Dusty Baker's managerial days might not be over just yet.
The former Cubs manager was fired by the Reds earlier this month after Cincinnati was eliminated from the postseason. But, after Jim Leyland stepped down as Tigers manager on Monday, another Central Division job has caught Baker's eye, this time in the American League.
Baker told the Detroit Free Press' John Lowe that he's interested in managing the Tigers, a team that came two wins away from a second straight trip to the World Series before being eliminated by the Red Sox over the weekend.
“I’ve always respected (Tigers general manager) Dave Dombrowski and what Dave has accomplished,” Baker told Lowe. “I have the ultimate respect and friendship for Jim Leyland. I’d be flattered and honored to be given such an opportunity.”
Lowe touches on the past relationship between Baker and Dombrowski before discussing Baker's resume as a potential candidate for the job in Detroit, specifically lauding Baker for his experience managing veteran, star-laden teams like the current Tigers roster.
While no link has been made between Baker and the Tigers by the team itself, a potential hiring of Baker would return the former Cubs manager to Chicago on a regular basis, as the Tigers visit the White Sox several times each season. After four seasons as Cubs skipper and six helming the Reds, fans worried that Chicago baseball wouldn't be the same without seeing Baker on a bench might not have to worry much longer.
And it could be good news for the White Sox. Baker's record against the South Siders in four years with the Cubs was just 11-13.