Dusty Baker on Team Culture
- An all-time great MLB manager who led the Houston Astros to a historic 2022 World Series win and previously managed the Washington Nationals, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs, and San Francisco Giants
- Sixteen years as an award-winning all-star player primarily for the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers, with whom he won the World Series in 1981
- Only one of four players/managers to have a combined 3,000 wins
- Entertains audiences with never-before-heard stories from his legendary career filled with lessons on leadership, teamwork, high performance, and thriving when the pressure is on
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A heavy-hitter in the dugout and on the baseball diamond during his playing career, Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker has been a cornerstone presence of Major League Baseball across seven decades and is among the league’s most storied leaders as both a manager and a player. In 2022, Baker led the Astros on a historic run all the way to winning the World Series — becoming part of an elite club of people who have won the World Series as both a player and a manager, and cementing his legacy as a serial winner and team builder who excels when the game is on the line. Dusty is currently ninth on the MLB all-time managerial win list and projected to be seventh by the end of the 2023 season.
Baker brings a true champion’s lessons on life, leadership, high performance, and teamwork from the playing field to any event. Entertaining the audience with never-before-heard anecdotes from his 50-plus years in baseball, Baker shares homerun insights and action steps for how organizations and individuals can create gameplans that play to their strengths and put them in position to accomplish extraordinary goals.
Baker’s 19-year playing career in the majors began in 1968, and he soon developed a reputation for making the big play on both sides of the field, while also coming up big in clutch moments. As a hard-hitting outfielder, he played the majority of his career with the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers, and played on the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics in his later career. As a true team player, Dusty is credited with the invention of the “high five” in 1977. He was twice selected to the National League All-Star team, appeared in four National League Championship Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and was named the NLCS MVP in 1981 when the Dodgers beat the Phillies to advance to the World Series, which they won against the New York Yankees. Baker is a two-time all-star, a Gold Glove Award winner, two-time Silver Slugger Award winner, and is among the all-time leaders with 25 walk-off hits in his career.
Following his incredible playing career, Baker made the transition to management, where he has made history on several occasions and been among the most successful managers for more than three decades. Leading the Astros to a World Series victory in 2022, he became the oldest manager to appear in and win the World Series, and the first African American manager with 50 postseason victories. Baker is also the first African American manager with 2,000 victories and the first manager in MLB history to lead five different teams to division titles. Prior to the Astros, he managed the Washington Nationals, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs, and San Francisco Giants.
As one of baseball’s most influential figures, Baker was named to the All-Time Los Angeles Dodgers team as a player and named to the All-Time San Francisco Giants team as a manager. In between managerial roles, he became a familiar presence on MLB programming, serving as an analyst for TBS and ESPN’s “SportsCenter” and “Baseball Tonight.” In 2016, The MLB celebrated Baker’s 50 years in the majors with the documentary “Dusty: A Baseball Journey.”
Outside of baseball, Baker is very active in his community and supportive of charitable organizations and helping the homeless. Dusty is a member of the US Marine Corps Hall of Fame. Additionally, he shows tremendous passion for the medical field as he is a cancer survivor, himself. He is the owner of Baker Family Wines and the Baker Energy Team, and the founder of the Dusty Baker International Academy of Baseball, which served the West Coast area for close to four decades.
Homerun Lessons in Leadership. In a sport with no shortage of icons, Dusty Baker stands at the upper echelon with baseball’s greatest leaders. He is a legend of the game who has led his teams to the promised land as a standout player and one of the all-time great managers. In this talk, two-time World Series champion Baker shares all-star strategies for how leaders can instill a champion’s mentality within their teams and throughout their organizations as they work together to achieve their goals. Drawing from his own personal experiences, he outlines the leadership lessons that have powered his teams to success, while speaking candidly about the challenges he has faced as a leader and how he has adapted to overcome them.
High Performance Strategies for Success. Dusty Baker was the model of clutch, consistency, and high performance as a baseball player. He has carried those traits with him throughout his managerial career leading some of the game’s exceptional teams, including the 2022 World Series champion Houston Astros. In this talk, Baker takes audiences through his tried-and-true gameplan for how teams and individuals can develop the can-do mindset that will unlock their potential and inspire them to perform at the highest level.
How to Build a Winning Team. Two-time World Series winner Dusty Baker has played and managed at the highest levels of Major League Baseball in an illustrious career that has spanned more than 50 years. Having won baseball’s biggest prize as both a player and a manager, Baker possesses exceptional insights into effective teamwork strategies and how leaders and their people can unleash the collective potential of the team. Using real-life examples from his management of the 2022 World Series champion Houston Astros, he shares a proven gameplan for teams to set goals, build trust, overcome setbacks, adapt, and win in any industry.
A Baseball Journey: A Conversation with Dusty Baker. Beginning in 1968 and continuing into the present day, Dusty Baker has forged a legendary baseball career as one of the game’s great players and managers. In a fascinating conversation, Baker takes audiences behind the scenes of his career, from playing his way into the majors and making history on the field and in the dugout to coming up big in clutch moments and winning two World Series. Engaging the audience with humor and candor, he uses gripping stories from his celebrated career to share lessons on leadership and life, and inspire audience members to chase their dreams — no matter how out of reach they may seem.
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