Reds, Baker must decide upon future

CINCINNATI (AP) - Out of the playoffs in the first round again, the Cincinnati Reds have to decide who will lead them to another try.

Manager Dusty Baker's contract is up, and he's not sure whether he'll be back after leading the Reds to their second NL Central title in three years.

A 6-4 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Thursday knocked the Reds out of the playoffs after the first round for the second time in three years. Cincinnati hasn't won a home playoff game in 17 years.

The 63-year-old Baker missed time in September with an irregular heartbeat and a mini-stroke, but feels good and wants to keep managing. The Reds have won 269 games under Baker in the last three seasons, their best such stretch in 30 years.


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