By Larry GLicken

The time has come for the Cincinnati Reds to part ways with the team’s manager Dusty Baker. I thought after her let his team blow it in the play-offs last season that the ownership of the Reds would make the move and get rid of Baker. Now, in his latest embarrassment to the sports,Baker refused to shake hands with Kirk Gibson over a dispute about using a D.H. in a spring training game.

What kind of message does this send out about Baker? The guy is supposed to gain the respect of his team and he pulls a stunt like this. It isn’t just a black eye to the Reds organization it reflects poorly on major league baseball as a whole. by the time you get to the big-leagues you should have learned sportsmanship. Baker is a guy that continually demonstrates he has not. Through the years Baker has shown he is a poor sport. Major League baseball is a gift. No one is owed the opportunity to play in MLB. guys like Baker should be setting a good example for the youngsters that look up to people in his position.

Instead, he puts on a display on how not to behave. Imagine being a coach in a little league organization, one of your players has a bad game and is sitting in the dug-out pouting and he doesn’t want to go out and shake hands with the other teams players after the game. You approach him and say, “Come on,it’s time to shake hands” and he says; “why should I dusty baker doesn’t do it.” What would you say.  That is the kind of example a guy in Dusty Bakers situation should not be setting. it is bad for the game.

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