(CNN)Dusty Baker became the archetypal Black manager successful MLB past to triumph 2,000 vocation games connected Tuesday nighttime aft the Houston Astros defeated the Seattle Mariners 4-0 astatine Minute Maid Park successful Texas.
Baker is the 12th manager to scope 2,000 vocation wins. Of the erstwhile 11 to execute the feat, 10 are successful the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The other, Bruce Bochy, is not yet eligible.
"It feels large whenever you scope a goal," said Baker, sitting successful his postgame property league adjacent to a vessel of champagne, "I didn't truly person this extremity until, I don't know, 4 oregon 5 years ago, erstwhile I realized I had a chance."
Baker's managerial vocation has spanned 25 seasons with the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Washington Nationals and the Astros.
He is the lone manager successful MLB past to pb 5 antithetic teams to the postseason and to triumph part titles with 5 antithetic clubs. His teams person reached the postseason 11 times, and helium has doubly managed successful the World Series (2002 with the Giants and 2021 with the Astros).
Baker's archetypal triumph was connected April 6, 1993, erstwhile the Giants won successful St. Louis against the Cardinals. All 5 teams that helium has managed precocious to the postseason.
"I deliberation astir Hank Aaron and Jackie Robinson and Frank Robinson, who helped maine a lot, Bill Walsh, each the wide managers and owners I've had, whether they fired maine yet oregon not," Baker said.
"It conscionable benignant of added to my perseverance and determination and faith. I've besides got to convey my detractors for giving maine the information to spell connected due to the fact that there's a batch of radical that doubted maine successful the opening erstwhile I archetypal got the occupation with nary experience, a batch of them that doubted maine adjacent though I was winning."
Before helium was a manager, Baker was a palmy player. He was an All-Star, Gold Glove winner, Silver Slugger winner, NLCS MVP and a World Series champion.
He is 1 of lone 2 individuals successful MLB past to nutrient 1,800 hits arsenic a subordinate and 1,800 wins arsenic a manager. Joe Torre is the other.
On the aforesaid evening, Baker's son, Darren, hit a walk-off sacrifice alert -- erstwhile a batter hits a shot precocious into the aerial to the outfield oregon foul territory which allows a runner to people -- for the Wilmington Blue Rocks to bring location the winning tally successful a 3-2 triumph implicit the Bowling Green Hot Rods.