Friday Roundup: The “DON’T HIRE DUSTY BAKER!” Edition


Well, at least he didn't get caught with his pants down.

Well, at least he didn’t get caught with his pants down.

The Cincinnati Reds finally figured out what the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs already knew. Dusty Baker is a cartoonish, narcissistic oaf who can’t manage baseball teams or personalities. The Reds fired Baker today, which would be hilarious if the Cubs weren’t looking for a manager. (HT: Pre) Unfortunately for the Cubs, not only are the Reds another suitor the managerial candidates out there, but also it’s going to be hard for the Reds to hire someone worse than Baker. Though I think they could probably pry Bobby Valentine away from Sacred Heart. The biggest winner in today’s firing is Johnny Cueto’s arm.

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  • Meanwhile in Chicago, I’m not even sure if I want Girardi anymore, but I think the Cubs are a long shot to get him. (HT: level5)
  • Wondering who to root for in the playoffs? Here’s a simple flowchart for deciding. (HT: Pre)
  • Stuck in an elevator and reading HJE on your mobile phone? Hopefully, you’re not stuck with these guys.
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  • NIGHTMARE FUEL OF THE WEEK: GIANT HORNETS! (HT: EnricoPallazzo)
  • YOUR AWESOME CLIP OF THE WEEK: Guillermo del Toro’s Simpsons opening sequence is terrific.
  • jerbear50

    When Brandon Phillips went off on a beat writer in the middle of the press room and I realized Baker was just sitting there amused, not trying to reign in his player, not trying to break it up, I remember thinking “how the fuck is this guy a manager?” How long before the latest wave of “they should’ve hired Ryno!” begins?