Na­tion­als draft Dar­ren Baker, man­ager Dusty’s son

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

Dar­ren Baker fielded some calls Tues­day, the sec­ond day of the Ma­jor League Base­ball draft. Once he was not se­lected in the top seven or so rounds, Baker, son of Na­tion­als man­ager Dusty Baker, had de­cided he would go to col­lege in­stead of sign with a team that se­lected him late on the draft’s third day. Dar­ren Baker, an out­fielder, is com­mit­ted to Cal.

“He con­ducted the con­ver­sa­tion then con­sulted with John Hamil­ton, his ad­vi­sor, Dar­ryl Hamil­ton’s brother, and he told me it wasn’t high enough in the draft, it wasn’t enough. So, I said, ‘OK, no prob­lem,’” Dusty Baker said. “He’s go­ing to be big­ger and stronger.”

Re­gard­less, the Na­tion­als se­lected Dar­ren Baker in the 27th round of the draft Wed­nes­day. Baker, who is spend­ing the sum­mer with the D.C. Grays of the Cal Rip­ken Col­le­giate League, will have to fin­ish his ju­nior or se­nior year or be at least 21 years old be­fore he can be drafted again.

Dar­ren Baker first moved into the spot­light when J.T. Snow scooped him away from a would-be col­li­sion at home­plate in the 2002 World Se­ries, when Dar­ren a was 3-year-old bat boy.

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