The time all Cincinnati Reds fans have clamored for since last season has come. Manager Dusty Baker is out as manager after three post
season collapses in the last four years. This is a move that was bound to happen, but surprised many this morning who woke up to the news.
— Brian Williams (@Flyinbrian86) October 4, 2013
As you can see some Reds fans were very happy. The Reds front office seems to agree with the Fans in this situation. Fans have called for Dusty’s firing for the last two seasons. His decisions with the lineups, pitching order, inning limits and use of the bullpen have drove fans crazy for the last two seasons.
Dusty Baker led the Reds to a 90 win season in 2013, 97 in 2012, 91 in 2010. Three 90+ win seasons were something the Reds haven’t seen a long while. With those three seasons came high expectations of a deep postseason run.
Instead the Reds were swept by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2010, a major collapse losing three games at home to San Francisco in 2012, and a massive collapse at the end of the season this year led to an absolutely awful game against the Pittsburgh Pirates this season.
Reds owner Bob Castellini has said he is committed to winning. He has signed Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, and Jay Bruce to long term deals proving he is committed to winning. Now firing Dusty Baker reaffirms that. Castellini left before the Red batted in the ninth on Tuesday, if that doesn’t show disgust I don’t know what does.
RFB would like to thank Dusty Baker for his service, brining this team out of the cellar and back to a power in the NL. It is time to move on though.
A full twitter reaction and manager prospect will follow.