Friday, February 14, 2014

Dusty Baker wants to manage again

FILE - OCTOBER 4:  According to reports on October 4, 2013, manager Dusty Baker has been fired by the Cincinnati Reds.  PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 29:  Manager Dusty Baker #12 of the Cincinnati Reds looks on from the dugout during a MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 29, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Reds defeated the Diamondbacks 6-2. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

Former Reds skipper Dusty Baker is still looking for work after getting fired last October following a disappointing end to the 2013 season.

Despite leading Cincinnati to the playoffs three out of four seasons, Baker couldn't even get a response from several teams he contacted this offseason, namely the Nationals, Mariners, and Tigers.

"What's it take to call back and say, 'No, thank you?"' a frustrated Baker told the San Jose Mercury News.

Baker also addressed the status of health. In 2012, he suffered a mini-stroke while the Reds were on the road in Chicago, and upon further review, it was discovered that he had an irregular heartbeat.

He doesn't seem too worried about it moving forward, though, telling the paper that he feels "strong" and isn't ready to go into retirement just yet.

In 20 years as manager, Baker has compiled a winning percentage of .526 (1,671-1,504), but has led just one team beyond the NLCS. That came in his last year at the helm with the Giants when San Francisco lost to the Angels in seven games in the World Series.

Photo Credit: Ralph Fresco/Getty Images

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