The good ol’ days?
Here is the list of Reds managers since their playoff berth in 1995:
Ray Knight 1996-97, 2003, 125-137 (.477)
Jack McKeon 1997-2000, 291-259 (.529)
Bob Boone 2001-03, 190-238 (.444)
Dave Miley 2003-05, 125-164 (.433)
Jerry Narron 2005-07, 157-179 (.467)
Pete Mackanin 2007, 41-39 (.513)
Dusty Baker 2008-present, 419-391 (.517)
The first six managers on the list combined for zero playoff berths. From 2001-09 there were nine-straight losing seasons. Baker did have three losing seasons, including 2008-09, but has two winning seasons and two division titles in the last three seasons. For the several people I’ve heard from who are not happy that Baker was re-signed on Monday, what nostalgia are you clinging to?
By the standard this franchise had set for nearly 15 years, Baker has done a better than decent job. Does he have shortcomings? Yes. Most managers do. I have yet to see a perfect manager, including the four who have teams still alive in the playoffs. Does Baker bear some of the responsiblity for the NLDS exit last week? Yes. Did he deserve to be let go after the exit? Not at all.
Be unhappy all you want about what happened in the playoffs, but rare is the time I’ve seen this many fans unhappy from a 97-65 season that was the second-best record in baseball…especially considering where the team came from in recent years.
Did anyone see this type of success happening back in 2004 or 2005? I’d guess not.