Retired? Well… Kind Of… Dusty Baker Returns to The San Francisco Giants as Special Advisor

Retired? Well… Kind Of… Dusty Baker Returns to The San Francisco Giants as Special Advisor

Every time he tries to leave something keeps pulling MLBbro Dusty Baker back to the field of dreams.

Only this time he’ll be moving on up to the front office. After originally retiring from managing after a 26 year career, Baker is returning with the San Francisco Giants as a special advisor to baseball operations the team announced on Thursday.

Dusty began his MLB managerial career with the Giants in 1993 where he led them to a 2002 World Series appearance (Lost to the Anaheim Angels in 7), two NL West titles and three trips to the postseason with Barry Bonds setting records that may never be broken.

Dusty Baker Returns to San Francisco 

Although he is not returning to the dugout, this role isn’t unfamiliar to him. Baker served as a special advisor to team CEO Larry Baer from 2018 to ’19. Baker’s role in his third stint with the team will be similar to the role he had in 2018, having a hand in both business and baseball operations.

Even though Baker has reached the mountain top with the Astros winning a World Series (2022) and coached teams such as the Chicago Cubs (2003-2006), Cincinnati Reds (2008 to 2013), and the Washington Nationals (2016-2017), Baker considers the Bay Area home.

 “I’ve enjoyed my stops at various places, but I’m happy to be back home,” Baker said in a team release. “I look forward to providing guidance to the organization and helping the Giants get back to the top in a very tough division.” 


Dusty Baker Has The Winning Formula 

The 74-years-young Baker surely has limitless amounts of knowledge and wisdom to share.

In his career in the dugout Baker has reached three World Series, became the first manager in MLB history to lead five different teams to division titles, captured three NL Manager of the Year awards and has 2,183 wins under his belt.

The Giants are excited to be able to tap into Dusty’s endless well of baseball knowledge going forward.

“I was fortunate enough to get to know Dusty when we overlapped in the organization in 2019, and I’m excited to get to work with him again,” Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said in a statement. “I learn something new in every interaction with him and look forward to leaning on his experience and perspective on the game.”

The Giants have not been to the postseason since 2021 and had a disappointing ’23 season placing 4th in the NL West (79-83 record).
We look forward to watching this MLBbro legend help the organization turn things around and get back on a winning track
Dust-Up in Los Angeles

Dust-Up in Los Angeles

Dusty Baker got ejected on Saturday after his pitcher, Ryan Stanek, was called for an 8th inning balk that forced in the go-ahead run in the Astros’ 8-7 loss to the Dodgers.

Even If Aaron Judge Doesn’t Prefer San Francisco, The Yankees Are Making His Decision Easy

Even If Aaron Judge Doesn’t Prefer San Francisco, The Yankees Are Making His Decision Easy

As MLB’s winter meeting heat up and $300M deals have already been secured, all eyes turn to MLBbro Aaron Judge and what appears to be a two-team race for his services between the New York Yankees (who just inked GM Brian Cashman to a new four-year deal) and the San Francisco Giants who are seeking the franchise’s first superstar of this caliber since Barry Bonds. 

Judge Hit AL Record 62 Bro Bombs, Remains A Free Agent Through First Days Of San Diego Winter Meetings  

Cashman said Monday that the team has made multiple offers to the MLBbro who has spent his entire career for the Yankees.  Judge is reaching free agency at the optimal time. Now that Trea Turner was rewarded with an 11-year $300M deal, it’s not a question if the Judge will exceed that contract threshold.  As Jeff Passan reported on ESPN, “it’s just a matter of by how much.” 

At the All-Star break, the Yankees appeared to still be in the driver’s seat despite Judge’s fast start, but he certainly wouldn’t commit to anything past this season. A season in which he overdelivered and dismissed any talk of decline, being injury prone

 

 

Now that the offseason is in full swing, Judge has no shortage of suitors, but at this point it’s all about the check book. He hit 10 more homeruns than any other player in baseball, which is the biggest gap in 90 years. It’s also about how genuinely the Yankees show they truly want to retain him. 

San Francisco Giants Putting Full Cout Press On Judge

San Francisco is putting a full court press on Judge. Judge is the forbidden fruit that the Giants want to taste, and the Yankees already have tasted it and reaped the financial benefits of Judge’s historic accomplishments and popularity. There’s clearly a number that they aren’t willing to surpass. 

Meanwhile, NBA star Stephen Curry has been joined by members of the 49ers NFL roster as they look to bring Judge to San Francisco. Judge has recently visited the Giants, with the organization said to be ‘elated’ with their meeting.

