Houston Astros’s Dusty Baker has become the first black manager to win 2,000 games, 12th to do both.

Dusty Baker became the 12th manager in major league history to win 2,000 games – as well as the first black manager to reach the show – with the Astros 4-0 victory Tuesday night against the Seattle Mariners in Houston.

The 72-year-old Baker started as a manager in 1993 with the San Francisco Giants, and has led five different teams – the Giants, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Washington Nationals and Astros – to the postseason, the sole manager. to accomplish that task. He is also one of nine managers who have won pennants in both teams, leading the Giants to the World Series in 2002 and the Astros in 2021. His 40th postseason victory is tied for the eighth time ever by Terry Francona.

With a toothpick and handcuffs, Baker has been one of the most influential players in the game over the past 30 years – in addition to his 19-year career as a player who saw him finish 1,981 strikes and drive 242 home.

Despite winning 2,000, the Hall of Fame case is still the subject of much controversy. Of the 11 superintendents who are more successful than Baker, 10 are in the Hall of Fame, and Bruce Bochy looks like a lock to be elected when he qualifies to vote in December 2023. All 10 Hall of Fame leaders who are more successful than Baker, however, also have one World Series competition, in which Bochy won three with the Giants.

Baker’s teams failed in all of their World Series games and lost tragically – especially Game 6 of the 2002 World Series with the Giants, Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series with the Cubs and Game 5 of the 2016 NL Division Series with Nationals, games all the leading ones whose teams led in the seventh inning or later.

However, Baker’s constant success in the regular season makes him a strong contender in the Hall of Fame, largely due to his currency-changing history – or, in the case of the Astros, lending instability due to fraudulent scams. Consider:

• The 1993 giants went from a 72-year victory to 103, although they lost the NL West race to the Atlanta Braves on the final day of the season.

• The 2003 children went from 67 to 88 victories and reached the NLCS.

• In Cincinnati, Baker obtained a license in 2008 that was lost seven consecutive seasons and regained it in playoffs2 in 2010, making it postseason in 201 and 2013.

• After taking over the Nationals in 2016, the team won from 83 to 95, and won NL East in both Baker seasons in the lead.

• Finally, they captured the Astros in 2020 after a scandal that led to the dismissal of AJ Hinch. Although Gerrit Cole lost a free kick and Justin Verlander suffered an injury, Baker led the Astros to the American League Championship Series in 2020 and won 95 with the World Series in 2021.

When the Giants hired Baker, he became the seventh Black manager in MLB history. After retiring as a footballer in 1986, Baker initially had no interest in directing, but eventually joined the giants as first coach and then beat the coach for four seasons, before replacing Roger Craig as manager following the 1992 season.

He is one of two black managers in 2022, along with Dave Roberts of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“Only a few things are missing here, competition and 2,000 wins,” Baker told The New York Times during the game. “If I were the only American American in that club, you know what I mean, brother? And I hope I can help other owners so that Dave Roberts and I don’t end up, that we have to have more. More.”

Baker is working on a one-year extension after signing the World Series loss last year.

“I have an unfinished business to take care of,” he said during a statement. “We’re close. We’re doing well every year. Thank you organization for giving us the pieces, thank you [general manager] James Click to add pieces at the right time and the partnership we have for the team. I am proud to be the team leader. “

If the Astros can win the World Series this season under Baker, it could be another important event for him: At the age of 73 at the time of the World Series, he would have been the general manager of the competition.


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