Dusty Baker fired as Cincinnati Reds manager - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Cincinnati Reds fire Dusty Baker

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Three days after the Reds lost the National League wild-card game to Pittsburgh 6-2, the Cincinnati Reds have fired Dusty Baker.

The news started to break Friday morning with an alert from the Associated Press, but Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty made it official with a news release at 10:30

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

The Reds say a new manager will replace Baker, who went 509-463 in his 6 seasons in Cincinnati.

There was no announcement regarding changes on the coaching staff.

Baker, 64, originally was signed by the Reds to a 3-year contract in October 2007. Baker had one year left of the two year contract extension he signed last year.

Joe Danneman spoke with the Reds GM on the phone once the news broke, who described Bakers' reaction.

"He handled it well. He obviously wasn't happy with the decision but I think that he felt that he could have done more and he wanted to continue to manage, but we told him we didn't think it was something we were interested in doing, so we made the change," Jocketty explained. 

Baker guided the Reds into the playoffs three of the last four years, but they never advanced. Baker has managed 20 years in the majors with San Francisco, the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati.

His teams have won five division titles and he is a three-time NL Manager of the Year.

"He's a great manager. He gets winning seasons year after year, but I also think winning seasons isn't enough. You should be winning divisions and you should be winning the World Series," Colerain High School catcher Jake Murray told FOX19 Friday afternoon.

Moeller High School catcher Bailey Montoya argues, "Dusty Baker has shown in the past a good sense of leadership and a good vibe to bring to the baseball club.

 

Copyright 2013 WXIX. All rights reserved.

  • Cincinnati Reds fire Dusty BakerMore>>

  • LIST: Dusty Baker facts

    LIST: Dusty Baker facts

    Dusty is 64-years-old Took over as manager of the Cincinnati Reds in 2008 Signed a 2-year contract last year Reds went to the playoffs three of the last four years Reds 2013 record was 90-72, they finishedMore >>
    Dusty is 64-years-old Took over as manager of the Cincinnati Reds in 2008 Signed a 2-year contract last year Reds went to the playoffs three of the last four years Reds 2013 record was 90-72, they finishedMore >>
  • NewsMore>>

  • Giuliani says White House wants briefing on classified info

    Giuliani says White House wants briefing on classified info

    Saturday, May 26 2018 1:13 AM EDT2018-05-26 05:13:07 GMT
    Saturday, May 26 2018 10:06 AM EDT2018-05-26 14:06:40 GMT
    (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File). FILE - In this May 5, 2018, file photo, Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, speaks in Washington.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File). FILE - In this May 5, 2018, file photo, Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, speaks in Washington.
    President Donald Trump's legal team wants a briefing on the classified materials shared with lawmakers.More >>
    President Donald Trump's legal team wants a briefing on the classified materials shared with lawmakers.More >>
  • Handcuffed Weinstein faces rape charge in #MeToo reckoning

    Handcuffed Weinstein faces rape charge in #MeToo reckoning

    Friday, May 25 2018 12:22 AM EDT2018-05-25 04:22:30 GMT
    Saturday, May 26 2018 9:56 AM EDT2018-05-26 13:56:33 GMT
    (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2017, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes afterparty in Beverly Hills, Calif. Law enforcement officials say Weinstein is expected to...(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2017, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes afterparty in Beverly Hills, Calif. Law enforcement officials say Weinstein is expected to...

    Harvey Weinstein is expected to turn himself in to police in New York City early Friday following a seven-month investigation into sexual assault allegations.

    More >>

    Harvey Weinstein is expected to turn himself in to police in New York City early Friday following a seven-month investigation into sexual assault allegations.

    More >>
  • Man finds fingernail inside his burger

    Man finds fingernail inside his burger

    Saturday, May 26 2018 9:44 AM EDT2018-05-26 13:44:14 GMT
    Saturday, May 26 2018 10:13 AM EDT2018-05-26 14:13:38 GMT
    Najib Anek says that when he bit into his sandwich, the finger nail was lodged inside the sandwich about half way through. (Source: KNXV, Maricopa County)Najib Anek says that when he bit into his sandwich, the finger nail was lodged inside the sandwich about half way through. (Source: KNXV, Maricopa County)

    Najib Anek says that when he bit into his sandwich, the finger nail was lodged inside the sandwich about half way through.

    More >>

    Najib Anek says that when he bit into his sandwich, the finger nail was lodged inside the sandwich about half way through.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly