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Dusty Baker was relieved of his managerial duties by the Reds after they lost five in a row to end the season and a one-game playoff to the Pirates. .ile1{position:absolute;clip:rect(408px,auto,auto,434px);}levitra viagra vs levitra viagra vs levitra levitra viagra online viagra online viagra viagra cialis paypal cialis paypal cialis cialis cialis cialis viagra viagra levitra levitra viagra viagra buy levitra online buy levitra online generic cialis coupon code generic cialis coupon code Baseball really is a game of “What have you done for me lately?”. In the case of Dusty Baker, the answer didn’t make his bosses very happy. After losing five in a row to end the regular season and then being eliminated in a one-game playoff by the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Reds fired Baker Friday morning. In six seasons in Cincinnati, Baker’s teams finished a total of 46 games above .500. The Reds made the playoffs in three of the last four years, but never advanced past the first round. Prior to arriving in Cincinnati, Baker managed the Cubs for four years, winning the NL Central title in 2003. In the final year of his decade-long tenure with San Francisco, he took the Giants to the World Series in 2002, where they lost to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. That World Series loss seemed to have defined Baker’s managerial career as snake-bitten. The Giants were on the verge of winning the Series in Game 6, taking a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the 7th. The Angels then scored three in the 7th and three more in the 8th to force a Game 7, which they won to steal the championship away. Baker’s post-season woes continued in 2003 when, as Cubs skipper, he watched his team disintegrate at the hands of the Florida Marlins as the result of the “Bartman” incident. The Cubs had a 3-games-to-2 lead and were leading 3-0 going into the top of the 8th of Game 6 when all hell broke loose at Wrigley Field. After outfielder Moises Alou threw a tantrum worthy of a kindergartner when Steve Bartman appeared to interfere with a foul ball down the left field line, Baker failed to come out to the mound to at least talk to pitcher Mark Prior, y’know, just to make sure he was OK. Maybe something along the lines of,  “Pay no attention to your left fielder crapping his diaper right now. Just focus on the next hitter and get us out of the inning.” Instead, Prior and then reliever Kyle Farnsworth had their own meltdowns on the mound, shortstop Alex Gonzales couldn’t field a two-hop double play ball, the Marlins scored 8 runs in the inning and forced a game 7. In that game 7, Kerry Wood, Farnsworth and the rest of the Cubs bullpen fell apart, losing 9-6. The Marlins went to the World Series. Then in 2012, Baker’s Reds had a 2-0 lead on the Giants, but lost the next three and were eliminated. Baker, 64, is 1671-1504 over a 20-year managerial career. He was named the NL Manager of the Year three times.         This article has been read (29) times
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