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Dusty Baker hints that he intends to return as Reds manager next year

Oct 6, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

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Dusty Baker is currently in the final year of his contract with the Reds. The 63-year-old also just recently returned to the dugout after missing 11 games in September due to an irregular heartbeat and a mild stroke. However, he hinted to reporters yesterday that he intends to remain with the Reds next season.

Here’s a sampling of his comments via Mark Sheldon of MLB.com.

“The way I look at it, we’ll get even better in the future,” Baker said. “The more mature these guys get, we’ve got a bunch of guys here still learning how to hit, still learning how to play, basically.”

Does that mean he will be back in 2013? Baker’s face cracked a smile.

“This is my team, you know,” Baker replied.

“Maybe [the stroke] was a sign I am supposed to stay maybe where I am,” Baker said. “I believe in signs, so sometimes it happens.”

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty has not discussed Baker’s situation publicly and intends to take care of it during the offseason. Baker is currently 19th all-time among managers with 1,571 wins, including a 419-391 record over five seasons with the Reds. Only Jim Leyland (15th all-time with 1,676 wins) has more wins among active managers.

  1. cur68 - Oct 6, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    He looks better without the extra weight. Good luck in the playoffs, Dusty.

  2. dutchman45 - Oct 6, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    The players put out and hustle for Dusty. It is a no brainier that he should and deserves to come back. If he watches his diet, exercises, and keeps weight down he will be good to go. Take it from someone who experienced basically the same thing 20 years ago. Stay well Dusty.

  3. contraryguy - Oct 6, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    I haven’t been on the Dusty bandwagon, mostly because of what I see as a fan in the lineup and pitching decisions, but he has them in the playoffs and in another hour or so, we’ll see whether he has them READY for the playoffs. Man I hope so.

    The side question to this is, if not Dusty, then who? Speier says he wants to manage, and I’m sure he can, but who knows what candidates Jocketty has in mind at this point.

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