Dipping into the MLB news, the Cincinnati Reds have fired Manager Dusty Baker
The 64-year-old Baker had one season left on a two-year contract he signed last year, and has led the Reds into the playoffs three of the last four year after not making the playoffs since 1995.
Cincinnati went 90-72 this season and finished third in the NL Central behind St. Louis and the Pirates. The Reds lost their final five games of the regular season and cost themselves a chance to host the wild-card playoff, which they dropped 6-2 at Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.
Baker has managed 20 years in the majors with the San Francisco Giants, the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati. His teams have won five division titles and he is a three-time NL Manager of the Year.
But the downfall of Baker’s tenure in Cincinnati began in the playoffs last year after the Reds took a 2-0 lead against San Francisco in the National League Division Series, only to lose three straight games at home as the Giants rallied to win the best-of-five series on their way to winning the World Series.