DUSTY BAKER

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  • Communication and Motivation
  • Diversity in the Workplace and Society

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Biography

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:

  • Won 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.
  • Led the Chicago Cubs to back-to-back winning seasons (2003-2004) for the first time since 1971-1972.
  • Has 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 wins.
  • Has been named Manager of the Year three times (1993, '97 and 2000).
  • Became the first NL manager to earn three BBWAA Manager of the Year honors.
  • Won The Sporting News National League Manager of the Year award two times.
  • Named 2003 Manager of the Year by MLB.com "This Year in Baseball Awards."
  • His winning percentage ranks Dusty Baker fourth amongst active managers behind Bobby Cox (.563), Joe Torre (.537) and Tony LaRussa (.536).
  • Dusty Baker's 1,162 wins ranks him 41st amongst all Major League managers in career wins.
  • 840 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.
  • Managed the 1996 USA All-Star team in Japan.
  • Network 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 charitable organizations.

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