Dusty Baker played for four teams in his 19-year major league baseball career. He managed four others.
He was drafted, traded, signed as a free agent, granted free agency, hired and fired. In times of upheaval, he learned to follow the sun.
These days that pursuit is both figurative and literal.
Baker, who finished his playing career with the A’s, and who has served the Giants as a player, coach, manager and advisor, runs his own team now.
The Baker Energy Team — call them the Boys of Solar — is bringing renewable energy to a wide range of consumers.
According to a Bloomberg profile of Baker and his business, he got into solar after being fired by the Reds and before being hired by the Nationals. A chance encounter with an investment banker after being fired by the Nationals gave him entrees to networking and opportunity.
“There were no minorities,” he told Bloomberg. “Very few women. This (was) an opening for me.”
It isn’t as if Baker was lacking for interests. He makes wine on his 4.75-acre home outside Sacramento, and the Giants hired him last season in an advisory role. “That’s definitely something I learned about losing these (managerial) jobs,” he said. “You still got to live.”
The solar business, based outside Sacramento, is working on “large projects for historically black universities, cannabis-growing operations, tribal reservations and commercial businesses,” Bloomberg reported. Baker has expanded his line of products to include microgrids, battery and electric-vehicle charging stations.
While managing the Giants, Baker always seemed to have keen insight and personal knowledge of whatever the discussion du jour happened to be. He was a touchstone, ridiculously well-rounded. And that was 25 years ago.
“My best life might have been when I was playing,” Baker told Bloomberg. “But this is close.”
Source:: The Mercury News – Business