BUT HE WAS fired Friday after six years on the job and general manager Walt Jocketty said the main reason was the way the team played in the final six games, all losses in crucial situations.
“I hate to be judged for what I did in the last six games over what I did for six years,” said Baker.
The Reds went into Team Slump those last six games and Jocketty said, “It was hard to watch.” Baker said it was hard to watch from the dugout, too, but what could he do.
“It was a very helpless feeling,” he said. “Not only did the batters go into a Team Slump, but our pitchers were not giving us innings. I had to go into my bullpen every day when I wanted to save the bullpen for the playoffs.”
... WHEN BAKER’S CURRENT contract was extended, he asked only for one years, for 2013, but he said they insisted on giving him two years, “So how quickly things change. Maybe it was a case of us not having enough horses and a case of the horses we had not being able to run.
“Maybe somebody else can do a better job and I wish them well,” he said. “I did the best I could but in the end I guess your best is just not good enough.”
Baker said he is not fading into the parking lot. He says he is only 64, younger than Jim Leyland and younger than Tony LaRussa when he was managing and added, “It hurt to see some managers this year with losing records getting extensions. I have a lot to offer to somebody. They know it and I know it. I’m not taking a year off. I’m ready to keep managing.”
Posted: October 06, 2013 at 07:20 AM | 4 comment(s)
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