Report: Sacramento native Dusty Baker ready to step down as manager

Oct 24, 2023, 10:55 AM

Manger Dusty Baker #12 of the Houston Astros looks on prior to Game Six of the American League Cham...

HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 22: Manger Dusty Baker #12 of the Houston Astros looks on prior to Game Six of the American League Championship Series against the Texas Rangers at Minute Maid Park on October 22, 2023 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Dusty Baker may have managed his last game for the Houston Astros.

In Game 7 of the ALCS, the Texas Rangers handily beat the Astros 11-4 to move on to the World Series for the first time since 2011. They await the winner of Game 7 between the Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLCS.

With Monday’s loss, there come questions about what Baker, who just completed a one-year deal with Houston, will do next. According to The Athletic’s Brittany Ghiroli and Chandler Rome, the Sacramento native has told people “inside and outside of the Houston Astros organization that 2023 will be his final season as a manager.”

The Athletic’s piece did not specify if this means retirement or just with the Houston organization. Baker declined to comment on his decision when asked by The Athletic.

Baker won his first World Series as a manager in 2022. He previously appeared in the World Series as a manager with the San Francisco Giants in 2002. In 26 seasons as a manager for the Astros, Giants Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals, Baker has amassed 2,183 regular-season wins.

Before he became a manager, Baker was an outfielder from 1968 through 1986. He played for the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, and Oakland Athletics.

Dusty Baker and his family moved to the Sacramento area when he was in his teens. In 2010, Baker was inducted into the Sac-Joaquin Section’s Hall of Fame because he was a stand-out athlete at Del Campo High School. Baker still has ties in the Sacramento region. The Baker Family Wines is located in West Sacramento.

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