Dusty Baker to return as Houston Astros manager in 2022

Dusty Baker said he was grateful to be back with Astros as they seek a World Series. (0:57).
Friday's announcement by the Houston Astros revealed that Dusty Baker, their manager, has been hired on a one year deal.

After taking over the Astros before the 2020 season, Baker, 72, led them to the 2021 World Series.

Jim Crane, owner of the team, said that he's done a fantastic job over the last year. "He's great in the locker room, great among the fans, and great with the media. We are very, very happy to have him back."

Baker led five teams to the postseason, and was within two wins of winning his first World Series title as a manager. Baker is 12th in major league history, with 1,987 career victories. He could be ninth in 2022 with 54 victories, surpassing Bruce Bochy (2.003), Leo Durocher (2.008) and Walter Alston (2.040).

Baker stated, "I look forward to being a part of this organization" Baker said, "I have many great ties here and have unfinished business to attend to. But we are close. Every year, we get better.

Baker answered, "Like my son always asks me, "Dad, do you feel excited?" Baker said he was excited to return, but he doesn't show his excitement by jumping up and down. My excitement is in my gut."

Baker led the Astros into the American League Championship Series in 2020, before they won the AL West in 2021. Houston defeated the Chicago White Sox in ALDS, and the Boston Red Sox were in the ALCS. The Astros lost to the Atlanta Braves at the World Series.

After AJ Hinch was fired by the Astros, Baker took over as a steady-hand. This was in response to the sign-stealing scandal that rocked the Astros' 2019 season. Baker stated that he believes the team has come a long way since those dark days.

Baker stated, "I spoke to many players." Baker said that some players are interested in moving here, even though they might not be interested before. "I think our future looks bright.

The Astros suggested that Justin Verlander, a pitcher who was unable to play after Tommy John surgery, may be offered a qualifying offer. They are also monitoring Lance McCullers Jr., right-hander, as he rests after suffering forearm pain during the postseason.

The team will talk to Carlos Correa again about free-agent star Carlos Correa after they were unable to reach a long-term deal before the 2021 season.

Crane smiled when Crane was asked how those conversations might look. We kind of know what he is looking for. We are going to try our best, and see if it fits in with our formula.