Dusty Baker Nov 5, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr. (12) celebrates with teammates after the Astros defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in game six winning the 2022 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Astros are World Series Champions. That means that for the first time in his long and decorated career as a manager, Dusty Baker is a World Series champion.

By most objective standards, Baker is one of the greatest managers in MLB history. Through the 2022 season, his record is 2,093-1,790. Baker ended the 2022 regular season tenth all-time in both games managed and games won as a manager. But unlike everyone above him on both lists, Baker didn’t have a World Series championship. But after his Astros defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 6 of the 2022 World Series on Saturday night, that is no longer the case.

No older manager has ever claimed baseball’s top prize.

Or, to look at how long Baker’s journey has been from another angle, the lead-off hitter from the opposing team in the first game he ever managed is the father of Jeremy Peña, the 2022 ALCS and World Series MVP who was still four years away from being born.

The Astros celebrated around their manager shortly after clinching the franchise’s second World Series championship.

And while the Astros aren’t exactly a beloved team outside of Houston, that distaste does not extend to their manager, who is one of the most well-liked people in baseball. If anyone needed any proof of that, the scores of congratulations he received in the aftermath of Saturday night’s victory should erase all doubt.

For Baker, the third time in the World Series has been the charm. As a player, his Los Angeles Dodgers lost the World Series in both 1977 and 1978 but broke through with a win in 1981. As a manager, Baker lost the World Series in 2002 with the San Francisco Giants and 2021 with the Astros before winning in 2022. Baker never won another as a player. Time will tell if he wins another as a manager, but he’s already looking ahead.

Given how good the Astros figure to be in 2023, he’ll likely have a pretty good chance.

[ESPN Stats & Info, Cristopher Kamka, Fox Sports: MLB]

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