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Dusty Baker is a Hall of Fame Manager

Friday, September 29th, 2017

by Gus Griffin

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Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker looks on from the dugout before a baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker looks on from the dugout before a baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

As the Washington Nationals prepare for the post season, it should be noted that this is old hat for manager Dusty Baker. In fact, it’s as good of a time as any to make the case that Dusty Baker should one day be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

That’s right, I said it, and the reasons people resist this idea are as interesting as the case that he is, so let’s start with those reasons.

Not only has Dusty Baker never managed a World Series winner, but he has presided over some of the most infamous pennant race and post season collapses in recent baseball history.

He has been the Marty Schotenheimer of major league baseball managers.

The list is as follows:

  • 1993 Giants had an 8 game lead over the Braves in August. Though the team would win a franchise record 103 games, they would lose the Western Division on the last day of the season (losing to those damn Dodgers). That team would not make it to the post season. Many consider that season’s outcome to be the primary basis for the development of the wild card in baseball, giving the best second place team a place in the post season;
  • 2002 Giants have a 3 games to 2 lead over the Angels in game 6 of the World Series and are 5 outs from winning their first world series since 1954. Then it all fell apart and the Angels go on to win in 7 games;
  • 2003 Chicago Cubs and the infamous Bartman game and series. The Marlins win that game 6 and eventually game 7 in Chicago, and beat the Yankees in the World Series.
  • 2012 Reds win the first two games in San Francisco of a best of 5 series, only to lose 3 straight to my Giants in Cincinnati. The Giants go on to win their second World Series of 3 in a 5 year span.

As sports fans, we tend to remember individual failure more than cumulative success.  Ask any fan what they remember most about Billy Buckner and they are likely to cite the 1986 World Series error rather than the 2700+ career hits and 1980 NL batting title.  The same is true of Ernest Byner in football.

It is fair to cite Baker as the only common denominator in all of the above noted collapses.  My primary response is that only an exceptional manager would continually be in these situations.

The case for Baker is as follows:

  • His 1800+ wins are more than Earl Weaver, Tommy Lasorda, or Dick Williams, all of whom are in the Hall of Fame;
  • He is one of only 4 managers to take 4 different teams to the post season, along with Williams, Billy Martin, and Davey Johnson. Martin and Johnson each have their own Hall of Fame cases;
  • He has ten 90 win seasons. All managers with this number or more are in the Hall of fame;
  • He managed Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent over multiple 162 game seasons, which is every bit as difficult as coaching Shaq and Kobe.

So exactly what factors most impact a manager’s success? I say 4, which are communication skills, baseball tactics, instincts, and situation. The manager actually only has control of the first three.  By all accounts, Baker is a great communicator. The problem is that this skill is the least observable to fans and even the sports writers who vote for the Hall of Fame.  So Baker’s greatest skill is the least measurable. His baseball tactics and instincts would have to be above average to win nearly 2000 games. Sure, anyone can find a decision on bullpen or bench management here or there, to dispute over the course of 23 years and 162 game seasons. But surely not enough to question his deserving of Hall of Fame status. The last factor would be the situation, and the manager has little to no control over that factor.  Situation includes the owner, timing, talent, etc. Let’s be clear about this, Joe Torre managed 3 different teams before he took the reins of the Yankees.  In the years before he got there, notoriously meddling owner George Steinbrenner was suspended from the day to day operations of the team.  His history was to win now, future be damned.  What this resulted in was young talent being traded away for veterans.  Due to his suspension, this did not happen in the mid-90s, and thus, Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, Andy Petite, Mariano Rivera, and Derek Jeter remained in their system and awaited Torre’s tutelage.  The rest is history.  From 1996-2000, the Yankees would win the World Series four times.

Joe Torre did not suddenly learn how to manage in New York with the Yankees.  But the fact is, if you take away his Yankees tenure, his career managerial record is sub-500.  Situation matters.

Dick Williams found working under A’s owner Charlie O Finely so difficult, he resigned from a 2-time defending champion team after the 1973 season, in a similar way that Jimmy Johnson left the Cowboys. Situation matters.

Regardless of the situation, Dusty Baker has won and he has won a lot. This should earn him a bust in Cooperstown someday.

 

Gus Griffin, for War Room Sports

Bob Dandridge Visits The War Room!

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

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Milwaukee Bucks’ legend, Bob Dandridge will be in The War Room this Thursday, June 8th, to discuss a myriad of NBA topics, past and present!

