Dusty Baker Net Worth

What is Dusty Baker’s Net Worth?

Net Worth:$20 Million
Name:Dusty Baker
Profession:Baseball Player
Height:1.87 m (6 ft 1 in)
Born:15 June 1949
Country:United States of America
Last Updated:2023

Dusty Baker is an American former baseball player and current manager who has a net worth of $20 million. He ad one of the most successful MLB careers, spanning more than 50 years. Before taking over as manager of the Giants in 1993 he was an outfielder for the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, and Oakland Athletics.

After finishing his playing career, then he went on to become a very successful manager of several teams. His first stint as manager of the Giants came just seven years after his final at-bat in 1986. Fast forward nearly 30 years, and Baker is now the manager of the Houston Astros, who are in the midst of a 7-game World Series series against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Baker’s contract with the Astros expired last year after the team’s World Series loss to the Braves. Baker, however, was announced to be returning as the Astros’ manager for one more year in 2021.

Career Highlights

  • Manager for the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, and Washington Nationals for 22 years.
  • Sixteen (16) seasons as a player, mostly with the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • Went to three World Series with the Dodgers, winning one in 1981.
  • As a player, won two Silver Slugger Awards and one Gold Glove Award while playing on two National League All-Star teams.
  • The first manager to lead four different teams to the National League Playoffs.

Early Life

Johnnie B. “Dusty” Baker Jr. was born on June 15th, 1949, in Riverside, California to Johnnie B., a defense industry worker, and Christine Baker, a professor. He got the nickname “Dusty” because he liked eating dirt from the family’s backyard. Baker has five siblings, and he was frequently called upon to manage his misbehaving siblings.

His father was a World War II veteran who believed in harsh punishment to protect his son from negative influences in the neighborhood. When he was a senior in high school, his parents divorced.

Playing Career

Dusty Baker attended Del Campo High School in Sacramento, California, and there he began his basketball career. Following his graduation, he was drafted in the 1967 amateur draft by the Atlanta Braves.

He played for the Braves for eight seasons before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He helped the Dodgers win the World Series in 1981 and represented them in 1977 and 1978. He also played for the San Francisco Giants (1984) and the Oakland Athletics (1985-1986). Baker announced his retirement from baseball in 1986.

Key Facts to Know

  • Started coaching career with the San Francisco Giants.
  • Owns real estate worth $7 million.
  • Earns around $300 thousand every month.
  • Making around $4 million per year.
  • Baker was a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserves.

Post-Playing Career

Baker started his coaching career with the San Francisco Giants in 1988. He began as a first base coach, then spent four years as the hitting coach before taking over as manager in 1993, replacing the departing Roger Craig.

Baker won the “NL Manager of the Year” award in his first season as manager, leading the team to a 103-59 record. Baker is currently one of only four African Americans to manage a World Series team. He is the club’s second-winningest manager in club’s history, trailing only Bruce Bochy. Baker was hired as manager of the Chicago Cubs in 2003.

In his first season, Baker led the Cubs to their first division title in 14 years, thanks to a strong pitching staff and big-hitting players like Moises Alou and Sammy Sosa. He was with the Chicago Cubs for three years before leaving.

The Cincinnati Reds hired him as a manager in 2007, replacing interim manager Pete Mackanin. Baker’s Reds finished 74-88 in 2008 and 78-84 in 2009, finishing fifth and fourth in the NL Central. Baker signed a two-year extension contract with the Reds as a manager in 2012. He was fired as manager of the Reds in 2013 after they were defeated in the National League Wild Card Game by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In 2015, Baker was named the Washington Nationals’ new manager. Baker and the Nationals won the NL East in 2016 but were defeated in the NLDS by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Baker led the Nationals to another NL East title the following season. Baker was released by the Washington Nationals in 2017. In 2018, he rejoined the Giants organization as Special Advisor to the CEO.

Broadcasting

Baker worked as an ESPN analyst during the 2006 MLB postseason and again the following season. Similarly, in 2015, he joined TBS as a studio analyst for the final two weeks of regular-season coverage as well as for coverage of the National League playoffs.

Baker Other Works

From 1969 to 1975, Baker was a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserves. He co-wrote the book You Can Teach Hitting and has produced a number of hitting videos. He founded the Dusty Baker International Academy of Baseball in Sacramento, which recently celebrated its 34th anniversary.

Baker was honored in 2015 by the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. A documentary, “Dusty: A Baseball Journey,” about Dusty’s 50 years in Major League Baseball also aired on the MLB Network in 2016.

Personal Life

Baker’s first marriage ended in divorce with Alica Lee Washinton, with whom he has a daughter named Melissa. Baker has been married to Melissa since 1994, and they have a son named Darren. Baker also enjoys hunting and fishing, and he speaks Spanish fluently.

Charity Works

Dusty is a cancer survivor who is involved in the community and generously supports charitable organizations. Baker serves on the National Advisory Board of the Positive Coaching Alliance, a national non-profit organization.

The organization is dedicated to providing positive, character-building youth sports experiences for student-athletes. Baker has appeared in a number of videos and webinars for this organization, all of which are available on the organization’s YouTube channel.

IRS Issues

For over a decade, Baker had problems with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which had determined that Baker’s investments in tax shelters would be disallowed. The IRS garnished his paychecks while he was managing the Giants.

Baker was left with less than a quarter of his $900,000 salary to live on each month. The problem was solved with the assistance of a tax crisis lawyer over the course of several years around 2002.

Assets and Properties

In 2003, Baker purchased a $589,000 undeveloped 5-acre plot of land in Granite Bay, California, near Sacramento. He built a 9,000 sq ft mansion on a palatial estate with multiple structures, enormous lawns, a basketball court, and other amenities.

His Granite Bay mansion is now likely worth $5-6 million. Baker also co-owns Baker Family Wines with the owner and winemaker Chik Brenneman.

Dusty Baker Net Worth

As of 2023, Dusty Baker’s net worth is estimated to be $20 million. Baker is one of the richest baseball coaches in the world. His salary is around $4 million, and his main source of income is from his career as a baseball coach and manager.

Baker’s current one-year contract with the Astros is estimated to be around $1.5 million, after factoring in his two-year contract with the Washington Nationals in 2015, which was around $4 million. Baker’s successful career has earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy cars, and he also makes millions through his family’s winery business.

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