Major milestone for a MLB manager. The Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners by a score of 4-0 on Tuesday night. Astros manager Dusty Baker was there.He won his 2,000th career match. Baker, 72 years old, is now the 12th manager and the first Black manager ever to cross that line.
“I think about the people that made it possible for me to get in this position – my dad, Jackie Robinson, Frank Robinson, Cito Gaston – the guys who were minority managers ahead of me,”Baker stated this after the game, per MLB.com. “You look at guys like Maury Wills and some of the guys that I know. To me, everybody is making a bigger thing out of it than me because I’ve got work to do.”
Dusty Baker is a legend.
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Baker is well on his way towards the Baseball Hall of Fame. 10 of the 12 managers to have reached 2,000 wins are based in Cooperstown. Bruce Boche, who is not yet eligible for the Hall of Fame, is the only exception. Baker is content to have reached 2,000 wins but he’s eager to move on.
“I just think like Hank Aaron when he hit 715, you just want to get it over with so we can go on about our business,” Baker. “I couldn’t have done this by myself because you’re only as good as your players,” Baker said. “I couldn’t have done it without the cast we have in the clubhouse. I supported them big time. They supported me.
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“We’re a unit, and this is probably the most together team I’ve been on, especially in a short period of time like this, to see them come together. I think of my mom and dad and brothers and sisters, and most of all I thank God for giving me the opportunity.”
Baker was a 1993 San Francisco Giants player who started his career as a manager. Baker went on to manage the Chicago Cubs (now the Cincinnati Reds), Washington Nationals, Astros and Astros. Baker has been named NL Manager Of The Year three times (1993-97, 2000 and 2000) and has led two teams to victory in the World Series (Giants and Astros 2002 and 2022). Baker played in the MLB from 1968 to 1986. As a Los Angeles Dodgers player, Baker was twice selected to the All-Star Team and helped the team win the 1981 World Series.