Reds Fire Baker
FILE - This Sept. 20, 2013 file photo, Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker (12) stands in the dugout before a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. The Reds decided to replace Baker on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, ousting the manager who led them to their best stretch of winning since the Big Red Machine but couldnt get them past the first round of the postseason. The move came after the Reds lost the wild-card playoff in Pittsburgh 6-2 on Tuesday night, ending the season with their sixth straight loss. He had a year left on his two-year deal. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Cincinnati — The Reds fired Dusty Baker on Friday, parting ways with the manager who led them to their best stretch of success since the Big Red Machine but couldn’t get them past the first round of the postseason.
The move came after the Reds lost the wild-card playoff in Pittsburgh 6-2 on Tuesday night, ending the season with their sixth straight loss. He had a year left on his two-year deal.
The final-week fade was a major factor in the decision, general manager Walt Jocketty said in a phone interview.
Baker went 509-463 in his six seasons with Cincinnati, finishing third on the Reds’ list for wins by a manager behind Anderson (863) and Bill McKechnie (744). His 1,671 career wins ran 16th on the career list. He won three NL Manager of the Year awards.
Mets’ Harvey to Miss 2014
New York — Mets ace Matt Harvey will have surgery on a partially torn ligament in his right elbow, sidelining him for the 2014 season.
Harvey, the National League starter in the All-Star game, was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament on Aug. 26. He said at the time he wanted to try rehab and avoid surgery. The Mets said he did not plan to talk about his decision publicly until after the operation.
New Deal to Girardi
New York — A person familiar with the negotiations said the New York Yankees have made a contract offer to manager Joe Girardi.
Girardi’s contract expires at the end of the month. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman met with Girardi on Monday and with the manager’s agent, Steve Mandell, on Wednesday.
He has led the Yankees to a 564-408 record and a World Series title.
A-Rod Sues MLB, Selig
New York — Alex Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig, accusing them of pursuing “vigilante justice” as part of a “witch hunt” designed to smear the character of the Yankees star and cost him tens of millions of dollars.
The suit was filed during the first week of hearings in the grievance by the Major League Baseball Players Association to overturn the 211-game suspension of Rodriguez imposed by MLB on Aug. 5 for alleged violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract. The suspension stemmed from baseball’s investigation of the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic, headed by Anthony Bosch.
A decision on the grievance by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz is not likely for several months.
Albert Pujols also filed a lawsuit. The Los Angeles Angels slugger sued Jack Clark on Friday over comments on a local radio show accusing the three-time NL MVP of using steroids.