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By Donald Lambro
Growth spikes are little more than trend-free anomalies
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Dusty Baker
Here is one guy's attempt at coming up with something for every team, as in the spirit of the holiday, we should all be thankful.
Texans coach Gary Kubiak is out of the hospital after suffering what the team said was a mini-stroke, but there's no word on when he will resume coaching duties.
Lloyd McClendon was hired as manager of the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday, taking over a rebuilding job that Eric Wedge walked away from.
The team said the 52-year-old Kubiak suffered an transient ischemic attack at halftime. Kubiak released a statement through the team saying: "I've been through an ordeal and my focus now is to get back to good health."
The 54-year-old McClendon is the 16th full-time manager in club history. He takes over a club that went 71-91 last year. He will be formally introduced by the team on Thursday.
The Reds stayed in-house for their next manager, choosing pitching coach Bryan Price to replace Dusty Baker on Tuesday, according to a person familiar with the decision.
Pitching coach Bryan Price was first on the Reds' list of manager candidates. Three hours of answering every question tossed his way ended their search rather quickly.
The job carries enormous expectations for the 51-year-old Price, who has been one of the most successful pitching coaches in the majors but has never managed at any level. He and Triple-A manager Jim Riggleman were two in-house candidates considered for the job.
Dusty Baker is out as manager of the Cincinnati Reds, three days after his team lost the National League wild-card game to Pittsburgh.
One very bad week clinched Dusty Baker's fate. The Reds decided they weren't going to bring him back.
The move came after the Reds lost the wild-card playoff in Pittsburgh 6-2 on Tuesday night, ending the season with their sixth straight loss. He had a year left on his two-year deal.
The Reds fired Dusty Baker on Friday, ousting the manager who led them to their best stretch of success since the Big Red Machine but couldn't get them past the first round of the postseason.
The Pittsburgh Pirates went 21 years between playoff games. The wait will be significantly shorter this time around. Russell Martin homered twice, Francisco Liriano was dominant for seven innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates roared past Cincinnati for a 6-2 victory in the NL wild-card game Tuesday night.
Stealing signs probably became an integral part of baseball culture hours after an inventive catcher first decided to use his index finger to call for a fastball.
The Reds called up Billy Hamilton _ one of professional baseball's fastest players _ on Monday to help them try to catch the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Central.
"This comes up every time something happens," Baker said. "My feeling is, if you're dumb enough to let the other team steal your signs without making adjustments, that's your problem. It's simple. If you think the other team is stealing signs, change them. Once you got caught and the other team changed it up, that would stop that."
"Billy is not the focal point here," manager Dusty Baker said. "The focal point is us to win the division and hopefully on to the World Series. We hope that he can help us in some small or large way."