Dusty Baker

MLB rumors: Giants grant Phillies permission to interview Dusty Baker


MLB rumors: Giants grant Phillies permission to interview Dusty Baker

Dusty Baker could reunite with Bryce Harper, and it's all thanks to the ... Giants? 

The Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzales reported Sunday that the Giants gave the Phillies permission to interview Baker to be their next manager. The 70-year-old currently is a special adviser to CEO Larry Baer in San Francisco. 

Baker last managed in the major leagues when he led Harper and the Nationals to 97 wins in 2017. But Washington lost to the Cubs in the first round of the playoffs that season, despite winning the NL East. 

The Nationals won the NL East both years that Baker managed in Washington DC -- 2016 and 2017 -- and averaged 96 wins in his two seasons. They also failed to advance past the first round of the playoffs both times. 

Baker began his managerial career in 1993 when he won 103 games with the Giants. He served as San Francisco's manager from 1993 to 2002 and compiled an 840-715 regular-season record, though his teams went just 11-13 in the playoffs, including losing the 2002 World Series to the Angels in seven games.

Over his 22-year managerial career, Baker has 1,863 wins to 1,636 losses, but is 23-32 in the playoffs. 

[RELATED: Report: Giants interviewed Royals' Grifol for manager job]

The Phillies seem to be looking for veteran leadership from their new manager. Along with Baker, MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported Sunday that Philadelphia also will consider Buck Showalter, Joe Girardi and Mike Scioscia as candidates.

Gabe Kapler was fired by the Phillies after the regular season as the team disappointed in Harper's first year on his new team. Heyman reported Saturday that the Giants will interview Kapler for their vacant manager position.

Ranking 10 best to play for both A's, Giants before Bay Bridge Series

Ranking 10 best to play for both A's, Giants before Bay Bridge Series

With the A's and Giants set to renew their rivalry this week in San Francisco, we figured this would be the perfect time to rank the best players to play for both teams during their career.

Some of these players spent less than a full season with the A's or Giants, but if they donned the uniform for even one game, we're counting them.

So without further ado, here are our top 10 players to suit up for both the A's and Giants. 


Essence of former Giants manager Dusty Baker embodied in illustration

Essence of former Giants manager Dusty Baker embodied in illustration

"I knew I was dealing with a legend."

Artist Michael Begen's task at hand wasn't an easy one. He was to depict the essence that was three-time Manager of the Year Dusty Baker and illustrate it on an NBC Sports Bay Area Authentic Fan cheer card.

During Begen's research process, he discovered many things about Baker. And as well-known as Dusty was for his abilities on the field as a player, Begen knew this artwork had to spotlight Baker as a skipper.

"I knew he was a player, but it seemed that he excelled as a coach, so I wanted to a find a piece that incorporated him as a coach," Begen told NBC Sports Bay Area. "And also since my style is very much caricature, I wanted to do the character justice by making good illustrations but also being in respectful taste to Dusty Baker and making sure the drawing wasn't too exaggerated. So I had to take that into count because I definitely wanted to be respectful.

"I looked at a bunch of images and I did a bunch of sketches to find the best expression and that led to the final design for the cheer card." 

Begen is no stranger to following the Orange and Black. 

"I've always liked the Giants, they're my favorite National League team," he said. "As I got older, I started to develop an interest in them."

With the Kevin Pillar cheer card we previously featured, artist Amanda Mantchev concentrated on the background for the centerfielder to represent the city of San Francisco. This piece was different. Begen wanted to focus on bringing out Baker for who he is.

"I wanted to focus on simplicity -- I didn't want to focus too much on colors. When I do my caricatures and illustrations, I tend to leave just a color background, because I want the character to be the focus. And everything else is nice, but I need to find that focus.

"I tend to view the subject matter," he added. "I submitted numerous designs of what it could be like color gradients in the background and designs." 

NBC Sports Bay Area agreed; a simple, a color background was the way to go. 

Baker, who played for the Giants in 1984 then the A's his last two seasons in the majors, made his presence known on the field. Along with his ties to Bay Area sports, Baker is also recognized as one of four African American managers to manage in a World Series game. He spent a decade in the managerial seat with the Giants, winning the National League Pennant in 2002.

"I thought having his name in bold right behind him and then have his signature was a good way, because it's a background nonetheless, but it's still about the man."

But there was one very important element Begen had to include in the piece.

"I like that he has a toothpick," he said. "In almost every photo that I found, that's what makes him stand out above all the others, that's his character, that's his personality. And he wears sunglasses, so I had fun with that."

[RELATED: Baker on being Giants manager, 2002 World Series loss]

Like the cheer card? We do too. You can make a possible cameo on television with the one-of-a-kind Baker cheer cards if you want to drop by the NBC Sports Bay Area set for Giants Pregame and Postgame Live at Willie Mays Plaza on "Say Hey Tuesdays."

This and the rest of the cheer cards will be revealed throughout the season. And you'll be able to see them in their entirety during the "Battle of the Bay Art Show," an A's and Giants-themed art exhibit during the Bay Bridge Series from Aug. 13-14.