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Dusty Baker | Catcher

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (66) / 6/14/1949
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Reds are expected to name pitching coach Bryan Price their manager on Tuesday.
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal has confirmed the report. Price has been the club's pitching coach since 2009 and has been viewed as the favorite to land the manager gig since Dusty Baker was let go. The club has only interviewed Price and Triple-A Louisville skipper Jim Riggleman to this point and evidently doesn't feel the need to expand their search. Mon, Oct 21, 2013 10:32:00 PM

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John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that Paul O'Neill "at this point... isn’t a serious candidate" for the Reds' vacant managerial position.

O'Neill recently expressed interest in the job during a radio interview, but apparently that interest is mostly one-sided. Fay adds that, beyond Reds pitching coach Bryan Price and Triple-A Louisville manager Jim Riggleman, "it’s just speculation" as to who the club is considering. He expects Price and Riggleman to be interviewed sometime this week, with Price likely getting the job if he "sells himself" to owner Bob Castellini. The Reds could then expand their search if neither Price nor Riggleman interviews well.
Sun, Oct 13, 2013 10:05:00 AM

Paul O'Neill confirmed that he's interested in the Reds managerial job Friday on the Dan Patrick Show.

"Sure it's fair," O'Neill said when asked if it was fair to say that he was interested in the gig. "Anytime that some things come about it should interest you. The tradition in Cincinnati needs to be brought back. It's a rebuilding process." The current YES Network broadcaster said Cincinnati has already contacted him: "I've talked to some people in the organization but I don't think they'll do anything. This is the prize time in baseball for fans to sit back and watch the playoffs and try to keep other things out of the news." Reds pitching coach Bryan Price and Triple-A Louisville manager Jim Riggleman are two other preliminary candidates to replace Dusty Baker.
Sat, Oct 12, 2013 10:45:00 AM

Updating a previous post, Reds GM Walt Jocketty said the club hasn't reached out to Paul O'Neill regarding the vacant manager position.

"We have not reached out to Paul regarding our managerial vacancy," Jocketty told the New York Daily News via a team spokesperson. That doesn't mean the two sides haven't talked, though, just that the Reds weren't the ones doing the contacting. To call the Reds interested in O'Neill as a managerial candidate may be premature at this point.
Wed, Oct 9, 2013 11:14:00 PM

Paul O'Neill has spoken with Reds owner Bob Castellini in regards to the open manager position, according to the YES Network's Michael Kay.

O'Neill spent several years with the Reds as a player, so the interest from both sides makes some sense. O'Neill and Castellini haven't met in person to discuss anything, so the interest is very preliminary at this point. O'Neill doesn't have any managerial experience -- he's spent the past 12 years working as an analyst for the YES Network. Reds pitching coach Bryan Price and Triple-A Louisville manager Jim Riggleman are believed to be the other two candidates for the position at this point.
Wed, Oct 9, 2013 10:06:00 PM

According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Dusty Baker is interested in managing the Nationals.

Baker, who was fired by the Reds last week, reached out to the Nationals through his agent. However, it's unclear whether the interest is mutual. For what it's worth, Kilgore hears that ownership seeks a younger manager to follow Davey Johnson, so the 64-year-old Baker might not fit into their plans. Various reports peg Nationals bench coach Randy Knorr and Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams as the favorites for the job while Jim Bowden of and MLB Network Radio hears that the Nationals are giving serious consideration to Cal Ripken, Jr. as a managerial candidate.
Wed, Oct 9, 2013 03:09:00 PM

Dusty Baker will not return as Reds manager in 2014.

The news was first reported by the Associated Press and has been confirmed by multiple outlets. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says Baker was fired and did not step down. It's shocking given that Baker is one of the most recognizable skippers in the game, as well as a three-time manager of the year winner. However, while he led the Reds to the playoffs in three of the last four seasons, they never advanced past the NLDS. Baker had one year and $3.5 million left on his contract. The Reds join the Mariners, Nationals and Cubs as teams with managerial vacancies. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Reds pitching coach Bryan Price and Triple-A Louisville manager Jim Riggleman are "two names to watch" as the club looks for a replacement.
Fri, Oct 4, 2013 08:19:00 AM

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said after Tuesday's Wild Card game loss that he doesn't think there's any question that Dusty Baker will be back as manager next season.

"I don’t think so," said Jocketty. "He’s signed for another year." Baker owns a 509-463 record (.524) over six seasons as manager of the Reds and has led the team to the postseason in three out of the last four years. However, they have been eliminated in the first round each time. Reds owner Bob Castellini has the final say on Baker's future, but it appears likely he'll be back in 2014.
Wed, Oct 2, 2013 10:26:00 AM

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