Dusty Baker is the current manager of the Cincinnati Reds as we all know. The 63 year-old former major leaguer is in his 20th year as a NL Manager. He spent 10 years in San Francisco where the Giants won 840 games. As you can see, this was an 84 win average per year. He won his only pennant while managing the Giants. He then was hired by the Chicago Cubs where he stayed 4 years and won 322 games or an average of 80.5 wins per year. He then was hired by the Reds and is in his 6th season there. He continues his winning ways as he already has won 445 games. This is still an average above 80 per year. For his 19+ years he has won 1607 games (as of May 20th) for a career winning average of .526. His team has an average finish about 2.6 or some where between 2nd and third. His main detractors say that for all this winning, he has only won that one pennant. It is all about your perspective as to how well Dusty has done. On one side, he wins more than he loses, so your team is usually in the pennant race. On the other side, he doesn’t win the big ones often enough. All I know is, I think I would rather have a Dusty Baker manage for me over some one-time wonder that wins one pennant and then loses for the next 5 years.
KINGSTON, Jamaica – West Indies veteran Chris Gayle recently dismissed rumors of retirement, saying that he wants to continue playing cricket until he is 45-years-old.The 40-year-old batsman is currently playing for Chattogram Challengers in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). In an interview with Dhaka, Gayle said that he sees himself giving five more years to the sport.“A lot of people still want see Chris Gayle out there in the middle. I still have that love for the game and that passion for the game as well. And I would love to carry on as long as possible”, he said.“Even in franchise cricket, I am still playing a few games here and there around the globe because I still feel I have a lot to offer. The body is feeling good. And I am sure I am getting younger as days go on.”As to how long he might want to carry on, Gayle, who turned 40 in September, joked that he could keep going for five more years.“Forty-five is a good number. Yeah, we can target 45. Let’s target 45, that’s a good number.”In February 2019, 40-year-old batsman announced his retirement from One-Day Internationals (ODI) in February but reversed his decision after the World Cup. Gayle has not played an ODI since his 301st game for West Indies against India in August 2019.He did, however, indicate that he is available for this year’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia from October 18 to November 15.“The door is open for a chance. Let’s see what happens,” Gayle said when asked about selection for the World Cup. “We’ll see what happens. We have some bright youngsters ahead of you as well. I will leave the options open to hear back from [the selectors].”