A new candidate for the Chicago Cubs managerial opening became available on Friday morning.
Multiple reports are confirming that the Cincinnati Reds have fired manager Dusty Baker after six seasons.
For Baker, the writing may have been on the wall after the Reds were once again eliminated from the post-season this week. On Tuesday, the Reds lost to the Pirates 6-to-2 and that marked the third straight time under Baker that the team did not advance in the post-season.
Prior to this season, Baker led the Reds to the post-season in both the 2010 and 2012 season. The Reds entered the post-season in each of those seasons being the National League Central champions. In 2010, the Reds were swept by the Philadelphia Phillies in the divisional round. Last season, a season in which the Reds won 97 games during the regular season, the Reds won their first two games against the San Francisco Giants in the divisional round only to lose the next three games.
Now that Baker is available, the former Cubs’ manager clearly becomes the favorite to return to Chicago and join forces with Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer, right?
Baker could not be any more opposite of the type of manager that the Cubs are looking for. It should come as no surprise to Cubs fans that one of the reasons why Baker was relieved his duties by the Reds’ organization is because the manager seemed to have lost his clubhouse. Towards the latter portions of Baker’s tenure managing the Cubs, it was clear that the players were the ones that were in control of the team. And that became clear for the Reds this season as their clubhouse could be described as a circus-like atmosphere.
Beyond that, Baker places almost no value on some of the modern-day statistics. One of those statistics being on-base percentage, something Baker has seemingly been against his entire managing career.
So no, Baker should never be mentioned in the same sentence as the Cubs’ managerial position again. Besides, there’s a law against double jeopardy.