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09:32 AM ET 09.30 | Dusty Baker's mini-stroke raises the question of whether he will want to continue to manage after this season is over. He would be more likely to walk away if the Reds won it all, according to people close to him.

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September 30, 2012  09:35 AM ET

Had Enough Yet, Bro?

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September 30, 2012  10:17 AM ET

I am sure it is every ones dream to go out on top but very few get to do it.

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September 30, 2012  10:59 AM ET
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Dusty Baker gets both praise and criticism as a manager, but it seems his teams generally win. I am not a fan, but he's doing something right.And, his team should be the NL favorite going into the playoffs. But, the Phillies were favorites last year...how did that work out?

His teams generally win - until the playoffs.

September 30, 2012  12:48 PM ET

wiseup: Dusty Baker has a job with the Reds as long as he wants. He has his critics which Dusty brushes off. Those critics dont sign his contracts or his checks. Most questions his lineups. They apparently dont realize or forget that in the 162 game season as a manager you have to juggle people in and out of lineups to give starters rest and give others playing time to keep them ready in pinch hitting situations. The same with bullpen. Dusty will know when it is time to retire. Dusty has found out the Reds will be in good hands with Chris Spier.

September 30, 2012  04:49 PM ET
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wiseup: Dusty Baker has a job with the Reds as long as he wants. He has his critics which Dusty brushes off. Those critics dont sign his contracts or his checks. Most questions his lineups. They apparently dont realize or forget that in the 162 game season as a manager you have to juggle people in and out of lineups to give starters rest and give others playing time to keep them ready in pinch hitting situations. The same with bullpen. Dusty will know when it is time to retire. Dusty has found out the Reds will be in good hands with Chris Spier.

He's an excellent driver too.

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September 30, 2012  09:11 PM ET

"In Dusty we Trusty"

September 30, 2012  11:53 PM ET
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His teams generally win - until the playoffs.

Ding, Ding! Exactly right. He does well managing the personalities over a 162 schedule. But, as an in game tactician, he's no good. And, I still point to his poor judgment in bringing his 5 year old kid to the bench during the world series. Sciosia won that match up of managers, for sure.

October 1, 2012  08:01 AM ET
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wiseup: Dusty Baker has a job with the Reds as long as he wants. He has his critics which Dusty brushes off. Those critics dont sign his contracts or his checks. Most questions his lineups. They apparently dont realize or forget that in the 162 game season as a manager you have to juggle people in and out of lineups to give starters rest and give others playing time to keep them ready in pinch hitting situations. The same with bullpen. Dusty will know when it is time to retire. Dusty has found out the Reds will be in good hands with Chris Spier.

You are mostly right....it will be up to Dusty if he wants to stay or re-tire.

But don't jump the gun to soon on naming C.Spier manager, would he work out - I think so, but is he an automatic to take over the job - no.

October 1, 2012  10:43 AM ET

wiseup: In baseball nothing is automatic. If dusty does retire they would of couse explore other possibilities and interviews. Spier would have the inside track. He has been the one positioing the defense, has at times stolen the other teams signs from 3rd base coach. Another in reds organization that might be considered is rick sweet. He has managed the reds triple a team, in Louisville for many years. There might also be some retreaded managers after the season. All of this is moot if Dust returns.

October 1, 2012  10:56 AM ET

wiseup: I dont understand the critiics of dusty's in game decisions. usually he plays the averages, matchups, pitching lefty against lerty. If a hitter struggles against a certain pitcher but another hitter might hit him better. like any manager, if your stategy works out favorable he looks like a genius but if it fails your the goat. Keep in mind even the best hitters fails 65 to 70% of the time.

 
October 1, 2012  08:07 PM ET

Dusty you've done it all, time to smell the roses!!!

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