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12 John Baker C
Height/Weight: 6-1/213 | Birthdate: 1/20/1981 | Birthplace: Alameda, CA | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Chicago | College: California | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $930,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 1084.00
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John Baker scored winning run after pitching


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Cubs catcher John Baker appeared in just one inning Tuesday against the Rockies, but played a big part in the 4-3 extra-inning win.  

Baker entered the game in the top of the 16th inning as a pitcher, the first time he has ever pitched as a professional. He got through the inning on 11 pitches, while walking one batter and allowing no runs, and then came to bat in the bottom half of the inning.

Baker walked in his first plate appearance of the game, and came around to score the winning run as the Cubs rallied to bring him around.

Baker has been mostly limited to part-time duty this season, and is hitting just .216/.308/.256 in 125 at-bats, with eight runs scored. 


Cubs will continue to find starts for John Baker


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Cubs catcher John Baker caught 16 of 17 starts made by Jason Hammel before Hammel was dealt to the Athletics Saturday. Though most of Baker's starts came with Hammel on the mound, manager Rick Renteria said he still plans to find starts for the veteran catcher moving forward.

"It's where we believe that the combination of both [Welington Castillo] and [Baker] fit," Renteria said, per MLB.com. "We obviously want both of them to be able to receive. We want [Castillo] to be in there. And with [Castillo] coming off of that DL stint, he's been playing pretty consistently. So we're trying to get him into shape. He's another guy who likes playing every single day, just as all those guys do. So we'll just work it through and see how it continues to develop."


John Baker drives in four Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Cubs catcher John Baker drove in four runs Friday against the Nationals.

Baker was perfect at the plate, going 3 for 3, and reaching in all four of his plate appearances. He singled in his first two at-bats, walked his third time up and then hit a bases-clearing double in his final at-bat. Baker scored one run and drove in four. He's hitting .186/.252/.216 over 97 at-bats.


John Baker returns Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) Cubs catcher John Baker returned to the team's starting lineup Friday.

Baker took a foul ball to the throat Wednesday, and did not play Thursday. The injury was not considered serious, and Baker will return to action Friday. He's hitting .143 over 56 at-bats. 


John Baker sidelined after taking ball to throat


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2014) Cubs catcher John Baker , who took a foul ball to the throat Wednesday, is not in the Thursday lineup against the Mets. Eli Whiteside is set to start and will likely do so for the next two or three games, per the Chicago Sun-Times.

John Baker wins Cubs backup job


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) Cubs catcher John Baker has won the team's backup job, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The club opted to release George Kottaras, opening up the spot for Baker. Last year, Baker hit .150 in 40 at-bats in the majors. He'll back up Welington Castillo.


Ryan Kalish, John Baker sign with Cubs


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/13/2013) The Cubs have signed outfielder Ryan Kalish and catcher John Baker both to minor-league deals, with an invitation to spring training.

Kalish did not appear in a game last season, due to surgery on his shoulder and then neck. In two seasons with the Red Sox, Kalish hit .243/.293/.351 with four home runs in 259 at-bats.

Baker batted .205/.302/.295 with four homers and 18 RBI over 146 at-bats with Triple-A Alburquerque last season.

Dodgers outright John Baker


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2013) The Dodgers have outrighted catcher John Baker off the 40-man roster, the team announced. He hit .183/.287/.247 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 93 at-bats with Triple-A Alburquerque since joining the Dodgers off waivers in mid-June.

John Baker picked up by Dodgers


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2013) The Dodgers claimed catcher John Baker Saturday and assigned him to Triple-A Albuquerque, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Baker was just designated for assignment by the Padres. 


Padres DFA John Baker to make room


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2013) The Padres designated catcher John Baker for assignment Monday to make room on the 40-man roster for the activation of Logan Forsythe from the 60-day disabled list. 

Baker was optioned to Triple-A Tucson nearly two weeks ago. 


John Baker officially optioned


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2013) Padres catcher John Baker was optioned to Triple-A Tucson Tuesday, as expected, to make room for the activation of Yasmani Grandal from the restricted list. 

John Baker set to go down to Triple-A Tucson


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2013) The Padres will send catcher John Baker to Triple-A Tucson Tuesday to make room for the activation of catcher Yasmani Grandal, according to MLB.com.

Baker is hitting just .150 in 40 at-bats this season. 


John Baker's first RBI lead Padres to win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2013) Padres catcher John Baker hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the second inning against Freddy Garcia, sparking San Diego to an 8-4 win over the Orioles Wednesday. Baker finished 1 for 4 with one walk and two strikeouts.

The RBI Wednesday were Baker's first of the season. He also ended a 0-for-18 slump in his previous nine games (six starts).


John Baker battery mate for Cashner?


by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2013) Padres catcher John Baker was behind the plate for starter Andrew Cashner Wednesday night against the Cubs. It was the third time he has caught the right-hander.

Manager Bud Black told MLB.com Baker and Cashner have worked well together but his start had more to do with giving Nick Hundley a break.

"You've got to keep your bench current, you've got to get your guys at-bats," Black said. "With John, he and Cash have put together two good games. He pitched well in San Francisco with Baker catching and he threw well in his last start against the Giants, too, with Baker catching. But a lot of it has to do with the pitcher matchup on the opposition."

Baker shakes off wrist issue


(2/27/2013) Padres catcher John Baker returned to the lineup for Wednesday's Cactus League game against the A's after being scratched the day before due to a sore wrist. He went 0 for 3 with a strikeout in the 11-6 loss.

Sore wrist sidelines Baker


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2013) U-T San Diego reports Padres catcher John Baker was scratched from Tuesday's spring lineup because of a sore wrist. "During season, John would be playing," manager Bud Black said.

Baker signs on as backup


(1/18/2013) The Padres and catcher John Baker agreed to a one-year, $930,000 contract on Friday, avoiding arbitration. Baker batted .238 with 14 RBI in 63 games last season.