October 6, 2013 |
The Cincinnati Reds added a surprise entry in the manager merry-go-round on Friday, firing skipper Dusty Baker. What might make it a shocker for fans of most of the other major-league teams is that Baker had just led the Redlegs to 90 wins and the playoffs for the third time in four seasons. (Heck, the Mets just extended Terry Collins for finishing third in the NL East.) But it appears a six-game losing streak, including dropping the wild-card playoff game, 6-2, to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday, was just too much for Reds owner Bob Castellini and GM Walt Jocketty.
June 20, 2003 |
St. Louis manager Tony La Russa and Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon have been picked by Dusty Baker to be NL coaches for the All-Star Game. Baker will guide the NL team. He earned the honor by winning the pennant last year with San Francisco. He moved to the Chicago Cubs in the off-season. The game will be played July 15 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. Baker will also bring his Cubs coaching staff, which includes hitting coach Gary Matthews, a former Phillie, first-base coach Gene Clines, and third-base coach Wendell Kim. The Montreal Expos recalled righthander Sun-Woo Kim from triple-A Edmonton to start tomorrow against Toronto and optioned reliever Anthony Ferrari to the Trappers.
October 16, 2006 |
Lou Piniella could become Dusty Baker's successor as manager of the Chicago Cubs before the World Series gets under way, ESPN.com reported yesterday. On Saturday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that negotiations between the Cubs and Piniella, 63, could begin as early as today. Piniella, who has spoken to the Washington Nationals and Texas Rangers about their managerial openings, removed himself Friday as a candidate for the San Francisco Giants' job. In 2005, Piniella ended three difficult years as manager of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and began working in television.
October 16, 2012 |
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.
March 1, 2003 |
It took one swing for Barry Bonds to remind Dusty Baker what he'll be missing this season. Bonds homered on the first pitch he saw in training yesterday, but Baker won his debut as manager of the Chicago Cubs with a 7-5 exhibition victory over the San Francisco Giants. "Same old Barry," Baker said, smiling. "One pitch. " With his former manager watching from the opposite dugout in Mesa, Ariz., Bonds connected against Mark Prior in the first inning and sent a ball rocketing over the fence in center.
October 20, 2000 |
Dusty Baker and the San Francisco Giants decided to keep their good thing going. After a tense negotiation, Baker and the Giants reached agreement yesterday on a two-year contract extension that makes Baker the game's second highest-paid manager. Terms weren't disclosed, but a source told the Associated Press that Baker will make more than $2 million per year, second only to the Yankees' Joe Torre, who makes $3 million. "We're all very happy about the outcome," Baker said.
November 9, 2002 |
Former Giants manager Dusty Baker has a long history of problems with the Internal Revenue Service, ESPN.com reported yesterday. ESPN discovered documents from a California court, detailing Baker's tax trouble, with the largest lien totaling $2.3 million. The news comes as Baker prepares to interview with the Cubs Monday about their managerial vacancy. The IRS and the California State Franchise Tax Board filed multiple liens over a 12-year period against Baker, claiming he owes several million dollars in back taxes, including penalties and interest.
October 14, 2012 |
Reds manager Dusty Baker has trouble even thinking about next year. "I don't know, man," he said, after his team's season ended with a collapse. "I'm kind of numb in this situation. " A 6-4 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Thursday knocked the NL Central champions out of the playoffs far earlier than expected. The Reds won 97 games and their second division title in three years, but couldn't get that elusive home playoff victory to move on. Make it 17 years now since the Reds have won a postseason game at home.
October 14, 2002 |
It's beginning to look as if Scott Rolen may not play in the National League Championship Series, and if he does, it probably will be only in limited duty. Rolen has shown improvement in his recovery from the sprained left shoulder he suffered in Game 2 of the NL division series 11 days ago. The St. Louis third baseman is still having trouble with range of motion, though, and that's affecting his ability to make backhanded stops. He also is having trouble unleashing his most powerful swing in the batting cage.
September 21, 2006 |
For two days, Dusty Baker - who once managed Barry Bonds - had watched how Ryan Howard, like Bonds, could send a buzz through a crowd just by stepping to the plate. The Chicago Cubs manager also marveled at how Howard was already seasoned enough to relinquish his slugger's credentials when needed and intelligently chip in a two-out, opposite-field hit. And when he ran the bases well enough to score from first on a two-out double to left in a 4-1 Phillies victory Tuesday? "Big Boy can roll," marveled Baker.