Astros’ Dusty Baker becomes the 12th manager in MLB history with 2,000 career wins

Dusty Baker is the latest member of the 2,000-win club.

On Tuesday night the Houston Astros defeated the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park (HOU 4, SEA 0) to give Baker his 2,000th career win. He is the 12th manager in history to win 2,000 games and the first black manager to reach the finish line.

“I think about the people who allowed me to get this position,” Baker told KPRC 2’s Howard Chen ahead of Tuesday’s game. “My father, Jackie Robinson, Frank Robinson, Cito Gaston, the minority leaders in front of me.”

Ten of the 11 coaches ahead of Baker on the all-time win list are in the Hall of Fame. Only Bruce Bochy, who won his 2,000th match in 2019 and he’ll be in the Hall of Fame someday, he’s not. Here are the 12 members of the 2,000-win club:

  1. Connie Mack: 3,731
  2. John McGraw: 2,763
  3. Tony La Russa: 2,728
  4. Bobby Cox: 2,504
  5. Joe Torre: 2,326
  6. Sparky Anderson: 2,194
  7. Bucky Harris: 2,158
  8. Joe McCarthy: 2,125
  9. Walter Alston: 2,040
  10. Leo Durocher: 2,008
  11. Bruce Bochy: 2,003
  12. Dusty Baker: 2,000 and more

The Astros are Baker’s fifth team and this is his third season with Houston. He was called in to replace AJ Hinch and essentially be an adult in the room following the sign-stealing scandal. Baker led the Astros to ALCS during the 2020 season shortened by the pandemic and to the World Series in 2021, although they fell to the Atlanta Braves.

Baker is the only manager in history to bring five different teams into the postseason – Billy Martin (Athletics, Tigers, Twins, Yankees) and Davey Johnson (Mets, Orioles, Nationals, Reds) are the only others to bring up to four teams in the postseason, although he’s still looking for that elusive world. ring as manager. Here are Dusty’s records at each stop:

Giants of San Francisco

1993-2002

840-715

.540

Chicago Cubs

2003-06

322-326

.497

Cincinnati Rossi

2008-13

509-463

.524

citizens of Washington

2016-17

192-132

.593

Houston Astros

2020-present

137-109

.556

TOTAL

2,000-1,745

.534

Baker was three times Manager of the Year (1993, 1997, 2000) who finished second three more times (2003, 2010, 2016) and received votes in 14 of his 25 seasons as a manager. His teams have won eight division titles and two pennants (2002 Giants and 2021 Astros).

Long before he became a manager, Baker was a baseball player, hitting .278 / .347 / .432 with 1,981 shots and 242 home runs with the Braves, Dodgers, Giants and Athletics from 1968-86. He has participated in two All-Star Games as a player, received MVP ratings in three seasons (finished fourth in the voting in 1980) and won his only career World Series ring with the 1981 Dodgers.

Baker, aged 73 in June, is a very good argument for Hall of Fame dignity based on a person’s entire baseball career, not just as a player and not just as a coach. He combines his contributions on the pitch as a player and on the bench as a manager and you have someone worthy of Cooperstown.

It is unclear how long Baker intends to continue managing. Whenever he decides to retire, Dusty will leave the game as one of the most successful people in the history of the sport. He was Hall of Fame worthy even before he recorded his 2,000th win. Now it’s just another flagship.

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