DSU Baseball Gets Major League Pep Talk From MLB Manager Dusty Baker


Dusty Baker



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Dover, Del. – The start of the next Delaware State baseball season is more than five months away, but the Hornets are feeling good about the upcoming campaign after a pep talk from Washington Nationals manager and former major league star Dusty Baker.

Baker included a talk with the Hornet baseball team to his agenda during a visit to the DSU campus this week.   He was invited to campus by long-time friend Ezrah Aharone, a DSU adjunct associate professor in the Department of History, Political Science and Philosophy.

Baker also met with Delaware State President Harry L. Williams and university student leaders during his visit.

A 19-year major leaguer and two-time All-Star, Baker spent much of his career with the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles. He was a teammate of Hank Aaron with the Braves and was a member of the Dodger’s 1981 World Series championship team.

His managerial highlights include leading the San Francisco Giants, led by Barry Bonds, to the 2002 National League pennant and a trip to the World Series. He also led the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds to playoff appearances.

His Washington Nationals team is currently in first place in the National League’s East Division.

DSU Head Baseball Coach J.P. Blandin said it was a treat for his players to hear Baker talk about his experiences.

“The thing that stood out the most was his eagerness to interact and engage with our kids,” Blandin said. “It’s easy to understand why he has been desired in so many clubhouses over the years after the amount of time he spent with our guys today.”

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