Baker part of playoff TV

Former Reds manager Dusty Baker will be seen during the postseason this year. It was announced Tuesday that Baker has joined the TBS studio show. He previous worked at ESPN for the 2007 season before he joined the Reds.

When I saw Baker last month in San Diego, he looked very good and healthy. I’m wondering if getting back into TV again could help keep his name in circulation for future managerial jobs.

Here is more from the TBS press release:

Dusty Baker, a three-time National League Manager of the Year, has joined Turner Sports as a studio analyst for MLB on TBS coverage leading up to and throughout the 2015 MLB Postseason. Baker, 17th on baseball’s all-time managerial wins list, will team with 2015 Hall of Fame inductee Pedro Martinez and nine-time MLB All-Star Gary Sheffield as studio analysts and host Casey Stern for pre- and post-game shows during TBS’ exclusive 2015 National League postseason coverage. The studio team will also offer pre-game coverage for the final two Sunday MLB on TBS regular season telecasts (Sept. 27 and Oct. 4). 


“Dusty has one of the great minds in the history of the game and, with more than 40 years in professional baseball, he has the ability to articulate his wealth of experience into deep analysis and compelling stories. We are thrilled to have him join our TBS studio team for the MLB Postseason,” said Craig Barry, senior vice president of production and executive creative director, Turner Sports. “His perspectives as a highly-regarded manager, combined with Pedro’s Hall of Fame credentials on the mound and Sheffield’s excellence at the plate, will create a dynamic trio that we feel will really resonate with our viewers.”


“I’m really looking forward to joining the Turner Sports team alongside Pedro and ‘Sheff’,” said Dusty Baker. “I’ve always respected and admired them from the other side of the field and I’m excited to now join them as teammates. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”


During a 20-year managerial career, Baker led the Cincinnati Reds (2008-13), Chicago Cubs (2003-06) and San Francisco Giants (1993-2002) to a total of seven playoff appearances. As manager of the San Francisco Giants, he was a three-time NL Manager of the Year (1993, 1997 and 2000) and guided the team to the NL pennant in 2002. 


Baker also had a 19-year playing career – with the Oakland Athletics (1985-86), San Francisco Giants (1984), Los Angeles Dodgers (1976-83) and Atlanta Braves (1968-75) – and won a World Series championship as a member of the Dodgers in 1981. He was a two-time MLB All-Star, won two Silver Slugger Awards, along with a Gold Glove Award during his playing career. He most recently served as a studio analyst for ESPN in 2007.


I am glad the Dusty is back in baseball again. I am sure as much as he loves the game he is also very happy to be associated with the game again.

By Jeff Todd @MLBTR:
•Former Reds great Barry Larkin has seen his name mentioned frequently as a hypothetical candidate to take over in the Cincinnati dugout, though it’s not clear yet whether Bryan Price will be retained for 2016. Larkin said today on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM (Twitter link) that he interviewed for the Rays job last year and had preliminary discussions about the Tigers‘ most recent opening, which at least gives credence to the idea that the Hall-of-Famer has interest in such a position.

By Mark Polishuk@MLBTR:
•The Reds have a workout scheduled with Cuban outfielder Eddy Julio Martinez tomorrow in the Dominican Republic, Sanchez tweets. The Giants are also “still in [the] mix” to sign the 20-year-old. There hasn’t been much news on Martinez since early July, though he’d worked out for at least six teams and drawn interest from several more. The highly-touted Martinez is expected to command at least a $10MM signing bonus, so if Cincinnati were to sign him, the Reds would far exceed their current international bonus pool and be limited to $300K-or-less signings in each of the next two international signing periods. San Francisco, meanwhile, has already exceeded its 2015-16 pool limit so the Giants could decide to load up on international talent now since they face restrictions from 2016-18.

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