The Dusty Baker Report

by Bill Chuck on October 4, 2013

Dusty Baker is gone as manager of the Cincinnati Reds.

While it was uncertain whether Baker was fired or resigned, he’s gone after the Reds ended their season with six straight losses including the Wild Card play-in game in Pittsburgh, 6-2. Baker had a year left on his two-year deal he signed last October and will be paid his 2014 salary.

“This was a very difficult decision to make,” said GM Walt Jocketty in a statement. “Dusty played an important role in the recent success of this organization, and we thank him for his contributions during his time here. We feel a change is necessary, however, if we are to continue to move the organization forward.”

According to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider, Jon Heyman:

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty in a year-end hash-out session about the team’s dissatisfying season told Baker he was intending to fire hitting coach Brook Jacoby, according to a person familiar with the situation. And that was all Baker had to hear.

Baker wasn’t the one who brought in Jacoby, but he also knew it wasn’t Jacoby’s fault. So Baker took the bold step that led to Jocketty ousting him as Reds manager.

“If you want to fire someone, fire me,” Baker told Jocketty.

I personally sense that is not a great professional strategy.

To me it sounds as if he’s been Francona-ed and like Terry Francona, Baker will land another job and lead another team to the postseason.

I suggest that the Reds hire Bobby Valentine for 2014 and look forward to a great 2015 with Bobby V’s successor.

The Baker Managerial Numbers

Rk Year Age Tm Lg G W L W-L% Finish
1 1993 44 San Francisco Giants NL 162 103 59 .636 2
2 1994 45 San Francisco Giants NL 115 55 60 .478 2
3 1995 46 San Francisco Giants NL 144 67 77 .465 4
4 1996 47 San Francisco Giants NL 162 68 94 .420 4
5 1997 48 San Francisco Giants NL 162 90 72 .556 1
6 1998 49 San Francisco Giants NL 163 89 74 .546 2
7 1999 50 San Francisco Giants NL 162 86 76 .531 2
8 2000 51 San Francisco Giants NL 162 97 65 .599 1
9 2001 52 San Francisco Giants NL 162 90 72 .556 2
10 2002 53 San Francisco Giants NL 162 95 66 .590 2 NL Pennant
11 2003 54 Chicago Cubs NL 162 88 74 .543 1
12 2004 55 Chicago Cubs NL 162 89 73 .549 3
13 2005 56 Chicago Cubs NL 162 79 83 .488 4
14 2006 57 Chicago Cubs NL 162 66 96 .407 6
15 2008 59 Cincinnati Reds NL 162 74 88 .457 5
16 2009 60 Cincinnati Reds NL 162 78 84 .481 4
17 2010 61 Cincinnati Reds NL 162 91 71 .562 1
18 2011 62 Cincinnati Reds NL 162 79 83 .488 3
19 2012 63 Cincinnati Reds NL 162 97 65 .599 1
20 2013 64 Cincinnati Reds NL 162 90 72 .556 3
San Francisco Giants 1556 840 715 .540 2.2 1 Pennant
Chicago Cubs 648 322 326 .497 3.5
Cincinnati Reds 972 509 463 .524 2.8
3176 1671 1504 .526 2.7 1 Pennant
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/4/2013.

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