Cubs manager Dusty Baker was asked about a comment he made in Wednesday’s Sun-Times in which he said: “I’ll be back next year and the year after that. And I ain’t being run out of town.”
Does he feel some people are trying to drive him out of Chicago?
“It’s no secret,” he said. “There are some people that don’t want me here.”
But Baker reiterated he wants to stay with the Cubs, and management has said it will address contract extensions for him and general manager Jim Hendry during spring training — meaning the media-generated speculation that Baker could be leaving should quiet down.
How does Baker know he has detractors in Chicago?
“FireDustyBaker.com,” Baker said. “That’s a pretty good indicator, don’t you think? You don’t have other top managers hearing that too much, right?”
There’s a FireJoeTorre.com and a FireTonyLaRussa.com and who knows how many more.
The New York Yankees’ Joe Torre was deluged with questions from New York reporters last weekend in Chicago about his job being in jeopardy. Several managers each year are asked about their job security, and some end up getting fired.
Could Baker finish his career as a Cub?
“Possibly,” he said. “It depends on if we achieve our goal or not. That’s a long time off to me. I still look at six or seven more years. There are things I need and want to accomplish. I’m still here. I plan on being here.’