The Cincinnati Reds released Dusty Baker as manager today because he just didn’t take them far enough in the playoffs. Wow. 🙂
He’s been with the Reds for 6 seasons, taking them to a 509-463 record. The last two years have been 90+ win seasons. And they’re firing him because it wasn’t enough. I guess that’s how the other half lives.
As a Mariner’s fan, I think he would be a great fit. The Mariners need a manager who will either have unquestioned credibility or an ability to establish a generational connection with all their young kids. Baker certainly fits the first criteria.
Recently resigned manager Eric Wedge wasn’t the reason the Mariners lost so many games this year and he may or may not have been able to take them to the next level in 2014. But with Wedge gone, the Mariners need to plan for next year and getting Dusty Baker in the fold would be a great first step.