There is some breaking news in the baseball world on Friday morning as the news surfaces that the Cincinnati Reds have fired manager Dusty Baker just days after dropping the NL Wild Card game to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Despite leading the Reds to the postseason three of the past four years and signing a new multi-year deal last October, his tenure comes to an end after the team continues to struggle advancing.
It is unclear whether the three-time National League Manager of the Year stepped down under his own discretion or if his hand was forced.
There was some criticism directed in Baker’s direction for how poor Baker managed the team in the Wild Card match up — especially the handling of pitcher Johnny Cueto — so that may have ultimately led to the decision for the team to part ways with their manager.
The news first broke by the Associated Press.
Baker, 64, has managed 20 years in Major League Baseball with the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds.