In a mid-morning release to the media, Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty has announced the team will make a managerial change heading into the 2014 season.
The new manager will replace Dusty Baker, who went 509-463 in his 6 seasons in Cincinnati. There was no announcement regarding changes on the coaching staff.
“This was a very difficult decision to make. Dusty played an important role in the recent success of this organization, and we thank him for his contributions during his time here,” Jocketty said. “We feel a change is necessary, however, if we are to continue to move the organization forward.”
Baker, 64, originally was signed by the Reds to a 3-year contract in October 2007.
Baker guided the Reds into the playoffs three of the last four years, but they never advanced.
Baker has managed 20 years in the majors with San Francisco, the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati. His teams have won five division titles and he is a three-time NL Manager of the Year.
Cincinnati Reds Radio Network flagship station WLW reports possible replacements include pitching coach Bryan Price, former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and Hall of Famer Joe Morgan.