. I’m not particularly happy with Dusty, but I’ll go on the record right now as stating that he is a million times better than Bob Boone. Probably better than Jerry Narron, too (though that’s faint praise; in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king).
Baker does a lot of dumb things, no question about it, and I’m not inclined to waste much of my time defending the guy. Let’s face it, none of these guys is Davey Johnson as a manager. But I’ll take Dusty Baker over Bob Boone every day of the week, and twice on Sunday.
I know there will be people who will disagree, but if so, you have forgotten what a miserable manager Boone was. And if, as Fay says, Baker is getting ripped more vociferously, it’s only because there were no blogs back then to rip Boone. It has nothing to do with their relative merits as managers.