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Dusty Baker won’t talk about his contract, which expires after this season

Feb 20, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Dusty Baker’s two-year contract expires after this season, but the Reds manager told reporters yesterday that he won’t be discussing his status in the future, saying:

What kind of factor can it be? Like I’ve said before, how many people have a one-year contract, period? You know how many times I’ve been in this situation? I’ve been in it four, five or six times, whatever it is. You just have to keep proving yourself I guess. Some people do and some people don’t. I’m one of the guys that seems like he has to, to keep proving myself. At this point, very little bothers me. I’m secure in myself, secure in my ability, secure in my family, secure in my life.

Mark Sheldon of MLB.com notes that this is the second time in three years that Baker has entered the season as a “lame duck” manager uncertain of his future. Last time that happened was 2010, when the Reds won 91 games and the division title, so it didn’t exactly hurt his performance then.

In fact, 2010 was Baker’s first winning season as a manager since 2004 and having a losing record in five of the past six seasons is no doubt part of the reason why Baker has to keep proving himself. Baker had a .540 winning percentage in 10 seasons managing Barry Bonds and the Giants, but has a .497 winning percentage in eight seasons since then.

  1. megary - Feb 20, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    WAR (or wins above replacement) is a pretty nifty (if somewhat flawed) stat to determine the value of baseball players. I have never seen a stat, however, that tries to do this with a manager…you know, wins above replacement manager. I’m not familiar with any studies that have proved certain managers are worth more or less than others.

    Dusty had great teams when he had Bonds and not so much since. Give LaRusa (or insert your favorite manager here) the same teams and I doubt the winning percentages would change much. Though I would love to hear arguments to the contrary.

  2. nineroutsider - Feb 20, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    This last time this happened to Dusty in San Francisco, he took the team to a 7 game World Series loss and was so upset about not getting extended that he wasn’t going to resign with the Giants regardless of what was on the table. Perhaps he has toned down, but if guides the Reds to the playoffs without an extension in hand, he may be inclined to walk again regardless of how things play out. Dusty says he isn’t bothered by it, but trust me it really pisses him off.

    On the bright side for Cincy, perhaps the Reds get a playoff run out of all of this (until they face the Giants).

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