49ers stars Drake Jackson, Willie Snead IV, Talanoa Hufanga and Marcelino McCrary Ball have sent messages to Judge from the locker-room asking him to make the move. “Aaron Judge, you need to come home bro,” said Jackson.

“It’s beautiful out here, wherever you are right now, I bet it’s not like this,” he added. “If you sign with the Giants, those are three potential championship winning teams right here in San Francisco,” Snead IV teased Judge.

Compare that to the Yankees corporate bore of a courting and reports surfacing that Judge feels the Yankees “turned the fans against him” at one point and there’s a real risk that he won’t be in pinstripes ever again.

As a reminder of how totally, dominant Judge was this season and how he ranked among his peers, “All Rise” became the first player to lead MLB in home runs, RBI, runs and extra base hits since the iconic Mickey Mantle in 1956. 

 

 

Giants’ manager Gabe Kapler says, “this is the most exciting time that I can remember. It feels like there’s a lot at stake for the game. We want to be an exciting brand at the winter meetings. Not just during the season.”

Aaron Judge Making The Yankees Come Correct 

AJ, who grew up in California, is really milking this situation, as he should, and the mystery surrounding his feelings heightens the theater for major league baseball. After all, this is the sport’s biggest story of the offseason, and they have to get every marketing and advertising advantage out of it. Football is starting to kick into high gear as teams begin to jostle for playoff positioning and the NBA is in full swing and about to dominate the headlines post-January. 

So, it’s all about Aaron Judge and whether or not he will leave the Yankees. If you try to read between the lines, the Yankees say they have made two offers.

Per Jon Heyman of the New York Post and MLB Network, the Giants’ current offer to the reigning American League MVP is believed to be in the range of $360 million. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported last week the Yankees have an offer on the table worth around $300 million over eight years, but they could increase it depending on how far the Giants are willing to push the market.

If he does indeed want to finish his career in pinstripes, then you’d have to assume that the Yankees offers aren’t as attractive as San Francisco’s offer. How many times will Judge allow the Yankees to come with an offer that he feels is low balling his worth? Even if he doesn’t prefer the Giants, the Yankees don’t seem to be making it hard for him to decide to leave. 

San Francisco Giants In Hot Pursuit Of Aaron Judge | Reports Say, The Check Book Is Wide Open & The Yankees Should Be Worried

San Francisco Giants In Hot Pursuit Of Aaron Judge | Reports Say, The Check Book Is Wide Open & The Yankees Should Be Worried

The New York Yankees seem to be in real danger of losing Aaron Judge and the all-time home run king is definitely pursuing other options as the Yankees prepare a package that isn’t guaranteed to keep Judge in pinstripes, which would be a damaging blow to their franchise.

Will Aaron Judge Leave The Yankees In Free Agency?

Imagine being the franchise that let a 62-homer MLBbro, in his prime, walk out the door for free?  George Steinbrenner is probably rolling in his grave right now, as his sons continue to botch chances of bringing their franchise player back home. 

Reports say that the San Francisco Giants put on a full court press when the slugger made a free agent visit to the Giants before Thanksgiving. The fact that Judge is even entertaining free agent offers is damning for the Yankees and has fans losing it. The Giants are using every resource to lure Judge to Cisco.

San Francisco Giants Heavily Pursuing Aaron Judge 

“As part of their pitch, the Giants put Judge in touch with Steph Curry’s camp, hopeful that the two superstars could connect as Judge weighs his decision, sources told NBC Sports Bay Area. … Judge arrived in the city Monday and met with Giants officials for two days, with conversations kicking off Monday night at Oracle Park, where Judge and his agent had dinner with CEO Larry Baer, president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, manager Gabe Kapler and other members of the organization. The Giants continued to meet with Judge for most of the day Tuesday.

MLB Network’s Jon Morosi had more on Judge’s meeting with the Giants:

“Now I’m told it was a day of multiple meetings. I’m told that the meetings went all the way up to the ownership level between Aaron Judge and the San Francisco Giants, so a very significant development there. There were a lot of conversations for Aaron Judge with the Giants, of course going back to his home state of California and the team he grew up following.

“Now we know this, and I don’t have all the details of everybody that he spoke with, but when you consider the thoughtfulness of the Giants and their long history and the number of icons they’ve had over time, it would not surprise me if the Giants really organized this to consider and go back to Aaron’s emotions as a long-time fan of the franchise. And perhaps even including some of his favorite players as a kid, who might well have been able to meet with him yesterday.

“So again I’m told it was a very productive meeting. I don’t think right now, guys, that there has been an offer made yet. But I do expect that could happen within a week, where there’s a formal offer made from the Giants to Aaron Judge. And the general pace of things, we know where the Yankees stand, we know they’ve had a conversation with him since the season ended, Aaron has a pretty good understanding of where the Yankees stand with what they’ve done with the previous offers and where things stand right now.

