Managerial Journeys: Dusty Baker


With over 40 years in baseball – almost 20 as a player and over 20 as a managerDusty Baker, who is currently at the helm of the Washington Nationals, has seen plenty. His journey has taken him from small to large market teams and across the entire U.S. This is one legend who isn’t content with just being a part of America’s pastime – he’s still a part of baseball’s present and future.

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Join us as we take a look at the road Dusty Baker has walked to make it from playing in the minors to coaching World Series contenders.

Player Power, Powerful Player


Born Johnnie B. Baker, the California native entered professional baseball as a player through the 1967 MLB June Amateur Draft. He was selected in the 26th round by the Atlanta Braves. While he did his work in the minors – receiving call-ups every year from 1968 forward – Baker didn’t join the Braves majors squad until 1972.

He would eventually leave the Atlanta Braves and Georgia to return home to the Golden State as a player for the Los Angeles Dodgers. His best stretch as a member of the Blue Crew came between the 1980 and 1982 seasons. Baker would finish in the top 10 of MVP voting twice, attend two All-Star games, earn two Silver Slugger awards, and receive one Gold Glove. Oh, and he also would be a part of the 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers World Series Champions side.

Baker would round out his playing days playing with the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics before starting the next phase of his professional association with baseball.

Move to Management

Dusty Baker assumed the role as manager of the San Francisco Giants in 1993, and he had a better first year than anyone could have expected. The ’93 Giants finished the season with a record of 103-59, which earned Baker NL Manager of the Year honors. He would win the award two more times with the Giants, in 1997 and 2000. Baker almost navigated his team to a World Championship but lost 4-3 in a seven game series against the Anaheim Angels in 2002. That was also the end of his tenure in San Francisco.

He would move eastward to Chicago, where he’d take the Cubs to the postseason in one out of four seasons, before heading to the Cincinnati Reds. Baker’s performance as the manager of the Reds saw his team make it to the postseason in three of his six seasons, but he never advanced further than the first round. All of this experience would take Dusty to the nation’s capital in 2016, where he signed on to manage the Washington Nationals. While he hasn’t replicated the 2002 season in charge of the San Francisco Giants to date, the Nationals represent an excellent opportunity to make a huge playoff push.

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Cincinnati Reds Home Run Hot Spots: Great American Ball Park


Baseball in Cincinnati, in one form or another, has been entertaining fans for well over 100 years. In fact, in 1869, Cincinnati fielded the first professional baseball team in the U.S. (the Red Stockings), and when the National League of Professional Base Ball Players formed several years later, the Red Stockings were one of its inaugural clubs.

Along the Ohio River

The Stockings were asked to leave this upstart league four seasons later due to beer sales and wanting to play games on Sundays (both forbidden in those days), but made their reappearance in 1881 as a charter member of the American Association, finally taking to the field in 1884.

The Red Stockings of yesteryear exist today as the Cincinnati Reds and play ball at the Great American Ball Park, which opened in time for the 2003 season. With their long and vibrant history, the Reds have fielded championship-winning teams (they have won the World Series five times, most recently in 1990) and many players are familiar to many. The most famous Red is probably slugger Pete Rose, who played in the majors for 24 years. There’s also Hall of Famer Johnny Bench, who played for the Reds throughout his entire 17-year career, was a 14-time All-Star, and grabbed 10 Gold Gloves.

Current Reds players, like Joey Votto and Scooter Gennett, keep fans coming to the Great American Ball Park. If you’re going to take in a game there, where are the home run hot spots?

Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati, Ohio


In 2016, there were 228 homers, the longest of which went 461 feet. There have already been 101 in 2017, and that number is sure to increase as the year continues. Of course, sitting along the outfield wall is the best way to boost your chances, but which sections are super hot as far as catching the long ball?

If you’re thinking about sitting in left field, give sections 106, 105, and 103 a hard look, as these areas seem to be home run targets, according to our heat map. If the right field is more of your style, try sections 143, 142, and 140 on for size. Also, the Bowtie Bar situated over the visitor’s bullpen sees its share of homers.

If you’re traveling to downtown Cincinnati and planning on taking in a ball game, keep these seats in mind if you’re hungry for homers while you cheer on your favorite team. Also, don’t forget to grab some fab Reds gear at before you make your way to your outfield seats.


The Most Attractive MLB Players


With active rosters of 25 players for each game, expanded rosters of 40 players, and a total of 30 Major League Baseball teams, there’s over 1,200 players putting on a jersey for a MLB team each year. There’s extremely well-known players, such as Los Angeles Angels Outfielder Mike Trout or Chicago Cubs Third Baseman Kris Bryant, among this bunch of professional athletes. Conditioned for a 162 game season, there’s also many of these players who could be described in one word: fine.

Who are the most attractive professional baseball players? Thousands of people chimed in to let us know which players were hotter than New York Yankee’s Pitcher Aroldis Chapman’s 105 MPH fastball.


Micah Johnson, second baseman for the Atlanta Braves, doesn’t just live in Hotlanta – he is Hotlanta. Rating at an 8.5 out of 10 on average, he was ranked over half a point higher than the next set of most attractive MLB players. Johnson has spent two years in the majors with the Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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It was the National League players, however, who dominated the top ten hottest active players. Only one player from the American League was in the top ten: Pitcher Drew Verhagen from the Detroit Tigers, tied for seventh overall with Right Fielder Patrick Kivlehan from the Cincinnati Reds and Outfielder Franklin Gutierrez from the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

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Hottest Position Heat Map


Outfielders are where the hotties are, according to the average ratings of players across each position. Several outfield players had ratings above 7.5 – and one was close to an 8.0! Carlos Gonzalez, outfielder for the Colorado Rockies, was deemed to be the most attractive outfielder. Just check out how he turns a family vacation photo into a model shoot.

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Cincinnati Reds Left Fielder Adam Duvall also had a high rating, 7.7, and it isn’t hard to see why!

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