According to multiple sources, the Houston Astros have settled on a well-known choice as the new manager of their team.
Dusty Baker, the veteran MLB manager who has previously had stints with the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, and Washington Nationals, will take over the Houston Astros’ bench after a sign-stealing scandal that has shaken the club to its core.
AJ Hinch, the team’s former manager, was dismissed along with former general manager Jeff Luhnow after an MLB investigation implicated them as the ringleaders of a cheating scandal over the past few seasons.
Baker, who will become MLB’s oldest manager at the age of 70, has a history of success in the big leagues. Employing an “old-school” approach, the California native has compiled an 1863-1636 (.532) record in 22 seasons as a manager at the Major League level.
Despite his teams qualifying for the playoffs a total of 9 times during his years as a manager, Baker has yet to win a World Series. The closest he has come was with the 2002 San Francisco Giants, who lost the World Series in a heartbreaking 4-3 series loss to the Anaheim Angels.
Baker’s Astros will be expected to contend for the World Series in 2020 and in the near future, giving the long-time manager a chance to go out as a champion before his eventual retirement.