It was said when Rick Sweet was "fired", and made a "Roaving Catcher's Coach", that it was done for two possible reasons:
1. To get David Bell's feet wet at the next level (AAA...and, this one I can't figure out as David Bell can't seem to motivate water to run downhill...his putrid record at AA is now exceeded by his even more putrid record at AAA). David Bell is going to be the next REDS' Manager.
2. Rick Sweet is going to be given a year off to look over the entire organization, so that he can help even more with the overall operation of things. As Louisville's all-time winningest Manager, having never had a losing season, along with three straight Division Crowns, 2008-2010, he's earned his dues to become a Manager of some Major League Ballclub, if not having been promised the REDS' job in 2013. Why else would you allow your bosses to "disrespect you", and disrespect it is for taking away your job you've been more successful at than anyone in it's history in order to give it to a Manager who has had nothing but bad season after bad season at the AA level, unless you were promised the Manager's gig the following year? At 60 years old, you're not getting any younger and it's time for you to go for it and get a Major League Managerial job. Do you really stick around for some made-up position after being so good at what you do when any number of clubs would be highly interested in your services as either a Manager-in-waiting (Hitting Coach, 3rd-Base Coach, etc.), or as a Manager? Of course not. But, then with a man like Bill Bavasi handling things, anything is always possible. Nobody can screw up an organization like Bavasi can. He's easily the most dangerous person (he makes Baker look like Sparky Anderson) in the organization. Since Bavasi joined the organization, the overall quality of the Minor League system has gone downhill, and will continue to do so until this guy leaves. (We're now down to #16, where we had been Top-10 http://www.baseballamerica.com/today...2/2613155.html ... Much of that can be contributed to the trades for Marshall and Latos. This ranking, though, included Mesoraco, Frazier, and Cozart in it. So, the "depth" has deteriorated quite a bit.) Bavasi, in a few short seasons, destroyed a great franchise in the Mariners. Look at how his other franchises have rebounded after he's been gone for five+ years, also.....anyway, back to, "Who's Managing the REDS in 2013?"
I can only hope that Rick Sweet is Managing. Nobody knows this current group of REDS better than he does, along with the fact that the guy just gets his players to win games.
3. Can Baker save his job, and if so, what will it take? I wouldn't be surprised that it's a foregone conclusion he's gone, even if he wins the World Series. Anything other than a Division Title is failure, without a doubt, as he's been given the talent to win around here. It took decisions that he didn't make (Scott Rolen going to the DL, and Willie Harris getting dumped, and Aroldis Chapman becoming the Closer) for this team to "excel", instead of treading water, which is the norm for any Dusty Baker led team, as his propensity to play Veterans, no matter how horrible they are and how many games they cost the team, and no matter how quickly they can turn a promising season into a disaster (pick your season), while stifling promising, young players' growth (pick your player) so that they can be more productive in future seasons.
If Baker wins the Division, does he save his job?
If Baker gets to the National League Championship Series, does he save his job? If he wins it, does he?
If he wins the World Series does he save his job?
I believe anything short of winning the World Series, Baker loses his job and Rick Sweet is the next Manager.