A legend in baseball, Dusty Baker has been manager of the Cincinnati Reds since 2008. He previously led the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs, winning the 2002 National League pennant with the Giants.
Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 1967 out of Del Campo High School near Sacramento, CA, Baker began his professional baseball career as an outfielder for the Braves in 1968. After spending sixteen seasons with the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, as well as a short tenure with the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics, Baker finished his prosperous career as a player with .278 batting average, 242 home runs, and 1,013 runs batted in.
Baker's coaching career started with his former Dodger arch-rival, the San Francisco Giants. He started as a first base coach for the Giants in 1988 and spent the following four years (1989-1992) as hitting coach before taking over as manager in 1993. In his very first year as manager, he won the N.L. Manager of the Year award. His Giants went on to win division titles in 1997 and again in 2000 after which Baker was honored as Manager of the Year for both years.
In 2003 Baker left the Giants to join the Chicago Cubs, where he made a major impact in his first season as manager. With the help of an impressive pitching staff and big gun batters such as Sammy Sosa and Moisés Alou, the Chicago Cubs were able to claim their first divisional title in over a decade. Baker left the Cubs following their 2006 season and subsequently spent time as an analyst for ESPN before joining the Reds as manager in 2008.
Baker is co-author of the book You Can Teach Hitting and has produced numerous instructional videos on hitting technique.
Baker's hobbies include hunting and fishing and he is fluent in Spanish. He founded the Dusty Baker International Academy of Baseball in Sacramento and is supportive of many local charitable organizations including the Sacramento Children's Home for Abused Youth, the American Sports Institute, California Campaign for Libraries, Special Olympics, and the National Muscular Dystrophy Association.
As a prostate cancer survivor, Dusty has been active in encouraging early detection and treatment.