Baker with the Nashville Sounds in 1985
|Born:April 3, 1961|
|July 2, 1984, for the Detroit Tigers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|April 12, 1990, for the Minnesota Twins|
|Runs batted in||22|
|Career highlights and awards|
Douglas Lee Baker (born April 3, 1961) is a former infielder in Major League Baseball (MLB) player who played with the Detroit Tigers from 1984–1987 and the Minnesota Twins from 1988–1990. Baker played in 136 Major League games and had a .207 batting average with 51 hits, 38 runs, 22 runs batted in, and 11 doubles.
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