Houston Astros skipper Dusty Baker is expected to retire from managing after a 26-year career, according to Matt Kawahara of the Houston Chronicle.
The Astros scheduled a press conference Thursday at noon ET with Baker, team owner Jim Crane, and general manager Dana Brown, per Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.
Baker declined to discuss his future Monday after Houston was eliminated from the ALCS in Game 7 against the Texas Rangers. However, the belief around the team is that the 74-year-old is planning to retire, a source told Kawahara.
“I’m very grateful and thankful to Jim Crane and the Houston Astros for giving me this opportunity, and to win a championship,” Baker said, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. “I felt like they’ve been good for me, and I’ve been good for them.”
Baker is still hoping to hang around baseball in an advisory role.
“I’ve still got a lot to offer; baseball has been my life,” Baker said. “I have a lifetime of knowledge, much more than those who have never played the game.”
Baker finishes his managerial career with 2,183 wins, which is seventh on the all-time list. He spent 10 years with the San Francisco Giants, four with the Chicago Cubs, six with the Cincinnati Reds, two with the Washington Nationals, and four with the Astros. He managed in three World Series (2002 Giants, 2021 Astros, and 2022 Astros) and won his only championship last season.