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Dusty Baker on unemployment: “It still hurts some”

Feb 12, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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Dusty Baker tried to land a managing gig for this season after being fired by the Reds, but the Nationals and several other teams weren’t interested and now the three-time Manager of the Year is sitting at home in California instead of going to spring training.

Baker talked to Mark Sheldon of about what he’s been up to:

Hey, life goes on. I’m spending time with my son. It’s been nice watching him play basketball and now he’s getting ready for baseball. I’ve had eight months worth of honey-dos to make up. I’m trying not to think about baseball. It still hurts some. You find other avenues for the time. It’s still the offseason for me. I have no problems staying busy. If I have nothing, I make up something to do. My wife says I have eight part-time jobs. But none of them are paying, yet.

I like to imagine Baker walking around the house, tinkering with stuff from that honey-do list as his trademark toothpick dangles from his mouth. And it seems likely that he’ll be a popular midseason replacement candidate for any manager of contending teams that get off to rough starts.

  1. ereed1286 - Feb 12, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    he should call up Chapman for a good time

    • stex52 - Feb 12, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      Bingo ^^^^^^^^

  2. nymets4ever - Feb 12, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Dusty is a Hall of Fame Manager..just a matter of time before some team gives him a call.

    • cohnjusack - Feb 12, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      20 years, 1 pennant, 0 WS titles…

      Plus, these words came out of his mouth:

      “If you get a walk and put the pitcher in a stretch, that helps. But the guy who walks and can’t run, most of the time they’re clogging up the bases for somebody who can run.”– Dusty Baker 2004

      That quote disqualifies him from the HOF. In fact, it should have lead to his immediate firing with a massive apology from every organization that ever employed him in a managerial capacity.

      • yahmule - Feb 12, 2014 at 12:02 PM

        Ruining several promising young pitchers doesn’t help his case much, either.

      • doctorrustbelt - Apr 29, 2015 at 12:49 PM

        Adam Dung SUCKS.

    • zzalapski - Feb 12, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      That’s funny.

    • jiveturkey23 - Feb 13, 2014 at 8:06 AM

      Are you freakin insane. Dusty Baker was a good player but has been a trainwreck of a manager. He ruined Kerry Wood and Mark Prior and consistently played below average players like Corry Patterson for some odd reason regardless of the fact they killed the team. He made bad decision after bad decision and his results speak volumes.

      Crusty Dusty needs to be put down like an old race horse, definitely not HOF material.

  3. chacochicken - Feb 12, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Does it hurt as much as hitting Cozart in the 2 hole?

    • cohnjusack - Feb 12, 2014 at 12:56 PM

      How did that hurt? Cozart rarely, if ever, clogged the bases. Imagine a lineup of 9 Cozart’s and all the easy, clog free bases there would be!

  4. yahmule - Feb 12, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Dusty Baker: Gone, Forgotten

    Fixed that headline for you.

  5. jm91rs - Feb 12, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Everyone interested in Dusty’s lack of sabermetric awareness should head over to and check out “lance’s blog”. He has a 2/10/14 podcast with Joey Votto, and Joey had some interesting (although very diplomatic) things to say about Dusty’s baseball intelligence. You’ll have a new respect for Votto after listening to how he feels about everyone thinking he’s not swinging enough. In fact, he’s said enough interesting things in his last 3 podcasts there that it would definitely warrant it’s own topic in a post by Craig.

  6. ejheim62 - Feb 12, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    I’m sure there’s a team out there that could use a good pitching coach…..oh wait, it’s Dusty the Arm Killer. Never mind.

  7. tonyz6060chevy - Feb 12, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Dodgers,Dodgers,Dodgers !!!!

  8. discountdblcheck - Feb 12, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    “At the very end, somebody took a dump right where I stood in the dugout every day,” Baker said Monday morning. “That was the low point. The grounds crew guy cleaned it up. He said, ‘Oh, I think it’s dog crap.’ I said, ‘No it ain’t. That’s human crap.'”

    • yahmule - Feb 12, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      The comment section under that story is hilarious.

  9. metalhead65 - Feb 12, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    maybe it has something to do with you leaving pitchers in the game to long, you know when they have barely made 5 innings and just got out of a jam and you send them out for 1 more then look shocked when they get shelled and you finally take them out of the game after everyone that can score for the other team has. or maybe it was constant lineup changing everyday, my friends and I all laughed at whoever had a great night at the plate because you knew they would not be in the lineup the next day. have to sit those hot bats to get the cold ones on the bench luke warm says all you need to know about this clown. he is the reason the reds went nowhere in the playoffs. nobody else sends Leake back out in game 3 against the giants but baker. he gave up 2 more runs and the reds lost by that many. and nobody but baker leaves Latos in the game after he has a meltdown after getting hosed by the ump. dusty does not do anything until after the grand slam and everyone for the giants have scored making it 8-0. the best move the reds made this off season was getting rid of his worthless ass!

  10. ezthinking - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Pretty easy to pizz on a man when he’s down.

    To assume Prior would have been anything more than he was is total crap. He threw a ton of innings under other managers before Dusty. Nolan Ryan would have you believe that made Prior better.

    Leave the piling on crap for the scooper in the cat box because that’s where it belongs.

    Nice career so far, Dusty. Baseball is better with you in it.

    • metalhead65 - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      spoken by somebody who has not the pleasure of watching him manage their favorite team.

    • jeffbbf - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:10 AM

      no – Prior did not throw a ton of innings for anyone. what dusty did was grind him into dust when he was out there. in 2003, when Prior was *23*, he had 9 GS where he threw at least 120 pitches, and 17 more where he threw between 110-119 pitches. That’s 26 of 30 games started that year. Dusty killed his career – never the same after that year. In 2003, Kerry Wood started 13 games where he threw at least 120 pitches. The next closest after that for him was 1998, where he had 8 games with => 120 pitches. And, of course, Kerry Wood never had a year close to 2003 again, either. FYI – Runner up for the Cy Young that year was Jason Schmidt. He started 5 games where he threw at least 120 pitches. Russ Ortiz finished 4 in the voting, behind Prior, and he also had 5 starts with >+ 120 pitches. It’s hard to argue against facts.

  11. drs76109 - Feb 12, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Can he coach football? Tell him to call Ray Farmer and Jimmy Haslam…

  12. joecool16280 - Feb 12, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    His managing style was both good and bad. He definitely was a good manager during the regular season but was so stubborn and wouldn’t adjust his philosophy for the important games.

  13. cur'68 - Feb 12, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    To sum up for the DustyH8ers: DANG YOU DUSTY BAKER! Dang you to HECK!

  14. voight444 - Feb 12, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Dusty Baker is an A1 douchbag racist. The Reds ownership finally realized that and got rid of his ass.
    All he ever cared about was his black buddies. B
    Baker is one of the worst racists in sports.

    • dinofrank60 - Feb 13, 2014 at 2:58 AM

      Who are some of the best racists in sports?

  15. jamesbz - Feb 13, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Let me be the official spokesperson for long time Reds fans, if only for a moment;
    Of course we love you, Dusty. It’s impossible not to. You’re a good person and a Hall-of-Famer. But we could not take another season like last year. You have enough money for to lifetimes and your phone will ring soon, anyway. We wish you all the best, Dusty Baker.

  16. bbk1000 - Feb 14, 2014 at 6:53 AM

    I would have loved if the Nationals hired Dusty Baker, in a few years Strasburg , Zimmerman and Gonzalez would be learning the knuckleball.

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