Arcanum’s Baker name to Hall of Fame


Veteran Arcanum Trojans baseball coach Randy Baker inducted into the MVBCA Hall of Fame.

By Gaylen Blosser - DarkeCountyMedia.com



Arcanum Hall of Fame baseball coach, Randy Baker takes up his third base coaching position.

Arcanum Hall of Fame baseball coach, Randy Baker takes up his third base coaching position.


Arcanum coach Randy Baker and Versailles Coach Ryan Schlater go over ground rules with OHSAA unpires prior to tournament game.


Arcanum varsity baseball coach, Randy Baker gives instructions to baserunner.


Randy Baker keeps an eye on a Trojans batter from his third base coaching box.


Arcanum Hall of Fame coach, Randy Baker coaches from in third base.


Arcanum 25 year head varsity baseball coach talks to his players at third while the opposing coach talks to his pitcher.


Randy Baker holds down his third base coaching spot at the Trojans home field.


Arcanum Hall of Fame coach, Randy Baker keeps his eye on the play in front of him.


Arcanum veteran baseball coach Randy Baker named to the Miami Valley Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.


Gaylen Blosser | DarkeCountyMedia.com

Randy Baker speaks at his Miami Valley Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Induction.


Gaylen Blosser | DarkeCountyMedia.com

ARCANUM – Arcanum varsity baseball coach Randy Baker, the husband of Karin (Monroe) Baker and the Dean of Darke County baseball coaches was recently inducted into the Miami Valley Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

“I didn’t know it was coming,” said Baker. “I found out in the fall they nominated me at the fall. They voted on it and I was approved – that is a great honor and I am very appreciative of it.”

The Miami Valley Baseball Coaches Association was founded in 1973. The organization was created to serve all of the Miami Valley area high school baseball coaches with several objectives in mind.

First, and foremost, to promote high school baseball programs throughout the Miami Valley. The organization selects and recognizes baseball players, coaches, and teams, in many different ways each year. The selection of All-Area baseball teams, computer polls, and Hall of Fame are just to name a few that the MVBCA promotes.

Baker, a 1990 graduate of Arcanum Butler has 25 years at the helm of the Trojans baseball program that has seen its share of success.

Baker sports an impressive 352-203 varsity record including six Cross County Conference Championships (1995, 1999, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016), eight Sectional titles (1998, 1999, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) and three District titles (1998, 2005, 2013).

“There are a lot of guys that had great seasons,” Baker noted, “and I enjoy coaching everybody.”

“I enjoy coaching, I enjoy coaching the kids. The parents have been great, the community has been great.”

“All the players and assistant coaches I’ve had over the years – too many to name,” continued Baker. “Justin Rench has been with me the longest, he has been great. A lot of parent support, a lot of parents chipping in doing double header lunches, help taking care of the field. Anything I’ve ever needed they have always stepped up and done the job.”

“The administration at Arcanum has kept me on for this long,” added Baker. “They pretty much have given me everything I’ve needed as far as facilities and things like that. A great community.”

Coach Baker can often be seen at the local Arcanum city baseball diamonds working with the youth of the community during the summer including eight years as the President of the Arcanum Junior Boys Baseball program.

“We’ve had a couple (titles) there,” said Baker. “I was coaching my son’s team and we won some All-Star tournaments but I always did that to make sure – I knew it would always funnel into the high school program. I always cared about Little League to make sure all the kids played. I just enjoyed doing that.”

Arcanum Hall of Fame baseball coach, Randy Baker takes up his third base coaching position.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2020/03/web1_c-4.jpgArcanum Hall of Fame baseball coach, Randy Baker takes up his third base coaching position.

Arcanum coach Randy Baker and Versailles Coach Ryan Schlater go over ground rules with OHSAA unpires prior to tournament game.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2020/03/web1_d-3.jpgArcanum coach Randy Baker and Versailles Coach Ryan Schlater go over ground rules with OHSAA unpires prior to tournament game.

Arcanum varsity baseball coach, Randy Baker gives instructions to baserunner.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2020/03/web1_e-3.jpgArcanum varsity baseball coach, Randy Baker gives instructions to baserunner.

Randy Baker keeps an eye on a Trojans batter from his third base coaching box.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2020/03/web1_f-2.jpgRandy Baker keeps an eye on a Trojans batter from his third base coaching box.

Arcanum Hall of Fame coach, Randy Baker coaches from in third base.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2020/03/web1_g-3.jpgArcanum Hall of Fame coach, Randy Baker coaches from in third base.

Arcanum 25 year head varsity baseball coach talks to his players at third while the opposing coach talks to his pitcher.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2020/03/web1_h-3.jpgArcanum 25 year head varsity baseball coach talks to his players at third while the opposing coach talks to his pitcher.

Randy Baker holds down his third base coaching spot at the Trojans home field.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2020/03/web1_i-3.jpgRandy Baker holds down his third base coaching spot at the Trojans home field.

Arcanum Hall of Fame coach, Randy Baker keeps his eye on the play in front of him.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2020/03/web1_j-2.jpgArcanum Hall of Fame coach, Randy Baker keeps his eye on the play in front of him.

Arcanum veteran baseball coach Randy Baker named to the Miami Valley Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2020/03/web1_a-4.jpgArcanum veteran baseball coach Randy Baker named to the Miami Valley Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Gaylen Blosser | DarkeCountyMedia.com

Randy Baker speaks at his Miami Valley Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Induction.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2020/03/web1_b-3.jpgRandy Baker speaks at his Miami Valley Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Induction. Gaylen Blosser | DarkeCountyMedia.com
Veteran Arcanum Trojans baseball coach Randy Baker inducted into the MVBCA Hall of Fame.

By Gaylen Blosser

DarkeCountyMedia.com

Contact Darke County Media Sports Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@aimmediamidwest.com or 937-548-3330

Contact Darke County Media Sports Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@aimmediamidwest.com or 937-548-3330