Tune in Thursday, June 8th at 6pm EST to hear our conversation with the NBA Champion/SHOULD-BE Hall of Famer!  To tune in, go to www.WarRoomSports.com and click the “Listen Live” button…or dial 323-410-0012 to listen live by phone.  If you can’t catch us live, listen to the replay at ANY time after the live show on the War Room Sports Podcast Network, at www.WRSPN.com.

In the meantime, join the War Room Sports Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/WarRoomSports to talk sports 24/7 and follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/WarRoomSports (@WarRoomSports)!

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Quick Slants – 8/12/16

Friday, August 12th, 2016

by Fred Perdue

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As our SEC week concludes here are a few links to carry you into the weekend.
Check Out a Full Preview Of The Best Conference In The Nation…. THE SEC
If football doesn’t work out, LSU RB Leonard Fournette might be alright in the ring
Georgia is losing a key playmaker
The Florida-Tennessee Rivalry just gets better
Bowl Predictions Are Coming In. Who Will Be Right

 

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Quick Slants – 8/4/16

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

by Fred Perdue

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College Football season is approaching quickly. Throughout the year the coverage of college football will span on and off field issues, social media, and much more. Stay tuned to the latest in the Quick Slant.

Michigan Reveals Jumpman Apparel

Tennessee Wants to spearhead sexual assault

Oregon and Texas Tech agree on future meetings

LSU and Rice Agree to future meetings

The AP Released Their All Time Top 25 Poll

Woman takes stand and urges NCAA to do the same for players convicted of Sexual Assault.

Baylor isn’t out of the woods yet after firing former head coach Art Briles.

 

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Peter King Drops By The War Room!

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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SI.com MMQB’s Peter King will be in The War Room this Thursday, November 20th, to discuss several pressing issues in the NFL!

Tune in Thursday, November 20th at 6pm EST to hear our conversation with the accomplished journalist!  To tune in, go to www.WarRoomSports.com and click the “Listen Live” button…or dial 323-410-0012 to listen live by phone.  If you can’t catch us live, listen to the replay at ANY time after the live show on the War Room Sports Podcast Network, at www.WRSPN.com.

In the meantime, visit Peter King’s MMQB website to read he and his team’s latest articles at www.mmqb.si.com

…and follow Peter King on Twitter at: @SI_PeterKing

And while you’re at it, join the War Room Sports Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/WarRoomSports to talk sports 24/7 and follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/WarRoomSports (@WarRoomSports)!

Finally, if you own an Android phone or tablet…an I-Phone, I-Pad, or I-Pod, please go to your Google Play Store or Apple App Store and download the FREE War Room Sports mobile app!  It’s the VERY BEST way to stay up on all of our media content!

Tracey Lee to Co-Host The War Room!

Monday, October 27th, 2014
It's "Party Time" in The War Room this week!

It’s “Party Time” in The War Room this week!

Hip-Hop Recording Artist Tracey Lee will be back in The War Room this Thursday, October 30th, this time as a special guest co-host.  We’ll discuss his hiatus from the rap game, his long-awaited, newly-released album “ESQ. The Revelation”, and of course his thoughts on the latest in the world of sports!

Tune in Thursday, October 30th at 6pm EST to hear “T-Lee” chop it up at the round-table with the “War Room Generals”!  To tune in, go to www.WarRoomSports.com and click the “Listen Live” button…or dial 323-410-0012 to listen live by phone.  If you can’t catch us live, listen to the replay at ANY time after the live show on the War Room Sports Podcast Network, at www.WRSPN.com.

In the meantime, visit T-Lee’s website to get info on how to get his latest album at http://traceyleemusic.com/

…and join the Tracey Lee Facebook Fan Page at:

https://www.facebook.com/TraceyLeeFanPage

And while you’re at it, join the War Room Sports Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/WarRoomSports to talk sports 24/7 and follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/WarRoomSports (@WarRoomSports)!

Finally, if you own an Android phone or tablet…an I-Phone, I-Pad, or I-Pod, please go to your Google Play Store or Apple App Store and download the FREE War Room Sports mobile app!  It’s the VERY BEST way to stay up on all of our media content!

The Gaffer & Hooligan Blog: A Nervous and Anxious time with Uruguayans

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

by Kamal Hylton

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Since I’ve been following soccer, I’ve only watched four World Cup tournaments before Brazil 2014.

In that time, I’ve never watched a national team game at a real supporters hangout… until today.

