On Friday afternoon, the Houston Astros announced that skipper Dusty Baker will return in 2022 on a one-year deal to manage the team in a press conference at Minute Maid Park. As the Astros continue their quest for a second World Series championship in the franchises’ history, this is excellent news as the team heads into the offseason.
Bringing back Baker was a no-brainer for the Astros. Since Baker joined the Astros in January of 2020, he has brought calmness to an organization that was out of control due to a scandal that rocked Major League Baseball. If there was anyone that could take the undaunting task on, it was Baker.
Since then, Baker has had such success with the Astros, guiding them to the Amerian League Champion Series in 2020 and winning the AL pennant in 2021, though the Astros lost to the Atlanta Braves in game six in the World Series. “There is more work to be done,” Baker said during the press conference.
With Baker returning in 2022, he will surpass 2,000 regular-season wins in his career. He currently has 1,987 regular-season wins. Also, in 2022, Baker will be looking for his World Series Championship as a manager. He did win won as a player in 1981 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He still desires to win and was quoted saying in an interview that he has “unfinished business.” He certainly has an opportunity to fulfill that goal as the Astros will be stacked and ready to win in 2022.
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