Reds fire Baker amid failure during recent postseasons
CINCINNATI — One very bad week clinched Dusty Baker's fate. The Reds decided they weren't going to bring him back.
Not after they ended the season with six losses in a row, including the wild-card playoff game. Not after they failed to get past the opening round of the playoffs for the third time in a row. Not with all the booing at Great American Ball Park. Instead of keeping Baker around for one more try, the Reds fired him on Friday, parting ways with the manager who led them to their best stretch of success since the Big Red Machine, but couldn't get them deep into the postseason.
The move came after the Reds lost the wild-card playoff to the Pirates, 6-2, on Tuesday night, their sixth straight loss. Baker took over a rebuilding team in 2008 and led it to three 90-win seasons and three playoff appearances in the last four years, their best run since Sparky Anderson managed the Big Red Machine to two World Series titles in the 1970s.
Baker went 509-463 in his six seasons with Cincinnati.
A-Rod, Pujols file lawsuits
Alex Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig, accusing them of pursuing “vigilante justice” as part of a “witch hunt” designed to smear the character of the Yankees star and cost him tens of millions of dollars.
The lawsuit, filed Thursday in New York State Supreme Court, seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages for what it alleges was a relentless campaign by the league and Selig to “destroy the reputation and career of Alex Rodriguez.”
The lawsuit was filed during the first week of hearings in the grievance by the Major League Baseball Players Association to overturn the 211-game suspension of Rodriguez imposed by MLB on Aug. 5 for alleged violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract.
The suspension stemmed from baseball's investigation of the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic, headed by Anthony Bosch.
Albert Pujols also filed a lawsuit. The Los Angeles Angels slugger sued Jack Clark over comments on a St. Louis radio show accusing the three-time NL MVP of using steroids.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
Mets' Harvey to have surgery
Mets right-hander Matt Harvey will have surgery on a partially torn ligament in his right elbow, sidelining him for the 2014 season.
The 24-year-old right-hander will be operated on this month by Dr. James Andrews, the team said.
Projected recuperation for elbow ligament operations is about a year.
Harvey, the National League starter in the All-Star game, was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament on Aug. 26.