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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 the National League West crown.
It wasn't until the 1997 season when Baker finally guided his first team to the playoffs as manager. Unfortunately, Baker's Giants were quickly eliminated by the Florida Marlins, who swept San Francisco in the NLDS (3-0) en route to winning the World Series.
After finishing second in the division in 1998 and 1999, Baker got the Giants back to the promised land in 2000, but like '97, SF was sent packing in the NLDS, succumbing to the New York Mets in four games.
The 2002 campaign marked a break through in Baker's stint with the Giants. After sneaking i...
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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...
Sammy Diaz hit .273, second highest in the system among second basemen during the 2013 season.
Right-hander Mat Latos has a bone chip in his elbow and will be unavailable for the Cincinnati Reds' wild card playoff game Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
The Reds are hopeful that with a couple of days of treatment, Latos' elbow could improve enough that he'll be available if Cincinnati wins the one-game playoff and advances to the division series.
Manager Dusty Baker had...
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...
Video: Jeff Crews: Game of a LifetimeSeen here is the amazing story of Ohio native and lifelong Reds fan Jeff Crews.Crews passed away due to brain cancer on July 4 of this year, but not before witnessing Homer Bailey's no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants, the same day Crews and his family were also treated as guests at Great American Ball Park by Joey Votto.Oh, did I mention...
Cincinnati Reds' second baseman Brandon Phillips left Saturday afternoon's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fifth inning after fouling a ball off his left shin.
As reported by Mark Sheldon and Jeremy Warnemuende of MLB.com, Phillips hit a 1-0 fastball from Charlie Morton into his lower left leg near the ankle. Phillips backed
out of the box and was in obvious...
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...
Cincinnati rookie outfielder Billy Hamilton and Pittsburgh rookie pitcher Gerrit Cole were both placed on the 25-man roster for Tuesday night's NL wild-card game.
Hamilton was thrown out just once in 14 stolen base attempts after being called up from Triple-A Louisville in September and hit .368 in 13 games with the Reds. Cincinnati's roster for the wild-card game also includes...
When the Pirates started their weekend series with the Reds last Friday, it was clear that home field advantage was on the line. What we didn't know at the time was that by clinching home field advantage a day early with easy wins on Friday and Saturday, the Pirates also changed their mound opponent tonight from Mat Latos to Johnny Cueto (the Reds say that the reason they scratched...
Attacking the Reds` leadoff hitter and OBP extraordinaire.
Brandon Phillips and the Reds take on the Pirates tonight in a one-game, winner-takes-all playoff.
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...
Six months. 182 games. For the Reds, 1,511 innings played; for the Pirates, 1,505. A season, a marathon, complete.
And yet, the legacies of those long, arduous seasons, all come down to one. One game. One moment. One chance.
Both the Reds and the Pirates will be teetering on the plank in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night when they face off in the NL Wild Card Game –a sudden death, winner...