However rather than watch one of the major nations that has a mixture of die-hards and casuals, I was fortunate to be invited by fans of a nation that as I’ve witnessed has pure passion and national pride for its team.

(Image courtesy of TorontoHispano.com)

(Image courtesy of TorontoHispano.com)

For my first genuine experience, that nation was Uruguay and the venue was Club Uruguay in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada (just outside Toronto).

La Celeste taking on the Ticos of Costa Rica to open up its tournament.

The South American nation has a relatively small population of about 3 million people, but with what they lack in numbers they make up for in emotion and devotion.

Being an outsider, I came into this match thinking the fans would exude confidence against a side like Costa Rica.

This was way off base.

Whether it has to do with past history or being one of the last teams to qualify for the big dance in both 2010 (advancing 2-1 on aggregate against Costa Rica) and 2014 (advancing 5-0 on aggregate against Jordan), there was a feeling of nervous energy and anxiety.

Ultimately losing the game 3-1, the feeling at Club Uruguay changed to despair.
Uruguay vs. Costa Rica (Photo courtesy of The Guardian.com)

Uruguay vs. Costa Rica
(Photo courtesy of The Guardian.com)

Part of this is knowing that the matches only get tougher, with England and Italy to come in the next two group games.

Even though the result wasn’t favourable, I did come away with an appreciation for the soccer supporters of Uruguay.

I’m particularly impressed with the soccer intelligence of the people, not only cheering when Edinson Cavani scored the team’s lone goal on a penalty but doing so at other less obvious moments as well. The place erupting when the team won throw-ins and corners, made smart tackles that gained possession and on clearances out of the penalty area.

Being a nervous fellow by nature, I’m not sure if my heart can handle watching another Uruguay game with Uruguayans, but if I do I’ll now be prepared and ready to hopefully experience the joy that I’m all too sure would be pouring out of the supporters with a win.

Be sure to keep up with my World Cup experience on the War Room Sports Blog and catch the Gaffer & Hooligan World Cup mini-shows on the War Room Sports Podcast Network.

Kamal Hylton of The Gaffer & Hooligan Soccer Podcast, for War Room Sports

“We Could Be King” Coach Ed Dunn to Visit The War Room!

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

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Martin Luther King Jr. High School (Philadelphia, PA) football coach Ed Dunn will be in The War Room this Thursday, May 22nd, to discuss the importance of youth and scholastic sports in America!  Coach Dunn was recently featured in the ESPN/Dick’s Sporting Goods documentary “We Could Be King”, which received rave reviews at the renowned Tribeca Film Festival.

Tune in Thursday, May 22nd at 6pm ET to hear our conversation with Coach Dunn!  To tune in, go to www.WarRoomSports.com and click the “Listen Live” button…or dial 323-410-0012 to listen LIVE by phone.

In the meantime, check your local listings and “On-Demand” for additional showings of “We Could Be King” and check out this New York Times article about the documentary HERE.

While you’re at it, you should also join the War Room Sports Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/WarRoomSports and follow us on Twitter @WarRoomSports!

Finally, if you own an Android phone or tablet…an I-Phone, I-Pad, or I-Pod, please go to your Google Play and/or App Store and download the FREE War Room Sports mobile app (just search “War Room Sports”)!  It’s the VERY BEST way to stay up on all of our media content from one central location!

After Further Review (#516)

Monday, May 19th, 2014

by Christopher Dinkins

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After Further Review

 

