Just four days following the Cincinnati Reds tumultuous collapse to the San Francisco Giants during the National League Division Series and the uncertainty of his future as a manger, Dusty Baker has agreed to a two-year extension with the club to come back for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Following the 2010 season Baker also signed a two-year deal with the Reds so the recent extension isn’t any less than what he was offered prior to the Reds collapse this season or his well documented heart aliments.
Baker has done well in his five seasons as the Reds manager including a three-year stretch where the franchise has won more games (169) than in any other three-run run in 30 seasons. Baker has also guided the Reds to the National League Central division title in two of the past three seasons as well. Cincinnati hasn’t reached the NL Championship Series since 1995 and Baker wants to be around in attempts to get them there and possibly win their first World Series since 1990 when they shocked the mighty Oakland A’s who featured the Bash Brothers Mark McGuire and Jose Canseco.
Baker is currently in second place amongst active managers in all-time wins (1,581 wins) behind Detroit Tigers skipper Jim Leyland (1,676) however has a better winning percentage with .525 to Leyland’s .503. Baker has been managing since 1993 when he began his career with the Giants. He has been named National League manager of the year three times during his career (1993, 1997 and 2007) and is considered one of the best decision makers currently in the game.