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11/15/2002 8:17 pm ET 
Dusty Baker named Cubs manager

The Chicago Cubs tonight announced the hiring of three-time National League Manager of the Year Dusty Baker as the club's new manager. The Cubs and Baker have agreed to a four-year contract.

Baker, 53, joins the Cubs after spending the last 10 years as the manager of the San Francisco Giants.

His clubs:
  • went 840-715 over the 10-season span (.540 winning percentage), finishing in 1st or 2nd place in the National League West Division eight times.
  • won at least 90 games five times -- including each of the last three years.
  • advanced to the postseason three times -- including a trip to the 2002 World Series. The 2002 club beat Atlanta in the Division Series and St. Louis in the N.L. Championship Series before falling to Anaheim in the Fall Classic.
The Giants finished above the .500 mark every year since 1997, placing 1st or 2nd in the division every season.
  • the club's overall 547-425 record over the six-season span (.563 winning percentage) ranked second in the National League behind Atlanta (594-376 -- .612 winning percentage).
  • the six consecutive 1st- or 2nd-place finishes marked the first time that happened in franchise history since the New York Giants accomplished the feat over a nine-year span from 1917-1925.
Baker won the Baseball Writers' Association of America National League Manager of the Year Award following the 1993, 1997 and 2000 seasons.
  • since the inception of the BBWAA award, only one manager (Tony LaRussa) has been honored more times. also won The Sporting News' N.L. Manager of the Year honors in 1997 and 2000.
Baker recorded the second-highest totals in Giants history for victories and games (1,555), trailing only John McGraw -- who led the club to a 2,604-1,801 record from 1902-1932.
  • the Giants won 103 games in 1993 during his first year at the helm. The victory total was the highest for a rookie manager in National League history.
  • recorded three of the top five victory seasons since the Giants moved to San Francisco in 1958 (103 in 1993, 97 in 2000 and 95 in 2002).
  • also played the Cubs in the 1998 Wild Card tiebreaker. To get to that game, the Giants made up a 5.0-game deficit with 10 games remaining in the regular season.
Baker spent parts of 19 seasons in the majors (1968-1986) with Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland, batting .278 in 2,039 games with 242 homers and 1,013 RBI.
  • was selected by the Braves in the 26th round of the 1967 draft -- and made his big league debut the following year.
  • earned National League All-Star honors twice (1981-1982), won a pair of Silver Slugger awards (1980-1981) and earned a Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 1981.
  • went to the postseason with the Dodgers following the 1977, 1978, 1981 and 1983 campaigns, hitting .282 in 40 playoff games with 5 homers and 21 RBI -- and won a World Series championship ring in 1981.
  • hit a career-high 30 homers for the Dodgers in 1977. He was part of the first foursome to reach the 30-homers level in one season, joining teammates Steve Garvey, Ron Cey and Reggie Smith.

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