Baker was reportedly fired by the Reds on Friday after the team failed to make any progress in the playoffs once again–despite being one of the top teams in the National League during the 2013 season. Cincinnati has made the playoffs in three of the last four years under Baker, but the team decided to part ways with the manager despite having one year left on his contract.
Obviously, this move seems like one that was made out of frustration considering the Reds have been seen as strong contenders in the National League over the last couple of seasons, but they just couldn’t seem to get anything going once the postseason rolled around. With all of the talent on the roster behind key players like Joey Votto and Jay Bruce, the argument can be made that Cincinnati should have easily at least appeared in the World Series at some point over the last couple of years, but that obviously was never again.
Now, it will be interesting to see who comes on board as the next manger of the Reds as they will certainly have plenty of talent to work with to be one of the top contenders in the National League once again. Baker has always been praised for the number of wins he’s recorded throughout his career as a manager, but that doesn’t mean squat when it comes to winning the World Series–which Baker has never done.