Johnnie B. “Dusty” Baker Jr. is a hunter, fisherman, winery owner, book author, baseball all-star and U.S. Marine. He was born on June 15, 1949, in Riverside, California. Drafted at the age of 18, by the Atlanta Braves in the 1967 amateur draft right out of Del Campo High School, near Sacramento, CA, he started his professional baseball career as an outfielder.
Dusty got his nickname from his mother because he was constantly dirty. He served in the Marine Corps Reserves from 1969-1975.
He learned some things from the Marine Corps that has helped him succeed as a manager in baseball. He believes the chain of command has to be in place. He has selected specific players to help lead the team just as a platoon has squad leaders and the rookies need to report to those players with their complaints instead of running to him directly.
He had a 19-year career as a hard-hitting outfielder, primarily with the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers. He helped the Dodgers to pennants in 1977 and 1978 and to the World Series championship in 1981. He then had a 20-year career as a manager with the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, and now the Washington Nationals. He led the Giants to the 2002 National League pennant and also reached the playoffs with the latter three teams.
Dusty was selected as the new manager for the Washington Nationals, on November 2, 2015.
Dusty has 20 years as a Major League manager, six years as a coach, and 19-years as a player that is highlighted by 19 decorated seasons in the Major Leagues. He is a three-time National League Manager of the Year (1993, 1997, 2000), and is the 17th-winningest manager in baseball history.
He founded the Dusty Baker International Academy of Baseball in Sacramento and is supportive of many local charitable organizations.
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