Fuzzy Math

There are some around here who jokingly believe that if (and let's hope it's more like when) Dusty gets fired we won't have much to talk about around here. I'm starting to believe it myself because I just can't imagine another manager out there who could say so many non-sensical things for us to debate. Dusty's latest foray is this gem courtesy of The Daily Herald when asked about the Braves 14 year playoff run likely coming to a halt this season:
"It's more weird for me not preparing for the playoffs than the Braves. The Braves, 15 years in a row, that's a heck of a run"
As Miles points out in his article, since the Braves started racking up division titles in the early 90's, it's Braves 14 and Baker 4 in the race to the postseason. I'll miss you Dusty, kind of like missing the crazy, drunk aunt at Thanksgiving dinner.


Post season four times maybe, but I think he's been in the hunt more than that.

Cubs 03, 04
San Fran 93, 97, 98, 00, 01, 02

So we are counting "in the hunt" now? Boy lets just lower those standards to "being .500 is just as good as a WS."

not to cheapen anything, but some of those seasons (not all) the teams were in it right up until and into september in a legit realm.

still...its just another dustyism. sounds like another joking around 1/2assed statement.

dont think he's trying to convey "the braves? but..but..what about ME?!?!? i'm hurting here! i'm not used to this!! ive been 4 times and though 14 is greater than 4 it doesnt involve me therefore its not in my realm of comprehention."

i sometimes with transcripts of press conferences for sports figures and full interviews were more easily accessable as they are for politics. no big deal, but it'd be nice to find it more often than currently available for the general public.

Nah, Hendry will be here for another two years minimum so all the regulars on this board will have his failures to beat to death. The tide seems to have shifted a bit towards Hendry's side already anyway. Next year will be just as pathetic with this starting rotation so you all will have plenty to disect. It will be "interesting" to see the Baker bashers flipflop Mariotti style over to Hendry.

He truly is the stupidest man in baseball. And that is saying a lot considering the competition just from this organization.

so why was maddux pulled after 5.1ip (61 pitches)?

doesnt seem to be injury related.

tomko just gave up maddux's 2-1 lead, btw.

cause he's maddux and he decided he was done. Did he already go through the lineup 3 times or something?

he was starting to get hit, but he intentionally walked beltran then had a guy come in to pitch specifically to delgado.

just seems to be a pretty weird ditching of maddux...i was in the kitchen when he got pulled.

"Nah, Hendry will be here for another two years minimum so all the regulars on this board will have his failures to beat to death."

WHAT?? No they won't. They haven't yet, no reason to start.

Anyways another anti-Dusty posts...SHOCKING!!


Wow and Manny keeps on trolling, that shocks no one on this site.

So, Manny, do you think we should resign Baker to a new contract? Maybe 10 years? Lifetime? I mean, he is so amazing I can't believe anybody would question him.

yahoo says it was after 72 pitches for maddux, fwiw. I'm guessing they wanted a lefty to face Delgado who had already homered and flied to deep center. I don't know what their history is like between Delgado and Maddux.

Anyways, once again the Dusty apologists can't defend Dusty's actions, so they bitch and moan because someone dares to question their savior.... SHOCKING!!

CBA update...


Likely no work stoppage, everyone seems happy, apparently they agreed back in 2002 to get rid of draft pick compensation for free agents but couldn't agree on the language for the contract. It seems that they won't let it happen this time.

That could sure screw some teams over including the Cubs if it goes into effect for the next draft. (Pierre and Ramirez particularly)

the chances of owners letting that happen for the next draft is really really really slim.

a lotta teams made trades (or avoided them) based upon the current system being in effect next draft.

there's just way too many teams who would shoot themselves in the foot if that happened.

And MIKEC keeps on bullying, that shocks nobody on the site either.

Bill K.:
"So, Manny, do you think we should resign Baker to a new contract? Maybe 10 years? Lifetime?"

Never said that, but I think it is amazing the amount of complaints about Baker proportionatley to Hendry. To me it makes no sense, but lots about Cubs and Cubs fans make very little sense to me.

I don't think Hendry told the dustbag to keep patterson and perez 1-2 in the batting order, nor order a bunt in the first after a leadoff single, nor start glendone in any games at all.

The list could go on and on, but iy's just too easy to figure out on your own.

"it is amazing the amount of complaints about Baker proportionatley to Hendry."

It's simple to explain. Baker makes dumb moves every day. Hendry doesn't. Baker has a press conference after every game and says dumb things. Hendry doesn't.

"To me it makes no sense, but lots about Cubs and Cubs fans make very little sense to me."

I have a feeling that lots of everything makes little sense to you.

There's a lot more anti-Hendry sentiments around there than there was 4 months ago MannyTrillo. Wake up.

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