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Baker led the Reds to 90 wins again this season _ the eighth time one of his teams won 90 _ but the offense went into a deep slump in the final week. The Pirates swept a three-game series in Cincinnati to end the season and clinch home-field advantage for the wild-card game, then finished them off at raucous PNC Park.

A rough ending to a tough season all-around.

The Reds reached the playoffs despite playing in the NL’s toughest division and losing both of their setup relievers and their cleanup hitter to injuries for most of the season. They have two players who can leave as free agents _ center fielder Shin-Soo Choo, who topped all leadoff hitters in on-base percentage, and starter Bronson Arroyo.

They have to decide what to do for a cleanup hitter. Ryan Ludwick tore cartilage in his right shoulder while sliding into third base on opening day and didn’t return until mid-August. His shoulder continued to bother him, and he batted only .240 with two homers and 12 RBIs.

Jocketty inherited Baker as manager when he was hired in 2008. The two of them weren’t always in accord on player decisions.


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