RESUME: Bringing nearly 50 years of professional baseball experience to the job, Dusty Baker was named the Nationals' sixth field manager on Nov. 3, 2015...A three-time National League Manager of the Year (1993, 1997, 2000), Baker enters the 2016 season as the 17th-winningest manager in baseball history, and his 1,671-1,504 career managerial record slots him second in the win column among active managers behind only San Francisco's Bruce Bochy (1,702)...Washington is Baker's fourth managerial stop, coming to the Nationals after time in San Francisco (1993-2002), Chicago (2003-2006) and Cincinnati (2008-2013).
An All-Star, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, and World Series winner during his 19-year playing career, Baker has produced seven postseason teams during his 20-year managerial career, including five division championships (San Francisco, 1997 & 2000; Chicago, 2003; Cincinnati, 2010 & 2012), and two wild card appearances (San Francisco, 2002; Cincinnati, 2013)...A coach for the 1989 Giants World Series team, Baker managed the 2002 San Francisco Giants to the World Series, clinching the National League pennant over the St. Louis Cardinals in five games, before falling in seven games to the Los Angeles Angels...His 1,555 games and 840 victories with San Francisco rank second only to Hall of Famer John McGraw's 4,405 games and 2,604 wins in Giants history, and his 2003-04 Cubs teams were the first to post consecutive winning seasons in Chicago since 1971-72.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the former outfielder is one of just six managers in MLB history to win a division title with at least three teams, joining former Nationals skipper Davey Johnson, Billy Martin, Lou Piniella, Joe Torre and Tony LaRussa...He is also one of only four in MLB history to produce at least 1,500 hits as a player and win at least 1,500 games as a manager, joining Piniella, Torre and Fred Clarke on that list. A six-time All-Star (twice as a player: 1981 & 1982; three times as a member of the coaching staff: 1994, 1997 & 2001; once as manager: 2003), Baker brings a wealth of experience to the manager's seat in Washington... His teams have finished first or second 12 times in his 20 years, and won at least 90 games in a season on eight occasions.
PLAYING CAREER: A career .278 hitter, Baker tallied 242 home runs, 320 doubles, 23 triples, and 1,031 RBI over the course of his 19-year career (2,039 games) that included stops with the Atlanta Braves (1968-1975), Los Angeles Dodgers (1976-1983), San Francisco Giants (1984), and Oakland Athletics (1985-1986)...Baker finished in the top 10 in MVP voting twice (1980 & 1981), and from 1980-82 he hit .303, averaging 20 home runs, 20 doubles and 78 RBI a year while earning two Silver Slugger Awards, a Gold Glove, and two All-Star selections.
POSTSEASON CAREER: Baker participated in the postseason four times (1977, 1978, 1981 & 1983), and played in three World Series (1977, 1978, 1981)...He earned himself the National League Championship Series MVP award with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1977 (hitting .357 with a .438 on-base percentage an .837 slugging percentage, two home runs and eight RBI in four games against Philadelphia), and a World Series ring, playing left field for the 1981 Dodgers...Selected by the Braves in the 26th round of the 1967 free-agent draft, Baker made his MLB debut the following year (Sept. 7, 1968 vs. HOU), Baker solidified himself as an everyday player with the Braves in the 1970s, and found himself hitting fifth, behind Hank Aaron and in front of former Nationals manager Davey Johnson, during the 1973 and 1974 seasons.
PERSONAL: Born Johnnie B. Baker Jr. on June 15, 1949 in Riverside, Calif., "Dusty" Baker currently resides in California with his wife, Melissa, and has two children, Natosha and Darren...A 1967 graduate of Del Campo High School in Carmichael, Calif., Baker attended American River College in Sacramento, Calif. Baker was inducted into the Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame in 2013, and the California Black Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. In 2015, Baker was enshrined, along with Barry Bonds, in the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame, and is currently awaiting induction into the Riverside (CA) Sports Hall of Fame on May 16, 2016.
In 1990, Baker was voted by the fans to the Dodgers' All-Time Team during their 100th-anniversary celebration, was voted as the manager of the Giants' All-Time team in 1999, and in 1998 received the Silver Plumes City Ambassador Award from WHERE San Francisco Magazine, presented annually to an individual who largely represents and epitomizes the city's reputation for greatness.
Baker, who is a prostate cancer survivor (2001), served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1969-75...Baker also has experience as a broadcaster, working for ESPN's Baseball Tonight in 2007 and, most recently, for TBS as a studio analyst during the 2015 postseason.