Perhaps Dusty Baker is Andy Reid.
The terrific regular season manager/coach whose tactical blind spots lead to one postseason heartbreak after another. Reid, after Super Bowl Sunday, no longer has to be labeled the coach with the most wins never to earn a championship.
Baker has the second-most wins ever (to Gene Mauch) among major league managers never to win a World Series. His last best chance is now with the Astros, who with all their self-inflicted wounds remain a strong contender.
Maybe the 2020 Red Sox are the 2018 Rays. Remember that Tampa Bay was assailed for being in an all-out tank when either through free agency or trades they lost a load of their best players from 2017 (Brad Boxberger, Alex Cobb, Corey Dickerson, Evan Longoria, Logan Morrison, Jake Odorizzi and Steven Souza), and kept it up during the season by trading Chris Archer, Alex Colome, Nathan Eovaldi, Brad Miller and Wilson Ramos.
The 2018 Rays nevertheless won 90 games and set themselves up terrifically for the near future. One of the key architects of all the moves was Chaim Bloom, now chief baseball officer for the Red Sox. Bloom is locked and loaded to trade his best player, Mookie Betts, and…