Posted October 04, 2013

Cincinnati Reds fire manager Dusty Baker

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The Reds have fired manager Dusty Baker. (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Dusty Baker took the Reds to the postseason three times in the past four years, but had been unable to win a playoff series. (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

The Cincinnati Reds have fired manager Dusty Baker three days after his team lost the National League wild-card game to Pittsburgh.

Baker, 64, managed the Reds into the postseason in three of the last four years, but the team did not win a playoff series. He had one season remaining on a two-year contract signed a year ago.

The Associated Press reports:

A person familiar with the situation said that the Reds will announce Friday that Baker will be replaced. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there had not yet been an official announcement. It was not immediately clear whether Baker was fired or chose to step down.

The Reds finished 90-72 this season, third in the NL Central, behind the Cardinals and the Pirates. A five-game losing streak at the end of the regular season dropped the wild-card Reds to the last seed in the NL playoffs and forced a trip to Pittsburgh, where they lost 6-2 on Tuesday.

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports tweeted that Reds players were told of the move on Thursday night and, while they like Baker, most believe the team made the right move.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the leading candidate to replace Baker will be Reds pitching coach Bryan Price, who also is on the Mariners’ list of managerial candidates.

Other possibilities figure to include Reds’ Triple-A manager Jim Riggleman, who walked out on the Nationals in the middle of the 2011 season, and David Bell, who managed four seasons in the Reds’ organization before serving as the Cubs’ third-base coach last season.

Baker’s 20 years as an MLB manager includes stints with the Giants, Cubs and Reds. The three-time NL Manager of the Year won five division titles.


18 comments
reger
reger

Baker's a baseball lifer he'll bounce back!

ngk11
ngk11

This makes other teams in the Central very sad :(. However, It would be difficult for any other manager, past or present, to do much more with this team full of CHOKERS

jackgorfin
jackgorfin

So the players think its the right move?  Wow, since when are you relying on the players to make managerial changes.  How about the players perform and stop trying to blame their failures on the manager. 

metalhead65
metalhead65

the Reds had no choice if they wanted to go any further. he had taken them as far as he could go. finally no sitting there seeing him chew on his toothpick while watching his pitcher get lit up like a christmas tree before deciding it might be a good time to take him out after making sure everybody on the other team got a hit. no sticking somebody in the first 2 spots in the lineup because they are fast and for that reason only. no more having him not putting his 2 best hitters back to back because they are both left handed. maybe now they will get somebody who will set a starting lineup and stick with it. no more benching a guy who goes 5 for 9 so they can get the cold bats on the bench luke warm.

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

He simply does not have good instincts on handling pitchers. Pretty hard to win in the NL if you can't do that.

Phantom
Phantom

Dusty has been the most overrated MLB Manager in the last 20 years. He plays to reporters and all his move are to please the media.

Players can't stand him,  he likes to play the black and white card. When it comes to Playoff and to Deciding games he freaks out, always worried what the media and reporters are going to write or say.

Kalzy
Kalzy

Yes. He was hamstrung, and he was also the victim of circumstance, regarding injuries. But Joey, B-Phil and Jay . Could not produce in crunch time. Take a look at the Cards and how serious they are about their jobs. That's from the top down. It's time to go. Adios Dusty.

playemball
playemball

Well..I'm not surprised..GL to the Reds next yr..

MikeKing
MikeKing

As a Cardinal fan not happy about this....   It is a good move for the Reds and bad move for the NL Central. 

pastord24
pastord24

@NoQNoSuperBowl isn't that what the pitching coach is for? And they are considering him to replace Dusty???

Kalzy
Kalzy

@Phantom  Jeeze Phantom, What's it like on the inside over there? Example of the race card please? That's just silly...and racist,btw.

 

Cinti-fan
Cinti-fan

@playemball Nor am I.  Hopefully the hitting coach follows. Team needs a shake up.

Richard--Ramirez
Richard--Ramirez

@MikeKing Exactly, after the re-signing last season the rest of the NL Central celebrated. Not good. So yeah this firing is past due and great news for Reds fans.

Citizendan
Citizendan

@Kalzy @Phantom If by racist you mean accurate, then yes I agree.  They have this thing called the internet where you can read some of his statements.  Or you can label people racist despite the facts.