Dusty Baker
American professional baseball player, outfielder, coach
Dusty Baker
Johnnie B. "Dusty" Baker, Jr. is an American former player and current manager in Major League Baseball, currently the manager of the Cincinnati Reds. He enjoyed a 19-year career as a hard-hitting outfielder, mostly with the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers. He managed the San Francisco Giants (leading them to the 2002 pennant) and the Chicago Cubs before taking his current job with the Reds.
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Dusty Baker can't prevail over history
Chicago Times - 5 months
At 4:08 p.m., four hours before the latest Biggest Game in Nationals History, Dusty Baker strode into the interview room and fended off two days of tension with his effervescence. The Washington Nationals manager hugged Katy Feeney, a Major League Baseball senior vice president. He pointed and...
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NLDS: Nationals-Dodgers Game 2 postponed until Sunday - USA TODAY
Google News - 5 months
USA TODAY NLDS: Nationals-Dodgers Game 2 postponed until Sunday USA TODAY WASHINGTON -- With a steady rain falling on Nationals Park on Saturday afternoon, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced the postponement of Game 2 of the National League Division Series between the Nationals and Dodgers. The game will now ... Game 2 of Nationals-Dodgers NLDS moved to SundayESPN Nationals–Dodgers Game 2 rescheduled for Sunday due to weatherSports Illustrated Dusty Baker explains decision to stick with Danny EspinosaWashington Post AL.com -Los Angeles Times -FOXSports.com -Sporting News all 867 news articles »
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Nationals' Game 2 starter still up in the air, Baker says
LATimes - 5 months
On the eve of the National League Division Series, Dusty Baker insisted that the Washington Nationals have not decided who will start Game 2. “We’re not trying to hide anything from you,” the Nationals manager said. Max Scherzer starts Game 1. And Game 2? “It would be easy if we had [injured Stephen]...
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Nationals Manager Dusty Baker 'always wanted to be a Dodger'
LATimes - 5 months
Dusty Baker wanted out of Atlanta. He was tired of losing, he said, and tired of living in the South. So he marched into the office of Braves General Manager Eddie Robinson and demanded a trade back home, to California. There were five major league teams in California. Baker preferred one. “I always...
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Wilson Ramos hurts right knee; Nats prepare to play without him
ABC News - 5 months
WASHINGTON --? Wilson Ramos jumped to catch a relay throw on a play at the plate that appeared pretty harmless. Only this time, his right foot hit the dirt, and he crumpled to the ground, clutching his right knee. The All-Star catcher writhed in pain and was helped off the field during the Washington Nationals' 14-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night. The injury could be another major blow to the NL East champions, who are already expected to be without ailing pitcher Stephen Strasburg in the NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Ramos would have an MRI on Tuesday to determine the extent of the damage. But the damage to the team's World Series hopes might already have been done. "There's nothing you can do about it," Baker said. "You've got to play, and nobody feels sorry for you, so we're not going to feel sorry for ourselves." It was... ...
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Baseball-Highlights of Friday's MLB games
Yahoo News - 9 months
Highlights of Friday's Major League Baseball games: Reds 7, Nationals 2 Cincinnati hit three home runs and spoiled Dusty Baker's return to Great American Ball Park with a 7-2 victory Friday night against the NL East-leading Washington Nationals. It was the third consecutive win for the Reds, and their fourth in the last five outings, while Washington saw its four-game winning streak come to an end. Eugenio Suarez, Zack Cozart and Adam Duvall all hit home runs to back up the starting pitching of Brandon Finnegan , who allowed just one runner past second base in his 6 1/3 innings on the mound.
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107-Year-Old White House Dancer Dances At Nationals Park
Yahoo News - 9 months
After dancing with the Obamas, Virginia McLaurin tried her hand with Dusty Baker.Keywords: Virginia McLaurin, Dusty Baker, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, White House, Washington Nationals, Black Heritage Day, MLB, Baseball, Dancing
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Harper's 2-Run Double in 8th Lifts Nationals Past Braves 2-1
NYTimes - 11 months
Tough to decide who was more pumped up by Bryce Harper's go-ahead, two-run double in the eighth inning — the reigning NL MVP himself, who clapped and yelled as he stood at second base as his silver chain bounced around his neck, or his new manager, Dusty Baker, who punched the frigid air with his gloved hands and screamed some, um, choice words from the dugout.
