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    Six summers ago, I walked into a downtown Chicago hotel room to the sight of Dusty Baker ironing his pants in his boxers and a T-shirt. Baker was managing the Washington Nationals, and I had stopped by his hotel for an interview in June 2016 about his career and a budding rivalry with the Chicago Cubs. After such a painful ending in Chicago 10 years earlier, Baker really wasn’t interested in reliving the past. “The Cubs? It’s kind of a faint memory to me, especially when things don’t end the way you want them to end,” he said. “And the way I was booed at the end. Why would I try to remember that? Every time I walked out on the field I’d get booed. My wife was afraid for me. She didn’t want me to go out by myself, to a bar or anything.” Baker may have tried to forget his Chicago days, but those who knew him from that time never forgot him — or stopped rooting for him. That’s why it was so inspiring to wake up...
    By KRISTIE RIEKEN (AP Sports Writer) HOUSTON — For now and forever, Dusty Baker, the epic storyteller, first-class name-dropper, toothpick chewer and baseball lifer will bear a most distinguished title. World Series champion manager. The man who can weave a tale like few others, wistfully recalling his time under Hank Aaron’s tutelage or chance encounters with Jimi Hendrix, John F. Kennedy Jr. and countless more, completed the only missing chapter in his own story Saturday night. After 25 seasons as a big league skipper peppered with a couple of painful near-misses, the 73-year-old Baker finally made it all the way home when his Houston Astros beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 to win the title. When Yordan Alvarez connected on a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth inning, cameras panned to a beaming Baker who raised both arms high above his head. At the end of the game, the coaching and training staff circled around Baker, jumping up and down, chanting “Dusty! Dusty! Dusty!” in the dugout before they joined the players on the field. He became the oldest manager to...
    By KRISTIE RIEKEN (AP Sports Writer) HOUSTON (AP) — For now and forever, Dusty Baker, the epic storyteller, first-class name-dropper, toothpick chewer and baseball lifer will bear a most distinguished title. World Series champion manager. The man who can weave a tale like few others, wistfully recalling his time under Hank Aaron’s tutelage or chance encounters with Jimi Hendrix, John F. Kennedy Jr. and countless more, completed the only missing chapter in his own story Saturday night. After 25 seasons as a big league skipper peppered with a couple of painful near-misses, the 73-year-old Baker finally made it all the way home when his Houston Astros beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 to win the title. When Yordan Alvarez connected on a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth inning, cameras panned to a beaming Baker who raised both arms high above his head. At the end of the game, the coaching and training staff circled around Dusty, jumping up and down, chanting “Dusty! Dusty! Dusty!” in the dugout before they join players on the field. He became the oldest manager to...
    Dusty Baker is finally a World Series champion, and the Houston Astros players and coaching staff all celebrated with him once the final out was recorded. The Houston Astros are World Series champions for the second time in franchise history after defeating the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 6 on Saturday night. After trailing 1-0 in the sixth inning, outfielder Yordan Alvarez hit a monstrous three-run homer to dead center field to take the lead, and never looked back. Ryan Pressly closed out the game in the ninth inning to clinch the World Series victory. Dusty Baker had never won the World Series as a manager, coming close in 2002 when leading the San Francisco Giants and in 2021 with the Astros. But now, he can say he has managed a team to a Commissioner’s Trophy. Once the final out was recorded, Astros players and coaches gleefully mobbed Baker to celebrate the huge career accomplishment with him, all the while chanting “Dusty.”Watch Astros celebrate World Series win with manager Dusty Baker"DUSTY! DUSTY! DUSTY!" He did it. Dusty Baker has his ring...
    Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker wears gloves, which has baseball fans perplexed. Here’s why that’s the case. Why does Astros coach wear gloves? Baker would be the third black manager to win a World Series, joining the likes of Dave Roberts, who did so in 2020. Dusty is one of the better managers in all of baseball, but that World Series title has long eluded him. Dusty, as a former player, will always have that mindset. He’s always been a players manager, and with Houston it’s paid off in a big way. It’s part of the reason he even dresses like a player. Why does Astros coach wear gloves?Per Dusty Baker’s wife Melissa, the gloves are a precaution against COVID-19 dating back to the 2020 season. “I still wear a mask because I had cancer 20 years ago and I had a stroke seven years ago,” Baker said, per The Houston Chronicle. “Some of the fans get on me, ‘Take your mask off.’ … You don’t have to wear it, but it’s in my best interest to wear it.” Baker uses the...
    Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker received plenty of well wishes before Game 1 of the World Series, including a strange endorsement from Bill Cosby. Dusty Baker is still in search of his first World Series title, and he’s favored to win one with Houston. The Astros take on the underdog Phillies in Game 1 on Friday night. Before first pitch, however, Baker discussed his friends in various walks of life who wished him well. Those friends included Snoop Dog, and oddly enough, Bill Cosby. Dusty said Snoop, other rappers, his homeboys, some homegirls, Bill Cosby and others have reached out to him to congratulate him and wish him luck here. So — Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) October 28, 2022 Prior to Baker’s comments, there was hardly any reason to root against him, minus the obvious Astros haters dating back to the sign-stealing scandal. Baker is one of the better men in all of baseball, and could become the third black manager to win the World Series, joining Dave Roberts and Cito Gaston. Astros: Why did Dusty Baker name drop Bill...
    Astros manager Dusty Baker has lamented the absence of a US-born black player in this year's World Series, as Houston's matchup with the Phillies will mark the first time in 72 years without such a player. Baker, who is black, enjoyed a long MLB career and played in three World Series (all with the Dodgers), managing to secure a ring in 1981. But this year's edition of the Fall Classic will break a long streak of US-born, black participation in the series, a fact with which Baker made his displeasure clear.  Dusty Baker played in three World Series with the Dodgers, winning a ring in 1981 Dusty Baker played for the Braves for the first eight seasons of his career before joining LA 'I don't think that that's something that baseball should really be proud of,' Baker said to reporters. 'It looks bad. It let's people know it didn't take a year or even a decade to get to this point. But there is help on the way. You can tell by the number of African American No. 1 draft...
    There’s a dichotomy here … but it may not be the first one you think of. The Philadelphia Phillies, the scrappy 87-win underdogs who have barged through the postseason, are essentially America’s Team coming into the 118th World Series, which begins Friday in Houston. They’re about as lovable as any team coming out of hard-edged Philly could be, but it’s mainly about who they’re up against. The Houston Astros have only a handful of players left from the 2017 sign-stealing scandal, but in the minds of the public they continue to wear that scarlet letter – or orange asterisk, if you will. The boos are harshest in L.A. – where every member of the Astros’ delegation was jeered at the All-Star Game in July – and in New York, though Yankees fans seemed a little muted last weekend as the Astros completed a four-game sweep in the AL Championship Series. A Twitter hashtag survey – yes, there are people who are paid to do this – estimated that majorities in 44 of the 50 states are rooting for the Phillies. But...
    There will be zero Black players involved in the MLB World Series for the first time since 1950. When the Houston Astros face off with the Philadelphia Phillies in Texas on Friday, rosters will be diverse, but no US-born Black players will be involved in baseball's pinnacle series... on the field anyway. Houston and Philadelphia will announce their 26-man rosters several hours before Game 1 on Friday night at Minute Maid Park, where Dusty Baker, a Black outfielder for the 1981 champion Los Angeles Dodgers, manages the Astros.  'That is eye opening,' said Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.  'It is somewhat startling that two cities that have high African American populations, there's not a single Black player.'  'It lets us know there's obviously a lot of work to be done to create opportunities for Black kids to pursue their dream at the highest level,' he said.    There will be zero Black players involved in the MLB World Series for the first time since 1950  Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker has the chance...
    Dusty Baker is back in the World Series for another shot at an elusive title. His Houston Astros are prohibitive favorites against the Philadelphia Phillies in the 118th World Series, which begins Friday at Minute Maid Park, and the toothpick-chewing, 73-year-old Baker once again will be in the spotlight. In the final year of his contract, this could be Baker’s final shot at capping a managerial career that has defied convention. He has taken five franchises to the postseason yet probably has spent more time on the hot seat than any manager since Billy Martin. Here are seven reminders of why Baker is someone you can root for, even if you have a difficult time liking the Astros. 1. King of heartbreak The winningest manager of all time without a championship, Baker on Friday will become the oldest World Series manager, passing Jack McKeon, who was 72 years, 329 days when managing the Florida Marlins in Game 1 of the 2003 World Series against the New York Yankees. Baker has had a few heartbreaking finishes. His 2002 San Francisco Giants...
