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As the play-by-play voice of Bowling Green Football and Mens Basketball on the Falcon Sports Radio Network.
Formerly served as the play-by-play voice of the Columbus Destroyers of the Arena Football League.
Yesterday the Reds and Dusty Baker agreed to a two-year contract extension, meaning Baker will be the skipper for the next two seasons.
Many people have advocated for Dusty's removal but I think this is the right move.
I really thought he would not be back but that was only because I thought he would want a longer deal than he ultimately was offered. I didn't think he'd accept less than three years, but he did. And I think that says something about the situation.
What it says to me is that he WANTS to be in Cincinnati. Make no mistake, he could've gone the "free agent" route and scored a better deal somewhere in the bigs.
But he's in this to win it. This tells me that he wants to see this Reds franchise rebirth through to the end which hopefully includes a World Series title, or more.
I'm always uncomfortable with changing managers unless it's obvious that it is needed. That's clearly not the case with the Reds.
Even though I don't always care for Dusty's decisions as it pertains to the lineup or strategy the 2012 Reds won 99 games despite many obstacles (which I detailed here last week).
The bottom line is I think the players not only like Dusty, but they trust him. And his staff as well.
It seems to me that his managerial style fits the team makeup very well. So I support the team's decision to retain him.
The guy's record is tremendous. The only real knocks anybody can come up with is that he hasn't won a ring and he supposedly "ruins" young pitchers.
The former is undeniable but consider this: The only guy available with a title, actually two, is already re-employed by the Indians (Terry Francona).
I suppose the Reds could wait to see if Miami fires Ozzie Guillen. He's got a ring so he'd be better, right?
The latter charge is way overblown.
And as always, the known beats the unknown.
If Dusty did not return who would take over? Regardless, there are no guarantees that he'd be better than Baker and the chances of it being a net negative are pretty high.
So, the team has a field manager and a coaching staff returning.
Let's move on to more pressing issues. Like finding a leadoff hitter!