DOWNLOAD SCHEDULE: HOCKEY | BASKETBALL
Refresh  
  Page last updated on Sun Mar 26 03:13:24 EDT 2017
TOP NEWS
DUSTY BAKER RENEWS TWO YEARS WITH REDS
Wed, 17 Oct 2012 02:30 AM EDT

Dusty Baker missed the Reds’ division title celebration, still recovering from a heart issue and a mini-stroke in a Chicago hospital. One win away from the National League championship series and another celebration, he came up short.

The Cincinnati Reds are giving him a 2nd chance to take his team deep into the postseason.

The 63-year-old manager agreed to a 2 year contract extension, the same length as his last contract. The Reds have won the National League Central title in a couple of the last 3 years under Baker, losing in the 1st round of the playoffs.

The Cincinnati Reds have won 169 games in the last 3 seasons, their best such showing in 30 years. Their 2 division titles in 3 years mark their best stretch since Sparky Anderson led the Big Red Machine to back-to-back World Series titles in 1975-76.

The next challenge is to take that next step – the Reds haven’t reached the National League championship series since 1995.

”In Dusty’s 5 seasons here, he’s taken us to the postseason twice and has proven he will be able to lead our teams to championship-caliber play on the field,” owner Bob Castellini claimed. ”He’s the right manager to continue the building process that will take us deeper and deeper into the playoffs in the future.” Sports scores

During his first 2 seasons, Baker presided over the club’s rebuilding from a team reliant on homers – an offense built around Ken Griffey Jr. and Adam Dunn – to one that wins with pitching and defense.

The Reds reached the playoffs ahead of schedule in 2010, and then got swept by the Phillies as their inexperience showed. They took a step back last year, when 3 of their 5 starters got hurt or became ill during spring training.

The Cincinnati Reds won 97 games and the National League Central again this season and took the first 2 games of their division series in San Francisco. They also suffered a major setback when 19-game winner Johnny Cueto pulled muscles in his right side during the 1st inning of the playoff opener, which cost Cincinnati its ace.

The Cincinnati Reds dropped the next 3 at home, a devastating collapse as Baker reached the end of his contract.

”It was disheartening to have my club go thru this,” Baker claimed.  He recognized that he was not sure whether ownership would bring him back. He got his reply quickly.

Baker was a hard-hitting outfielder with the Atlanta Braves, getting his 1st promotion to the majors in 1966. His greatest moments as a player came with the Dodgers. He helped L.A reach the World Series 3 times and win it in 1981. He played 19 years overall with the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics, making the All-Star game s6ix times. He won 2 Silver Slugger awards and one Gold Glove.

He has set himself apart as a manager.

Baker is one of only 6 managers to win division titles with 3 teams, with Billy Martin, Joe Torre, Tony La Russa, Lou Piniella and Davey Johnson. When the Reds got their 90th win this season, it gave him 7 seasons of reaching the mark.


