Baker out as manager
The Associated Press first reported on Friday morning that Dusty Baker is out as Reds manager after six seasons, citing a person familiar with the situation.
The change in the dugout comes after the Reds were defeated in the National League Wild Card Game by the Pirates. Baker has a two-year contract through 2014. It was unclear whether he was dismissed or resigned.
UPDATE: I have confirmed the AP report that Baker is out.
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**UPDATE No. 2 at 10:40 am: The Reds made it official. Below is the press release:
Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty has announced the team will make a managerial change heading into the 2014 season.
The new manager will replace Dusty Baker, who went 509-463 in his 6 seasons in Cincinnati. There was no announcement regarding changes on the coaching staff.
“This was a very difficult decision to make. Dusty played an important role in the recent success of this organization, and we thank him for his contributions during his time here,” Jocketty said. “We feel a change is necessary, however, if we are to continue to move the organization forward.”
Baker, 64, originally was signed by the Reds to a 3-year contract in October 2007.