Wednesday, November 3, 2010

God bless Sparky Anderson

Today, it was announced that former Cincinnati Reds manager Sparky Anderson was placed in a hospice for dementia. Sparky Anderson was the manager of the Cincinnati Reds during the Big Red Machine era. (1970-1976) Some say he was lucky to be a manager of such a talented team and that caused his success. I'll tell you that it takes talent to manage such big stars, know when to remove a pitcher and eventually mold a diverse group into a champion. The 1975-1976 Cincinnati Reds were one of the greatest teams in the history of baseball. Sparky was the best Reds manager that I have ever seen.

Mike Lopresti of USA Today wrote that Sparky was a nice guy who finished first. Yes he was. Dear God, if Sparky wants it, please give him extra innings.

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