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Dusty Baker On Managing In Public vs Private Settings

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Dusty Baker, Manager for the MLB's Houston Astros, is a PCA National Advisory Board Member. His career is highlighted by four division championships and by being named National League Manager of the Year three times by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. From 1968 to 1986, Baker played for the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics as an outfielder. He won the World Series with the Dodgers in 1981 and was twice an All Star and earned a Gold Glove Award in 1981. He also managed the Giants, Cubs and Reds.

As a manager, Baker developed a philosophy of when to deal with a player matter publicly, and when it should be handled privately. His approach was to keep it private in almost all circumstances. Chastising a player shouldn’t be done on the field or in the clubhouse, it should be done in the privacy of a manager’s office because that’s the best way to control the situation and appropriately express disappointment in a player’s behavior or performance.