Dusty Baker Replaces AJ Hinch In Front Of The Astros

HOUSTON (AP) – Dusty Baker was hired to replace AJ Hinch as manager of the Houston Astros. The team announced the hiring on Wednesday and reported that it will officially present Baker in Houston on Thursday. Baker, 70, will be the pilot. most veteran major league. Hinch was fired on January 13, hours after he was suspended by the Major League office, for his role in the signal theft scandal by Houston. "Throughout his successful career, Dusty has embodied the qualities we look for in a manager, ”Astros owner Jim Crane said in a statement. “He is a winner, and most importantly, a strong leader who has earned the respect not only of his players, but of virtually anyone who has treated him in baseball. We are very excited to name Dusty as the new club leader. ”Baker's hiring represented a sign that the current American League champions sought to incorporate a seasoned leader in a franchise that has shuddered after Hinch's dismissal and from general manager Jeff Luhnow. Baker has 22 years of experience as a manager, starting in 1993 with the San Francisco Giants. Three times considered the National League Manager of the Year, his last team was the Washington Nationals, who let him go after finishing with a record 97-65 in the 2017 season. "I am extremely grateful for this opportunity," Baker said. “This is a great club with outstanding players that knows how to win. I applaud the leadership that Jim Crane has shown in recent weeks and I look forward to working with him and the players to bring a championship to the city of Houston. ”Baker was a special advisor to the president of the Giants Larry Baer since 2018, working on both the sports field as in the operations of the team business. He regularly attended the college games of his son Darren at the University of California at Berkeley. He will have the opportunity to fight for his first World Series title as manager, with a team that will return with most of the payroll he played last year. the Fall Classic for the second time in three years, before falling to the Nationals. His arrival marks a clear change of direction with respect to the recent history of the Astros, in which youth were privileged. Houston hired Hinch when he was 41 years old. Baker takes the reins of a team that must be a contender after winning more than 100 games in three seasons in a row.Baker has a record of 1,863-1,636 in regular season, throughout a race in which he spent 10 years with the Giants, four with the Chicago Cubs and six with the Cincinnati Reds before leading the Nationals two years. Baker completed a 19-year career as a gardener and was twice elected to the All-Star Game. He began his career with Atlanta and played for the Los Angeles, Oakland and San Francisco Dodgers. He was elected the Most Valuable Player of the National League Championship Series in 1977 and took the Golden Glove in 1981, when he helped the Dodgers won the World Series title. He was rewarded as Manager of the Year in his first season with San Francisco in 1993, when he helped the Giants finish with a 103-59 mark. He won the award again in 1997 and 2000 with the Giants and led San Francisco to the World Series, which they lost in seven games against the Anaheim Angels.