From John Fay:
Dusty Baker was asked about Brandon Phillips failing to break hard from the box on the ball to the wall in the fifth inning of yesterday’s game. Phillips ended up with a single.
“We addressed it,” Baker said. “Overall he’s been running harder.”
What was Phillips’ explanation?
“I didn’t ask him about all that,” Baker said.
The only thing worse than Phillips not hustling (AGAIN) is Baker’s unwillingness to address the issue. If I were the GM of this team, this is an issue that I would have to address with my manager.
I’m sure that someone will bring up the fact that Sparky Anderson treated different players differently, but that never had anything to do with their actions and professionalism on the field. This isn’t Phillips first offense, but as far as I can remember, there have never been any consequences for the periodic episodes.