Cincinnati Reds: Manager Dusty Baker Knows the Game of Baseball

Diamond NotesCorrespondent IIIDecember 13, 2011

Dusty Baker, Reds Manager
Dusty Baker, Reds ManagerJohn Sommers II/Getty Images

In October of 2007 the Cincinnati Reds hired Dusty Baker to manager their ball club, which had not been to the post-season in 12 years.

Dustin Dow of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote in his October 15, 2007 article, "Did Reds hire Pied Piper?" that the Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky said Baker would be a manager who would "command respect" and who would "provide stability" to the organization.

In Baker's first season, the Reds began a youth movement and finished the season at 74-88, a two game improvement over 2007.

In 2009, Baker and the Reds began to see the fruits of their labor, posting an 18-9 record in the final month of the season. They finished in fourth place with a 78-84 record. However, they accomplished this without Edinson Volquez, the ace of their staff.

2010 found Baker in a familiar position, first place. In three short seasons, Baker was able to take the Reds into the post season for the first time in 15 years.

2011 was probably the most disappointing for Baker in Cincinnati. The Reds finished with a 79-83 record, which left some questioning if Baker will return after the 2012 season.

John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote this in his article "Cordero unlikely to return," that, "David Bell's promotion to triple-A manager could well be a prelude of things to come. Dusty Baker is only under contract for this year. Win or lose, I could see him not returning. Bell is probably the top candidate to replace Baker."

Fay also wrote that baseball insiders told him that, "David Bell would be a manager somewhere in the big leagues in the next couple of years." While the Reds have a history of promoting from within, I believe, barring a total collapse in 2012, Baker has earned another couple years and the organization will grant him that.

Besides, it appears as though Baker is not planning on getting out of baseball anytime soon. Fay wrote in his article "Dusty Baker looking forward to 2012 and beyond" that Baker feels he is a young 62 and he remembers the advice former San Francisco 49er coach George Siefert told him: Don't sell yourself short.

According to Fay, when asked how long he'll manage, Baker responded, "We'll see. Whatever the situation is, I'm going to do something. I'm not a guy who sits around. I know the game of baseball."