Dusty Baker has been named the new manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Reds owner Bob Castellini is happy to anounce that Baker will be the man to lead this Reds team into a new era, one that hopefully brings playoff appearances and a trip to the franchise’s first World Series since 1990.
I have to say that Castellini’s commitment to making this team a winner is very encouraging. I can’t tell you how much it means that he brings in a big time manager that can possibly take this team to the next level, something that no one has been able to do in the past decade.
I thought the Reds would once again name the interim manager Pete Mackinin as the full time guy as they had done with Jack Mckeon, Dave Miley, and Jerry Narron. I was pleasantly wrong and surprised.
While many people around baseball; namely Cubs and Giants fans; want to discredit the managerial skills of Dusty Baker, I believe he has as good of a chance as any manager of turning this team around. He often worked with a strapped payroll similar to the one in Cincinnati when he was in San Francisco. He and Brian Sabean constantly had those teams in contention and I expect the same type of success here in Cincinnati.