Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker made history on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park as he joined an exclusive club of managers with 2000-wins in their career. This is a historic event because only 11 managers in major league history have eclipsed the 2000-win mark, and 10 of those managers are in the Hall of Fame. With this win, Baker becomes the 12th manager in history to reach this milestone.
Baker joins an elite Hall of Fame managers class with over 2000 wins.
- Connie Mack, 3731 wins
- Tony La Russa, 2830 wins
- John McGraw, 2763 wins
- Bobby Cox, 2504 wins
- Joe Torre, 2326 wins
- Sparky Anderson, 2194 wins
- Bucky Harris, 2158 wins
- Joe McCarthy, 2125 wins
- Walter Alston, 2040 wins
- Leo Durocher, 2008 wins
- Bruce Bochy, 2003 wins (Not in Hall of Fame)
- Dusty Baker, 2000 wins
Baker has seen and heard just about everything in Major League Baseball in a career that spans over five decades, both as a player and a manager. From being on deck when Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth‘s home run record to winning a World Series as a player with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Baker has impacted the game of baseball for the greater good in more ways than one can count.
Baker has had much success over his managerial career. Baker is the only manager to win division titles with five different teams and the only manager to win a pennant in both leagues. With this milestone, Baker became the first African American manager to reach 2000 wins since Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier over 75 years ago.
With the 2000-win milestone reached, the one final achievement is winning that World Series that has alluded Baker for so long as a manager. Having won one as a player, Baker is still searching for one as a manager. This season, he will have another opportunity as the Astros remain the favorites to win the World Series.
Congratulations to Dusty Baker on reaching 2000-wins and counting!
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