June 15, 2021

Why the Astros chose to hire Dusty Baker as their next manager amid sign-stealing scandal

A great deal of the offseason has focused on the Houston Astros and their sign-stealing scandal. It finally came to a head earlier this month when the team fired manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow.

On Tuesday, the Astros chose Dusty Baker as the team’s next manager. During Tuesday’s installment of “Nothing Personal with David Samson,” David Samson weighed in on the decision to hire Baker and why the move was made.

“Dusty Baker’s going to be in that dugout and get told what to do by a GM, someone who is his grandson’s age?” Samson asked. “Is that the plan for you Jim Crane? Or did you hire Dusty Baker because you knew that Major League Baseball wanted there to be some level of credibility in that dugout? Where you knew you’d have to give control to someone like [Buck] Showalter, [John] Gibbons, someone that has managed before. But you also knew you were going to go minority. You also knew you wanted to go with someone that was a player’s manager. Who can really make sure that the clubhouse is always good, who can keep out outside distractions.”

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