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Dusty Baker taking his time deciding on Reds extension offer

Aug 24, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

Not so long ago Dusty Baker was believed to be on the hot seat after back-to-back losing seasons, but now the veteran manager is taking his sweet time deciding whether or not to accept the Reds’ contract extension offer.
Baker’s current contract expires after this season and with the Reds in first place at 72-53 he may be interested in seeing what kind of other offers are available on the open market as a free agent this winter.
Or maybe he’s just holding out in order to force the Reds into offering more than a one-year extension. General manager Walt Jocketty declined to discuss the situation yesterday and Baker said merely “we just started talking.”
Because of Baker’s history as a player and manager on the West Coast the Associated Press speculates that he could be an option to replace Joe Torre with the Dodgers and there are likely to be several other prominent openings this offseason.
Not only are the Reds on track for their first playoff appearance since 1995, with 10 more victories Baker will have his first winning season as a manager since 2004.

  1. CYGNUS X-1 - Aug 24, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    the reds are winning in spite of him and his stupid and stubborn descions so I hope he does not resign.he is simply benefitting from the maturity of the young guys the reds have and not from anything he has done.what other manager would leave a guy in the lineup despite him being 0-37 with 30 strikeouts?then he finaly decides to sit him a few games then puts him back in the lineup watch him go 4-5 then not play him the next day?and it would not be a dusty team without him ruining a arm or 2. first it was harrang pitching 3 innings of relief on 2 days rest and never being the same pitcher then overusing volquez so he has to have surgery and has looked awful since coming please dusty go screw up another team so the reds can hire a manager who knows what he is doing.

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