Monday, May 25, 2009

Award Winners: Dusty Baker

As a player, Dusty Baker was certainly above average. He was a two-time All-Star, a World Series champion, and a Gold Glove winner. Over the past two decades, Dusty has become one of the premiere managers in the game. He has led the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, and now is the manager of the Cincinnatti Reds.

During his ten years with the Giants, Dusty led the team to the playoffs three times including a World Series appearance in 2002. He helped the Cubs win the NL Central in 2003. He is currently leading a young Reds team that is on the verge of becoming an NL powerhouse.

While with the Giants, Dusty won three Manager of the Year awards. He is one of only a few managers to win this award multiple times.

I've gotten Dusty's autograph a few times. The card below was signed TTM during Dusty's short break from coaching.

Dusty Baker - 3x NL Manager of the Year ( 1993, 1997, 2000 )

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