Former Reds manager Dusty Baker reportedly considering retirement

Former Reds skipper Dusty Baker is unlikey to return to the Astros' dugout next season.
Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker
Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker / Richard Rodriguez/GettyImages

The Houston Astros were eliminated from the MLB Postseason on Monday night after losing Game 7 of the ALCS at home to the Texas Rangers.

What was the Astros last game of 2023 may have been Dusty Baker's last game as a Major League Baseball manager.

According to The Athletic (subscription required), the former Cincinnati Reds manager has expressed to multiple people that 2023 will be his final season as manager.

Former Reds manager Dusty Baker reportedly considering retirement

Dusty Baker, 74, managed the Cincinnati Reds from 2008-2013 and oversaw two NL Central Division Championships and three trips to the MLB Postseason. Baker's teams went just 2-7 in the playoffs during his tenure with the Reds.

Baker pulled the Houston Astros out of an extremely difficult situation. After manager A.J. Hinch was fired for his role in the Astros' cheating scandal several years, Houston turned to Baker to help bring credibility back to the organization.

Baker took over as Houston's skipper in 2020 and led the Astros to four consecutive trips to the ALCS while posting a win-loss record of 34-19 in the MLB Postseason. Baker finally got that elusive World Series Championship when the Houston Astros won the title last season.

According to The Athletic, multiple sources believe that Dusty Baker wants to remain a part of the game of baseball in some capacity. It's anyone's guess as to what that may entail, but someone with Baker's resumé will have no trouble securing some type of role in as a team advisor.

Dusty Baker is well-regarded as one of the best managers of his era and will no doubt be enshrined in the Cooperstown in the near future. Baker's 2,183 wins ranks seventh all-time behind former Cincinnati Reds skipper Sparky Anderson.