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Dusty Baker has been through a lot in his career. Playing the game, coaching the game, Barry Bonds, Steve Bartman, being no-hit in the play-offs, and now recovering from a mini stroke. Baker, who was hospitalized a couple weeks ago with what seemed to be an irregular heartbeat, suffered a mini stroke but has been able to rejoin the Cincinnati Reds. Now, the team will take on his old club the San Francisco Giants in the National League Division Series.
As Tyler Kepner of the New York Times points out, Baker is one of just 20 managers in baseball history to have earned at least 1500 victories. Baker has done so with the San Francisco Giants, the Chicago Cubs, and the Cincinnati Reds. And despite the number the job has done on his body, Baker will be in the dugout with his guys as the Reds head to San Francisco for Game One.
In an Associated Press interview, Baker made it clear that he was happy for his health, but he would not change the way he managed his team. Considering it earned him the second-best record in the National League, he must be doing something right.
"I’m feeling like a grateful man," Baker said from his spot at the cage on a sunny fall afternoon in the Giants’ waterfront ballpark.
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The Redlegs hope to take a 2-0 series lead back to Cincinnati by securing another victory tonight. Here's the lineup with which Dusty Baker is sending out there in an effort to do so:
2B Brandon Phillips
SS Zack Cozart
1B Joey Votto
LF Ryan Ludwick
RF Jay Bruce
3B Scott Rolen
C Ryan Hanigan
CF Drew Stubbs
SP Bronson Arroyo
After initially announcing that the playoff roster would be set on Friday, the Cincinnati Reds changed their mind and didn’t announce it until a few hours before tonight’s game.
The players who didn’t make it aren’t a surprise. Devin Mesoraco, Mike Leake, and Logan Ondrusek were all left off.
The Reds and Giants will lock horns for Game Two of the NLDS beginning tonight at 9:37 EST.
Here are five quick storylines about the pivotal game:
1) Which Bronson Arroyo will we see on Sunday? Although the 35-year old has experienced a bounceback season this year (12-10, 3.74 ERA, 3.69 K/BB), he's still vulnerable to a terrible outing from time to time. There has...
From the Reds...
P&G has committed $2,000,000 to the Cincinnati Reds and the Reds Community Fund’s “Urban Youth Academy.”
The Reds Urban Youth Academy will be a baseball and softball training facility at Roselawn Park in Cincinnati that provides free, year-round instruction for boys and girls ages 6-18 from Greater Cincinnati and throughout Reds Country.
You have to give credit to Dusty Baker and the Reds for not panicking when Johnny Cueto came up lame. The way the situation was handled, and the way the pitching staff performed was a real credit to the Reds. The Giants, meanwhile, sure put themselves in a hole when their most reliable ace could not hold the Reds down in his own ballpark. For them, it won't get any easier from...
The road to the World Series starts tonight for the Reds as they take on the Giants in San Francisco in game one of the National League Division Series. The game starts at 9:37pm EST and features both teams' aces matching up against each other on the mound in Johnny Cueto and Matt Cain. Obviously the Reds will have to get past the Giants in order to win the World Series,...
Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto, who had to leave Saturday's start in San Francisco in the first inning because of back spasms, returned to Cincinnati on Sunday to get further treatment. "I saw him before he went back. He said he felt a lot better this morning," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told MLB.com. "He's going back to get treatment back there rather...
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Someone pinch me, I’m dreaming.
Did my team really just beat Matt Cain on the road out west after losing Johnny Cueto (the ace of the staff) after he recorded just one out? I have to be dreaming. This has happened to me a million times. I wake up, and it all goes away. After...
The Cincinnati Reds were dealt a tough blow to start their playoff run last night. After recording one out, Johnny Cueto had to be removed from the game after experiencing back spasms. After throwing two pitches to the second batter of the game, Marco Scutaro, Dusty Baker and the Reds' trainer jogged out to the mound to check on Cueto. After a few moments, he was lifted...
Eventually, you’re all going to get sick of me talking about how everything that’s going on now is for all intents and purposes unpredictable. Hopefully you aren’t sick of it yet, because Game 1 of the NLDS between the Reds and the Giants went to show why playoff predictions are a complete waste of time. Allow me to review the action:(1)Ace Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto had...
This is absolutely not the news that the Cincinnati Reds wanted. Ace Johnny Cueto left game one of the Reds NLDS matchup with the Giants in the first inning after just eight pitches with back spasms.
Cueto was immediately replaced in the game by Sam LeCure, and LeCure was replaced after the second inning by Mat Latos, who is scheduled to start game three of the series for the...
A series this important and monumental for my favorite professional sports franchise leaves me struggling to find the words on the eve of it’s beginning.
There isn’t enough I can say about the 2012 Cincinnati Reds or the special place that they hold in my heart. When this season began, I had a vision that this team’s destiny ended up somewhere in the NLCS. I didn’t know...
Another year, another set of baseball playoffs without the Pirates. My own personal rooting interests in 2012 are, in order:
Reds (I don't care what you say about Brandon Phillips, I like the Reds; I say the Reds being good is proof the Pirates can do it)
Giants (why do my four favorite playoff teams play each other in the division...
With all of the weirdness and excitement that's surrounded the end of the regular season and the new wild card play-in game, seeing the Reds and Giants play in the National League Division Series is something that would've surprised pretty much no baseball fan anywhere back in March. That being said, this matchup isn't quite what we all might've suspected in March...
Game two — sort of a “must-win.” The lineups are the same as yesterday:
1. 2B Brandon Phillips
2. SS Zack Cozart
3. 1B Joey Votto
4. LF Ryan Ludwick
5. RF Jay Bruce
6. 3B Scott Rolen
7. C Ryan Hanigan
8. CF Drew Stubbs
9. SP Bronson Arroyo
1. CF Angel Pagan
2. 2B Marco Scutaro
3. 3B Pablo Sandoval
4. C Buster Posey
5. RF Hunter Pence
6. 1B Brandon Belt
7. LF Gregor...