Son of MLB legend could play for PH


Darren Baker, the son of Major League Baseball (MLB) legend Dusty, may play for the Philippine men’s baseball team.

Darren Baker

Philippine Amateur Baseball Association (PABA) secretary general Pepe Muñoz bared the development.

“The mother (Melissa) is the one who sent me an email if his son (Darren Baker) can play for the national team. I said ‘Okay, can you please send me some background about him?’ They sent me a whole library of videos showing the son playing.

“It turned out to be the son of the manager of the Houston Astros and the wife is Filipino.”

Darren, 21, plays his junior year for Division 1 school University of California, Berkeley (UCB) Golden Bears in the US-NCAA baseball.

He was named as a member of the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team as a sophomore. He also hauled the 2020 Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award Watch List and was an All-Star selection in the 2019 Cape Cod League All-Star.

Baker went undrafted in the 2020 MLB Rookie Draft as the league, in an effort to save money due to the Covid-19 pandemic, had to cut its usual 40-round Rookie Draft proceedings to just five, which resulted in hundreds of players, including Darren, going undrafted.

That’s why Darren returned to UCB.

“Darren Baker is a very interesting player to watch. We’re looking forward for him to be part of the team,” said Muñoz.

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