Reds extend Dusty Baker two more seasons

Dust Collecting: Reds extend Dusty Baker for two more years

10/15/12 in MLB   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - Reds extend Dusty Baker two more seasonsA disappointing postseason exit was apparently not disappointing enough for the Reds to fire manager Dusty Baker. The Reds extended Baker's contract for another two seasons today. Financial terms are not yet available, but Reds fans probably don't care how much of owner Bob Castellini's money is being spent here. What matters is that Dusty Baker will run the Big Red Machine for another two seasons.

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.

Blog Photo - Reds extend Dusty Baker two more seasons"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.
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10/25/12   |   NittanyJon   |   247 respect

Speaking from afar, Dusty has a nice combo of new school - old school in him. More the latter. After all, he  broke into the big leagues with Henry Aaron. He' also getting a pass because of reputation ( 3 time manager of the year). Cincy does not have to retool at all. All they need is a third or 4th starter and a few dirt dogs. They clearly have more overall talent than the Giants. Frisco is just a better team as a whole.