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Dusty Baker nearly gave up hope: 'There was a time, at a down moment, I was tired of it all'
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Dusty Baker is standing at the stove, making collard greens to serve alongside elk-and-venison sloppy joes. “I eat wild,” Baker explains. He cooks his collards with low-sodium chicken broth and boils the salt out of his ham hock before dropping it into the pot. The new manager of the Nationals...
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Nationals flunk team chemistry, turn to Dusty Baker for winning formula
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Despite the recent migration of business school graduates to baseball's front offices, the best and the brightest have yet to devise a foolproof method of creating clubhouse chemistry. Sometimes the addition of a light-hitting backup catcher can be the answer, as was the case for the Cubs in 2015...
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New Nationals manager Dusty Baker would welcome Aroldis Chapman
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Aroldis Chapman went from the Reds to the Dodgers and back again without having to get off his couch. Before last week's deal sending the Reds' closer to the Dodgers was complete, a report surfaced that Chapman's girlfriend alleged he "choked" and "pushed" her during an argument at their home in...
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Dusty Baker Excuses Racist Comment By Assuring Us It Wasn't Racist
Huffington Post - about 1 year
A word to the wise: If you have to clarify that a remark of yours is “not racist,” it’s probably safer to simply steer clear of that comment in its entirety. Case in point: New Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker, who -- when asked at a news conference Tuesday what improvements he would like to see made to his club’s roster -- said, “[I think] the No. 1 thing that’s missing … is speed. You know, with the need for minorities, you can help yourself. You’ve got a better chance of getting some speed with Latin and African-Americans. I’m not being racist. That’s just how it is.”  Of course, trying to match a singular characteristic -- such as speed -- to an entire gender, religion, race etc. of people is often the mark of prejudice. Broad generalizations tend to lead you to trouble, and after 40 years in the limelight -- as a professional coach as well as a manager, and even as a voice of ESPN's MLB coverage -- Baker should know that when one frames remarks as “not XYZ,” it’s o ...
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2015 Will Be Remembered As A Historic Year For Women In Baseball
Huffington Post - about 1 year
This fall, as Becky Hammon prepared for her second season as an assistant coach with the NBA's San Antonio Spurs and the Arizona Cardinals made Jen Welter the first woman to coach for an NFL team, it seemed like Major League Baseball had fallen behind its two largest competitors in welcoming women to the coaching ranks. The league has become more conscious of diversity on all fronts -- the possibility that it might enter the 2016 season without an African-American coach sounded alarm bells before the hiring of Dusty Baker in Washington and, this week, Dave Roberts in Los Angeles. So there was no question that Major League Baseball was trying to expand roles for women, too, the president of Minor League Baseball told The Huffington Post in September. "Somewhere, somebody is trying to figure out how we're going to get the first female [general manager], the first female coach," Pat O'Conner said at the time. "I can tell you it's a priority -- diversity from all angles." Still, ...
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Week 9 NFL Roundup And Dusty Baker
NPR - over 1 year
Four teams remain undefeated in the NFL. In baseball, the Washington Nationals have hired Dusty Baker to manage the team. Andrea Kremer of HBO's Real Sports talks sports with NPR's Scott Simon.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dusty Baker
  • 2015
    In 2015, Baker joined TBS as a studio analyst for the final two weeks of their regular season coverage and for their coverage of the National League playoffs.
    More Details Hide Details Baker was a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1969 through 1975. Baker has a wife, Melissa, and two children named Natosha and Darren. Darren was famously rescued by J. T. Snow from being run over at home plate during the 2002 World Series. Baker and his family reside in Granite Bay, California. Near the end of the 2012 baseball season, Baker was hospitalized for both an irregular heart beat as well as a "mini-stroke." Baker is a member of the National Advisory Board for Positive Coaching Alliance, a national non-profit organization committed to providing student-athletes with a positive, character-building youth sports experience. Baker has appeared in several videos and webinars for this organization, all of which can be found on the group's YouTube channel. Dusty is also owner of Baker Family Wines, along with owner and winemaker, Chik Brenneman.
    On November 3, 2015, Baker was named the new manager for the Washington Nationals for the 2016 season, his first managerial position since being fired by Cincinnati in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details At the time of his hiring, he was the only black manager in Major League Baseball (now second with the Dodgers hiring of Dave Roberts) and has the second–highest total for most wins in MLB. Baker, an old-school baseball traditionalist, was scrutinized for the Cubs’ declining productivity. Baker has said that putting men on base can be unimportant and merely "clogging up the bases." This position has made Baker a target among the sabermetric community. Additionally, many fans, commentators, and writers have blamed his tendency to overuse pitchers for damaging the careers of Robb Nen, Kerry Wood, Mark Prior and Edinson Vólquez. Wood and Prior suffered serious arm injuries following their first full seasons under Baker. Wood and Prior averaged 122 and 126 pitches per start, respectively, in their final six regular-season starts of 2003. In later years, Baker's teams featured players throwing fewer pitches, and some baseball writers have noted there's no clear link between pitches thrown and injuries suffered.