    CLEVELAND (AP) — Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker tested positive for COVID-19 prior to Friday night’s game against the Cleveland Guardians. Baker held his usual pregame availability with the media about two hours before the 7:10 p.m. game. The announcement of the positive test came after the game started. Baker, 73, is in his third season as Houston’s manager. Bench coach Joe Espada filled in for Baker against Cleveland. The Astros (69-38) lead the AL West by 11 1/2 games over Seattle. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    HOUSTON (AP/CBS13) — Minutes after becoming the 12th manager in major league history to reach 2,000 wins, and the first Black man to do it, Dusty Baker was already looking ahead. Asked to rank this latest accomplishment in a life already filled with so many, the Sacramento-native Baker paused for a bit before answering. READ MORE: Placer County Aims To Turn Roseville Hotel Into Permanent Homeless Housing“Right now it’s at the top,” he said. “But I ain’t gonna stop now.” Yordan Alvarez and Jose Altuve each hit a solo homer and rookie Jeremy Peña had two RBIs to help Baker hit the milestone with Houston’s 4-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Ten of the 11 other managers who have accumulated at least 2,000 wins are in the Hall of Fame. Bruce Bochy (2,003), who isn’t yet eligible, is the only exception. The 72-year-old Baker’s career record is 2,000-1,745 and he’s the only big league manager to take five different teams to the postseason. Baker, one of two Black managers in the majors, said being the first to reach the 2,000-win...
    Watch Dusty, Darren Baker exchange lineup cards originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington Now that Major League Baseball and its players have put the lockout behind them, spring training games are underway for clubs. The Washington Nationals used Sunday’s matchup against the Houston Astros to create a special moment for the Baker family. Before the game, Nationals infielder Darren Baker was chosen to present his squad’s lineup card to the opposing manager, and waiting for him at home plate was his father, Dusty Baker. The current Astros manager spent two years in the nation’s capital serving as the Nationals skipper from 2016 to 2017. During his time with Washington, Baker managed 324 games, compiling a record of 192-132 for a winning percentage of .593.  Now his son will hope to carve out his own legacy with the franchise after the Nationals drafted Baker out of the University of California-Berkley in the 10th round of last year’s MLB Draft. 
    We want to have a meal at these 25 fictional restaurants US Counties With the Smallest Income Gaps Dusty Baker has some "unfinished business" with the Houston Astros. Baker said as much following the team's loss to the Atlanta Braves in the World Series, and will return for at least one more year to try and win a championship with the Astros. The Astros announced Friday they re-signed Baker to a one-year deal.  pic.twitter.com/9Q59FZpYbW— Houston Astros (@astros) November 5, 2021 Baker, 72, is among the most accomplished managers in major-league history. He's posted a .534 winning percentage over 24 years as a manager. Baker won the Manager of the Year award three times in that span, led a record five different teams to division titles and appeared in the World Series twice. Despite his success, Baker is still searching for his first World Series title as a manager.  The Astros turned to Baker after A.J. Hinch was fired amid the fallout of the team's sign-stealing scandal. Baker has a .559 winning percentage in two seasons with the Astros. Baker...
    Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker wants to come back next season, but will they have him? Management is expected to announce soon. It’s been known for the last few days that the Astros are expected to bring back Baker, but until they officially announce said decision, there’s no telling which direction they’ll go. The Astros met with Baker on Thursday afternoon, and the expectation is that they’ll bring him back to steer the ship to what they hope is their second straight American League pennant. The #Astros will hold a press conference with manager Dusty Baker, GM James Click and owner Jim Crane tomorrow at 3. @BNightengale reported yesterday that Baker would sign a deal for 2022 within 48 hours. #ForTheH — Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) November 4, 2021 Baker went home for the 24th time as manager without a World Series title, and it’s that forgotten feat which drives him. Dusty deserves to go out on top, and Houston has the talent to eventually allow him to do just that. Astros: Will Dusty Baker be back as...
