I am talking a meeting with a directive given, not a dismissal. I think Dusty does a lot of things well, but this “who plays” issue is not one of them. Considering Mancini and Alvarez either-or, if he is, cannot be supported by baseball logic or reason. HH’s lineup is a great one.
James Click needs to have a conversation with Baker as soon as possible. Defense is important, but there is a way to field a good defensive team that gets Mancini in the lineup almost every day and Vazquez behind the plate roughly 40-50% of the time.
Click did not trade for them to mostly ride the bench.
Can’t play him with a ground ball pitcher. Can’t play him with a fly ball pitcher. Am I losing my mind?
What’s most infuriating about Dusty is how much I like him as a person and as a clubhouse presence. There was no guarantee that Hinch’s successor would be able to hold the team together after everything, Dusty’s done a great job of that. But good lord these decisions.
He’ll decline the option even if he stays, there’s more money in signing a new contract. But your point is 10000% right—I can’t think of a worse way to try to keep him than the manager not trusting him enough to play every day. Madness. Madness.