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Ex-Giants skipper Baker finally wins World Series as manager

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Shortly after Kyle Tucker secured the final out of the World Series, Astros star Jose Altuve spoke to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal about what Baker has meant to Houston. "He means everything," Altuve told Rosenthal. "Like I said many, many times, he came here at the right time, came here with the right team and won his first World Series." Baker had been on the losing end in his two previous trips to the World Series as a manager -- 2002 with the Giants and last year with the Astros. Baker appeared in three World Series as a player with the Los Angeles Dodgers, losing in 1977 and 1978 before winning a ring in 1981. Baker entered the 2022 World Series with 2,093 career regular season wins, the most by a manager without a championship to his name. That stat is no more. When Baker was let go by the Washington Nationals after the 2017 season, it appeared as if he would fall short of reaching 2,000 managerial wins and winning a World Series. But the Astros came calling in 2020 after they fired A.J. Hinch in the wake of the sign-stealing scandal. SOURCE