Posted February 14, 2014

Longtime manager Dusty Baker wants another shot in MLB

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Dusty Baker has a .526 winning percentage in 20 seasons as a manager. (John Sommers II/Getty Images)

Dusty Baker has a .526 winning percentage in 20 seasons as a manager. (John Sommers II/Getty Images)

Dusty Baker would like another managerial job in baseball, but he didn’t get one this offseason.

The 64-year-old was fired by the Reds in October after they lost in the National League wild card game. He reportedly reached out to the Nationals, Mariners and Tigers this offseason regarding their openings but never got a call back.

“What’s it take to call back and say, ‘No, thank you?’” the three-time NL manager of the year told Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News.

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After his 19-year playing career ended in 1986, Baker was hired as a coach with the Giants in 1988 and took over as San Francisco’s manager in 1993, a spot he held for 10 seasons. He then managed the Cubs for four years and, after taking the 2007 season off, spent six seasons managing the Reds.

Writes Brown: “Baker, 64, is at a career crossroads. The Cincinnati Reds fired him in October, despite a tenure that ended with back-to-back seasons of least 90 wins and a playoff appearance … despite ranking 16th on baseball’s all-time victories list … despite joining the Giants’ Bruce Bochy and Jim Leyland as the only three managers active at the end of last season to win at least 500 games for two teams.

“While some of his celebrated contemporaries — Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre — will be enshrined in Cooperstown this summer, Baker will be home with his resume in hand. He wants to manage again.”

Baker, who was never one for advanced stats, saw much younger men be hired this offseason, including 44-year-old Brad Ausmus in Detroit, 48-year-old Matt Williams in Washington and 51-year-old Bryan Price, who’ll replace him in Cincinnati.

For now, Baker will have to bide his time until a job comes open.

Said Baker: “I feel like I could help somebody.” 

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4 comments
x72
x72

Glad he's gone

FernandoR
FernandoR

Retirement, and fishing trips are his best options, he's 64 hang em up Dusty.

MikeHarrison
MikeHarrison

Dusty's record speaks for itself. 


How many world series titles did he win as a coach?  ZERO.  He blew his legit chance in San Fran when the Giants choked the series away to Anaheim, even though he had the biggest steroid user on the team.


In Chicago, he was again 5 outs away from the world series at one point, and they blew game 6 of the NLCS, then he was a moron and thought ahead to the World Series rotation when Kerry Wood got tired in game 7.


In Cincinnati, he had back to back 90 win seasons, but never even won a playoff game in Cinci


Basically Dusty is a great regular season manager, but cannot manage well in the playoffs.

PackersFanNumeroUno
PackersFanNumeroUno

lol wish the Reds would have kept him, now they actually might be a force in the Central.