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Midwest Sports Fans:
Loyal readers are cognizant that I don’t believe Dusty Baker is a quality baseball manager. In fact, I’ve written about it multiple times – though not recently. Following his second consecutive early postseason exit Tuesday night, it’s high time for the axe to fall in southwest Ohio.
Do you need reasons why Baker should be fired? I’ve got them:
• Consider the Reds arguably have the most talented roster in the National League, and if not, the second-best after the Los Angeles Dodgers, yet needed the additional wild-card in 2013 just to play October baseball.
• Consider that this team blew a 2-0 series lead to San Francisco in last year’s NLDS, losing the final three games at home.
• Consider the Reds lost their final five regular season games in 2013, all at Great American Ballpark (two versus the lowly Mets), then were swept by the Pirates when it mattered most at the end of the season, forcing Tuesday’s game up river to a rockin’ PNC Park.
• Consider Baker chose to pitch Johnny Cuet
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Following Tuesday's season-ending loss to the Pirates in the Wild Card game, a large contingent of Reds fans could be seen and heard via social media, radio, and word-of-mouth alike calling for the firing of manager Dusty Baker.However, according to general manager Walt Jocketty, that isn't happenng."He's signed for another year," said Jocketty to Cincinnati...
For 20 of the past 21 seasons, Dusty Baker has been the manager of a Major League Baseball team.
His managerial career began with a bang when he led the San Francisco Giants to a whopping 103 wins in 1993. He was named National League Manager of the Year for his efforts, but the Giants ultimately missed out on the playoffs, finishing just one game behind the Atlanta Braves for...
ESPN mocked Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto during a Wednesday episode of SportsCenter for dropping the ball on the mound during the previous night's National League Wild Card playoff game in Pittsburgh.
As SportsCenter headed to a commercial break, anchor David Lloyd was being taunted by what appeared to be a group of interns when he dropped his notes (skip ahead...
Baseball isn’t necessarily in danger of going extinct, but the TV ratings the sport has seen in the past few years aren’t exactly encouraging, either. Yet one of the game’s great ambassadors, however, thinks one potential World Series matchup could be really, really bad for the game. Longtime broadcaster Bob Costas might have been speaking with a touch of hyperbole, but he’s...
Shin-Soo Choo has no doubts the Reds will be back in the playoffs but he doesn't know if he will be with them.
Choo scored both runs in the Reds' 6-2 Wild Card Game loss to the Pirates on Tuesday homering in what may have been his final at-bat in a Reds uniform.
The Reds traded for Choo last December in hopes of solving their long-suffering problem in the leadoff spot knowing...
The Reds have finally unveiled their 25-man roster for the do-or-die Wild Card game tonight in Pittsburgh.
Here is a look at who Dusty Baker will have at his disposal to try and eliminate Clint Hurdle's Pirates.
C - Devin Mesoraco
C - Ryan Hanigan
1B - Joey Votto
2B - Brandon Phillips
SS - Zack Cozart
3B - Todd Frazier
INF - Jack Hannahan
INF - Cesar...
Regardless of the outcome of Tuesday's monumental Wild Card game between the Reds and Pirates at PNC Park, fans of both teams will be going crazy, but for very different reasons, obviously.
For the Pirates, Tuesday's game marks the end of an unfathomable streak of futility, as Pittsburgh will play host to its first postseason game since 1992. One can only imagine the kind...
The Reds kept their lineup virtually intact in the offseason, hoping it was ready for a push deep into the playoffs. They didn't add anything at midseason, thinking they were still fine.
They paid for those decisions in another playoff flameout.
A 6-2 loss at Pittsburgh in the wild-card game on Tuesday night marked a third straight quick exit from the playoffs for a team that...
0-5 what more can I say the Reds needed to win the series vs the Pirates and they’re on the way to Pittsburgh. Hopefully on to St. Louis after tonight.
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Liriano has been dominant at PNC Park this season
The 2013 edition of the one game National League wild card round is set to take place tomorrow night at 8:07PM. This is the second year the new playoff format has been introduced and this year features the Cincinnati Reds visiting PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. These two teams play out of the NL Central and a third...
The Reds could have won last night. The spark they would have needed is something we have seen from time-to-time all throughout the season. There was a chance it would reappear last night–when better?–but it was clear after just a couple innings it just wasn’t there.
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The federal government and the Cincinnati Reds both shut down Tuesday and the Reds won’t be back until next April.
In actuality Pittsburgh Pirates left hander Francisco Liriano shut down the Reds in the National League wild-card game holding them to four hits in a 6-2 victory at PNC Park.
On the other side the Johnny Cueto Comeback Story was a bust. He couldn’t keep his pitches...
The Reds faced a familiar foe in the wild-card play-in and their season-ending woes continued to limit their post season to only one game, a 6-2 loss at Pittsburgh. Johnny Cueto was ineffective and the Pirates never looked back after taking a second inning lead from two homers.
On the eve of the most important game the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates will have played all year, a debate rages on about the legitimacy of playing a winner-take-all Wild Card game in the first place.
It seems silly for teams to endure spring training and a grinding 162-game schedule only to be rewarded with one chance to win and advance. But that is exactly where all...
Pittsburgh took down the Cincinnati Reds in the wild card round for the Pirates’ first playoff win since 1992. Here are 13 insane stats from their 2013 wild card win.