Sponsored Links

Download Printable Schedules
Now you can download and print schedules for each sport so you can plan ahead and track your results.
UPDATED:
PRINTABLE BRACKETS - UPDATED AFTER EVERY ROUND
BASKETBALL 3/7/2017 - 4/12/2017
HOCKEY 3/7/2017 - 4/9/2017
TOP TEN WAGERS
RK Team
1
North Carolina
2
Florida
3
South Carolina
4
Kentucky
5
North Carolina
03/26/2017
Italy Lega AUMANA VENEZIA at PASTA REGGIA CASERTA03:00 AM PST
Spain - ACBIBEROSTAR TENERIFE at UCAM MURCIA03:30 AM PST
Spain - ACBMORABANC ANDORRA at FC BARCELONA LASSA03:30 AM PST
Spain - ACBBILBAO BASKET at REAL MADRID03:30 AM PST
Spain - ACBDIVINA SEGUROS JOVENTUT at REAL BETIS ENERGIA PLUS03:30 AM PST
Germany BBLMHP RIESEN LUDWIGSBURG at TELEKOM BASKETS BONN06:30 AM PST
Germany BBLFC BAYERN MUNCHEN at BASKETBALL LOWEN BRAUNSCHWEIG06:30 AM PST
PGA TourWGC Match Play - Semi Finals07:00 AM PST
Italy Lega ABANCO DI SARDEGNA SASSARI at VANOLI CREMONA08:00 AM PST
ATP - Miami, USAVERDASCO, F vs. NISHIKORI, K08:00 AM PST
ATP - Miami, USADELBONIS, F vs. STRUFF, J-L08:00 AM PST
ATP - Miami, USA, DoublesLORENZI P / SOUSA J vs. MURRAY J / SOARES B08:00 AM PST
WTA - Miami, USAKONTA, J vs. PARMENTIER, P08:00 AM PST
WTA - Miami, USAGOERGES, J vs. OZAKI, R08:00 AM PST
Italy Lega ABETALAND CAPO D'ORLANDO at OPENJOBMETIS VARESE08:30 AM PST
Italy Lega AEA7-EMPORIO ARMANI MILANO at GIORGIO TESI GROUP PISTOIA09:15 AM PST
Italy Lega APALLACANESTRO CANTU at AUXILIUM CUS TORINO09:15 AM PST
ATP - Miami, USADONALDSON, J vs. RAONIC, M09:15 AM PST
WTA - Miami, USA, DoublesMATTEK-SANDS B / SAFAROVA L vs. KLEPAC A / MARTINEZ SANCHEZ M J09:15 AM PST
ATP - Miami, USAMAHUT, N vs. PELLA, G09:20 AM PST
WTA - Miami, USA, DoublesGROENEFELD A-L / PESCHKE K vs. MAKAROVA E / VESNINA E09:20 AM PST
Spain - ACBBASKONIA VITORIA GASTEIZ at MOVISTAR ESTUDIANTES09:30 AM PST
NBABrooklyn Nets at Atlanta Hawks10:00 AM PST
NBAPhoenix Suns at Charlotte Hornets10:00 AM PST
Spain - ACBHERBALIFE GRAN CANARIA at TECNYCONTA ZARAGOZA10:00 AM PST
Spain - ACBMONTAKIT FUENLABRADA at ICL BASQUET MANRESA10:00 AM PST
WTA - Miami, USAKERBER, A vs. ROGERS, S10:00 AM PST
WTA - Miami, USAPENG, S vs. STOSUR, S10:30 AM PST
ATP - Miami, USAPAIRE, B vs. YOUNG, D10:35 AM PST
ATP - Miami, USA, DoublesMULLER G / QUERREY S vs. DODIG I / GRANOLLERS M10:35 AM PST
WTA - Miami, USATOWNSEND, T vs. KUZNETSOVA, S10:40 AM PST
Germany BBLRATIOPHARM ULM at BROSE BAMBERG11:15 AM PST
WTA - Miami, USAWILLIAMS, V vs. TIG, P-M11:15 AM PST
College BasketballSouth Carolina vs Florida11:20 AM PST
Italy Lega ASIDIGAS AVELLINO at ENEL BRINDISI11:45 AM PST
ATP - Miami, USACHARDY, J vs. FOGNINI, F11:55 AM PST
ATP - Miami, USA, DoublesPETZSCHNER P / PEYA A vs. ZVEREV A / ZVEREV M11:55 AM PST
WTA - Miami, USAARRUABARRENA-V, LARA vs. KEYS, M11:55 AM PST
NBAChicago Bulls at Milwaukee Bucks12:30 PM PST
NBAOklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets12:30 PM PST
NBASacramento Kings at Los Angeles Clippers12:30 PM PST
ATP - Miami, USANADAL, R vs. KOHLSCHREIBER, P12:30 PM PST
College BasketballKentucky vs North Carolina2:05 PM PST
NBAPhiladelphia 76ers at Indiana Pacers3:00 PM PST
NBAMiami Heat at Boston Celtics3:00 PM PST
WTA - Miami, USAHALEP, S vs. KONTAVEIT, A4:30 PM PST
NBANew Orleans Pelicans at Denver Nuggets5:00 PM PST
NBAMemphis Grizzlies at Golden State Warriors5:00 PM PST
ATP - Miami, USASOCK, J vs. VESELY, J6:00 PM PST
NBAPortland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Lakers6:30 PM PST
04/25/2017
Germany BBLEWE BASKETS OLDENBURG at SCIENCE CITY JENA10:00 AM PST

x