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Dusty Baker Picking Up Where He Left Off in Cincy

12:10 PM, May 19, 2016
Article by Jacob Geiser

By now you should know that Dusty Baker is the manager of the Washington Nationals. Before arriving in Washington D.C, he was managing our very own Cincinnati Reds. He was fired by the Reds after the 2013 season. Baker was 509-463 in Cincinnati and made the playoffs 3 times. The Reds won the division in 2010 and 2012 while he was at the helm. 2012 was his best year in Cincinnati. The Reds went 97-65 and almost won the playoff series vs. the future World Champs in the San Francisco Giants. Baker was criticized for how the team performed in the playoffs. Baker's teams went 2-7 in 3 postseason appearances. I don't get that narrative, especially in baseball. The only thing the manager can control is who he throws out there and who plays the field. He can't control how they bat or pitch. I think equal responsibility should be put on both the manager and players. The Reds simply didn't play their best baseball in the playoffs, and Baker took the heat for it. I don't think Baker deserved all the criticism. Why weren't the players held more accountable? I may be wrong in my logic but I think he was a great fit for the Reds, and they let him go. The Reds haven't performed well under Bryan Price, and its reasonable; they are rebuilding. However, the way they are performing is no excuse. It's not very good baseball, period. Bryan Price won't make the playoffs in the foreseeable future. I don't think he was put in the proper place to excel, but it is what it is. Baker was fired after making the playoffs two straight years, now look at him.

Baker is at the helm in Washington and is proving to be the missing piece. Baker has one of the best and most exciting players in baseball and a pitching staff that features Strasburg, Scherzer, and Gonzalez. They are off to a great start in Washington and seems to be the team to beat in the NL. Dusty Baker is picking up right where he left off in Cincinnati. I hope Baker succeeds and wins in the playoffs (of course if they make it this year). If Baker does that, it will show the city and Reds organization what a mistake they made. I was a fan of Dusty in Cincinnati, and I am a fan of him in Washington D.C. 
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