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Failures run deeper than Baker -- so should blame

Updated: July 7, 2006, 12:19 PM ET
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN.com

MILWAUKEE -- In a different season with a different record it wouldn't have meant a thing. But as the Chicago Cubs lurch toward their first 100-loss record in 40 years, there was no ignoring the irony of who sat where Thursday evening at Miller Park.

It was probably a coincidence -- it had to be, right? -- but there was embattled Cubs manager Dusty Baker seated at the very end of the dugout, one foot on the first wooden step, his baby-blue lineup card and handwritten cheat sheets within easy ...

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