The Astros have hired Dusty Baker as their manager. It’s a move reminiscent of the Dodgers hiring Burt Shotton when Leo Durocher got suspended for the 1947 season for offending Happy Chandler’s moral sensibilities. That is, they’ve hired a respected lifetime baseball man, partly because that’s what they need for their team and partly because it’s an excellent PR move. Like Shotton’s deal, it’s also short term…one year plus a team option year.
Some tidbits: If the Astros make the playoffs, Baker will have led 5 teams to the postseason. Nobody’s ever done that before. If he does manage two years, he will almost certainly reach 2000 years. He’s just the third 70+ years old hired as a manager, following Casey Stengel and Jack McKeon.