  • 2013
    On October 22, 2013, he was replaced by Reds pitching coach Bryan Price.
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    On October 4, 2013, Baker was fired as manager of the Reds after a loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Wild Card Game—their sixth straight loss, dating to the end of the regular season.
    More Details Hide Details Baker finished his tenure with a regular season record of 509 wins and 463 losses and a post-season record of two wins and seven losses.
  • 2012
    On October 15, 2012, Baker signed a 2-year contract extension as manager of the Reds.
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    The Reds clinched the 2012 Central Division championship in his absence, their second in three years and Baker's fifth as a manager.
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    During September 2012, Baker stayed in a Chicago hospital for treatment of an irregular heartbeat.
    More Details Hide Details Baker, 63, was hospitalized because of a longstanding heart problem.
  • 2010
    Baker signed a two-year contract extension with the Reds on October 4, 2010.
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  • 2008
    Baker and the Reds finished 74-88 and 78-84 in 2008 and 2009, finishing 5th and 4th in the NL Central.
    More Details Hide Details In 2010, the Reds enjoyed success as one of baseball's breakout teams, and on September 28, 2010, the Reds won the Central title. This was their first playoff appearance in 15 years.
  • 2007
    On October 13, 2007, Baker was hired as manager of the Cincinnati Reds, replacing interim manager Pete Mackanin.
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    The Cubs turned to Lou Piniella to replace Baker for the 2007 Chicago Cubs season.
    More Details Hide Details Baker finished his tenure with a regular season record of 322 wins and 326 losses and a post-season record of six wins and six losses.
  • 2003
    In 2003, Baker's Cubs led the National League Championship Series 3 games to 1 against the Florida Marlins.
    More Details Hide Details The Marlins stormed back to win the final 3 games of the series, including overcoming a 3-0 Chicago lead in the eighth inning of Game 6. In 2012, Baker's Reds led the National League Division Series 2 games to against the San Francisco Giants. With the final 3 games of the series at home in Cincinnati, the Reds needed to win just once to advance to the National League Championship Series, but the Giants completed the comeback by winning games 3, 4, and 5 and went on to win the World Series. The Reds also suffered a six-game losing streak to end the 2013 season, including the Wild Card loss at Pittsburgh. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty admitted the team's latest collapse played a role in the decision to fire Baker. Baker served as an ESPN analyst during the 2006 MLB Postseason and served in a similar role during the 2007 season.
    In 2003, Baker was the subject of some controversy when he stated that "black and Hispanic players are better suited to playing in the sun and heat than white players."
    More Details Hide Details Baker, defending his beliefs, later said, "What I meant is that blacks and Latinos take the heat better than most whites, and whites take the cold better than most blacks and Latinos. That's it, pure and simple. Nothing deeper than that." Baker has never won the World Series as a manager, and the 2002 postseason was the only time in his managerial career with the Giants he won a postseason series. The 2003 NLDS with the Cubs was his only other postseason series win and he never got past the first round in any other postseason appearance. He also has presided over some of the biggest collapses in baseball history. In 1993, his Giants led the National League West by 9.5 games on August 7 but ended up losing the division to the Atlanta Braves and missing the postseason. The Giants lost 12-1 on the final day of the season when a win could have forced a tiebreaking game with Atlanta for the division championship. In 2002, the Giants led the World Series against the Anaheim Angels 3 games to 2. San Francisco had a 5-0 lead in the seventh inning of the sixth game but allowed the Angels to score 6 unanswered runs in the seventh and eighth innings to win. The Angels also won Game 7 to win the championship.
    However, the Cubs’ hopes for winning a World Series title were cut short during the 2003 National League Championship Series against the Florida Marlins.
