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Dusty Baker Fired as Reds Manager
CINCINNATI (WKRC/AP) -- Reds president and general manager, Walt Jocketty, confirms Dusty Baker is out as manager of the Cincinnati Reds.
Baker's tenure ends three days after the Reds lost the National League wild-card game to Pittsburgh 6-2.
The 64-year-old Baker had one season left on a two-year contract he signed last October.
Baker guided the Reds into the playoffs three of the last four years, but they never advanced. He ends his 6 seasons 509-463.
"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 in a statement. "We feel a change is necessary, however, if we are to continue to move the organization forward."
Baker has managed 20 years in the majors with San Francisco, the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati. His teams have won five division titles and he is a three-time NL Manager of the Year.
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