- Dusty Baker’s son Darren was nearly bowled over as the bat boy during the 2002 World Series.
- 19 years later, he was drafted by the Washington Nationals as a legitimate prospect with serious wheels.
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Whether you were alive in 2002 or not — if you’re a baseball fan — you’ve probably seen the clip from the 2002 World Series. Dusty Baker’s son Darren (two years old at the time) was a little preemptive in his bat boy duties and nearly ended up at the bottom of an ugly collision.
Former San Francisco first baseman J.T. Snow had to swoop in and scoop him up by the dish.
Darren, who is now 22, was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 10th round of the MLB Draft on Monday night. He played four years at the University of California Berkeley and made quite the name for himself.
DB is off the board! ⭐️
The @Nationals have selected @DarrenBaker_2 in the 10th round of the #MLBDraft! pic.twitter.com/VLppgAxEEk
— Cal Baseball (@CalBaseball) July 12, 2021
It is fairly common for MLB organizations to draft the manager’s son in the later rounds out of courtesy. That was the case in 2017 when Dusty was coaching the Nationals. His son was selected right out of high school in the 27th round.
Despite the late-round flier, it was always certain that Darren was going to college. He has since made himself into a legitimate prospect and his 293rd overall selection (which is relatively early in baseball) had nothing to do with nepotism.
During the 2021 season, Baker slashed .327/.402/.354 and finished the regular season with 28 stolen bases. He was top-10 in the category and he is seriously speedy.
Baseball America ranked Baker the No. 187 prospect in the 2021 draft class. It’s easy to see why.
Nationals draft Dusty Baker’s son 2B Darren Baker
You can tell he’s nice with it
— OPT (@OnePursuitTakes) July 12, 2021
He can hit.
Double by DB. 😎@DarrenBaker_2 has reached base safely in 38 consecutive games. pic.twitter.com/7OHPP0NSpo
— Cal Baseball (@CalBaseball) April 17, 2021
He can run.
Dusty Baker’s son @DarrenBaker_2 shows off an impressive 4.11 run time to 1st base, putting pressure on the defense who failed to field the hall cleanly. Baker is still only a sophomore, batting leadoff for Cal. pic.twitter.com/lJTqOyecG4
— Jacob Zweiback (@TheReelJZ) February 18, 2019
He can play up the middle.
Is it possible to win a Gold Glove without using a glove?? Asking for a friend … @DarrenBaker_2 👀👀 pic.twitter.com/gDKSYLi5oK
— Wareham Gatemen (@WarehamGatemen) June 25, 2019
And he does ridiculous things all over the field.
🚨 @DarrenBaker_2 WEB GEM 🚨 pic.twitter.com/cJdxAYpYRH
— Cal Baseball (@CalBaseball) May 23, 2021
Darren is a very different player than his power-hitting father, who is now coaching in Houston, but there is no doubt that he is legit. He’s come a long way in the last 19 years.
Wanna feel old? pic.twitter.com/tE0fe9qH3C
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 12, 2021
You can hear Snow’s recount of his Darren-saving scoop here:
We are officially old.