    More Details Hide Details The Marlins would go on to claim the 2003 World Series. In 2004, the team was involved in a heated wild card chase with the Houston Astros, but fell out of contention near the season's end. In the subsequent season, the Cubs lost several of their key players, most notably ace pitchers Mark Prior and Kerry Wood, to injuries. The team finished the season with a 79–83 record, marking the first time in three years that the Cubs finished with a losing record. The Cubs’ performance declined in the next season as they fell to 66–96 and finished last in the entire National League. A month after that season ended, the Cubs declined to renew Baker's contract. They allowed Baker to address the media in a press-conference in early October, where he officially announced his departure.
  • 2002
    Baker is infamously known for removing Russ Ortiz during Game 6 of the 2002 World Series despite Ortiz allowing only 4 hits.
    More Details Hide Details Many Giants fans credit Baker for causing the loss as the Angels came back and won that game 6–5. Despite Baker's success in San Francisco, he had an increasingly strained relationship with owner Peter Magowan, one that even the Giants' first pennant in 13 years couldn't mend. The Giants did not renew his contract after the season, letting him leave to manage the Chicago Cubs, and hiring Felipe Alou to replace him. Baker finished his tenure with a record of 840 wins and 715 losses in the regular season and 11 wins and 13 losses in the post-season.
    In 2002, his Giants gained the wild-card berth and from there advanced to the World Series, where they lost in seven games to the Anaheim Angels, who were managed by his former Dodger teammate, Mike Scioscia.
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  • 1997
    His Giants went on to win division titles in 1997 and again in 2000; Baker would win Manager of the Year honors in both of those years as well.
    More Details Hide Details It was during his San Francisco tenure that the term "Dustiny" was coined by former Giants pitcher Rod Beck.
  • 1992
    To date, Baker is one of only three African Americans to manage a World Series team. Cito Gaston was the first, managing the Toronto Blue Jays to the championship in the 1992 and 1993.
    More Details Hide Details Ron Washington has since joined Gaston and Baker by managing the Texas Rangers to the 2010 and 2011 World Series. He is also the winningest manager in the West Coast portion of Giants history; only John McGraw won more games with the franchise. Baker made a major impact with the Cubs in his first season as manager for the ball club. With the help of an impressive pitching staff and big gun batters such as Sammy Sosa and Moisés Alou, the Cubs were able to claim their first division title in 15 years.
  • 1988
    Baker's coaching career started with his former Dodger arch-rival: the San Francisco Giants. Baker began his coaching career as a first base coach for the San Francisco Giants in 1988, and then spent the following four years (1989–1992) as the hitting coach, and finally became the manager in 1993, replacing the departing Roger Craig.
    More Details Hide Details In his very first year as Giants manager, he won the N.L. Manager of the Year award, leading the team to a 103–59 record, which was the second-best record in baseball that year (behind the 104–58 Atlanta Braves), and 31 games better than their 72–90 finish the previous year.
  • 1986
    Baker played his final season in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details Many believe that Baker played an integral part in the first ever high five, which occurred between Baker and Dodgers teammate Glenn Burke on October 2, 1977, in Dodger Stadium, a story featured in the ESPN documentary "The High Five" directed by Michael Jacobs. He is noted for his love of toothpicks. He chews them every game and was once quoted saying, "Toothpicks are an excellent source of protein."
  • 1981
    Baker ultimately won a World Series title in 1981 with the Dodgers. (However, Baker played poorly during the series batting .167 with an OBP of .192.)
    More Details Hide Details After spending eight full seasons with the Braves and another eight with the Los Angeles Dodgers, as well as short tenures with both the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics, Baker finished his career as a player with a .278 batting average, 242 home runs, and 1,013 runs batted in.
    A few of Baker's accomplishments as a player include playing for the National League All-Star team in 1981 and 1982, winning three League Championship series in 1977, 1978, and 1981.
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  • 1977
    He helped the Dodgers to pennants in 1977 and 1978 and to the World Series championship in 1981.
    More Details Hide Details He then enjoyed a 20-year career as a manager with the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, and now Washington Nationals. He led the Giants to the 2002 National League pennant and also reached the playoffs with the Cubs and Reds.
  • 1974
    On April 8, 1974, he was on deck when Hank Aaron hit home run 715 to pass Babe Ruth in career home runs.
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  • 1968
    Baker began his major league baseball career as an outfielder for the Atlanta Braves in 1968.
    More Details Hide Details As a Brave, Baker earned a spot as a footnote in history.
  • 1967
    Baker was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 1967 amateur draft out of Del Campo High School near Sacramento, California. (Baker was inducted into the Sac-Joaquin Section's Hall of Fame class in 2010 for his play at Del Campo.)
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  • 1949
    Born on June 15, 1949.
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