5:35 pm: Chandler Roma from the Houston Chronicle He conveys word from Click, who says he is still “in discussions” about his future.
4:45 pm: Bob Nightingale from USA TODAY Reports indicate that Baker and Click each received one-year contracts for 2023.
9:33 am: After claiming his first World Championship title in his illustrious managerial career, Dusty Baker confirmed to FOX 26 Houston’s Mark Berman that he will return to the team in 2023 (Twitter link). The deal hasn’t been finalized yet, but Baker told Berman, “I’ll be back, but we’re working on it. It’s that easy.”
USA TODAY Bob Nightingale mentioned Shortly before Becker was quoted, Astros owner Jim Crane had already spoken to both Becker and general manager James Click about their future and plans to officially extend contract offers for the 2023 season.
Appointed as Houston team manager in the wake of penalties from the 2017 team tag-stealing scandal, Baker took the reins in a turbulent situation and seamlessly oversaw not only a stabilizing period for the franchise but an ongoing streak of success. He has now been at the helm of the Astros for the past three seasons, racking up a record 230-154 in the time, winning a pair of Major League badges, and just this weekend, adding another World Championship title to the record books.
Becker helped oversee the outbreak of one of baseball’s best young football crew, serving as captain while Framber Valdez, Cristian Javier, Luis Garcia and Jose Orchidi established themselves as a quality MLB pitcher — with Valdez, in particular, thriving to the point. That he should finish in the top five in this year’s MLS Cy Young vote (although teammate Justin Verlander would be the favorite to win the award).
Baker’s 2022 season not only brought him his first World Championship win as a coach, but also saw him break the 2000 winning mark, making him the 12th person to reach the milestone. Baker’s 2093 managerial wins currently put him in ninth place of all-time, but another tour in Houston will give him a chance to beat Joe McCarthy (2,125 wins), Bucky Harris (2,158 wins) and Sparky Anderson (2,194 wins) next season. .
Becker would need 102 wins to beat Anderson and move up to a sixth-place possession on the all-time list, but given the quality of Houston’s heart, that’s not a far-fetched goal. The Astros just won 106 games in 2022, and the team’s only free agent is Verlander, who would certainly be a target if he rejects his player option and returns to the open market.
For Click, there has been a great deal of speculation about his future with the team Amidst multiple reports From friction between him and Crane. It would be surprising to see any team transition from their top CEO in baseball operations in the wake of winning the World Series, however, and it looks like even if the two don’t always meet, Crane will offer to click the opportunity to return to a new decade for at least the 2023 campaign. This upcoming show, of course, doesn’t necessarily guarantee Click’s return, but nonetheless it’s clear that Crane will ostensibly put the ball in his GM’s court.
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