Former Houston Astros supervisor Dusty Baker blamed a reasonably stunning supply for serving to to push him into retirement.
Baker appeared on TNT’s “The Steam Room” podcast with Ernie Johnson and Charles Barkley just lately and mentioned his determination to retire from managing. He mentioned one main think about his retirement was criticism from “bloggers and tweeters” that he noticed as unfair.
“We had numerous success right here, Ernie and Charles, after which the final couple of months right here weren’t very nice, as a result of we weren’t 10 video games forward,” Baker mentioned, via Matt Young of the Houston Chronicle. “You spoil individuals. They assume you’re presupposed to win this yearly operating away and it’s not like that. Yearly’s totally different. There was a complete bunch of criticism from 30-year-olds and bloggers and tweeters that I’m not doing this and I don’t know that, and I informed my spouse, ‘You understand, I’m sort of uninterested in this and bored with the scrutiny and if I might go handle and present up at say 6:30 for a 7 o’clock sport and go away half-hour after the sport, don’t do the (pregame and postgame interviews), I might handle for an additional 4 or 5 years.’ You understand what I imply? After some time, you simply get uninterested in answering questions.”
The Astros did wrestle down the stretch and practically blew the AL West with some ugly dwelling losses to groups like Kansas Metropolis and Oakland. Baker additionally got here underneath criticism for his handling of one particular player in the course of the common season.
Baker clearly felt among the criticism he acquired in 2023 was unfair, although it was coming from loads of sources apart from “bloggers and tweeters.” Now that he’s retired, although, he can blame whoever he needs.