Baker and Cueto should shove a cleat in it

Baker and Cueto should shove a cleat in it

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Johnny Cueto #47 of the Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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by Michael Swallow, BaseballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on July 3, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 3 at 7:34 PM

(BaseballSTL) -- Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto and Reds manager Dusty Baker have had it with former Cardinals' manager Tony LaRussa.

If you haven't heard, here is what is going on. Because LaRussa's team was in the World Series last year he is given the honor to manage the National League in this year's All-Star Game, even though he is no longer an active manager. With that honor comes picking the remaining players after the fans and players have voted. Baker is mad at LaRussa because two of his players were not picked and Cueto is mad because he is one of the two. They both believe this because LaRussa is still holding a grudge from the brawl between the Reds and Cards two years ago. That is the one where Cueto kicked Cardinal catcher Jason LaRue in the face with his metal cleats forcing LaRue into retirement.

"A snub like that looks bad. Johnny and Brandon (Phillips) were at the center of a skirmish between us and the Cardinals. Some of the Cardinals who aren’t there anymore are making some of the selections,” Baker reportedly said.

“I see that I have great numbers,” Cueto said. “I thought the way I pitched this year, I’d have a chance to go to the All-Star Game. I don’t know what happened. I don’t know if the manager of All-Star Game is (ticked) at me because I went out with one of his girlfriends.”

Cueto continued to say. “I don’t know if they base their selection on the brawl. That’s not the way it should be. They should pick and choose players by their numbers.”

Where to begin...

First, Baker needs to get over it and be happy for the three players of his that made the team and Cueto needs to get over himself.

Let us pose a few questions.

Have you forgotten the LaRussa doesn't pick the entire team? After fans and players voted LaRussa was left with nine spots to fill. He also must make sure each team has a representative at the game. Phillips would have been great at second but the Astros needed a rep and their best player plays second base.

Why did LaRussa pick Reds' outfielder Jay Bruce to be on the team? Bruce was on the Reds during the brawl two years ago, so if your theory is correct then LaRussa would have picked Matt Holliday instead.

If Cueto should be on the team why did his peers not vote him in? Cueto is certainly having a great year. He is 9-4 with has the fifth best E.R.A in the major leagues at 2.26. There is no doubt he should have a spot on the team but LaRussa can't help who the NL players picked.

Why are you complaining? Every year there are five or six guys who make the All-Star team that should not have and five or six that do not but should be on the team. You don't see Milwaukee's Zack Greinke or Arizona's Aaron Hill complaining do you? Your guys just happened to be those guys this year.

Mr. Baker and Mr. Cueto you need to let it go. Even Phillips has not said anything, and he is the one you would expect it from. So plain and simple, put a metal cleat in it.

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