The Giants are hiring Dusty Baker as a special assistant, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (X link). He’ll add an experienced voice to work with president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi; Nightengale adds that Baker will also assist CEO Larry Baer on certain business operations.
It’s an unsurprising development. Baker revealed last month that he was in talks with the Giants about some kind of non-coaching role. It allows the baseball lifer to remain involved with the game in a less demanding capacity than the managerial position in Houston from which he stepped down after the 2023 campaign. Changing teams also allows Baker to work closer to his home in Sacramento.
Baker is plenty familiar with the Giants. He managed for a decade in San Francisco, winning a trio of Manager of the Year honors along the way. Baker led the Giants to an 840-715 showing from 1993-2002. He helmed them to an NL pennant in ’02. Baker capped off what’ll very likely be a Hall of Fame career when he led Houston to a World Series in 2022.