A correspondent sent this link to me with the comment, “Dusty wants to ruin some EVEN YOUNGER arms…”. I would say that it’s evidence that Baker is fully on-board with the youth movement:
This weekend, Baker will be the fill-in coach for 9-year-old son Darren’s 10-and-under traveling tournament team, Hard 90 Pastime out of Roseville, Calif., near the Bakers’ Northern California home.
The 59-year-old Baker spent his first season as skipper of the Cincinnati Reds this year working with a roster of youngsters, but this of course will be much different. He finally gets to coach his son Ã¢â‚¬â€ and in the Bay Area, no less. The tournament will be in nearby Sunnyvale.
“The head coach is away for the weekend. I begged my dad to coach the team,” Darren said. “I’m very excited because it was his dream to always coach me.”…
The team is ranked fourth nationally, No. 1 in Northern California and is coming off a title last weekend, according to Darren’s mom, Melissa. Darren is the second baseman and occasional outfielder.
“I am so shocked he agreed to do it. Darren sort of persuaded him,” Melissa Baker said. “The funny thing is that Dusty just can’t get over the goofing around that still goes on with these 9- and 10-year-olds. He wants them to always hustle and stay focused.
Heh. Sounds like a pretty good team, though. Of course, I’m not entirely sure that having national rankings for 10-year-olds is a good thing.