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Giants Manager Ponders Options

October 12, 2000

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Dusty Baker has been wondering whether the San Francisco Giants want him to return as manager.

In an interview with KPIX-TV broadcast Monday night, Baker said he was disappointed he hadn’t received even a phone call from Giants president Peter Magowan after San Francisco was eliminated from the NL playoffs on Sunday.

The Giants, who finished the regular season with the NL West title and baseball’s best record at 97-65, were knocked out in four games by the wild card New York Mets.

Baker, whose contract expires Dec. 31, has been criticized by fans and the media for his moves during San Francisco’s loss to New York.

``It hurts even more when you come home for support and you’re getting ripped. But that’s the job,″ Baker told the station. ``But at the same time, you start thinking, ’Have you worn out your welcome here, and what’s it going to be like a year from now, or the next time people disagree with your opinions?‴

Though he’s considered an excellent players’ manager and a respected administrator, Baker has just one postseason victory in eight seasons with the Giants.

He already turned down a contract extension earlier this year, and it’s believed Baker will seek a new contract averaging around $2 million per year, which would make him the game’s second highest-paid manager behind the Yankees’ Joe Torre.

``I’m a man, I’m a pro, and I ain’t begging nobody for nothing,″ Baker said. ``I’ve got to talk to my wife, my mom and my dad, talk to (Giants GM) Brian (Sabean) and the organization and come up with a decision.″

Baker acrimoniously parted from the Dodgers in 1983 after eight seasons as a player. He has been mentioned for vacancies in Los Angeles and Arizona, two of the Giants’ rivals in the NL West.

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