Astros' Baker becomes 12th manager to win 2,000 games

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Get that plaque ready, Cooperstown. Dusty Baker's on his way.

Baker joined an exclusive club on Tuesday, becoming just the 12th manager in major-league history to record 2,000 career wins, thanks to his Houston Astros' 4-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park.

Every member of the 2,000-win club is in the Hall of Fame, save for the still-active Baker and Bruce Bochy, who's not yet eligible.

Manager Seasons Wins
Connie Mack 53 3731
Tony La Russa 35 2831
John McGraw 33 2763
Bobby Cox 29 2504
Joe Torre 29 2326
Sparky Anderson 26 2194
Bucky Harris 29 2158
Joe McCarthy 24 2125
Walter Alston 23 2040
Leo Durocher 24 2008
Bruce Bochy 25 2003
Dusty Baker 25 2000

"I'm in a club now with some of the most elite managers to ever manage this game," Baker said postgame, according to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle. "It's a hard game. Managing people is hard."

"I've been the luckiest person in the whole world to be in the presence of many greats on and off the field," he added, according to Matt Young of the Houston Chronicle. "I'm probably one of the luckiest men to ever even walk on this earth."

Additionally, Baker is the first Black manager to join the 2,000-win club. The 72-year-old thanked Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball's color barrier in 1947, and Frank Robinson, the majors' first Black manager in 1975, for allowing him to have a managerial career, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Following the milestone win, Astros players gifted their manager with a signed champagne bottle, while owner Jim Crane left him an autographed bottle of wine.

"It's really cool. Dusty deserves that moment," Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. told Mark Berman of KRIV Houston. "Beyond just a manager, he's an amazing person."

One of Baker's former charges, Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto, also offered his congratulations:

Baker entered Tuesday's game sporting a .534 winning percentage across 25 seasons with the Astros, Reds, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, and Washington Nationals. While he's never won a World Series as a manager, Baker's led his teams to the playoffs 11 times and is one of only nine managers to win pennants in both leagues. He's also a three-time Manager of the Year winner, earning each of those honors while with San Francisco.

Baker's baseball career spans over half a century. Originally a 26th-round pick of the Atlanta Braves in 1967, the Riverside, California, native played 19 years in the majors and was a two-time All-Star before moving into coaching and managing.

Astros' Baker becomes 12th manager to win 2,000 games
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