    These red-state colleges wont mandate COVID vaccine for students – but they will for employees Pandemic, politics drive Xis absence from global talks HOUSTON -- The possibility that Game 6 of the 2021 World Series could have been Dusty Baker's final game as a manager exists. The Atlanta Braves won the World Series on Tuesday night in Houston. As they were celebrating on the field, one of the many thoughts that rushed through my mind was that this might be it for Baker, whose Astros came up short in the Fall Classic. I have previously mentioned how much Baker is worth rooting for.  © Provided by CBS Sports I'm not sure the Astros would necessarily fire Baker, but the fact that the Astros only gave Baker a two-year contract when he was hired in 2020 in the wake of the sign-stealing scandal screams to me that he was brought in to clean up the reputation of the ballclub in a short-term capacity. Astros general manager James Click came here via the Rays, and we know how they operate. It...
    Chrissy Teigen Marks 100 Days of Sobriety and Addresses Bullying Scandal: I Feel Clearheaded Dow, S&P Extend Record Push As Earnings Impress; GE, UPS, DraftKings Leap HOUSTON — Dusty Baker stands in the Minute Maid Park corridor Monday, wearing gray-yellow-red wristbands on each arm, a Fitbit on his right, and knows what awaits when he steps through the Astros clubhouse door. How the Astros made it to the World Series for the third time in five seasons USA TODAY SPORTS See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next Daily Cover: Five Decades in Baseball Led to This Moment Sports Illustrated Skip Bayless: Im not yet seeing superstar in LaMelo Ball, but he can average a triple-double in this league I UNDISPUTED FOXSports Click to expand Replay Video Daily Cover: Five Decades in Baseball Led to This Moment His managing is defined by having won more games without winning the World Series than anyone in history. Dusty Bakers story is about more than the one thing its missing....
    Steel Magnolias actor and more stars turning 60 in 2021 Futures point to further Wall Street records ahead of earnings onslaught HOUSTON — Dusty Baker stands in the Minute Maid Park corridor Monday, wearing gray-yellow-red wristbands on each arm, a Fitbit on his right, and knows what awaits when he steps through the Astros clubhouse door. How the Astros made it to the World Series for the third time in five seasons USA TODAY SPORTS See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next Skip Bayless: Im not yet seeing superstar in LaMelo Ball, but he can average a triple-double in this league I UNDISPUTED FOXSports Click to expand Replay Video Skip Bayless: Im not yet seeing superstar in LaMelo Ball, but he can average a triple-double in this league I UNDISPUTED Skip on how big of a star LaMelo Ball will be FOXSports UP NEXT There are hundreds of ticket requests inside his office. Thousands of text messages are on his cellphone. There are people reaching out...
    Supreme Court justices may have met a vaccine mandate some of them dont like Fisher-Price to sell toy Chatter phone as the real deal Longtime baseball fans have heard the name Dusty Baker for years. Baker first appeared on the MLB scene in 1968 when he made his Major League debut for the Braves and had a stellar 19-year career as a player. He finished his career with 1,981 hits, 242 home runs, a slash line of .278/.347/.432. He was named an All-Star twice, named the 1977 NLCS MVP, won a World Series in 1981, a Gold Glove and two Silver Sluggers. When he retired in 1986, it didn't take long for Baker to become a manager as he took the Giants' job in 1993. Baker is now in his 24th season as an MLB manager with his fifth different team. Sporting News breaks down his impressive managerial career. MORE: Why Yordan Alvarez's ALCS MVP performance shouldn't come as a surprise Has Dusty Baker won the World Series? Baker has guided his teams to eight division titles across his career —...
    Dusty Baker’s contract is up after next season, though he just led the Houston Astros to the 2021 World Series. Will Jim Crane bring him back? The Astros defeated the Boston Red Sox in six games, overcoming a 2-1 deficit in the process. Win or lose come the Fall Classic, Baker has done more than enough to justify another run come 2022. “Listen, Dusty deserves another shot for next year,” Crane said. “We’ll see where it goes. … Dusty has done a great job here, and I don’t think there is any reason we wouldn’t visit about it after the World Series. We don’t want to get distracted by any contracts or any extension. We’ll sit down with everybody at the end of the World Series. I love Dusty. We’ll put it like that. You take it from there.” Crane turned to Baker just weeks after the Astros were sanctioned by MLB for the sign-stealing scandal. They had to fire their general manager, manager and were scarred in front of the rest of the league. In many ways, Houston’s reputation...
