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Q&A Dusty Baker

Feb. 05, 2007
Feb. 05, 2007

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Q&A Dusty Baker

The 57-year-old former manager of the Giants and the Cubs will begin as an ESPN baseball analyst this spring.

SI: You have a clause in your ESPN contract that allows teams to contact you about managerial openings. Would you take over a team in midseason?

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Baker: It depends. I don't want to be a guillotine over some manager's head. I've been there before. I'm going to get into what I am doing at ESPN. If it's the right job at the right place at the right time for me and my family, then I would consider it. But I am not soliciting.

SI: But managing again is very important to you?

Baker: It's important. But you can't hire yourself. It's like Ludacris says, "We all got mouths to feed." I've had people say to me, "You have enough money. Why don't you just go home?" It has nothing do with money. I've been working since I was 18 years old. I mean, Donald Trump doesn't go home.

SI: You managed Barry Bonds for 10 years in San Francisco. How's your relationship with him?

Baker: My relationship with Barry is that I'm glad to see him when I see him. Barry is a very private dude. Nobody hardly sees Barry in the off-season. There are Barry sightings, but very few people get to really see him.

SI: If you had a vote, would you vote Mark McGwire and Bonds into the Hall of Fame?

Baker: Yeah. Everything is on speculation. Hey, man, I don't condone the use of this or that at all. But [people assume] they're guilty when they haven't really been proven guilty.

SI: So what happens if you're really good at broadcasting? Could that keep you out of the dugout?

Baker: I hear you, brother. But like Arnold Schwarzenegger says, "I'll be back." In the meantime, I'll enjoy where I am.

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