The MLB Postseason is not even a week old, but already heads are rolling.
Dale Sveum is already out as Cubs manager, and now the NL Central purge continues with Dusty Baker done in Cincy.
The Reds finished the regular season with a 90-72 record, capturing a Wild Card spot, but ultimately failing to advance to the NLDS by losing the one-game playoff to the Pirates.
Long-time Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman joined Jim Memolo and former NL Rookie of the Year Todd Hollandsworth on MLB Network Radio‘s First Pitch shortly after the Baker news broke, and gave his thoughts on why Dusty is out of job:
I think if you are a player manager and you’re going well, then everything takes care of itself. If you go to the tank for any extended length of time, then there has to be leadership from that managerial office. And if there’s not, and you write the same lineup down everyday and nothing changes, then I think you put yourself in a very, very bad position, and unfortunately that’s the position I think he put himself in.
Did Baker lose control of the clubhouse?
When you’ve got 25 guys in that clubhouse and they’re screwing up, but they know the manager’s going to make excuses for them, then I think you’ve got a problem there. And Dusty being the player manager that he is, and he always will be, and I’m not knocking that because his success has been great and I think one day Dusty Baker, even if he doesn’t win a World Championship, will be in the Hall of Fame […] I think you need to make players accountable and I think they need to be made accountable publicly. And he didn’t believe in that. He made excuses for them every time they screwed up, and I don’t believe in that approach.
Hollandsworth also asked Brennaman about possible successors, including Tony La Russa possibly taking the reins at Great American Ball Park:
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