Shed Long’s 2017 and podcasting Doug Gray October 20, 2017 9 Comments Shed Long and C. Trent Rosecrans teamed up this year for the Great American Dream podcast for the Cincinnati Enquirer. I’ve tried to mention it with each new episode, and if you haven’t listened to it, go do so after you finish reading this article. You can check it out on iTunes here, or by simply searching Great American Dream podcast on whatever podcast app that you use. Earlier today, Rosecrans published a long form piece about Shed Long’s life and career to this point. It’s an excellent read that you should really take the time to check out. Seriously, go check it out. Redleg Nation Podcast Last night Chad Dotson and I sat down and recorded the latest episode of the Redleg Nation Radio podcast. We began by discussing the recent comments of Reds GM Dick Williams about the Eugenio Suarez/Nick Senzel logjam, then moved on to other pressing Reds-related topics, such as this question: Which of the Reds starting pitchers (age 25 or younger) do you expect to take the biggest step forward in 2018? You can give the podcast a listen below, or you can download it here. You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or whatever podcast device you use. Redleg Nation Radio is also available through Stitcher, Google Play, and TuneIn Radio. Please subscribe, and give us a rating/review over at iTunes (or wherever you found us). If you like us, tell your friends! http://traffic.libsyn.com/redlegnation/RNR_187.mp3 Dusty Baker is let go The Washington Nationals will not be bringing back Dusty Baker for the 2018 season. His contract was up at the end of the 2017 season, so he technically wasn’t fired. The Nationals, however, will be going in a different direction despite the team going to the playoffs in back-to-back years. The Nationals and Red Sox have both decided to go in different directions with their managers in 2018 after winning their divisions this season. It’s an interesting contrast to where Cincinnati currently is, as they chose to bring back their manager after three straight sub 70-win seasons. While the manager always gets more credit, or takes more heat when their team wins/loses, it’s interesting to see the different strategies from the front offices in these scenarios. 9 Responses sultanofswaff October 20, 2017 I think I heard Dusty is something like 0-10 in elimination games. There’s gotta be something to that. The Nats are built to win next year as well and probably feel they need to seek out every advantage possible. Colorado Red October 20, 2017 Just announced Dusty will not be back as manager of the Nats. Billy October 20, 2017 Anyone else feel like Dusty would be a great manager for the Reds next year? He seems to do a really good job taking a so-so team and managing them well over a long season. He’s just not a great tactical manager, and he’s not the guy you want calling the shots in a playoff game. I feel like Dusty would make next year’s team relevant into September, and that if they snuck into the playoffs, they’d get knocked out immediately if he was at the helm. Gaffer October 20, 2017 That’s a joke right? Billy October 20, 2017 Not a joke. Why would you suggest it is? I’m not saying we should hire him, just that I think he’d manage this team well. Cguy October 20, 2017 The stated premise of the original Baker hiring as manager by the Reds was to mold the talents of KG Jr. & Adam Dunn into a division champion. That didn’t last long. Both Griffey & Dunn were traded away before Dusty had chewed through his 2nd box of toothpicks. In any event, Dusty is a manager of veterans. He trusts veterans,he relies on veterans. Remember that Dusty axiom that no one loses their job because of injury. A worse fit for the current Reds is hard to imagine. Maybe he hooks up with the Cubs again. We can only hope. Billy October 20, 2017 Dusty gets a bad rap sometimes. The Reds teams he led to the playoffs had young Frazier, Mesoraco, and Cozart, plus some young pitching. The Nats have Turner. I just think Dusty does a good job managing for a marathon and not for a sprint. A developing team needs that. Cguy October 21, 2017 Dusty is a good manager, but not at all a great manager. He is however a poor fit for small market or rebuilding teams. Reds are both. I doubt Baker would even return Williams phone call until the Reds agreed to re-sign Cozart, add a veteran sp, & a couple established relievers to the bullpen. Norwood Nate October 21, 2017 I seem to recall those teams and those player’s usage differently. I remember a young Mesoraco being buried deep behind Hanigan, Frazier being sat behind a declining Rolen once he returned, and well…he played Cozart over Wilson Valdez, I guess there’s that. In the series vs. the Giants Rolen had 16 ABs and Frazier had 6 ABs. Even though Frazier had an .829 OPS in the regular season while Rolen had a .716 OPS. Mesoraco was left off in favor of Navarro.