In twenty seasons on the bench in the majors with the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds, Dusty Baker accumulated a 1671-1504 record. He last managed in the majors in 2013, when he was relieved of his duties after his sixth season on the bench with the Reds.
In a press release from the Washington Nationals this morning announcing Baker had been hired as their sixth full-time manager, the Nats highlighted the experience the 66-year-old skipper has accumulated over the course of his career as a player and manager:
"Baker, an All-Star, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, and World Series-winning player, has produced seven postseason teams during his 20-year managerial career, including five division championships (San Francisco, 1997 & 2000; Chicago, 2003; Cincinnati, 2010 & 2012), and two wild card appearances (San Francisco, 2002; Cincinnati, 2013). Baker, a coach for the 1989 Giants World Series team, managed the 2002 San Francisco Giants to the World Series, clinching the National League pennant over the St. Louis Cardinals in five games, before falling in seven games to the Los Angeles Angels. His 1,555 games and 840 victories with San Francisco rank second only to Hall of Famer John McGraw’s 4,405 games and 2,604 wins in Giants history, and his 2003-04 Cubs teams were the first to post consecutive winning seasons in Chicago since 1971-72."
All anyone is talking about today, however, is the fact that the Nationals were reportedly close to signing Bud Black as their manager until they got to the negotiating table and failed to reach an agreement on how much a manager is worth. Black and the Nats are said to have gone back and forth before the veteran skipper walked away.
With that the Nationals turned back to negotiations with Baker and within the last twenty-four hours agreed on what is reportedly a two-year deal. So how are you feeling about the news?
Embarrassed that the Nats' big announcement is being overshadowed by the tumultuous process? Upset that it did not end up being Bud Black on the bench? Sounds like it's time for another poll...