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Who is Dusty Baker's wife Melissa as the Astros coach wins 2000th game?

Joshua Rogers May 4, 2022
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We find out more about Dusty Baker’s wife Melissa and their family after the Astros manager won his 2,000th game in MLB.

Dusty Baker is manager of the Houston Astros and has now reached a hugely impressive career milestone. The 72-year-old had an incredible playing career as an outfielder, winning the World Series in 1981 with the Dodgers. He was also a two-time All-Star and won two Silver Slugger Awards and a Gold Glove Award.

After making yet more history with the Astros, we find out more about Dusty Baker’s wife, Melissa.

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Baker makes history with Astros

On Tuesday night, Dusty Baker won his 2,000th game in MLB, becoming just the 12th manager in league history to achieve the feat and the first black man to reach the milestone. It came in a 4-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners, more than 29 years after he collected his first win on 6 April 1993 in San Francisco’s 2-1 victory over St Louis.

Speaking before the game, he told the Independent: “You can’t look back because you have work to do going forward. And you can’t gloat about what you’ve done until after your career is over. Then, when your career is over, you assess the entire situation. But while you’re in it, you don’t have time to do that.”

It is the latest achievement on an already Hall of Fame-career that includes three Manager Of The Year awards and two World Series appearances – in 2002 and 2021.

Who is Dusty Baker’s wife?

Dusty Baker’s wife, Melissa, was in attendance to watch the game vs the Mariners with a group of their friends. Per ESPN: “Melissa Baker smiled as she filmed her husband post-game from the stands as the big screen displayed a picture of him with the words ‘2K Wins’ in huge white letters.”

Dusty and Melissa have been married since 1994. Baker was previously married to Alice Lee Washington, whom he has a daughter with, Natosha Lichon Baker, born in 1979.

Dusty’s son Darren also plays baseball

Darren Baker, son of Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker, was selected by the Washington Nationals in the tenth round of the 2021 MLB draft.

Darren was famously rescued by San Francisco Giants first baseman JT Snow at home plate in the 2002 World Series. However, according to Darren, he has no recollection of the famous incident in which he took to the field as a young boy.

“It’s weird,” Darren told the New York Times. “If there were no videos or no YouTube, it’s like it would have never happened for me.”

He added: “When I was younger, I’d get three or four hits in a game and somebody would say, ‘Hey, are you that kid that got picked up?’ It’s funny now. I wish I remembered it.”

Watch the incident below:

Darren spent his college career with the California Golden Bears and recently the Nationals’ prospect surprised his dad by presenting Washington’s line-up to him:

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.