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Dusty Baker and Reds haven’t talked contract since March

Aug 17, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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Earlier this week Reds president Bob Castellini said he “would like to see Dusty Baker as a member of our organization for many years to come.”

However, yesterday the impending free agent manager told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he hasn’t had any contract talks with the team since spring training.

Baker, who’s finishing up a two-year contract, said “it was nice to hear that [what Castellini said], but in meantime I’ve got work to do. The same work I had to do five months ago.”

Cincinnati has the second-best record in the league at 71-47, leading the NL Central by 6.0 games over Pittsburgh and 7.0 games over St. Louis after the Reds went just 79-83 last season.

Fay writes that Baker promised during the winter that he wouldn’t talk about his contract status during the season and has followed through for the most part, but also says “it’s clear that working as quasi-lame duck has put a bit of a chip on Baker’s shoulder.”

  1. anthonyverna - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    That’s ok. All he’d do is clog up the bases.

  2. metalhead65 - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    well his handling of Bailey in last night’s game doesn’t go a long way in helping him. let’s see you don’t have it and are getting lit up like a christmas tree but there are 2 outs and I do not want to go to my well rested pen so you can get the last guy out.ok another hit and 2 more runs guess I will bring in the relief guy now that the damage ihas been done and we are down 6 runs instead of 4.

  3. hoopmatch - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Maybe he manages better with a chip on his shoulder (if that is in fact what he has). Still, I’d let him go and bring in someone like Ryne Sandberg.

    • joshfrancis50 - Aug 17, 2012 at 11:32 AM

      Ryne Sandberg? Based on what? I don’t love Baker, in fact, I think he’s a tactical train wreck, but what has Ryne Sandberg done to merit displacing a manager like Baker?

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 17, 2012 at 11:42 AM

        You know…I despise coming to ole’ Double Switch Dusty’s defense.
        But you are dead on Francis. Ryne has done nothing to justify supplanting Dusty Baker.

  4. bengalsucker - Aug 17, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    If/When Dusty Baker leaves Cincy as Manager, watch out for Barry Larkin taking his place. Rumors are flying that he’d love to do it and Cincy would be interested in entertaining the idea.

  5. obama8mydog - Aug 17, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Dusty is the Dennis Green of baseball. He gets them to the playoffs but then they falter. The Reds would be better off with a different manager

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