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Baker chats with ownership group at spring complex

Baker chats with ownership group at spring complex

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- This weekend the Reds are hosting all of their minority shareholders at the team complex. Manager Dusty Baker was part of a lengthy private session with the ownership group, which he termed "statements and questions."

"I tell them statements and sometimes they ask questions," Baker said on Friday. "You always have to be open to questions."

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The questions, and answers, were kept under wraps but Baker was met with enthusiasm during the meeting.

"They are enthusiastic about our progress and about where we've come in a short period of time -- three years -- and our possible sustainability," Baker said. "That's what it's about, sustaining high excellence, which is what we wanted and not a one-year thing. We want to be good for a long period of time. You increase your odds for championships when you do that."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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