Washington National’s manager Dusty Baker sat down with the Media on Tuesday, during Baseball’s winter meetings. And well folks, it was interesting to say the least. Baker would go on to answer thirty questions ranging from race to the allegations of domestic violence against Aroldis Chapman. Here are some of the highlights from the press conference.
When asked about the need for speed on a baseball team, Baker had this to say:
“You’re always in need of left-handed pitching, left-handed hitting, and in need of speed. I think that’s the No. 1 thing that’s missing, I think, in the game is speed. You know, with the need for minorities, you can help yourself. You’ve got a better chance of getting some speed with Latin and African-Americans. I’m not being racist. That’s just how it is.”
Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker defends Chapman, says he wants more black and Latino players on his roster https://t.co/7nTqNA5DU5
— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) December 9, 2015
Baker was later pressed on his thoughts about Aroldis Chapman being accused of domestic violence. While Baker mentioned that he had not read the police report, he did have this to say.
“I heard it from my son. I mean, who’s to say the allegations are true, number one? And who’s to say what you would have done or what caused the problem?”
Christ, Dusty! That one is going to get him in hot water. Don’t question the accuser of a domestic violence incident – it’s simple. Or so I thought it was.
But Baker wasn’t done yet.
“I think it’s a great thing. I mean, I got a buddy at home that’s being abused by his wife. So I think this policy needs to go further than the player. I think the policy should go to whoever’s involved. Sometimes abusers don’t always have pants on. I think we need to get them both in a room and try to come up with something. It’s a bad situation. That’s the first thing my momma told me when I was a kid. Don’t hit a woman, even my sister. Man, I was like you better leave me alone before I tell my momma.”
Make it stop! He’s like the insane grandfather with no care in the world, at family dinners telling crazy stories. I can’t even…
Apparently the National organization feels the same way as I do as they had to do some PR to clean up the terds that Baker left.
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) December 8, 2015
Dusty’s not getting off to a very good start in Washington.