October 16, 2003 |
It wasn't about a billy goat. It was about a stubborn manager who refused to pull his pitcher when he was braying with exhaustion. It wasn't about a hex. It was about a vexing decision to allow a shortstop to swing a bat with the pitcher on deck. The Chicago Cubs did not lose because they were cursed. They lost because they were worse.
October 6, 2000 |
Dusty Baker denied a news report that the Dodgers have contacted him about managing next year. "Unless you hear it from these lips, don't believe anything," Baker said. At the same time, Baker's status with the Giants for next year is still undecided. His contract with the Giants--which pays him an estimated $750,000--is up after this season and Baker would seem to be in a terrific negotiating position.
June 29, 1993 |
Dusty Baker, who managed at Dodger Stadium for the first time Monday night, said he learned about the power of positive thinking while playing for Dodger Manager Tom Lasorda, from 1976-83. "Tommy never thinks negatively and never gives up," Baker said. "I remember (the last day of the 1977 season), when I was going for my 30th home run and I came back to the dugout and I had two at-bats left and I said, 'Man. I don't think I'm going to get it.' Tommy hit the roof.
October 21, 2002 |
Both of their big-league experiences were tinted in Dodger Blue, but Angel Manager Mike Scioscia learned his craft from behind the plate while San Francisco Giant Manager Dusty Baker was in the outfield. So does that give Scioscia any sort of edge in the matchup of managers in this World Series?
May 4, 1998 |
Dusty Baker looked at stat sheets Sunday morning and thought it would be a good game to start Rich Aurilia. "He was hitting .313 and swinging the bat with authority. So why not?" the San Francisco manager said. Aurilia responded with the first two-homer game of his career and matched career highs with four hits and four RBIs as the Giants pounded major league earned-run average leader Tom Glavine and defeated the Atlanta Braves, 12-8.
November 10, 2000 |
Dusty Baker is the National League manager of the year for a record third time after leading the San Francisco Giants to the best record in the major leagues. Baker, it was announced Thursday, received 30 of 32 first-place votes, one second and one third for 154 points in voting by the Baseball Writers' Assn. of America. Tony La Russa of the St. Louis Cardinals was second with 59 points, getting one first, 16 seconds and six thirds.
February 25, 2004 |
Dusty Baker thinks suspicions over which baseball players are using steroids smacks of a McCarthy witch hunt. "I hate steroids. I knew Lyle Alzado," the Chicago Cub manager said Tuesday, referring to the NFL star who died of cancer after acknowledging several years of steroid use. Although Baker said, "I've got my own ideas about guys around the league," he said all players are being tainted. "It's like McCarthyism or something. They're looking to see who looks like a communist," he said.
November 6, 2002 |
Dusty Baker felt the love of Chicago Cub fans when he was in the Windy City last weekend for the Notre Dame-Boston College football game, writes Jay Mariotti of the Chicago Sun-Times: "[The San Francisco Giant manager] was mobbed by Cub fans, who view him as the faith healer and mojo man of a 95-year hex.... "On the grandest scale, though, Baker equates love with the amount of money he is paid. Which is why those fuddy-duddies at Tribune Co.
October 3, 2006 |
Hours before the San Francisco Giants announced Monday that Felipe Alou would not return as manager, the man he replaced, Dusty Baker, was let go by the Chicago Cubs after a last-place finish and a failure to take the team to the World Series in his four years. The Cubs made the announcement a day after team president Andy MacPhail resigned and the club finished with a 66-96 record. "I wish we could have gotten it done, but we didn't," Baker said. "You see four years come to pass very quickly."