Dusty Baker making progress... very slowly...
Dusty Baker is very stupid. He hates when his players walk because it "clogs the base paths." Obviously, his enemy has always been OPS. That's why it was so shocking to see this:
CINCINNATI -- Ken Griffey Jr. and Adam Dunn don't have the best batting averages, but Reds manager Dusty Baker doesn't plan on doing anything different with the two sluggers when it comes to filling out a lineup card.
Griffey's .236 average and Dunn's .230 average are the two worst of any active everyday starter. Only part-time catcher Paul Bako's (.213) is lower. But Griffey, the No. 3 hitter, and Dunn, the No. 5 hitter, are leading the way when it comes to on-base percentage, and for that reason, Baker isn't planning any changes.
"Their averages are low, but their on-base percentages are still high," Baker said. "Their on-base percentages are higher than some of the guys who are hitting.
Now that's progress! But as FJM points out, it's for the wrong reasons:
I know they can hit, but it also helps to get on base and put a pitcher in the stretch. That's the thing. Most starters don't like being in the stretch.
The stretch? The fucking STRETCH? Doesn't it help to have a guy on base? And not OUT?