CINCINNATI - Reds manager Dusty Baker got a two-year contract extension on Monday, giving him another chance to take Cincinnati into the playoffs.
The 63-year-old skipper missed his team's NL Central title-clinching celebration this year because he was hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat and a mini-stroke. He returned for the division series against San Francisco, which ended with the Giants rallying to win Game 5.
Baker is feeling much better, and the Reds have the nucleus of their 97-win team returning next season, including one of the deepest pitching staffs in the major leagues. When the club offered another two-year deal - same as the last one - Baker quickly agreed.