Dusty Baker on unwritten rules of baseball and hitting behind Hank Aaron

Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker joined the show to talk about his season and some of the big stories around baseball.

Baker weighed in on the unwritten rules of baseball and beaning. He said we’re going a little overboard thinking every hit batter is intentional. He said that when a ball is going 90 mph, it’s hard to make it accurate.¬†Baker said that he respected the Mets’ David Wright for wanting to play even though he was probably going to get hit by a pitch.

Baker said that hitters think they own the plate now and don’t know how to get out of the way. Baker said batters turn the wrong way and that’s why sometimes they get hit in the face.

Baker said you can always tell when a pitcher is going to hit you because he has to look at you before the pitch.

Baker also looked back at playing with Hank Aaron on the Braves. He said it was the best thing that could have happened to him. He was scared to go down South because of racism. But it turned out to be a great experience because he met Aaron, Andrew Young and other leaders.

Baker talked about the record home run. He said Aaron told him that he was going to hit the ball out. He said Aaron knew what guys were going to throw because he studied. Baker also said after the Aaron homer everyone started filing out of the stadium. Baker said he hit a double that at-bat.

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