Dusty Baker has reportedly expressed to multiple people inside and outside the Houston Astros organization that he will be retiring. More specifically, 2023 would be his last season.
The 74-year-old Baker, who has managed for 26 major-league seasons, has a career 2,183-1,862 regular-season record, along with three pennants and one World Series title. That championship came in 2022 with Houston, a team that he has been with for four years. He helped stabilize the Astros organization after the sign-stealing scandal.
Baker has spent time in his legendary coaching career with the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Washington Nationals and Astros.
“I don’t know. I haven’t had time to evaluate or think about my future,” Baker said after Game 7. “Because I’m down the list as far as — like I’m not that kind of dude. I don’t want to steal the spotlight or anything from these guys. You’ve got to savor what we did. You’ve got think about how we can get better. And then I’ll evaluate my situation and my life. So we’ll see.”
Baker, 74, just completed his 26th year as a manager at the Major League level. It’s his fourth year with the Astros. Prior to his managerial career, Baker was a terrific player. The former outfielder retired as a .278/.347/.432 hitter with 242 home runs and 1,981 hits in parts of 19 seasons with the Atlanta Braves (1968-75), Los Angeles Dodgers (1976-83), San Francisco Giants (1984), and Oakland Athletics (1985-86). Baker was also credited with the first ever high-five in 1977.
The Astros could be joining a long list of teams that are in search of a manager. With Bob Melvin now heading to San Francisco. That list consists of San Diego, Cleveland, Los Angeles (Angels), New York Mets.
Whether or not, Dusty Baker is actually retiring. We now know the days and seasons are limited.
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