The Chicago Cubs have had some interesting managers over the years. One of them was Dusty Baker who was their manager from 2003-2006. During that time, the Cubs had some outstanding years.
Before the Cubs, Baker was the coach of the San Francisco 49ers. After the Cubs, he had stints with the Cincinnati Reds, Washington Nationals, and Houston Astros. In 2022, he finally won the World Series as a manager with the Astros.
Baker was also a World Series-winning player in his younger days as well. He played for the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, and Oakland Athletics. His World Series as a player came with the Dodgers in 1981.
He was a great player but he might have even been a better manager. Now, after all of these years as a true baseball lifer, Baker is retiring from Major League Baseball. This came just a few days after the Texas Rangers defeated the Houston Astros in Game Seven of the ALCS.
The Chicago Cubs had some great years with Dusty Baker as their manager.
In his most recent stint as a manager, he helped the Astros get back on track after all of the issues that came from their cheating scandal. He handled it all so well like the classy gentleman that he is.
The Cubs were lucky to have him at one point in time. They were mostly a good baseball team during his time there which means he will always be remembered fondly.
Baker’s baseball life is truly incredible. He is one of only seven people to win a World Series as both a player and a manager.
When he started his career with the Atlanta Braves, he was a teammate of Henry Aaron who is an all-time great. They were great friends until Aaron died in 2021.
He also managed some legends of the game from the modern era which shows how crazy his life in baseball has been. To have been teammates with Hank Aaron and manage Jose Altuve, Justin Verlander, and Bryce Harper at different points of the same lifetime is incredible.
Congrats to Dusty on a great career. He will be missed in the game of baseball and he deserves all of the praise and well wishes that he’ll get over the next few weeks.