(Houston) The Houston Astros have announced that they have taken up manager Dusty Baker's contract option for the 2021 season.
Baker was hired in January to replace AJ Hinch, who was fired after the latter and general manager Jeff Luhnow were suspended for a period of one year for their role in the Astros signal theft scandal. Luhnow was also sacked.
The Astros have also indicated that they have taken advantage of contract options for Gary Pettis, the third base coach, and Brent Strom, the pitching coach.
The 71-year-old Baker is in his 23 rd year as a manager after starting his second career in 1993 with the San Francisco Giants.
Three-time NHL manager of the year, Baker joined the Astros after his stint with the Washington Nationals, which released him after a 97-game-winning 65-loss season in 2017.
With a total of 1,865 career wins, Baker is the leader in this area among active managers, and 15 th level in the history of baseball.
“Dusty fits perfectly with our team,” said Managing Director James Click.
“His knowledge of the sport and his experience were invaluable to us during his first months with the team. We're excited to see him in the Astros uniform next year as well. "