The Major League Baseball (MLB) Houston Astros, who have finalized the contract of veteran manager Dusty Baker (74), will name bench coach Joe Espada (48) as their new manager.토토사이트
Local U.S. media outlets reported on Wednesday that the Astros will promote Espada to succeed Baker on Thursday.
Baker was the oldest active manager in MLB. He has been at the helm for a long time, with a career record of 2183 wins and 1862 losses (0.540 winning percentage). Despite his many victories, he had a long championship drought, which he ended in 2022 with Houston.
But he couldn’t beat the years. The Astros failed to reach the World Series (WS) for the third straight year after falling in the American League Championship Series (ALCS) this year, and Baker announced his retirement.
Faced with the task of finding a replacement, the Houston front office considered making an outside hire, but opted to stick with the current system by promoting longtime bench coach Espada.
Espada is a native of Puerto Rico. He played in the minor leagues and independent leagues, and after retiring from the game, he began his coaching career as a minor league coach with the Miami Marlins in 2006. He moved up to the big leagues in 2010 as the third base coach and then to the New York Yankees in 2014, where he served as the third base coach and scout for another three years.
He joined his current team, Houston, in 2018. In his six years with the Astros, he has been credited with helping to build a powerhouse organization that reached the ALCS for the seventh straight year from 2017 to this year.