Cincinnati Reds extend Dusty Baker for two more seasons 0
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker watches from the dugout as his team plays the San Francisco Giants in Game 5 of their MLB NLDS playoff baseball series in Cincinnati, Ohio October 11, 2012. (Reuters/JEFF HAYNES)
The Cincinnati Reds have rewarded manager Dusty Baker with a two-year contract extension through the 2014 season.
Baker has managed the Reds for the past five seasons, posting a 419-391 record while leading the club to a pair of NL Central titles and a 97-win campaign in 2012, the best for the franchise since 1976.
“In Dusty’s five seasons here he’s taken us to the postseason twice and has proven he can lead our teams to championship-caliber play on the field,” said Reds president and chief executive officer Bob Castellini. “He’s the right manager to continue the building process that will take us deeper and deeper into the playoffs in the future.”
The Reds signed Baker to a two-year extension in October 2010 just after the team won the NL Central and before suffering a sweep at the hands of Philadelphia in the NLDS. This year’s squad was beaten in the NLDS by the Giants in stunning fashion, dropping all three games at home after winning the first two in San Francisco.
Baker, 63, will enter his 20th managerial season in 2013.
Before joining the Reds in October 2007, Baker previously managed the Cubs and Giants. He led San Francisco to division titles in 1997 and 2000, and guided the Giants to the 2002 World Series as a wild card during his 10-year tenure. He joined the Cubs in 2003 and immediately helped Chicago capture a division title for the first time since 1989, but came up a win short of the World Series with a loss to the Marlins in the NLCS.
Baker has been the NL Manager of the Year three times over his 19-year career, winning the award with San Francisco in 1993, 1997 and 2000. A two-time All- Star as a player during 19 seasons with the Braves, Dodgers, Giants and Athletics, he has a career managerial record of 1,581-1,432.