Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Dusty Baker is reportedly out as manager of
the Cincinnati Reds.
The Cincinnati Enquirer cited a team source in its report Friday, although it
was unclear if Baker was fired or resigned.
Baker guided the Reds to the playoffs three times in the last four years,
including a wild card appearance this season after a 90-72 campaign. The team,
however, dropped a 6-2 decision at Pittsburgh in the wild card game after
losing three straight to the Pirates at the end of the season with home-field
advantage in the one-game playoff at stake.
In six seasons at the helm, Baker, who had one year remaining on his contract,
posted a record of 509-463. The Reds won division titles in 2010 and 2012, but
lost in the Division Series each year and had a postseason mark of 2-7 under
The 2012 Reds won 97 games and built a 2-0 series lead over San Francisco in
the NLDS, but lost the next three games at home for a stunning collapse. Baker
still received a two-year extension through 2014 after the season.
Before joining the Reds, Baker previously managed the Giants and Chicago Cubs.
He has a career record of 1,671-1,504 with seven postseason appearances and
was the NL Manager of the Year with San Francisco in 1993, 1997 and 2000.
Baker led San Francisco to division titles in 1997 and 2000, and guided the
Giants to the 2002 World Series as a wild card during his 10-year tenure. He
joined the Cubs in 2003 and immediately helped Chicago capture a division
title for the first time since 1989, but came up a win short of the World
Series with a loss to the Marlins in the NLCS.
The 64-year-old Baker was a two-time All-Star as a player during 19 seasons
with the Braves, Dodgers, Giants and Athletics.
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