Why Dusty Baker Had To Go

Watching the Reds in the final week, manager Dusty Baker sure appeared ready to lose his job and the lack of energy displayed by both Baker and the Cincinnati Reds players ultimately led to his downfall.

Baker never was a favorite of the sabermetrically inclined, who harped on his many questionable strategic decisions, but he always excelled in a more important aspect of managing – motivation, getting the most out of his club. However, on Tuesday night, the team looked lifeless, as if Baker had lost his touch with the players.

The leading candidate to replace Baker will be pitching coach Bryan Price, who also is on the Mariners’ list of managerial candidates and other possibilities figure to include Reds’ Triple-A manager Jim Riggleman, who walked out on the Nationals in the middle of the 2011 season, and David Bell, who managed four seasons in the Reds’ organization before serving as the Cubs’ third-base coach last season.

In any case, the Reds will have a new energy next season that they lacked in 2013.

Source: Ken Rosenthal Fox Sports