Dust Collecting: Reds extend Dusty Baker for two more years
Baker is 419-391 in five seasons as the Reds' manager. He's led the Reds to two NL Central titles in the last three seasons, though the Reds lost their first playoff series both times. Still, the Reds' 267 wins over those three seasons marks the Cincinnati's best three-season run in thirty years.
The AP is reporting that the Reds have extended manager Dusty Baker for two more seasons. This after a regular season in which the Reds won 97 games -- but then blew a 2-0 lead in the NLCS . The St. Louis Cardinals, whom the Reds finished nine games ahead of, are still in the playoffs and leading the NLCS 1-0.
"This is Dusty's team," Reds owner Bob Castellini told the Associated Press. "These fellas are poised to go deeper and deeper in the season. To not bring Dusty back or not ask Dusty to come back was out of the question."
Actually, it was not out of the question whether Baker would return. Baker told the AP last week, "I'm not sure where my career is going here in Cincinnati" following the Reds' NLDS loss.
The Reds were the first team to clinch a playoff spot this season (September 20), and the first team to clinch a division title (September 22). Baker missed that division-clinching win over the Dodgers with a mini-stroke and irregular heartbeat, though appears to have made a full recovery.