 


“I believe that once Aaron Judge knows where at least the initial Giants offer comes in, and I do believe one is forthcoming, that there will be a fairly robust conversation to where we could see Aaron Judge signing with a team within the next two weeks, by the end of the Winter Meetings. So I think that’s kind of where we stand here, where this is not going to be a February decision. I would expect this to be a December decision and it could even happen before the end of the Winter Meetings in his home state of California.”

In addition to Curry’s influence, Giants two-time All-Star outfielder Joc Pederson offered his support for the idea of a change of coast for the 2022 American League MVP in a Tweet. 

“I got 99 problems … winning ain’t one. We’re ready when you are @thejudge44,” Pederson wrote, referring to Judge’s jersey number and the famous Jay-Z song “99 Problems.”

Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner claims to have had two meetings with Judge and has expressed that the Yankees want Judge to finish his career in pinstripes.

 

Yankees Make Another Contract Offer To Judge

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said last week that the club made a new offer to Judge and, “We’re certainly not going to mess around.”

Problem is, earlier this month at the GM Meetings in Las Vegas, Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said ownership is not sparing any coin and there’s no limit to the budget that he has to woo Judge. 

“I think from a financial standpoint there’s nobody that would be out of our capability,” Zaidi said. 

That’s big talk from Giants brass. They are obviously going all in and they have several advantages, including the fact that Judge was born in Sacramento, California and grew up in Linden, California, just under two hours away from San Francisco, so he would be going home for real. It’s got to be somewhat enticing for the judge.

 

Will Giants Outbid Yankees For Aaron Judge ?

Somewhat exciting for San Francisco fans who haven’t had a player of this ilk since Barry Bonds was blasting balls into McCovey Cove on a nightly basis. 

And somewhat terrifying for Yankees fans, might lose one of the best hitters in franchise history in the prime of popularity and productivity.

Barry Bonds Wants Aaron Judge To Bring His Bro Show To San Francisco

Barry Bonds Wants Aaron Judge To Bring His Bro Show To San Francisco

Home Run King Barry Bond wants Bay-area native Aaron Judge in a San Francisco Giants jersey come 2023.  The sweepstakes for this year’s soon to be American League MVP will be one of the biggest the Majors has ever seen.

Is Aaron Judge Having The Greatest Contract Year In MLB History? | The MLBbro Exceeded Even The Highest Expectations

 

To most of a generation, including Aaron Judge himself, Barry Bonds was the greatest player they ever saw. The seven-time MVP holds the record for most home runs in a career with 762 and his 73 in 2001 are the most ever in a single season. Judge’s current chase for the American League record has caught the eyes of the entire sports world, including Bonds himself who last week gave Judge his blessing to not only take his crown, but follow in his footsteps as the right fielder for the San Francisco Giants.

“The way Judge swings he might as well hit one a day and get past me,” said Bonds to reporters.  

“I don’t care, why not?  I hope he signs here.  Can it happen?  I do not know, but we would love to have him.”

The Giants, just like each of the other 29 Major League teams will get the opportunity to shoot their shots in hopes to get Judge in their lineup, but his favorite player from his childhood team may give them the upper hand in the sweepstakes.

Judge was born in Linden, California and grew up as a Giants fan.  He played baseball at Fresno State University where he was named All-Conference in each of his three seasons there before he was drafted by New York. This past off-season, Aaron Judge’s contract negotiations with the Yankees were the talk of baseball. He made it clear to both the media and front office that he would not be negotiating a deal during the season.

 

 

Instead, he has let his play do the talking and it has spoken volumes in every single facet of the game whether it be taking over in center field, collecting a career high number of steals and distinguishing himself as one of the greatest Yankees in Major League history. Regardless of postseason outcome, Judge is coming to negotiating tables this off-season with things stacked heavily in his favor. He will have his first career MVP under his belt to go along with having hit the second most homers in the 2000’s era and possibly a triple crown.

Nobody knows how much it will take to lure Judge away from New York. He is the king of the city and wears the superstar tag better than any athlete in the city since Derek Jeter retired. He’s not nearly as popular or well known as Jeter was outside of baseball circles, but if he keeps this up and remains in pinstripes, then sky is the limit. If he doesn’t stay with the Yankees that automatically lowers his popularity and celebrity as a baseball player. But it will be up to Judge. 

What we do know is that the greatest home run hitter of all time wants to see today’s supreme slugger send balls into McCovey Cove as Bonds once did. Will the Yankees’ disrespect some months ago come back to haunt them?  Maybe, but only time will tell as to where we see Judge in 2023.