Now this is a front office move I can get behind! It was announced today that the Giants signed long-time former Manager and recent World Series Champ Dusty Baker to a role in the front office. He will be a special assistant to Farhan Zaidi and assist CEO Larry Baer with ownership. If nothing else it’s a cool Public Relations move with feel good vibes all around. We will recall that Dusty won his first World Series ring as a Manager in 2022 with the Astros in a fantastic season of managing. Baker retired after the 2023 season.
Dusty was the Giants Manager from 1993 to 2002, a fantastic era of Giants Baseball that begin with Barry Bonds being signed by Peter Magowan and then the construction of Willie Mays Field, the most beautiful ball park in the land. I remember the day Dusty was hired and I thought: “hmmm, a former Dodger? Okay. Let’s see how that goes?” It went well.
When Dusty retired he let it slip that he was not done with Major League Baseball:
“I’ve still got a lot to offer; baseball has been my life. I have a lifetime of knowledge, much more than those who have never played the game.”
I love that quote! Can you read between the lines? Can you read the actual line?!
Hopefully this is a sign that the Giants are starting to get over their little Analytics fetish which has set the franchise back five years and counting.
Welcome to the family Dusty!
Here is a cool video by MLB Network highlighting Dusty’s career: