John Fay Should Do More Research

John Fay, the Reds beat reporter for the Enquirer wrote an article on July 28 about how the words “walks” and “clogging bases” was attributed to Dusty “some years ago”.

HOUSTON – It’s one of the statements forever linked to Dusty Baker.

Some years ago, he said “walks” and “clogging the bases” in the same sentence. He’s been ripped by sabermetric types since.

However, it was only back in February of 2008 that Mark Sheldon, the Reds beat reporter for MLB.com wrote this during spring training.

“What you do is run the pitcher’s count up, that helps,” Baker said. “You put him in the stretch, that helps. But your job in the middle is to either score them or drive them in. The name of the game is scoring runs. Sometimes, you get so caught up in on-base percentage that you’re clogging up the bases.”

Nice work, Mr. Fay.  Next time do a little more research.  And stop trying to protect the manager of this horrid team.

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