Dusty Baker Finally Gets a World Series Title as Manager
Dusty Baker is going to enjoy his time as Chicago White Sox manager.
The former manager, who helped lead the Boston Red Sox to three World Series championships, was given the opportunity to manage the Chicago Cubs. Baker had previously managed the Red Sox for six seasons, winning two World Series titles with the team.
He is also a former manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. The Cubs’ coaching staff is currently led by current Rays manager Kevin Cash.
Baker, the former Texas manager, took the job after losing to the Toronto Blue Jays in the playoffs. Baker was named manager for the final series of the season.
Baker was introduced as the manager at Tuesday’s media conference.
The Cubs won their final game in the postseason by defeating the San Francisco Giants by a 16-1 score. The final playoff game was played at Wrigley Field, the same one that Baker won as manager of the Red Sox in 2003.
The Sox came out in the second game of the series to take a 1-0 lead, which was broken after a single by David Ortiz with two outs in the third inning.
The Cubs scored two more runs in the fourth inning after Daniel Schlereth had allowed a leadoff single to David Ross and a double to Ben Zobrist to put runners on second and third with two outs. The first and third runs were scored on a single by Alex Rios and a walk by Andrew Romine.
Baker said he was a “little overwhelmed” by the task that he was given.
“I never had a chance to pitch in the big leagues, and I didn’t have any experience as a manager with a team in the playoffs, no matter what I did,” said the 44-year-old Baker. “It was a long day. It’s great to be here, but it’s great to be back to being a fan, too.”
In addition to winning a World Series, Baker was previously the manager of the Rays for three seasons from 2007-2009. He was fired after losing a six-game series to the Detroit Tigers, with the Rays ending up losing six games in a row. Baker