A Manager’s Son Had a Big Moment as a Bat Boy. Now He’s Going Pro.

Dusty Baker’s son, Darren, doesn’t remember nearly being run over at the 2002 World Series. But lessons from Dusty, and players he managed, have fashioned Darren into a throwback prospect.

By Billy Witz

BERKELEY, Calif. — When the coronavirus pandemic shut down sports more than a year ago, Dusty Baker, who had just taken over as manager of the Houston Astros, left spring training and returned home to Granite Bay, Calif., just outside Sacramento. So, too, did his son Darren, when his baseball season — along with his in-person classes at the University of California, Berkeley — came to an abrupt end.

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