Baker and Hank Aaron were famous friends during Baker’s stint as a part-time manager
Of the many highlights of the World Series Career of Dusty Baker is a stat showing how the man behind the dugout in those October starts was also the one fielding all those hard-hit balls. The greatest two-time MVP in the history of the game, with 755 runs batted in, joined a Phillies team with 12 All-Stars, three World Series Champions and one Nobel Prize winner.
“I didn’t know Hank, I had no idea,” Baker said. “I did know I was at the batting cages with him and I saw him and I said, ‘Hank, are you feeling all right?’ He said, ‘No, I’m going on a lay-down.’”
Asked to describe the two-way player, Baker said, “He was a hard worker. Once a blue collar worker, always a blue collar worker. He was a really nice guy.”
Baker, who first joined the Brewers, according to a team press release, “will be serving as an in-season guest instructor for the 2017 MLB season with a specific focus on infield development.” He spent the last two decades with the Giants, the last 10 of them as manager.
• In last night’s game, the Giants beat the Mets, 6-5, handing the struggling visitors their 15th straight loss. Jonathan Schoop belted a leadoff home run and a two-run double and Carlos Ruiz, in the ninth, hit a solo homer.
• Giants left-hander Jake Peavy threw a no-hitter against the Astros in the second game of last year’s World Series, but that wasn’t enough to win him the 2015 AL Cy Young award, or the 2016 award.
National League Manager of the Year: Baker, with California Club Baseball
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