Reds Get Rid of the Dusty Look

by Jason Epstein

For big-league managers, taking your team to the postseason isn’t a bulletproof vest. Ask Dusty Baker:

Dusty Baker is out as manager after six seasons with the Reds, a team source has confirmed. …

The final decision Baker was up to owner Bob Castellini. Castellini did not return messages Wednesday or Thursday. …

Baker was clearly disappointed this year that the Reds’ front office did not provide any help at the trade deadline. The Pirates added outfielder Marlon Byrd and Justin Morneau.

Byrd played in a key role in the season-ending sweep of the Reds and hit a home run to get the scoring started in Tuesday’s win.

Baker and Jocketty clashed sometimes on player issues. Baker said this season he had to fight to get top prospect Billy Hamilton added to the roster.

Nationals fans may be interested to know that Cincinnati’s Triple-A manager is believed to be one of several potential candidates for Baker’s job.

More here.

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