Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker (74), the oldest active manager in Major League Baseball (MLB), is retiring.
MLB.com reported on the 26th (Korean time) that “Coach Baker plans to hold a press conference at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, USA on the 27th to announce his retirement.”
Born in 1949, Coach Baker began his leadership career as a base running coach for the San Francisco Giants in 1988 and took the helm for the first time in San Francisco in 1993.
He later worked for the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, and Washington Nationals, and has been the head coach of Houston since 2020.굿모닝토토
During this period, Coach Baker achieved a total of 2,183 regular season wins, the 7th most of all time, and in 2022, he relieved himself of being ‘irrelevant’ by leading Houston to win the World Series (WS).
Coach Baker is famous for being a leader who is good at team harmony.
He approaches the players first and communicates constantly, leading the team atmosphere.
It was for the same reason that Houston brought in coach Baker, a veteran in his 70s, in 2020.
When Houston won the 2017 season, it was revealed that it had systematically stolen signs from the opposing team, and was heavily criticized.
Accordingly, Houston selected Coach Baker as the right person to lead the team, and Coach Baker quickly put the team together.
Houston, led by Coach Baker, succeeded in advancing to the American League Championship Series (ALCS) in 2020 and WS in 2021, and won the long-awaited WS championship last year.
Coach Baker, who became the oldest WS winning coach, signed an extension with Houston and brought the team back to the ALCS stage this season.
However, Houston failed to advance to the WS, losing to the Texas Rangers with a series record of 3 wins and 4 losses.
Coach Baker may be hanging up his baton, but he has no intention of leaving baseball.
USA Today reported, “Coach Baker will serve as an advisor to Houston.”