AFTER FURTHER REVIEW #516 SHOUTOUT to you JOE MONTANA…..((NBA)) **PLAYOFFS** east conf finals…PACERS 107(george 24) HEAT 96 (james 25/10)—ind 1-0…..now we shall see how MIAMI plays from behind and how INDY handles this win…..((NHL)) **PLAYOFFS** west conf finals…BLACKHAWKS 3(saad..keith…toews) KINGS 1( toffoli)—chi 1-0…..CHICAGO handles their business on home ice……..((MLB)) winners include YANKEES/PIRATES…ATHLETICS…NATIONALS…PHILLIES…ROYALS…MARINERS…ASTROS…ATLANTA…CUBS…RANGERS…ANGELS…GIANTS…ROCKIES(10)…DIAMONDBACKS…TIGERS…..couple of sweeps in effect over weekend (oakland over cleveland…detroit over boston)…..((WNBA)) LYNX 90 (moore 33/12) SUN 87 (c.ogwumike 25/10)……MERCURY 74 (taurasi 23) SPARKS 69 (parker 23/11)….MINNESOTA LYNX raise their championship banner !!!!!!……check the stats on that one……if you dare !!!!!!!….((BOXING)) JUAN MANUAL MARQUEZ defeats MIKE ALVARADO by unanimous decision…do we wanna see MARQUEZ- PACQUAIO V ????….dunno bout all of that..but next couple of weeks gonna have a couple of good fights…..((STEVENSON/FONFARA……FROCH/GROVES))….but I guess YOU knew that already……LOLski !!!!!!!……((GOLF)) BRENDON TODD wins BYRON NELSON CLASSIC with a -14/266….that’s his first win on PGA TOUR…..MIGUEL ANGEL JIMENEZ wins SPANISH OPEN with a win in a three way playoff……((TENNIS)) NOVAK DJOKOVIC over RAFAEL NADAL (4-6.6-3.6-3) to win ROME OPEN…..SERENA WILLIAMS over SARA ERRANI (6-3.6-0) to win ITALIAN OPEN…..NBA GAME of the day THUNDER v SPURS west conf finals/game 1 (9pm/TNT)…..NHL GAME of the day RANGERS v CANADIENS—NY 1-0.. east conf finals/game 2 (8pm/NBCSN)….MLB GAME of the day BREWERS (peralta) v ATLANTA (minor)……TRUE SCHOOL JAM of the day “THIS IS HOW WE DO IT” – MONTELL JORDAN……its MONDAY…..make it happen for yourself…and if not…oh well….you will get it eventually……..SHOUTOUT to ALL SPORTS TALK and THE PARTLY SONNY CRUISE SHOW………its about to go down……..the BALLISTICS have been kicked !!!!!!!!!!……AFR.

 

Christopher “The Mayor” Dinkins of GeeQue Palace Sports, for War Room Sports

After Further Review (#513)

Friday, May 16th, 2014

by Christopher Dinkins

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After Further Review

 

AFTER FURTHER REVIEW #513 SHOUTOUT to you DAVE CONCEPCION…..((NBA)) **PLAYOFFS** THUNDER 104 (durant 39/16) CLIPPERS 98 (paul 25/11a)—OKLAHOMA CITY wins series 4-2…….PACERS 93 (west 29) WIZARDS 80 (gortat 19)—INDIANA wins series 4-2……so we have arrived at the pentultimate point…EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS ((MIAMI HEAT v INDIANA PACERS)) / WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS ((OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER v SAN ANTONIO SPURS))….DONALD STERLING is not paying $2.5 MILLION dollar fine……did you really expect him to ????..whats killin me is might SUE the NBA !!!!!….hmmmmmminah…….KNICKS still looking for their next coach…..ummm…me thinks he been here ALL along….((WNBA)) 2014 PREVIEW is right here ((EAST– 1.atlanta 2.indiana 3.new York 4.chicago /WEST– 1.minnesota 2.phoenix 3.los angeles 4.seattle))…TOP 10 players and rookies soon come…..we gotchoo covered over here……((MLB)) YANKEES 1 METS 0….REDS 5 PADRES 0/PADRES 6 REDS 1….BREWERS 4 PIRATES 3….TWINS 4 RED SOX 3(10)….CARDINALS 5 CUBS 3….BLUE JAYS 4 CLEVELAND 2….ORIOLES 2 ROYALS 1….ANGELS 6 RAYS 5….GIANTS 6 MARLINS 4……era leaders NL-CUETO (reds) 1.25 /AL-BUEHRLE (blue jays) 2.04…..16 pitchers have been diagnosed with TOMMY JOHN surgery since spring training has started……that’s not good !!!!!!…..its DOUBLEHEADER FRIDAY check the schedule……MLB GAMES of the day TIGERS (scherzer) v RED SOX (lester) / BRAVES (santana) v CARDINALS (lynn)…..NHL GAME of the day KINGS v DUCKS–west/game 7(9pm/nbcsn)…..WNBA GAMES of the day NEW YORK LIBERTY v CONNECTICUT SUN…..LOS ANGELES SPARKS v SEATTLE STORM….and we the TRUE SCHOOL JAMS of the day “CONCERTO IN X MINOR”-SADAT X………”CARS” – GARY NUMAN…….its FRIDAY……”the train was late and you hardly ate”….so what …..make it happen anyway !!!!!……the BALLISTICS have been kicked !!!!!!………..AFR.

 

Christopher “The Mayor” Dinkins of GeeQue Palace Sports, for War Room Sports