Dusty Baker will be reconnecting with the Giants as he gets ready to embark on the next chapter of his storied career in baseball.
The longtime manager is expected to return to the organization as a special assistant to the front office, a source told MLB.com. The club has not confirmed the news, which was first reported by USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.
Baker, 74, stepped down from managing the Astros at the end of the 2023 season, ending a 26-season run in the dugout that is expected to earn him a spot in the Hall of Fame.
Before joining Houston, Baker spent two seasons working as a special adviser to Giants CEO Larry Baer from 2018-19, performing duties on both the business and baseball side. He is expected to take on a similar role in his latest stint with San Francisco, which also gave him his first opportunity to manage in 1993.
Baker spent 10 years at the helm of the Giants, posting an 840-715 record while steering the club to five 90-win seasons and the 2002 National League pennant. He earned all three of his Manager of the Year honors (1993, ’97 and 2000) during his time in the Bay Area.
“I’m actually also talking to the Giants,” Baker told Jason Dumas and F.P. Santangelo. “I talked to Larry Baer the other day about the possibility of maybe even joining them, and so we just have to see how things work out for all of us.
“They’re preliminary talks. Like I said, I talked to Larry. I’m awaiting to talk to [president of baseball operations] Farhan [Zaidi]. They do have a [Triple-A] team here in Sacramento, where I am, the River Cats team. … We’ll see if we can work things out family-wise and time-wise and all kinds of ways. Like I said, we’re just having preliminary talks. We’ll see how things work out.”
Baker, who also managed the Cubs (2003-06), Reds (2008-13) and Nationals (2016-17), ranks seventh among Major League skippers with 2,183 wins. He also spent 19 seasons as an MLB outfielder, playing for the Braves (where he was teammates with Hank Aaron), the Dodgers (whom he helped win a World Series in 1981), the Giants and the A’s.