Baker sign on to manage the Reds

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Dusty eager to join Reds

October 15, 2007


CINCINNATI -- By hiring Dusty Baker as their next manager, the Cincinnati Reds have made a pronounced change in philosophy, turning to an outsider to run the team for the first time in 18 years.

The last time they did it, they won a championship.

The Reds confirmed on Sunday that Baker will become their next manager. Baker, who has a three-year deal, will be introduced at a news conference Monday.

''Dusty is extremely excited to join the Cincinnati Reds with its rich history, and looks forward to helping re-establish the legacy of the Big Red Machine,'' said his agent, Greg Genske.

Instead of promoting from within, the Reds went for someone with no ties to the organization. During his 14 seasons as manager, the 58-year-old Baker led San Francisco to the World Series and the Cubs to the playoffs.

The last time the Reds hired a manager with no ties to the organization was 1990, when Lou Piniella took over and led the team to a World Series championship. Every manager since has either come from the minors, the coaching staff or from a scouting/advisory role.

Baker replaces Brother Rice product Pete Mackanin, who was considered for the full-time job after going 41-39 after replacing Jerry Narron.

''I'm very disappointed with the news, but I only wish the best for the Reds,'' Mackanin said. ''Dusty certainly has a winning record, and I hope that the players respond to him.'' ... 15.article

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