Dusty Baker has been fired by the Cincinnati Reds after six seasons, according to sources.
The former MLB player and long-time manager had a year left on his contract. This year, he led the Reds to a good season but lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the wild card game on Tuesday.
Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said he didn’t think Baker would be let go after the 6-2 loss to the Pirates Tuesday. The final decision to fire Baker was up to the owner Bob Castellini.
Baker brought the Reds back from the dead to lead them to the playoffs three of the last four years, and finished his tenure as the manager 509-454.
He is only the Reds manager in history to lead the team to the playoffs more than once. He is also the third most-winning coach for the Reds behind Hall of Famers Sparky Anderson and Bill McKechnie.