Dusty Baker seeks first world championship as manager

HOUSTON — Dusty Baker came to the conclusion that his baseball career may have ended when the Nationals didn’t bring him back as manager after the 2017 season. It’s possible that he wouldn’t have 2,000 wins or win the World Series as a manager, the only two feats missing from his resume after 22 years in management.

Packing these disappointments in the back of his mind and most of his baseball gear in the attic of his home in the Sacramento, California, area, Becker is satisfied watching his son, Darren, begin his football career while tending his own vineyard and winery. It was a good baseball life, and it was largely a life without regrets for a man who is considered one of the best gentlemen in the game.

He was at home in January 2020 when Astros owner Jim Crane called and asked for an interview with the managing opening in Houston. At 70 years old, it was unexpected, but Baker hasn’t got baseball out of his blood yet. The Astros hired him to take on a team in turmoil in the wake of the signal-stealing scandal – a man who is respected by everyone in the game and the perfect person to guide the Astros through the storm.

Baker scored 2,000 wins earlier this year – he became The twelfth AL/NL director to have achieved this level – And when he wakes up on Saturday morning, he will be about to complete his career achievement: the World Championship. The Baker Astros could win the 2022 World Championship by defeating the Phillies in Game 6 on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.

“I am a goal-oriented person, and that means we achieved one goal and we accomplished another,” Baker said.

There won’t be many people in the game not related to Philadelphia who will take on Baker, the coolest 73-year-old player on the planet. I’ve been to this place before. The 2002 Giants blew a 3-2 lead at the World Championships, but that was with Games 6 and 7 on the road against the Angels. The Astros only need to win one home game, and they have two chances to do so.

“I don’t think about the situation I’m in,” Baker said Friday. “Just take a day off, because if you think about something all the time, it’s going to drive you crazy. So you just have to take a day off, let it come to your mind and [let it] passerby”.

Baker’s legacy of 55 years in the game is strong. He broke off as a player with the Braves in 1968, was taken under Hank Aaron’s wing and was on deck when Aaron crashed into the legendary 715th Homer to pass Babe Ruth in 1974. He was 19 years in the game.

However, the lack of championship as a manager casts a shadow over that.

“I mean, I’ve had 2,000 wins and all they talk about is I haven’t won the world championship yet, you know?” He said. “So, yeah, it matters. People matter. This matters to us.”

Last year, Baker became the first manager to win a five-different league title when the Astros took over the Western American League, leading teams to penning in both the AL (2021-22 Astros) and the National League (2002 Giants). After losing the World Championship in six games to the Braves, Astros Becker signed a one-year deal a year ago on Saturday, throwing the regular-season banner with 106 wins and the second AL banner in a row.

“We love going there every day and competing for it,” said third baseman Alex Bregman. “He loves this team. He loves winning. He loves baseball. And 100 percent, we want to win for him. I think, just like Dusty says, I think the same mindset we have is this game.” [Saturday] It is the most important match and we have to stay closed in every stadium.”

Of the 11 former coaches with 2,000 career victories, 10 are in the Hall of Fame. The only ineligible person is Bruce Bochy (2,003 victories), who was not yet eligible for induction. Baker is ninth in the regular season with a score of 2093, having passed his former Dodgers coach Walter Alston earlier this year.

This man who survived cancer, [stroke] Fisherman Martin Maldonado said when Baker scored a 2,000 win.

Becker’s contract expires at the end of the season, and another season will be in limbo. His return may depend on the future of General Manager James Click, who is also a lame duck. But if you thought Baker would retire when he won a championship, you don’t know him very well.

“I don’t want to stop now,” he said. “I don’t know how long I will coach, but I always said if I win one, I will win two. I hate to be a liar.”

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