The Houston Astros are reportedly set to interview veteran manager Dusty Baker on Monday, a source told Jon Morosi of MLB.com.
Baker–who has not managed since the conclusion of the 2017 season–might be a leading candidate for the Astros vacancy as well as the New York Mets job after they elected to part ways with Carlos Beltran in light of the 2017 sign-stealing scandal (via Matt Kelly of MLB.com):
The Astros will interview veteran skipper Dusty Baker for their open manager spot on Monday, a source told MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi. Houston has not confirmed this news.
Baker, 70, has also come up in discussions in the Mets’ front office, according to a report by the New York Post on Friday. Both clubs, along with the Red Sox, are looking for new managers in the weeks leading up to Spring Training, after their skippers departed in the wake of the Astros’ sign-stealing practices.
Astros owner Jim Crane previously stated he would like to wrap up the managerial search by Feb. 3, which should give Houston time to interview Baker and other external or internal candidates.
Baker is one of the most successful managers in MLB history. He ranks 15th on the all-time wins list, and also boasts a respectable .532 winning percentage. Baker led the San Francisco Giants to the National League pennant in 2002 and nearly brought the Chicago Cubs to the World Series in 2003. He played a vital role building a winning culture with the Cincinnati Reds earlier in the 2010s.
Houston desperately need a fresh start, and a no-nonsense skipper like Baker might be the perfect one to help the team through what has been a very damning offseason.