Astros Hiring Dusty Baker To Be New Manager?
Are the Astros hiring Dusty Baker to be their new manager?
Houston recently found itself at the center of baseball’s most humiliating scandal of the last decade.
In a report released last Monday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred implicated the organization in a nefarious signal-stealing operation that dated back to their 2017 World Series campaign.
As a result of the league’s findings, the Astros promptly rid themselves of manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow.
Now Houston has a managerial vacancy to fill.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 18, 2020
According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, team brass is meeting with Baker on Monday regarding possibly stepping in as the new skipper.
Former Chicago Cubs third base coach Will Venable, team bench coach Joe Espada, and former managers Buck Showalter and John Gibbons are also in contention for the job.
Still, Baker is viewed by many as the frontrunner going in. Fresh off a 192-132 record with the Washington Nationals and boasting an 1863-1636 overall record, he would provide the sort of credibility and stability Houston needs in this stressful time.
Astros owner Jim Crane has confirmed that a new manager will be named by February 3, if not sooner.