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In 2006 Dusty Baker completed his fourteenth season
as a Major League Baseball manager with a winning record of 1,162-1,041 and a
.527 winning percentage. He finished
his career as the Chicago Cubs manager winning 322 games. Since 1930 only three other managers have
more wins in a Chicago uniform. He
started his managerial career in 1993 with the San Francisco Giants and set the
San Francisco franchise record for most wins.
In the Giants franchise history dating back to 1883 Dusty Baker is
second only to John McGraw in managerial wins!
Highlights in Dusty
Baker's career include the following:
the National League Central Division Title in 2003, National League
Pennant in 2002, two National League West Titles, Wild Card Title and has
finished first or second in the division 9 times in 14 years.
the Chicago Cubs to back-to-back winning seasons (2003-2004) for the first
time since 1971-1972.
been to the post season nine times.
- Set a
record for winning more games than any other rookie manager in National
League history in 1993 and tied a San Francisco franchise record with 103
- Has been named Manager of
the Year three times (1993, '97 and 2000).
the first NL manager to earn three BBWAA Manager of the Year honors.
The Sporting News National League Manager of the Year award two times.
2003 Manager of the Year by MLB.com "This Year in Baseball Awards."
winning percentage ranks Dusty Baker fourth amongst active managers behind
Bobby Cox (.563), Joe Torre (.537) and Tony LaRussa (.536).
Baker's 1,162 wins ranks him 41st amongst all Major League
managers in career wins.
victories as manager of the Giants rank Mr. Baker second in New York/San
Francisco Giants franchise history and ranks #1 in San Francisco history.
the 1996 USA All-Star team in Japan.
baseball analyst for ESPN's "Sports Center" and ESPN's "Baseball Tonight"
shows during the 2006 League Championship Series and the World Series.
As a player Dusty Baker spent 16 prestigious seasons with Atlanta,
Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland.
Final career stats include a .278 batting average, 242 home runs and
1,014 runs-batted-in. Clutch statistic:
he is an MLB leader in career walk-off home runs with 25. He was twice selected to the National League
All-Star team, appeared in four National League Championship Series with the
Los Angeles Dodgers, and was selected NLCS MVP after hitting .357 in the
Dodger's 4-game series with Philadelphia.
He went to three World Series with the Dodgers and beat the New York
Yankees in 1981 to win the World Championship.
Won two Silver Slugger Awards in 1981-82 for offense and a Gold Glove
Award for defense in 1981. As a player
named to the All-Time Los Angeles Dodger team and as a Manager named to the
All-Time San Francisco Giants Team.
Mr. Baker's hobbies include
hunting and fishing. He speaks fluid
Spanish. He was an active member of the
United States Marine Corps Reserves from 1969 through 1975. He has co-authored You Can Teach Hitting
and has produced numerous videos on hitting.
Founded the Dusty Baker International Academy of Baseball in
Sacramento...now entering its 24th year. Dusty Baker is very active in the community and supportive of
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