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CINCINNATI Dusty Baker was seated behind his clubhouse office desk earlyThursday,dressed in a gray sweater vest and shuffling papers, as I walked in.Cincinnati Reds media relations director Rob Butcher had approached me in the clubhouse and said, Go see Dusty.
And so, FOXSportsOhio.com became the first media outlet to have a chat with the Reds manager since his bout with an irregular heartbeat and a mini-stroke.It was short and oh so sweet because Baker was upbeat, enthusiastic and effervescent during my short visit.He looked fit and trim and the smile on his face was as wide as the room. His handshake was bone-shattering, as it always is.It was the third straight day that Baker has showed up in office, keeping the door closed and not talking to the media.Baker entered Chicagos Northwestern hospital while the team was on the road last week with an irregular heart beat. The team leftChicago onThursdaybut Baker was held in the hospital for rest, tests and observation.He was to be releasedFridayto return to Cincinnati but was hit with a mini-stroke, so he was kept at Northwestern untilSunday.The first thing he said to meThursdaywas, Do you know Im the luckiest man on earth to be in the hospital when that happened (the mini-stroke) Maybe not lucky, but blessed.He was seated in his office swivel chair making plans for his return to the teamMondayin St. Louis, wishing it wastomorrow,wishing it wastoday.Im OK, Im fine, he said. I havent felt this good in a long time. I cant remember the last time I felt this good.It was mentioned that it was unfortunate that he was unable to participate in the celebration Saturdaywhen the Reds clinched the National League Central title.Before spraying the celebratory champagne after the clincher, the team gathered in the clubhouse around general manager Walt Jockety and toasted their hospitalized manager.Thats OK, he saidThursdayabout missing the celebration. Sometimes we take those celebrations too seriously, too early. Its like I said in 2010 when We won the division, dont do too much celebrating yet. It aint over. Thats only step one.Baker knows that a lot of his players have never been on a championship team, he smiled and said, I know that. I wouldnt stop them from having their fun. Theyre entitled to it. But we just want them to know that we want to celebrate three more times. This was only Step One.And when the Reds begin Step Two, the National League Division Series, Baker plans to be there, Every step of the way from here on out.Baker said before the irregular heartbeat incident hospitalized him, I never felt a thing. No warnings. I was fine. And now Im great, feeling really, really good.And it was plain on his face that he was ready, willing and able to get back into uniform No. 12, slide on his ever-present wrist bands, stick one of those specially made toothpicks into his mouth and resume doing what he loves managing the Cincinnati Reds.
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The Cincinnati Reds released today what had kept manager Dusty Baker away from the team for so long. As everyone feared, it was more than just an irregular heartbeat. Baker had a stroke on Friday.
While in Chicago on Wednesday, Reds manager Dusty Baker was admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, commonly referred to as an irregular heartbeat...
In Dusty We TrustyHall of Fame reporter Hal McCoy had the chance to sit down and chat with Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker when he was in the office yesterday, and it sounds like Baker is very close to returning.
Baker was upbeat, enthusiastic and effervescent during my short visit.
He looked fit and trim and the smile on his face was as wide as the room. His handshake was bone...
Manager Dusty Baker was back to work Wednesday, but he did not manage in the Cincinnati Reds' 8-1 loss to the Brewers. Baker spent Wednesday afternoon in his office at Great American Ball Park. He is scheduled to join the team Monday in St. Louis for the final three games of the season and resume managing. "That's the plan," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty...
The Cincinnati Reds revealed on Tuesday that manager Dusty Baker suffered a mini-stroke last Friday, but he is expected to make a full recovery and might return to manage the series against St. Louis, which starts Monday. Baker was admitted to a Chicago hospital last Wednesday and diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, also known as an irregular heartbeat. He was about to be discharged...
If the Cincinnati Reds players were disturbed by the news that manager Dusty Baker had suffered a mini-stroke while being discharged on Friday from a Chicago hospital, their concern was relieved after his meeting with them before batting practice on Tuesday. Baker originally was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat before Cincinnati's game last Wednesday at Wrigley Field,...
Last week we heard Dusty Baker was transported to a Chicago area hospital after experiencing a couple medical issues. Initially, reports were that the 63 year old manager for the Cincinnati Reds was suffering from pneumonia. That was incorrect. Subsequent reports said he was just having issues with an irregular heartbeat. That was true. What wasn’t [...]
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker suffered a “mini-stroke”
on Friday as he was being discharged from a Chicago hospital, reports Mark Sheldon of MLB.com:
Reds manager Dusty Baker
revealed on Tuesday that he suffered a “mini-stroke” on Friday as he was being
discharged from a Chicago hospital.
Baker was taken to the hospital last Wednesday and was...
After their day off on Monday, the Reds won the series opener with the Brewers, 4-2, last night. It got Johnny Cueto his 19th win of the season (so 20 is still a possibility) and got Aroldis Chapman his 36th save (his first since he’s been back from that arm weakness). Dioner Navarro went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI.
The series continues tonight at 7:10 p.m. Bronson...
The relationship between Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke and Cincinnati skipper Dusty Baker goes way back to 1981, when Roenicke was breaking in with the Los Angeles Dodgers. "I really like him," said Roenicke. "When I first came to the big leagues, he and two other guys really broke me in the right way. The other two were Rick Monday and Terry Forster."...
Reds manager Dusty Baker had a mini-stroke in addition to his
irregular heartbeat last week and will need another week of rest
before he's able to rejoin the team for the final regular season
series and the playoffs.
CINCINNATI -- Acting manager Chris Speier needs to wear a stovepipe hat instead of a baseball cap and add a nickname in front of his signature: "Honest Chris Speier."
First of all, he honestly wishes he could return to his bench coach position and not be acting manager. He wishes manager Dusty Baker was still leading the team.
But that isn't going to happen for at...
Latos should be pitching Game One of the playoffs.
If there’s one thing that has annoyed me and indeed many, if
not most, Reds fans about the Dusty Baker era, it has been his lack of
flexibility toward his roster.
We’ve seen it time and again with such notable examples as
the roles (and spots in the lineup) of guys like Corey Patterson, Willy Taveras...
By Eric Luchetti and Jase Bandelow
The Reds were the first team to clinch a division title. They're also first in the Power Rankings this week.
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Dusty Baker became the third manager to lead the Reds to postseason play more than once. He didnt even get to enjoy it, spending four days in the hospital because of an irregular heartbeat.