Dusty Baker fired as Cincinnati Reds manager

Dusty roads: Baker out as Reds manager

10/4/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

Sep 18, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker (12) walks back to the dugout after a pitching change during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY SportsThere's suddenly a rather appealing job opening for MLB managerial candidates. The Cincinnati Reds have fired Dusty Baker, meaning there will be someone new managing guys like Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Aroldis Chapman and Johnny Cueto.

The Reds have a lot of talent, but were unable to make it past the Pirates in a one-game Wild Card playoff. 

Baker managed the Reds for 6 seasons, making the playoffs three times. He had a total record of 509-463 for a .524 winning percentage. The Reds won the NL Central in 2010 and 2012, and then won the 2nd Wild Card spot this year.

Baker has a career record of 1671-1504 as a manger, for a .520 winning percentage in 20 years, but he has only made it to one World Series. In 2002, his Giants lost in 7 games to the Anaheim Angels.

With jobs opening up in Chicago with the Cubs and now in Cincinnati, there are already a few intriguing jobs available. Combine that with the fact that Joe Girardi's contract expires with the Yankees at the end of the month, and there could be one more big job opened up.

Who do you think the Reds should target as their next manager?
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10/4/13   |   ML31   |   3615 respect

Even more telling is that Baker has never won a playoff series when his team was a first place team.   He is a good manager.  He's what they call a "player's" manager.  But after 20 years one would think his game tactician skills would get better.  They really haven't.