The Reds parted ways with their manager today, biding Dusty Baker adieu after six very successful seasons. It would appear there is more than one way to measure success, however, as Baker and his general manager (read: boss) butted heads for one last time in what looks like a very contentious exit interview.
Everybody has an opinion on Dusty Baker. He doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt like some managers, including those with resume’s that pale in comparison to Dusty’s history of success. Yet, in spite of all the success, Dusty Baker seems to wear out his welcome with alarming regularity, often right after trips to the postseason.
For all his wins and playoff appearances, there is an expiry date on Dusty Baker. He’s a baseball manager, it is a big part of the job. And now, for whatever reason(s), Dusty’s day are done in Cincy.
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Last week, while in Chicago to face the Cubs, Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker was admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with an irregular heartbeat. Today, we learn that while Baker was being discharged on Friday, he suffered a mild stroke.
According to an official statement from the team:
Dusty returned to Cincinnati on Sunday, and his condition has improved dramatically. His Cincinnati neurologist, Dr. Joseph Broderick, and cardiologists, Dr. Dean Kereiakes and Dr. Daniel Beyerbach, expect Dusty to make a full recovery and return to the dugout, possibly as soon as the season’s final series next week in St. Louis.
Returning to work less than two weeks after having a stroke may seem a little bit ambitious, but he was treated quickly while still at the hospital, which according to the statement, minimized the effects of the stroke.