Johnnie B. Gone!
After six seasons, two first place finishes and three playoff appearances, Dusty Baker was dismissed as Reds manager. The firing comes after six consecutive losses: five home games against the Mets and Pirates and the Wild Card game in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. In typical Dusty fashion, he said, “I was a little shocked, I wasn’t really shocked because I hadn’t heard from anyone in a couple of days.”
So he was shocked, or not shocked?
Baker did defend his coaching staff last week in a meeting with his bosses. “We talked about Brook about a week ago, and they were talking about replacing him and I didn’t think that was right,” the Reds’ former manager said. “All the coaches get blamed for everything. Maybe it was time to go. I did say something like that — and they did it. It wasn’t a mutual thing.”
So what are Dusty’s plans for the future? “I’m not retiring. That wasn’t in my plans, I’m not taking a year off unless I’m forced to if the right job doesn’t come along or no job comes along.”
Hey Dusty, I hear the Cubs are looking for a new manager.
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