Reds fire Dusty Baker

Go ahead and add the Cincinnati Reds to the list of teams looking for a new manager, as the team has fired manager Dusty Baker after making the Postseason in three of his final four seasons with the club.

The Reds were one of the more talented teams in the National League this year, yet finished third in the NL Central, earning one of the league's Wild Card berths where they were beaten 6-2 by the Pirates. Baker's Reds were also swept by the Phillies in the 2010 NLDS, and lost three games to two to the Giants in the 2012 NLDS after taking a 2-0 lead on the road.

He's been criticized for a lot during his tenure with the Reds (and previously, with the Giants and Cubs), including his bullpen management and lineup construction. When you have a club as talented as the Reds, two Postseason wins over the last four seasons just isn't going to cut it. Baker will finish his career in Cincinnati with a 509-463 record, and at age 64, it'll be interesting to see if Baker gets looks from any teams with vacancies this winter, or if it's time for him to end his career in the dugout.

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