It’s official, the Cincinnati Reds gave Skipper Dusty Baker his pink slip earlier today. It didn’t matter that the Reds made the playoffs in three of the past four seasons or that they won at least 90 games in each of those playoff seasons.
In three playoff appearances, the Reds never advanced past the first series.
With Baker’s firing, the message is etched in stone for the Red’s next manager—getting to the playoffs isn’t good enough.
Owner Bob Castellini and General Manager Walt Jocketty said they felt it was time for the team to move into a different direction.
After the disastrous season ending game to the Pittsburgh Pirates, fans can probably expect to see an exodus of players that don’t carry their weight—addition by subtraction. In a season with high salaries and even higher expectations, the Reds struggled with their hitting.
Fans may also wonder if Baker’s decision to keep Aroldis Chapman in the bullpen added to frustration for Reds leadership. Baker finished his career with the Reds at 509-463.
Read more about Dusty Baker’s termination at the Reds website.
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