HOUSTON, TX - On Tuesday night, Astros manager Dusty Baker became just the 12th manager and first African-American manager in Major League history to reach 2,000 career wins. Win #2000 came when the Astros defeated the Seattle Mariners, 4-0, on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.
Of the previous 11 managers to reach 2,000 career wins, 10 are in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The only member of those first 11 managers to reach 2,000 wins that is not in the Hall of Fame is Bruce Bochy, who is not yet eligible.
Some of Baker’s previous milestone wins as a manager:
*WIN #1: April 6, 1993 - San Francisco at St. Louis
*WIN #500: June 1, 1999 - San Francisco at Philadelphia
*WIN #1000: August 30, 2004 - Chicago at Montreal
*WIN #1500: May 9, 2012 - Cincinnati at Milwaukee
Reaching the 2,000-win plateau is just one of several milestones in Baker’s illustrious managerial career that has spanned 25 seasons. In addition to his success as a manager, as a player, he was an All-Star, Gold Glove winner, Silver Slugger winner, NLCS MVP and a World Series champion.
MORE BAKER MILESTONES
-In 1993, in his first season as an MLB manager, Baker led his San Francisco Giants to a club-record 103 wins, earning BBWAA NL Manager of the Year honors.
-All five clubs that he has managed advanced to the postseason (Giants, Cubs, Reds, Nationals, Astros).
-He is the only manager in MLB history to guide five different clubs to the postseason and to win division titles with five different clubs.
-His teams have made the postseason 11 times, which includes eight division titles and three Wild Card berths.
-Has been named BBWAA Manager of the Year three times, and Baseball America Manager of the Year twice.
-He is one of only two individuals in MLB history to produce 1,800 hits as a player and 1,800 wins as a manager. Joe Torre is the other.
-He is just the ninth manager in MLB history to guide teams in both leagues to the World Series (San Francisco in 2002, Houston in 2021).
-He has guided the Astros to a 17-12 (.586) postseason record in 2020-21, giving them the most playoff wins in baseball in that span. Additionally, his .586 postseason winning percentage is the best in franchise history.
Dusty Baker guided the Astros to the 2021 World Series, becoming just the 9th manager in MLB history to lead clubs to the Fall Classic in both leagues. Baker is the only manager in MLB history to win division titles with five different teams.