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Dusty Baker back in Bay Area managing Reds

  • Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker gestures during baseball practice, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 in San Francisco. The Reds play the San Francisco Giants in Game 1 of the National League division series on Saturday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

SAN FRANCISCO — Minus his old signature toothpick, Cincinnati's Dusty Baker leaned against the batting cage intently watching his players just as he did for a decade managing the Giants.

Baker is back in the Bay Area for the playoffs, 10 years after he came so close to winning a World Series with San Francisco.

"Well, I really don't have much choice," Baker said when asked if it's a strange coincidence. "I feel comfortable here. I think my team likes coming here. This is a good town."

Sometimes Baker still feels the sting of that World Series near-miss, even now, two managerial stops removed from his first career gig as a skipper in the place he has long called home.

On Saturday, he figures to be cheered by 40,000-plus fans at AT&T Park who still love him — "some of 'em," he quipped — when the NL Central champion Reds open their best-of-five division series against the Giants, who like Cincinnati clinched early and had plenty of time to get everything situated and lined up for the postseason.


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