Dusty Baker, who has ties to both the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers and most recently skippered the Washington Nationals, will be the keynote speaker for the 57th anniversary Fresno Grizzlies Hot Stove Gala.
The dinner, a fundraiser for the Grizzlies Community Fund, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Fresno Convention Center.
“We’re so lucky in Fresno to have such diverse baseball tastes to draw from, and Dusty Baker has done it all in this game in California and beyond,” Grizzlies Executive Vice President and General Manager Derek Franks said in a Tuesday news release.
“Dusty Baker being an all-time great baseball man as a player and manager is certainly one thing Dodgers and Giants fans can agree on, and it’s very special for us to have someone of his caliber in the game visit with our fans and supporters as we gear up for spring training and another season.”
Baker, 68, in 22 seasons has a career record of 1,863-1,636 while managing the Giants (1993-2002), Chicago Cubs (2003-06), Cincinnati Reds (2008-13) and Nationals (2016-17). His victory total ranks 14th in major league history.
Washington won consecutive division titles for the first time in 2017 but declined in October to bring back Baker for a third season. The Nationals were eliminated in the NL Division Series in 2016 and 2017.
As an outfielder for 19 major league seasons, most prominently with the Atlanta Braves and Dodgers, Baker was a .278 career hitter with 242 home runs, 1,013 RBIs and a .779 OPS. He spent his last three seasons in the Bay Area with the Giants (1984) and Oakland Athletics (1985-86).
Baker finished among the National League batting leaders in 1972 (.321), 1981 (.320) and 1982 (.300).
The Hot Stove Gala serves as the annual kickoff to the baseball season, allowing fans a first look at the Grizzlies’ campaign as well as offseason story lines around the game.
Additional guests will be announced in January.
Tickets, at $50 each by Jan. 1, are on sale by visiting FresnoGrizzlies.com or the ticket office at Chukchansi Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. VIP tickets, which include a meet and greet with Baker and others, are $80.
Prices rise to $60 (general) and $100 (VIP) after New Year’s. Tickets for children 12 and younger are $20 until Jan. 1, then $25.
For more information or to RSVP, call Grizzlies Community Fund Director Whitney Campbell at 559-320-2547.
The Fresno Grizzlies Community Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that manages community programs such as “Wild About Reading,” “Farm Grown” and the Junior Grizzlies baseball program.