Dusty Baker

Giants bring Dusty Baker back as special advisor

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Giants bring Dusty Baker back as special advisor

UPDATE (12;49pm PT on Monday): The Giants officially announced that former manager Dusty Baker has been hired as a special advisor to CEO Larry Baer.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dusty back to the organization. In addition to being one of the most beloved Giants alumni, Dusty brings a wealth of expertise, knowledge and experience to this position and I know his contributions will be felt far and wide throughout our organization,” Baer said in a statement.

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After 16 years away from the Giants, Dusty Baker is returning.

The Giants will reportedly announce Monday that Baker has been hired as a special advisor to CEO Larry Baer and executive vice president Brian Sabean. News of the reunion was first reported by USA Today.

Baker served as the Giants' manager from 1993 through 2002. During that time, he compiled a 840-715 record with three postseason appearances and a World Series appearance in 2002.

After managing the Giants, Baker spent four seasons with the Cubs, six seasons with the Reds and the last two seasons with the Nationals.

A three-time National League manager of the Year, Baker was fired by Washington following the 2017 season.

Dusty Baker won't be remembered the way he should be remembered

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Dusty Baker won't be remembered the way he should be remembered

Firing a manager is easy, and there are lots of ways to do it.

Dusty Baker, for example. He worked this year on the last year of a contract, which usually means there won’t be another one, and he relied on his players to deliver the goods.

Which, as we remember from our reading, they didn’t do. Again.

But Baker was marked for the chop unless those players did deliver, and when they didn’t, general manager Mike Rizzo did the expedient thing.

He fired one person rather than several. And changed exactly nothing.

Baker’s managerial career is probably over now, as most teams don’t look at 68-year-olds to fix their teams. He will never manage a  World Series champion, something he ached for, and he was always be caricatured in part as the guy who didn’t speak metric, and who believed in players as men whenever in doubt.

And the Nats didn’t betray him, either. They were always not as good in the big moments because someone else was, and they became part of Washington’s new fetish – Why Can’t We Win One? It’s as if having a cringeworthy President isn’t good enough for them.

So the time came, and he will be replaced by someone who will either win and get credit for work that was largely his, or he won’t win and the town can continue to wallow in its tedious We’re-The-New-Cubs pity. It is the circle of life.

At least it is for groups of people. For individuals, the circle of life is actually nothing more than a straight line that ends abruptly. For Dusty Baker, as it did for Tony La Russa in Phoenix two days earlier, that day came today. He deserves to be remembered as a very good manager who won a lot more than he lost, made more friends than enemies, and was honest from Day One until the end.

Which, as we also know, doesn’t matter a whole lot on days like this.

 

Dusty Baker out as Nationals manager

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Dusty Baker out as Nationals manager

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals say manager Dusty Baker won’t be back next season.

The team announced the move Friday.

Baker led the Nationals to the NL East title in each of his two years with the club. But Washington lost its NL Division Series both times.

His contract expired at the end of this season.