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Monday, November 06, 2023

Dusty Baker partially blames ‘bloggers and tweeters’ for retirement: ‘Tired of the scrutiny’

Potential future Hall of Fame manager Dusty Baker says that criticism from “30-year-olds” and “bloggers and tweeters” played a role in his decision to retire from the Houston Astros at the end of the team’s postseason run.

Baker, 74, shared that revelation during an appearance on “The Steam Room” podcast hosted by TNT NBA personalities Ernie Johnson and Charles Barkley.

“We had a lot of success here, Ernie and Charles, and then the last couple of months here weren’t very pleasant, because we weren’t 10 games ahead,” Baker said, according to the Houston Chronicle. “You spoil people. They think you’re supposed to win this every year running away and it’s not like that.

“Every year’s different. There was a whole bunch of criticism from 30-year-olds and bloggers and tweeters that I’m not doing this and I don’t know that and I told my wife, ‘You know, I’m kind of tired of this and tired of the scrutiny and if I could go manage and show up at say 6:30 for a 7 o’clock game and leave 30 minutes after the game, don’t do the (pregame and postgame interviews), I could manage for another four or five years.’ You know what I mean? After a while, you just get tired of answering questions.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 06, 2023 at 08:52 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: dusty baker

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Dusty Baker reportedly ready to step down as Houston Astros manager after ALCS loss

The Texas Rangers rolled over the Astros 11-4 in Game 7 of the ALCS on Monday, ending Houston’s bid for a third straight trip to the World Series.

According to The Athletic’s Brittany Ghiroli and Chandler Rome, Baker has expressed to multiple people inside the organization that this season will be his last as the team’s manager. Baker has not made that official, and declined to comment when asked directly about that report by The Athletic.

Baker, 74, just wrapped up his 26th season managing in Major League Baseball. He holds a career 2,183-1,862 regular-season record and won a World Series title with the Astros in 2022. Baker went 320-226 in Houston, which is good for the second-best winning percentage in franchise history. He led the Astros to four straight ALCS runs, too, and got the team to two World Series.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 24, 2023 at 02:59 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dusty baker

Friday, September 08, 2023

Chas McCormick’s lack of playing time has some Astros vexed, speculating over weight

McCormick has appeared in 95 games this season despite batting .289 with 20 home runs.

Some, who spoke to the outlet, said they have been frustrated by his inconsistent playing time.

“No, why (would) you even ask that?” Baker replied on Wednesday when asked if McCormick’s weight was an issue.

“That’s something that you’re always aware of, you know what I mean. As long as it doesn’t affect your performance, then it’s not really that much of a concern.”

Baker did acknowledge that McCormick was playing with a little more weight on him this season.

The Astros outfielder said that he put on the weight during his stint on the injured list.

“I feel stronger. I like being this heavy,” McCormick said. “I guess if I was a little lighter it’d be easier, but easier to move a little better. I feel stronger. I feel healthier. I feel I can do more being at 220 (pounds). Usually, I’m at 216. When I’m 210, I’m too light. I was 214 last year, I think, and I felt too light again. I kind of like being where I’m at right now, at 220.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 08, 2023 at 06:22 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, chas mccormick, dusty baker

 

 

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