Dusty Baker is 'ashamed of the game' due to the absence of Black players in the World Series.

Dusty Baker Is ‘Ashamed of The Game’ Due to The Absence of Black Players in The World Series.

HOUSTON — After taking in all the information, Dusty Baker throws his head back and sighs.

Really, does everyone think he needs a World Series title before he can enter the Hall of Fame?

Really?

He is one of only eight managers in history to have led their team to more victories and more postseason appearances.

Baker will be inducted into Cooperstown regardless of whether or not the Houston Astros defeat the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 1 of the World Series on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

Baker, 73, has bigger and better things in mind than managing the Astros for at least one more season, but he also knows what a championship will mean to the franchise.

If his team wins the World Series, he’ll make history as only the third Black manager in baseball history to do so.

Dusty Baker is 'ashamed of the game' due to the absence of Black players in the World Series.

He would go down as a legendary coach or general manager. He’d break the record for the oldest manager ever if he pulled it off.

If they can take home the World Series, their names will be etched into the Cooperstown wall of fame.

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The Hall of Fame is not what drives Baker, he tells USA TODAY Sports. “That’s not what drives me. To be honest, I don’t think I’ll ever make it into the Hall of Fame because I’ve spent most of my life being denied recognition for my accomplishments. I have zero expectations.

If you get into the Hall of Fame, that’s great. It’s okay if I don’t want to.

I know I’ve given it my all. And I know America better than anyone else. Truthfully, I do. I have no ill will toward you. It’s just that I have personal experience with this subject matter.

No African-American player born in the United States will be participating in the World Series this year for the first time since 1950.

Baker responds, “Nah, don’t tell me that.” What a disaster that would be for the integrity of the game. Wow! Terrible. For shame, I had to play that game.

Take what I say as a quote. The game has made me feel terrible.

On Thursday, when Baker was asked about it in front of the press, he was diplomatic but clearly bothered.

The baseball fan says, “Well, I don’t think that’s something that baseball should really be proud of,” and Baker agrees. To paraphrase: “It doesn’t look good. This tells the audience that we didn’t wait a year, or even a decade, to get here.

However, assistance is on the way. The number of first-round draught picks who identify as African-American demonstrates this (four of the first five picks in 2022). Players are being developed at the academies. So, hopefully, we won’t even be in this situation or need to talk about this again any time soon.

Winning the World Series might do the same thing. But Cito Gaston, who managed the Toronto Blue Jays to two consecutive World Series titles, was never given another managerial job after his success with the team.

Dusty Baker is 'ashamed of the game' due to the absence of Black players in the World Series.

The only two Black managers right now are Baker and Dave Roberts. Ken Williams, vice president of the Chicago White Sox, is the only Black person in charge of baseball operations.

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Baker’s former teammate with the Los Angeles Dodgers, former 20-game winner Dave Stewart, has said, “I’d love to see Dusty win, really, I’d love to see them win four and really make a statement. But change things? I just don’t get it. Not a thing seems likely to alter. You already know how this song ends, bro.

While a World Series victory might not affect baseball’s overall popularity, it would cement Baker’s legacy as one of the game’s all-time great managers.

In case you were wondering, this team’s bullpen lacked a lefty reliever this season. They lacked a consistent pinch-hitting lefty. In only eight contests did veteran starter Lance McCullers take the mound. Yordan Alvarez, a star batter, missed 29 games.

Michael Brantley, the team’s left fielder, had season-ending shoulder surgery in June. For the majority of the year, they were seriously lacking a reliable center fielder.

The Astros, despite this, managed to win 106 games and finish with the best record in the AL. In the first round, they swept the Seattle Mariners, winning all three games by a combined four runs (one of which went the full 18 innings). Only one of the four games they won was by more than two runs, but they still managed to sweep the New York Yankees.

Do you attribute any of their success to the manager?

Reggie Jackson, a Hall of Famer and an advisor to the Astros, says that Dusty deserves more recognition. You can always bring up how he’s Black and never gets any recognition. After he finally gets the credit he deserves for winning this World Series, the rumor will be forgotten and the lie will be put to rest.

The significance of a second World Series victory to the Astros’ history is not lost on them. They have reached the ALCS six times in a row, won four AL pennants, and have a shot at two World Series titles.

Baker complained that the topic of infidelity was constantly discussed in the media. It’s like, “Come on, when are you guys going to realize these f*cking guys just must be f*cking good?'”

In the end, the cheating scandal of 2017 will forever taint the Astros’ reputation. The Yankees and the Red Sox were also disciplined to a much lighter degree that year, but only the Astros are publicly scolded despite the fact that the Astros have plenty of evidence that other teams were cheating that year.

Baker has proven to be the right man for the job after all the chaos that followed the dismissals of general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch.

Alex Bregman, third baseman for the Astros, says, “He was just what we needed.” There was a lull in the storm after he arrived. He’s one of the best managers around.

After being let go by the Washington Nationals, Baker spent the next two years looking for work and was one of a dozen or so people who interviewed for the position. Some of them came from within the company. Others played the role of coaches. Some of them had previously held managerial positions.

Baker was the only one who could match his credentials, charm, and brains.

According to Astros owner Jim Crane, “you could tell he was a communicator” after interviewing a number of candidates. That’s how at ease I felt around him. Younger guys were more attractive to me, but they lacked the necessary experience.

Dusty was the right guy with the right experience to get everyone on the same page.

After three seasons with the Astros and a chance at a World Series championship, Baker will go down in franchise history as one of the best.

Dusty Baker is 'ashamed of the game' due to the absence of Black players in the World Series.

When asked about Bobby Cox’s record-setting 14 consecutive division titles, Baker recalled, “I remember nobody ever talked about that, but they talk about that World Series.” I remember how [Tommy] Lasorda always brought up the two World Series he lost in a row to the Yankees before finally winning one. That’s why I’m celebrating my victory over the Yankees so hard.

“And now, what will the critics have to say about it?

With 2023 being almost certainly Baker’s last season as manager, he has designs on a possible encore performance. The Astros have already decided to retain his services for the upcoming season, and it is widely anticipated that general manager James Click will also return.

Baker would move up the all-time victory list to No. 6 if he had another 100-win season, joining the select group of only four managers in MLB history to accomplish this feat.

“The Lord has appointed me to this office,” To paraphrase Baker, “even when I didn’t want to do it. I’ll admit that there were points when I didn’t care to continue playing. You know I’ve been here before, man. In addition to providing for me and my loved ones, this game has benefited everyone involved.

Suppose Baker hadn’t relocated to Houston.

Ralph Garr, a veteran scout and a former teammate of Baker’s in Atlanta, says, “Dusty did a wonderful job putting this team in a position to make them great.”

They’re the best team in baseball, playing consistent ball better than anyone else. There couldn’t have been a better candidate for this position than he “Garr, an Atlanta Braves scout, says he never misses an Astros home game.

“Just consider what we would have lost had we not hired Dusty.

If Dusty were to go on to win the World Series, everyone would finally understand what he has meant to so many.

I think that right there is the most stunning aspect of the whole thing.

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