MLB America has a real dilemma.
On the one hand, the Houston Astros are easy to hate. After all, they were caught in the biggest cheating scandal in sports history. The only problem is that when you root for losing them in the postseason you are also rooting against Dusty Baker.
And it doesn’t feel good or right. Baker can be the most favorite guy in the game. He was a very good player and a much better manager in his second career.
Still, it’s a fine line for many baseball fans. Baker is the manager of Houston and wears the same uniform. But he wasn’t the mainstay when the Astros were stealing marks from their opponents to help them get an edge on the plate knowing what the pitch was coming up.
For a minute on Sunday night, it looked like the Astros would be celebrating again and heading towards their fifth straight American League Championship series.
Instead, the Chicago White Sox bounced back from a four-run deficit and won 12-6 in Chicago. The Astros led the top five in this series, 2-1.
They have two chances to win a match and move on again.
If the Astros advance to ALCS, it will be the second year in a row under Baker and the fifth year in a row for the franchise.
Sure enough, most thought the Astros would leave, and just fell to the bottom of the standings after their deception was exposed.
It didn’t happen. Instead, they continue to win. They hold the glass in our hands.
It’s really painful.
And let’s be honest. When they hired Baker, now 72, it looked like they were just hiring a veteran captain to watch the killings and resist all the bad news and fan reaction coming in 2020. Baker is a world-class charmer
And Baker’s has done a good job. But, somehow, he lifted them off the mat and returned to the biggest stage of the game.
In 2020, Baker’s team fought a regular season. But since the MLB1 teams allowed the team to play off after the off-game season was reduced due to the Covid-1 pandemic epidemic, the Astros set it with a 2-3-31 record. They are the second LL team to lose, reaching the post-season with a losing record.
Then, they defeated the Minnesota Twins in a two-game sweep of the wild-card series. From there they went to the Division Series and defeated Auckland A. Then, they met the Tampa Bay Race at ALCS, losing seven games.
Despite all the turmoil, they were a game away from making it to the World Series.
Many think they might get there by this time.
When it came to the post season, it was hard not to look at the work he did as a baker and manager. This season, he led them to the AL West title, making him the first manager to win a division title with five different teams. To boot, Baker is one of only six managers in MLB history to reach the post-season 10 times.
There was only one problem: he was not able to win all the marbles. In fact, he had a real chance of winning at least three of his previous four spots. There were some awesome teams to manage Baker.
Baker manages Barry Bond during his prime with the San Francisco Giants. He was with the Chicago Cubs during Steve Bartman’s defeat in the post season. He manages the citizens of Washington with a load rotation. And he also won the Cincinnati Reds division.
Baker য who was a two-time All-Star and won a World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981 তিনি was around baseball history and magical moments.
It’s really amazing.
Baker gets credit for first-best five with teammate Glenn Burke. The two celebrated with their hands on their heads after Baker scored his 30th home run in 1977.
In 1974, while playing for the Atlanta Braves, Baker was called up when Hank Aaron hit his 715th HR, which broke Bebe Ruth’s all-time record at the time.
Baker needs one more thing to complete a remarkable run in his baseball career – a World Series trophy as a manager. That would be a great story … if he didn’t wear the Astros cursed uniform.