Three days after the Cincinnati Reds lost the NL wild-card game versus the Pittsburgh Pirates, Dusty Baker has left his job as manager of the Cincinnati Reds.
Today the Cincinnati team will announce that Baker will be replaced. YouWager experts don’t know if the 64 year-old was indeed fired or stepped down.
Baker had one MLB season left on a two-year contract he signed last October. He will be paid his 2014 salary, according to different sources. The California native guided the Reds to the playoffs three of the past four years, however they never made it through.
The Reds went 90-72 this season and finished third in the NL Central behind the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh. Cincinnati lost their final five games of the regular season, costing themselves an opportunity to host the wild-card playoff, which they lost 6-2 versus the Pirates on Tuesday night.
Baker has managed 20 years in the MLB with the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati. His teams have won five division titles and he is a three-time NL Manager of the Year.
Cincinnati won the NL Central in 2012, but Baker missed the celebration because he was hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat and a mini-stroke. The former Atlanta Braves player was admitted to a Chicago hospital during a road trip and missed 11 games.
The Reds then took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five division series before losing three straight home games versus the Giants, the eventual World Series champion.
Baker took over Cincinnati five years ago and revitalized them. He led the Reds to the NL Central crown in 2010, but the team was swept by the Philadelphia Phillies. Back then, Baker became one of just six managers to win division titles with three teams, joining Billy Martin, Joe Torre, Tony La Russa, Lou Piniella and Davey Johnson.