    During the Houston Astros celebration after clinching the AL West crown, manager Dusty Baker chugged a beer out of a shoe. Going into last night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Houston Astros magic number to clinch the AL West was one. That one would secure their fifth straight playoff appearance, the longest streak in franchise history, as well as the fourth division title in those five years. And while that one certainly came when the Astros beat the Rays 2-1, Houston’s manager Dusty Baker, himself, had a cold one in a baseball cleat. Dusty Baker with the shoey! pic.twitter.com/xWmxa1Ho8D — Matt Young (@Chron_MattYoung) October 1, 2021 Knowing that they were no longer being chased by the Seattle Mariners for the top spot in the AL West, the Astros celebrated their win like any other team would after accomplishing this feat and drank to their heart’s content. This was a touching moment for Baker, who had become the first manager in MLB history to clinch a division title with five different teams. He expressed his gratitude for the...
    Major League Baseball was meticulous about writing their Covid protocol rulebook to ensure the 2021 season could be completed unscathed. But it seems the powers at be forgot to include the page about chugging champagne from a shoe. Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker celebrated the club’s division-clinching victory Thursday night in a strangely epic manner, by drinking out of a cleat. Hopefully a clean cleat. THAT’S OUR MANAGER. ????#ForTheH pic.twitter.com/zQgl97XTZ8 — Houston Astros (@astros) October 1, 2021 Baker is a national treasure within America’s national pastime. Major League Baseball is better when Baker is leaning on the dugout railing, chomping on a toothpick. Unfortunately, we’ve been devoid of the toothpick over the last two seasons, because the 72-year-old manager understandably takes extra Covid precautions by continuing to wear a mask and gloves to every game. But the Covid cautious manager shelved his concerns for a moment, when he partook in the team’s strange celebration. “That was the hardest but greatest year ever for me,” the beloved manager said before his team doused him in champagne....
    The son of Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker has been drafted by the Washington Nationals 19 years after cementing himself in World Series history as a three-year-old bat boy for the San Francisco Giants. Darren Baker, an All-Pac 12 second baseman at the University of California, was picked in the 10th round of MLB's draft earlier this week by the Nationals, a club his father managed in 2016 and 2017. The 22-year-old is best remembered for a moment in Game 3 of the 2002 World Series when he prematurely left the dugout to retrieve the bat of Giants outfielder Kenny Lofton, who had tripled off of Anaheim Angels reliever Ben Weber in the seventh inning.  Darren Baker was nearly drafted out of high school, but opted to instead join the Cal Bears, batting .327 over 55 games this season. He started 123 consecutive games for the school Then-Nationals manager Dusty Baker (right) is pictured with his son Darren in 2016. Darren was drafted by the Nats earlier this week, 19 years after his famous World Series cameo ...
    Houston Astros skipper Dusty Baker has one great take on pitchers using foreign substances. With MLB cracking down on pitchers using foreign substances to gain an advantage, Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker gives one amazing analogy on the situation to make us all laugh. “You’re not supposed to break the speed limit, but you do.” While Baker did not manage the 2017 Astros, he still works for the organization most closely associated with widespread cheating in baseball. Baker is a baseball lifer and has seen it all in his hall-of-fame-level career. If a player or a team is not trying to get an advantage, they are going to pay a price for it because some other organizations will have no issues with bending the rules. Baker’s great take on pitchers using foreign substances is the breath of fresh air we all needed. #Astros manager Dusty Baker kept it real today when asked about players knowing they shouldnt use foreign substances. pic.twitter.com/9OddKFNoFV — Vanessa Richardson (@SportsVanessa) June 15, 2021 Houston Astros: Dusty Baker’s take on foreign substances has us in stitchesEven if foreign...
    Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker recently dropped a mind-boggling quote about cheating. The Astros were engulfed in a massive sign stealing scandal going all the way back to at least 2017 when they won the World Series. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Naturally, fans aren’t letting the Astros forget that they broke the rules, but Baker doesn’t want to hear it. Why? Because he’s sure fans cheated in school. More screen shots of the notorious trash can inflatable from the Angels vs the Houston Astros live from Anaheim… ???? pic.twitter.com/c5Z0BBE0LM — Adam Castro (@Amcastro16) April 6, 2021 Baker said the following Monday after a fake trash can was thrown on the field during a game against the Angels, according to the New York Post: How many in the stands have never done anything wrong in their life? We paid the price for it. How many people have not cheated on a test or whatever at some point in time. I mean it’s easy if you live in glass houses, but I don’t...
