Nationals select Darren Baker, son of Dusty, in MLB draft


With the 293rd pick in the 2021 MLB Draft, the Nationals drafted Darren Baker, a Cal Berkley standout you may remember more infamously as the son of Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr., who at Game 5 of the 2002 World Series was a little too early gathering the Giants' bats. 

With the elder Baker then managing San Francisco to a runner-up finish that season, Darren was caught a little too close to the action as the Giants' bat boy who slugger J.T. Snow scooped away from any potential danger. 

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Though the Giants left with a dominant Game 5 win, perhaps the young Baker's avoided collision was an omen of things to come as San Francisco dropped Games 6 and 7 to the Anaheim Angels. Fast forward 19 years, and Darren Baker is a Washington National. 

Projected as high as the fifth round, Washington nabbed Darren in the 10th despite him coming off an All-Pac-12 First Team senior campaign in which he led all Bears with a .327 average as well as 28 stolen bases. 

Of course, Dusty Baker has his own history with the Nats as Davey Martinez's predecessor, leading the team through consecutive Game 5 exits in the National League Divisional Series in 2016 and 2017. 

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