By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker has announced his retirement. The USA Today Sports was the first to report the news in an exclusive story.
Baker would like to remain with the Astros in an advisory role. If he cannot have that role with the Astros, then he would like to have it with another team.
He is expected to officially retire on Thursday at noon EST when a press conference is scheduled.
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“I’m very grateful and thankful to Jim Crane and the Houston Astros for giving me this opportunity, and to win a championship,’’ Baker told USA TODAY Sports. “I felt like they’ve been good for me, and I’ve been good for them.
“What I really appreciate is that Jim has been totally honest and transparent with me on all things.’’
The 74-year-old has been a manager with several teams dating back to the 1993 season. He has managed five teams in his career.
He has been the Astros manager since 2020. Baker guided the Astros to the World Series Championship last year when they defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in six games.
The two-time World Series Champion also managed the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, the Cincinnati Reds, and the Washington Nationals. He also served as a coach with the Giants from 1988 through 1992.
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“I thought about it before the year, but the reason I didn’t want to mention it is because of my conversations with Bruce Bochy,’’ Baker said, “saying how distracting it was for his team in San Francisco. I didn’t want to do that. It wasn’t fair to my players.’’
As a manager, he has won 2,183 games with 1,862 losses in 4,046 games. He has a .540 win percentage. However, in the postseason, he has had 57 wins and 51 losses.
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