Dusty Baker is no longer the manager of the Cincinnati Reds.
John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer was the first to break the news.
The news comes just two days after general manager Walt Jocketty said that he believed Baker would return given that he was under contract through next season. So, it is safe to assume that this decision was made by team ownership.
In six seasons as manager, Baker produced a 509-463 record and led the Reds to the playoffs on three occasions. He helped guide the franchise to National League Central Division titles in both 2010 and 2012 while earning a playoff berth via the Wild Card in 2013.
There had been a growing discontent among Reds fans toward Baker ever since Cincinnati squandered a 2-0 series lead to the San Francisco Giants in the 2012 NLDS. That only heightened when the Reds dropped five straight games to close out the 2013 season and were handily beaten by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Wild Card game on Tuesday. The Reds were just 2-7 in the postseason under Baker.
All in all, the move to fire Baker does come as somewhat of a surprise, as most people around the organization believed his job was safe at least through 2014.