Johnnie B. “Dusty” Baker Jr. is an American former professional baseball outfielder and current manager in Major League Baseball (MLB). He played in MLB for 19 seasons, primarily with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and is currently the manager of the Houston Astros. Baker is known for his significant contributions both as a player and a manager. As a player, he was a two-time All-Star, won two Silver Slugger Awards, a Gold Glove Award, and was the first NLCS MVP. As a manager, he has led multiple teams to success, including winning the 2022 World Series with the Astros, making him the oldest manager to win a championship in the four major North American sports.
During his playing career, Baker was recognized for his consistent performance and key roles in team successes. He made three World Series appearances with the Dodgers, winning one in 1981. After transitioning to a managerial role, Baker managed the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Washington Nationals, and Houston Astros. He has been named NL Manager of the Year three times and has a reputation for leading teams to the playoffs, being the first MLB manager to reach the playoffs and win a division title with five different teams.
Baker’s career is distinguished by numerous awards and recognitions. He ranks seventh in MLB managerial wins and holds the record for most wins among African-American managers. His achievements as both a player and a manager have established him as a respected figure in baseball history.