    More On: mlb sign-stealing scandal MLB fans are back – and the cheating Astros heard their wrath Miguel Cabrera: It’s ‘bulls–t’ that new manager is tainted from cheating scandal Yankees react to facing member of Astros cheating drama Yankees fans mistakenly boo the wrong player: ‘Cheater!’ The Astros are playing in front of fans this season for the first time since their sign-stealing scandal came to light, and as everyone expected, they’ve been showered with boos by rival fans at every turn. On Monday night, Angels fans took the showering to a new level. At the end of the sixth inning, fans heaved an inflatable garbage can over the right field wall, a glaring jab at the team, who infamously banged on trash cans to signal the pitches that were coming. When Altuve was at bat not long after, areal trash can was hurled over the same wall, and bottles spilled out of it. After the game, a 7-6 loss, manager Dusty Baker was upset with the antics. “You can tell the amount of hostility and the amount of...
    Dusty Baker continued to prove that he’s the most likable person on the Houston Astros in ALCS Game 5. It’s no secret that the Houston Astros are the most despised team in all of MLB. Well, everyone outside of Houston, at least. That’s all due to the team’s role in a sign-stealing scandal in 2017, which helped them win their first-ever World Series. While the Astros are hated, there is one person you can’t help but feel unbridled joy for, and that’s manager Dusty Baker. The Astros were initially down 3-0 in the ALCS to the Tampa Bay Rays, but bounced back with the win on Wednesday. But, things got a bit sketchy in Game 5 on Thursday. The Astros entered the bottom of the ninth-inning tied 3-3, but shortstop Carlos Correa ended things with a walk-off home run, forcing a Game 6. While everyone focused on Correa’s savage reaction to the bomb, just take a look at Baker dancing! Dusty loves it. ???? ???? pic.twitter.com/eIlWLFxq7f — Sporting News (@sportingnews) October 16, 2020 Baker is enjoying the ride in HoustonBaker...
    By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — If there’s a universally recognized good guy among the generally reviled Houston Astros, it’s Dusty Baker. At 71, he’s the first manager to lead five different franchises to the postseason, but is still chasing his first World Series title at the helm. The Astros have advanced to their fourth consecutive AL Championship Series, beating the Oakland Athletics in four games. Next up, starting Sunday in San Diego, is either the New York Yankees or Tampa Bay Rays with a berth in the World Series at stake. If the Astros get that far, Baker would have a shot at being the second Black manager to win a World Series, joining Cito Gaston. He would also be the second oldest to win behind 72-year-old Jack McKeon. While the Astros remain villains in many people’s eyes for their sign-stealing scandal of three years ago, few begrudge the grandfatherly Baker. He's been careful to protect his health during the coronavirus pandemic, wearing a mask and gloves. He eats oatmeal for breakfast. “I was really...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — If there’s a universally recognized good guy among the generally reviled Houston Astros, it’s Dusty Baker. At 71, he’s the first manager to lead five different franchises to the postseason, but is still chasing his first World Series title at the helm. The Astros have advanced to their fourth consecutive AL Championship Series, beating the Oakland Athletics in four games. Next up, starting Sunday in San Diego, is either the New York Yankees or Tampa Bay Rays with a berth in the World Series at stake. If the Astros get that far, Baker would have a shot at being the second Black manager to win a World Series, joining Cito Gaston. He would also be the second oldest to win behind 72-year-old Jack McKeon. While the Astros remain villains in many people’s eyes for their sign-stealing scandal of three years ago, few begrudge the grandfatherly Baker. He’s been careful to protect his health during the coronavirus pandemic, wearing a mask and gloves. He eats oatmeal for breakfast. “I was really stoked to get a guy like...
