There is no question there is a special bond between Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto and manager Dusty Baker. Votto has been fortunate enough to have Baker as his manager for 808 of the 832 games he has appeared in his brilliant Major League Baseball career. The only thing that could possibly bring them even closer at this point is winning a World Series together, something Votto desperately wants to do for his skipper.
“I think most players recognize that is the one accolade he hasn’t achieved,” Votto told Reds.com, referring to Baker’s two-decade managerial pursuit of a World Series championship.
“Unfortunately, he has very little control over it once you get to the postseason. The two closest instances with the [2002 San Francisco] Giants and [2003 Chicago] Cubs were pretty heartbreaking.”
Before fans feel too bad for Baker, who has been involved in professional baseball since 1968, it is not as if he will retire without a World Series ring if the Reds never reach the top of the mountain. He did manage to win one while he was a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981. However, after managing every season with the exception of two since 1993, and winning three National League Manager of the Year Awards, it would certainly be nice to win a championship as a coach.
One of the reasons why Votto and the rest of the team want to win one for Baker is because he is very well-respected. The fact that he has so much experience playing and managing baseball it would be a shame for a great person to do so much good for so many players and not get a ring out of it.