Dusty Baker was fired as manager of the Cincinnati Reds three days after the Major League Baseball team’s playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
“This was a very difficult decision to make,” Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty said in a statement on the team’s website. “We feel a change is necessary, however, if we are to continue to move the organization forward.”
Baker, 64, spent six years in Cincinnati, going 509-463 in the regular season. The Reds reached the playoffs in three of the past four years without advancing.
Cincinnati finished third in the National League Central Division this season with a 90-72 record. The team earned the second of two wild-card spots in the playoffs, where it lost in Pittsburgh 6-2 on Oct. 1.
Baker had one season left on a two-year contract he signed after last season, according to MLB.com. The team didn’t announce any changes to the rest of the coaching staff.
Baker also has managed the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs and was named the NL Manager of the Year three times. His 1,671 career wins were second among active managers, trailing only Jim Leyland’s 1,769.