(Reuters) – Dusty Baker will lead the Houston Astros again next year after the veteran skipper and second place in the World Series agreed on a one-year contract, the team announced on Friday.
Baker led the team to the American League Championship Series in 2020 and the World Series this season before falling to the Atlanta Braves in the Fall Classic on Tuesday.
Baker has been at the helm of five teams during his 24-year leadership career, but has yet to win a title in that role. He won a championship playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981.
Overall, he has a winning percentage of .534 and has won three Manager of the Year Awards.
After the 4-2 series loss to the Braves, Baker said he wanted to come back to complete what he started.
“I still have some unfinished business,” he said.
“I mean, I love these guys here. I love the city of Houston. The fans are behind us. “
The 72-year-old Baker joined the Astros in January 2020 to replace AJ Hinch, who was fired in the wake of the team’s sign theft scandal.
An MLB probe revealed in January 2020 that Astros employees watched a feed from a midfield camera to decode signs, and hit a trash can to tell the hits what seats they could expect in the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
The Astros won the World Series in 2017 and were allowed by MLB to retain the title.
(Report by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles, edited by Pritha Sarkar)