CINCINNATI (AP) After their offense went flat in the closing weeks of the 2013 season that ended with a wild card loss in Pittsburgh, the Reds decided they had to change.
No, not the players. The batting coach. And the manager.
They fired Dusty Baker after a third playoff appearance in four seasons - their best stretch of success since the days of the Big Red Machine - and figured that Cincinnati could go deep into the postseason with the same group of players and different leadership.