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Friday, June 17, 2005

Fire Dusty now.

Jim Hendry should fire Dusty Baker right now. He should just walk down to the dugout and tell him to go home he is no longer manager. What the hell is Enrique Wilson doing starting at 2b in the 1st game of the Yanks series especially when Baker said we need to start the series off good? We had yesterday off so everyone on the team has had some rest. There is no excuse why Walker or Hairston aren't starting at 2b unless they both got hurt on the off day, which I have heard nothing about. Putting Walker at DH is just stupid as he should be starting at 2b and Jason Dubois should be the DH, especially since Henry is starting at catcher, the Cubs need all the offense they can get.


  • According to the broadcasters, Wilson was starting because of his knowledge of the Yankees. Go figure. Like he's the only ex_American Leaguer on the team or something.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:12 AM  

  • What good is it if Enrique is familiar with the yankees or the stadiumif he cannot HIT. I am familiar with wrigley , so can I hit at Wrigley Dusty?

    The problem here is Hendry. He has provided stiffs on the bench. I mean the combination of Blanco, Macias and Enrique on the bench is giving me headaches just thinking about it.

    By Anonymous victor, at 10:33 AM  

  • Yeah, really. "He knows this team (the Yankees)". Great. So does the hot dog vendor. Should we play him too?

    The problem is some fools think Dusty actually knows what the hell he is doing. He'll finish out this season, and then hopefully the Cubs will get someone who actually knows a little bit about baseball.

    Until then, expect more foolish mistakes from Capt. Toothpick.

    By Blogger Graham, at 11:15 AM  

  • please get rid of baker and patterson now before it is to late 12 walks 70 ks brainlock baker put him in lead off spot baker does not have clue please fire him now

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:48 AM  

  • When is the head of the Tribune Co. going to wake up and get rid of McFAIL, Hendry. and clueless Baker. Baker himself has caused the Cubs to lose at least 10 games this year. Hendry sat on his ass all winter and never went out and obtained what we needed, primarly relief pitching and our biggest need a lead off hitter. Now Baker has the ulitmate nerve to put that bum Patterson (little scum) Sosa was big scum in the lead off spot. Baker needs to be fired NOW not at the end of the season right NOW.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:40 PM  

  • Does anyone remember that we were about 6 or 7 games out when Patterson went down 2 years ago and we obtained Lofton a real lead off hitter and then things started to happen. What does it take for Hendry to wake up? Go out and get a lead off hitter look at what those guys on the South side are doing with a real lead off hitter. Patterson at lead off?? Come on what a joke

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:52 PM  

  • They say Dusty is a players manager, what kind of manager does not protect the hottest hitter in baseball by batting Walker 2nd & Ramirez 4th. Keep batting Burnits & his 16 inch softball swing 4th. Get rid of Dusty, Borrowski, Patterson, Burnits, and the hole bench, & Cliff Bartosh

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:47 AM  

  • Hey Dusty we won 2 straight games and then you come up with the bright idea of moving Patterson into the lead off man and now we have lost 3 straight nice move. Anything to get us into a losing streak and you will come up with it. Ever think about moving back to Frisco

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:13 PM  

  • Fire Hendry, Dusty and his entire coaching staff. Then get rid of Patterson, Blanco,Burnitz and Perez .I guarantee that you would be at least 10 games over 500 right now.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:12 PM  

  • I don't believe that Dusty Baker is totally to blame for the Cubs performance this year. One big reason why the Cubs haven't done as well this year as they should is because of injuries. You take a look at who has been injured and how long they have been out.

    A). Todd Walker was out for about a month when Carlos Lee took Walker out on a take out slide going into second. The fact that Walker was out for about a month, is that Dusty Baker's fault? Hell NO!!!

    B). Nomar Garciaparra was out for over 3 months after he hurt himself coming out of the batter's box in St.Louis back in April. Is this Baker's fault? Hell No!!!

    C). Mark Prior was out for a month as a result of Colorado Rockies player Brad Hawpe hitting a line drive off of Prior's pitching elbow. Is this Baker's fault? Hell No!!!

    D). Is the fact that Kerry Wood has been on the DL a couple of times this year for shoulder problems Baker's fault? Hell No!!!

    There are certainly some games where fundementals were an issue that is more of the players fault as opposed to Baker. For example, in Philadelphia, when Michael Barrett went to get the ball on a bad pitch by Dempster, Barrett should have continued to run Jimmy Rollins back towards 3rd. Instead, Barrett prematurely threw down towards 3rd. When Barrett prematurely threw towards 3rd Base, Jimmy Rollins was able to score. Now is this Baker's fault? Hell No!!!

    I think it was on that same series, you had 3 Cub pitchers not get off of the mound right away to cover 1st base. Is this Baker's fault? Hell No!!! The three pitchers involved certainly know that since they started playing ball, that when the ball is hit to the 1st baseman and the pitcher has to receive the ball, the pitcher has to get off of the mound right away and cover 1st base. These three pithcers certainly learned this task before they started playing for Dusty Baker.

    One area where the Cubs have not done that well is when they have had a runner on 2nd and nobody out, a runner on 3rd and less than two outs, a runner on 2nd and 3rd and nobody out. This is the #1 area that has hurt the Cubs, especially since the All-Star break. You take a look at all of the close games they have lost since the all-star break. For example, in yesterday's 3-1 loss to Atlanta, the Cubs had a runner on 3rd and nobody out in the 1st and can't score. You also had a runner on 3rd and one out later in the game and can't score. You take a look at the two games the Cubs lost in Colorado. Leaving runners on 2nd and nobody out or a runner on 3rd and less than two outs were certainly an issue. I could go on and on and cite many other games just in the 2nd half alone.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:01 AM  

  • For all of the fans who think that Dusty Baker should be fired because Corey Patterson has not performed offensively up to expectations is being silly. I think the best way of describing the situation is the fact that Corey Patterson is one STUBBORN person who isn't willing to listen to coaching suggestions to improve his patience and discipline at the plate. Afterall, Corey Patterson had this same level of STUBBORNESS at the plate when he played for Dusty Baker's predecessor in Don Baylor. So the fact that Corey Patterson might want to bat lead-off,swinging at too many 1st pitches, or swinging at pitches that are above the letters of his uniform IS NOT BAKER'S FAULT. Patterson had this problem long before Baker arrived to manage the Cubs.

    By Blogger BigFanOfRush, at 10:12 AM  

  • To say that Jim Hendry sat on his butt the last off-season and did nothing is really unfair. I believe he did try to do something. I believe the problem had to do with Sammy Sosa not being traded right a way. In other words, what I am saying is that the sooner that Jim Hendry could get rid of Sammy Sosa and his contract, the sooner that Jim Hendry could have potentially use the money from Sosa's contract and start signing free-agents, wether it was players from another team or the Cubs own. To make myself clear, the sooner they get rid of Sosa, the better chance the Cubs could have resigned Moises Alou to play left field.

    Jim Hendry did what he could. It is just that his hands were tied and Sammy Sosa hamstrung him.

    By Blogger BigFanOfRush, at 10:22 AM  

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