Dusty Baker has worked his last game as the San Francisco Giants´ manager.
Giant’s general manager Brian Sabean announced today that Baker is leaving the team, two weeks after guiding them to the World Series.
Sabean says it was becoming apparent that Baker wanted to explore other opportunities elsewhere. The announcement came the day Baker’s contract expired.
Baker becomes the first manager in 29 years to leave a team right after managing it in the World Series. Oakland’s Dick Williams last did it after the 1973 season.
The 53-year-old Baker is a three-time manager of the year who led the Giants to a pair of first-place finishes and six second-place seasons in ten years at the helm. San Francisco went to the playoffs three times under Baker.
The bidding war now begins for Baker, with the Chicago Cubs and Seattle Mariners likely ready to lead the charge.