Aug. 28, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Reds, Baker agree to two-year extension

Mark Sheldon is reporting that the Reds and manager Dusty Baker have agreed to a two-year contract extension through the 2014 season.

He quoted a statement from Reds CEO Bob Castellini:

“In Dusty’s five seasons here he’s taken us to the Postseason twice and has proven he can lead our teams to championship-caliber play on the field. He’s the right manager to continue the building process that will take us deeper and deeper into the playoffs in the future.”

In Baker’s five years with the Reds, he has amassed a 419-391 record. Overall, in 19 seasons with the Giants, Cubs, and Reds, he is 1581-1432 for a winning percentage of .525.

Baker has won three NL Manager of the Year awards and five division titles. He also took the Giants to the World Series in 2002.

While Baker has been a lightning rod for criticism among fans, there is no denying that the players love playing for him, especially many of the young players who have never played for another manager.

Baker’s contract ensures that he will remain with a talented young group for at least two more seasons. The players under contract through at least 2014 include Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Jay Bruce, Johnny Cueto, Aroldis Chapman, and Sean Marshall in addition to several other arbitration-eligible players who are under team control.

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