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
|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|
|San Francisco Giants||1556||840||715||.540||2.2||1 Pennant|