Dusty Baker. (Photo: David Kohl, USA TODAY Sports)
John Fay, Cincinnati Enquirer
Dusty Baker is out as manager after six seasons with the Reds, a team source said Friday morning.
Baker, 64, had a year remaining on his contract. He led the Reds to a 90-win season. They lost in the Wild Card game on Tuesday.
Baker was at Great American Ball Park on Wednesday. He did not reply to message left through a Reds employee.
Owner Bob Castellini did not return messages Wednesday or Thursday.
Baker had the ninth-best winning pct. (.524) among Reds managers who were around at least a full season. He ended his campaign in Cincinnati with a record of 509-463.
Baker, 64, signed a two-year extension after last season. He has led the Reds to the playoffs in three of the last four years. But each of his playoff teams was eliminated in the first round of the postseason each year.
In 20 seasons as a manager in the National League, only his 2002 San Francisco Giants won the National League Pennant.
Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said in the aftermath of the 6-2 loss to Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday that he "thinks" Baker will be back.
Asked if Baker would be back, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said: "I think so. He's got another year on his contract."
The abrupt end of the 2013 season sealed his fate. Six straight losses to close it out. Four straight against the formerly woeful Pirates. The Reds didn't hit or pitch for a week. They scored 10 runs in the six games. They didn't get a single quality start in the six losses.
Baker looked exhausted in the aftermath of the loss. This ending stung.
"It's very difficult to come down to one game, especially the way we played. We got outplayed big time."
Last year, the Reds talked about unfinished business. In 2010, they talked about being young and learning from the experience. Tuesday, they talked in hushed tones about needing to find an answer.
When asked about changes after the game, Reds outfielder Jay Bruce put the onus on the players.
"I don't know about (changes)," Bruce said. "We, as players, have to find a way. It's not on anyone else. Everyone has to hold themselves responsible and figure out a way to take the next step. We changed the goals. We're a winning club. I'm proud of our season in that aspect. But we've got to take the next step."
Pitching coach Bryan Price is under contract. The contract status of the rest of the coaching staff is uncertain. Price has been a candidate for a manager's job in the past.
There is no word yet which direction the Reds will go from here.
Dusty in Cincinnati
Year W L PCT Finish
2008 74 88 .457 5
2009 78 84 .481 4
2010 91 71 .562 1
2011 79 83 .488 3
2012 97 65 .599 1
2013 90 72 .556 3
Total 509 463 .524
John Fay writes for the Cincinnati Enquirer, a Gannett property.