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It took Dusty three seasons as the manager of the Cincinnati Reds to take the Reds back to the playoffs for the first time in 15 years. Dusty lead the Reds to a 91-71 record in 2010 and the Central Division Championship earning Dusty a second place finish in the NL Manager of the year voting; only one vote shy of winning the award.
- Won the National League Central Division Title in 2010 with the Reds, the NL Central Division in 2003 with the Cubs and the National League Pennant in 2002, two National League West Titles plus a Wild Card Title with the Giants.
- Finished first or second in the division 10 times in 17 years.
- Has been to the MLB post season 10 times.
- Set a record for wins for “rookie” managers winning 103 games in 1993 and tied a San Francisco franchise record for 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.
- 1,405 wins ranks Dusty (17 years) third amongst active managers behind only Tony LaRussa (32 years) and Jim Leyland (19 years) 840 victories as manager of the Giants rank Dusty 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.
Dusty became only the second manager in NL history to take three teams to the National League playoffs. In 2010 Dusty finished his 17th season as a manager with a record of 1,405 wins, 1,284 losses (.522 winning percentage) and 25th on the MLB All-Time Managerial win list.
Dusty 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:
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: Dusty 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. Dusty 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.
Dusty′s hobbies include hunting and fishing. He speaks fluid Spanish. Dusty 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 28th year in 2011. Dusty is very active in the community and supportive of charitable organizations.
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You Can Teach Hitting
You Can Teach Hitting is more than a set of instructions and guidelines for swinging a bat. It′s a book written for baseball teachers--coaches, parents, even peers--who want to teach hitting better. And for hitters--youngsters and professionals--who want to learn to hit better.
You Can Teach Hitting takes you from selecting your bat to selecting your pitch. From the science of the swing to the art of situational hitting. And it shows, step by step, how you can teach--or achieve--the "Three C′s" of hitting--confidence, concentration, consistency--while avoiding the ten most common mistakes. And because baseball is a team sport, this book also provides hitting drills, specific approaches to hitter development by age, and tips on organizing more effective team practices.
You Can Teach Hitting will help everyone get more out of their game. From beginning coaches to veterans. From teeballers to advanced hitters. It′s pure baseball. A book that′s bound to make the game more fun for young hitters--and more challenging for young pitchers. Johnnie B. "Dusty" Baker, an outstanding hitter through fifteen major league seasons, is the former batting coach and current manager for the San Francisco Giants, where he′s helped develop hitters the likes of Will Clark, Matt Williams, Robby Thompson, and Kevin Mitchell. Jeff Mercer, a highly regarded hitting instructor and former assistant coach at Indiana University, brings a knowledge and experience of the game that will improve you as a coach or a hitter. Marv Bittinger, teacher and author of better than 100 mathematics textbooks selling over six million copies, contributes his proven writing talents and an unrestrained love of the game to this unique collaboration.
The Dusty Baker Story
Dusty Baker is an accomplished and versatile speaker. He easily connects with his audience by sharing candid stories of his life experiences. He is fluent in Spanish, an avid reader and a former Marine... a family man and trusted friend to the famous (and not so famous). Dusty′s gift for relating his fascinating life experiences (both on and off the field) have been enjoyed by audiences all over the country.