Can Dusty Baker finally get a World Series ring?
There is no question that, whenever Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker retires, he will be heading into the Hall of Fame.
He is already one of the best managers the game has seen. His 2093 regular season wins are the ninth most in MLB history, and if he returns in 2023, he has a chance to climb the ladder and pass Sparky Anderson for sixth all time. His .539 winning percentage is 25th amongst managers with at least 1000 major league wins, he has guided teams to the postseason 12 times – including each of his last seven years on the bench – and won two pennants.
However, there is one thing that Baker has not done. He has yet to win the World Series as a manager, his one ring as a player coming back in 1981. It is the only blemish on his resume, and at 73 years old, he is running out of time to finish off his legacy.
This may be his best chance. The Astros are heavily favored and would seemingly match up perfectly with the Phillies. That is not to say the series is a given – a white hot Bryce Harper will certainly have a say – but this may be the year. And it may be his last chance at getting one.
All Dusty Baker is missing is a World Series ring on his managerial resume. Maybe this will be the year he gets it.