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John Clay: With Dusty Baker out, where do Reds turn next?

Scott Rolen didn't play for the Cincinnati Reds or anyone else in 2013, but he has not announced his retirement. He might be an interesting choice to manage the Reds.
Scott Rolen didn't play for the Cincinnati Reds or anyone else in 2013, but he has not announced his retirement. He might be an interesting choice to manage the Reds. 2009 Associated Press file photo

There was no Friday freak-out this morning when the Twitter word dropped the Reds had pink-slipped skipper Dusty Baker.

Never mind that Cincinnati’s sweatband-loving manager had guided his team to the playoffs three of the past four years. The Reds failed to advance in each of those rounds and collapsed down the stretch this season, losing their final six games, including that lifeless 6-2 setback to the Pirates in a rocking PNC Park on Tuesday.

Even with 90 wins, this year was a disappointment for a fan base that never warmed to Baker in the first place. As Paul Daugherty wrote Thursday, a Baker return would be a hard sell for the Reds to make to Redleg Nation. Owner Bob Castellini is a businessman. He knows sales.

So where do the Reds go from here?

John Clay looks at three names to consider on his Sidelines blog.

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