Dusty Baker

Dusty Baker

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Dusty Baker is a former baseball player and the Major League Baseball manager. Dusty Baker is currently serving and managing the Houston Astros. Also, he enjoyed his nineteen-years of a career as a hard-hitting outfielder, initially together with the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Early life and Childhood

The strong athlete was born on 15th June 1949, in Riverside, California, United States. Dusty Baker is an American native. Likewise, his current age must be seventy-one years. As for education, Baker went to the Del Campo High School. There is no more information about Dusty Baker’s childhood, parents, and many more. But it is for sure that Dusty Baker had an interest in Baseball from an early age.

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Caption: Dusty Baker when he was young (Source: Braves Journal)

Career and Professional Life

His career as a player

Dusty Baker was taken by the Atlanta Braves in the non-professional draft out of Del Campo High School near Sacramento, California in the year 1967. He went into the Sac-Joaquin Section’s Hall of Fame class in the year 2010 for his play at Del Campo. Baker began his main league baseball career with the position of an outfielder for the Braves in the year 1968. Most of Baker’s achievements as a player arrived at the time with the Los Angeles Dodgers. It adds playing for the National League All-Star team in both years 1981 and 1982 and winning 3 League Championship series in the years 1977, 1978, and also 1981.

Moreover, in the year 1977, Dusty Baker got the first-ever National League Championship Series (NLCS) Most Valuable Player (MVP) award. Baker eventually became the winner of a World Series title in the year 1981 together with the Dodgers. After 8 full seasons together with the Braves and another 8 together with the Dodgers, also short occupancy with both the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics, Baker completed his career as a player in the year 1986.

Managerial club

Baker’s coaching career started as a 1st base coach for the San Francisco Giants in the year 1988. Then, the following four years from 1989 to 1992 went with the position of the hitting coach, and finally, he became the manager in the year 1993. In his 1st year as Giants manager, Baker became the winner of the NL Manager of the Year award. In spite of his victory in San Francisco, Baker had a rapidly drawn relationship with Peter Magowan. The Giants didn’t renew Baker’s contract after the season to let him leave.

However, Baker is one of only 4 African Americans to handle a World Series group. Dusty also has the 2nd main victory as a manager in the San Francisco portion of Giants history. Baker made a huge impact with the Cubs in the year 2003, his 1st season as manager for the ball club. After one month of the season’s end, the Cubs did not permit to renew Baker’s contract. They somehow permitted Baker to label the media in a press conference in early October, where he declared about his dismiss.

On 13th October 2007, Baker was recruited as manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Baker and the Reds completed 74-88 and 78-84 in the years 2008 and 2009, completing fifth and fourth in the NL Central. Dusty Baker then signed a 2-year contract addition with the Reds on 4th October 2010. In September 2012, Baker remained in a Chicago hospital due to an irregular heartbeat. On 15th October 2012, he again signed a 2-year contract extension as manager of the Reds.

Some more about his career as a manager

The coach was then fired from the manager’s position of the Reds after a defeat by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Wild Card Game on 4th October 2013. On 3rd November 2015, he became the new manager for the Washington Nationals for the season of the year 2016. At that time, Baker was the only black manager in Major League Baseball and had the 2nd highest total for most victories in MLB. The Nationals became the winner of the NL East in Baker’s 1st season but then was defeated in the NLDS in 5 games in opposition to the Dodgers.

In the next season, he took the Nationals to another NL East Championship. On 20th October 2017, the Nationals declared that Dusty Baker wouldn’t get back as the team’s manager in the year 2018. Then, the Astros declared that they recruit Baker as their new manager on 29th January 2020. The contract was for a year with a club option for a 2nd year. The Astros profession marks Baker’s 1st time managing an American League franchise.

Baker now is the 1st baseball manager to manage 5 teams to the postseason.  It was the 1st time since 2003 that a Baker’s team had made the League Championship Series. Baker’s presence in Game seven (a winner-take-all) was his 9th as a manager, managing a new record for most presences by a manager in a winner-take-all game, for which Baker got victories twice. Moreover, the Astros chose the 2021 option on Baker’s on 28th July 2020.

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Caption: Dusty Baker hosting at a game (Source: Houston Chronicles)

Net Worth

The former player and current professional coach have been earning a great amount of money from the very beginning. Dusty Baker’s estimated net worth must be $20 million. It is for sure that the retired player and coach has been living a good and peaceful life together with his family. To this day, Dusty has not suffered from any financial crisis after he took over his profession. Moreover, Dusty also owns the Baker Family Wines, together with the owner and winemaker Chik Brenneman from where Barker also receives some amount of money.

Relationship Status

Dusty Baker’s wife’s name is Melissa Baker. The couple’s wedding was on 27th November 1994. Eventually, the couple gave birth to their first kid in 1999. He was a boy and his name is Darren Baker. Previously, Dusty Baker’s wife was Alice Lee Washington. Together the former pair had a daughter on 29th September 1979. Her name was Natosha Lichon Baker. Apart from this, there is no further information about how the couple got to meet and how did it start.

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Caption: Dusty Baker with his wife and son (Source: Pinterest)

Body Measurement and Social Media

The former baseball player has good health and looks physically healthy. Dusty has a dark complexion with a huge body type. The player has an average height with a suitable bodyweight. Further information regarding Dusty Baker’s body measurements, height, body weight, and shoe size is not available at the moment. Moreover, the player has a pair of dark brown eyes with very short white and black hair. Sadly, Baker was hospitalized because of an irregular heartbeat and a mini-stroke at the finishing of the 2012 basketball season.

Talking about the former baseball player’s presence on the social media platform, there is not a single presence of Dusty there. Just like him, his wife, Melissa Barker is also not active on social media. Both of them prefer to keep a low-profile in front of the media and public. However, their child could be somehow active on some of the social media platforms. The couple is quite present physically at public events but is not active on social media platforms at all.