Everyone loves Dusty, but the Astros team itself…not so much.
It’s been a tough situation to root for Dusty Baker, who’s spent 41 years in the MLB both as a player and amanger, but also rooting for the team that cheated us out of a World Series title just 5 years ago.
However, this time around, he was able to win the team’s “second” franchise World Series fair and square. It was the only thing missing from his long list of baseball accolades.
At 70-years-old, Houston decided to hire Baker in the 2020 season because of his impressive track-record and also his love for the game.
But after the Astros had lost in six games to the Atlanta Braves last year, the Houston team signed him to a one-year deal. A year later, Baker delivered by fufilling his ultimate end goal of a World Series title and also led the Astros to a 106-game winning season while securing the team’s second consecutive AL pennant.
Going into this season he also had the goal of accomplishing 2,000 wins as a manager. He was able to accomplish this early this year to become the 12th AL/NL manager to do so.
But prior to his time in Houston, he had also spread out his 22-years of managing across four other teams. All of which he was also able to win a division title with.
- San Francisco (1993-2002)
- Chicago Cubs (2003-2006)
- Cincinnati Reds (2008-2013)
- Washington Nationals (2016-2017)
And even before his time as a skipper began, he spent 19-years as an outfielder for both the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was a two-time All Star and also helped lead the Dodgers to a World Series win in 1981.
41 years later, he was able to secure another World Series, but this time as a manager.
Two time World Series champion.
Congrats to Johnnie B. "Dusty" Baker. pic.twitter.com/B23kpPKPaU
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) November 6, 2022
With this Championship win, at 73, Baker becomes the oldest manager to win a World Series. But that’s not all. He is also older than every head coach who has ever won a Super Bowl, an N.B.A. championship or a Stanley Cup. He has 2,093 victories in the regular season, ninth on the career list.
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