The Houston Astros chose Dusty Baker to replace the now suspended A.J. Hinch as manager. Baker most recently managed in 2017, but he was fired after two years with the Washington Nationals. He was an MLB manager for 22 years, with a record of 1863-1636. He also won Manager of the Year three times and won the NL Pennant in 2002 with the San Francisco Giants. He had eight losing seasons out of the 22 years he was an MLB manager.
What Does He Bring?
The contract terms are still being negotiated but given that Baker is 70 years old, this probably won’t last too long. Dusty Baker brings a strong veteran presence to an organization that needs it right now. It is not going to be easy to manage the Astros at this time because of the recent cheating allegations. However, hiring Dusty Baker is probably the best-case scenario. He has a lot of respect throughout the league, as he served as a manager for many years.
On top of a 22-year managerial career, he also played in the majors for 18 years. He was a two-time All-Star and a two-time silver slugger. He was a part of the 1981 World Series-winning Los Angeles Dodgers and had a good career.
This Only Makes Sense
Hiring Dusty Baker only makes sense. There is going to be so much attention with the Astros and only seasoned veterans can handle that. Everywhere they go, the crowds are going to be ruthless and a close eye is going to be on them. This can be daunting for a young player or manager. Anywhere from Boston to San Diego, it is going to be hard. Houston had to hire a manager with experience and respect. And they did just that with hiring Dusty Baker. The cheating allegations will haunt this organization for a while, and the players will have that dangling over their heads. Baker is only going to help the players.
Baker is a great “players’ manager” and the players will respect him immediately. He will be able to get the best out of the Astros. Baker is the type of manager you want to play hard for.
There will be backlash from many with this hiring from everywhere. But Baker is exactly what the Astros need. A seasoned manager who has been in baseball his whole life and has a lot of respect from his peers. He is one of the only few that could survive a tumultuous season with the Astros. If they want success, this is the man that can bring it to them, even if it is for a short amount of time.