No matter which way you look at it, the Cincinnati Reds had no good reason to fire Dusty Baker and I am not the only one who thinks so. Baker has a great track record of winning teams and winning seasons and was a huge part of turning the Reds into a contender once again. Now, because the Reds made the wildcard playoffs but not into the actual playoffs, Baker has to get the axe? It makes no sense at all. Reportedly the Reds have their sights on someone but I don’t see how someone could have a better resume than that of Baker.
Who fires a manager after a 90-win season? That line about Baker being the one who was huge in turning around the Reds’ fortunes; it came from Reds slugger Jay Bruce. He and many other Reds players were shocked that Baker was fired. It is a business though so everyone has to say they understand. Well, I don’t understand. They apparently have eyes on Jim Riggleman and David Bell from within the organization and maybe a few others from outside.
Not a one of them has turned in the results that Baker has though. It is unquestionable that the Reds could have done better in the wildcard playoff game but that’s why it I dumb to have just one game. Look at the changeover in fortunes so far in the 2013 MLB postseason from game one to game two. Whoever takes over the Reds managing job next season will have a good team to try and win with but they are a good team that Baker helped to build. That should be remembered if they play better than the 2013 Reds did.