    Though first-year Houston manager Dusty Baker acknowledged the Astros have earned their status as villains, he doesn’t believe his team ever embraced the role. “It was very rarely talked about,” Baker said before Monday’s Game 1 against the A’s. “The role of villain was given to us, it’s not something that we took on, although most of us probably merit it.” Baker’s comments come days after shortstop Carlos Correa punctuated to the Astros’ wild-card series sweep of the Twins by saying, “I know a lot of people are mad. I know a lot of people don’t want to see us here. But what are they going to say now?” Not that Astros haters needed any more bulletin-board material, but Baker said that if his players are going to prate, they better be able to back it up.Related Articles ALDS Game 1 lineups: A’s work in left-handed bats against Astros’ McCullers Live playoff updates: A’s vs. Astros in Game 1 of ALDS, Monday at 1:07 p.m. After sitting out wild card round,...
    Jimmy Lee Solomon at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California on July 8, 2007.Rich Pilling | Major League Baseball | Getty Images Former top Major League Baseball executive Jimmie Lee Solomon is joining Playrs, an operating firm under private holding company Turn2 Equity Partners. Solomon will serve as president of Playrs. He said the group wants to raise $25 to $30 million to acquire start-up sports-related tech companies that lack capital because of by Covid-19. "I think with the talent we have on our development team, that we'll be able to do that easily," Solomon said of the raise. The Turn2 group also includes Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker, former New York Mets general manager Jim Duquette, and San Francisco Giants general manager Bobby Evans. Solomon spent 21 years at MLB under former commissioner Bud Selig, mostly overseeing baseball operations and development. He left the league in 2012. He the framework for MLB's initial instant replay system in 2008. Solomon was also behind the decision to air the league's draft on MLB.com before ESPN picked up the rights to telecast the...
    Uncounted millions had COVID-19 symptoms, but no positive test Chick-fil-A locations offer free food for coins amid national shortage Astros manager Dusty Baker seemingly shades Dodgers The Los Angeles Dodgers are set to take to Texas for an early-season series against the Houston Astros starting Tuesday evening. © Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker The obvious backdrop here is Houston’s sign-stealing scandal that resulted in harsh discipline earlier this year. This represents the teams’ first regular-season matchup since the punishments were handed down. It’s also a rematch of the 2017 World Series that saw Houston defeat the Dodgers in seven games. Even though he was not a member of either organization at the time, first-year Astros manager Dusty Baker opened up Tuesday about the rivalry between the two clubs. Dusty Baker on the #Astros-Dodgers rivalry: "Most of the tension didn't come from our side…most of the tension was coming from their side."— Daniel Gotera (@DTGoteraKHOU) July 28, 2020 I, for one, am pretty sure that the tension from Los Angeles stems from the Astros allegedly cheating...
    PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 08: Manager Dusty Baker #12 of the Houston Astros (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) The Houston Astros are bringing back Dusty Baker. The Houston Astros know that the immediate future is going to be incredibly rocky for them considering the shockwaves from their sign-stealing scandal are still being felt. Knowing they need an experienced, veteran hand that is as cool as ice under pressure to guide this team, the Astros decided that Dusty Baker should be the man in charge in 2021. Per Mark Berman of FOX26, the Astros have agreed to bring Baker back for the 2021 campaign despite a lack of results in 2020. MLB source: #Astros picked up the club option on Dusty Baker’s (@DustyBaker70) contract, tying him to the franchise through the 2021 season. — Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) July 28, 2020 Baker was considered an odd fit when the Houston Astros hired him.Before the Astros became known for using trash cans to steal signs, AJ Hinch and Jeff Luhnow gave Houston a reputation as one of the more analytically-minded organizations...
    Dusty Baker has managed thousands of games in his big league career, and none were quite like his debut with the scandal-ridden Houston Astros. The 71-year-old manager posted a win in his first game as Houston's manager and the Astros, playing for the first time since their sign-stealing scam rocked baseball, opened the season by beating the Seattle Mariners 8-2 Friday night. GIANT’S PITCHER SAM COONROD REFUSES TO KNEEL DURING BLACK LIVES MATTER MOMENT BECAUSE OF FAITH: ‘I’M A CHRISTIAN’ “The guys had a lot of energy, a lot of belief and a lot of relief, getting back and playing a real game, because it didn’t look like this was even going to happen," Baker said. Hoping to put a turbulent offseason behind them, the Astros started out with a victory at empty Minute Maid Park, the same place that was pulsating last October before Washington rallied late to win Game 7 of the World Series. “You’re on the road playing a team that was in the World Series last year and there’s nobody there, and it’s just crazy," Seattle...
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