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Astros pick up Baker's contract option for 2021 season

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have picked up the option for the 2021 season on manager Dusty Baker’s contract. Baker was hired in January to replace AJ Hinch. Hinch was fired by the team after he and general manager Jeff Luhnow were initially suspended for one year by Major League Baseball for their roles in Houston’s sign-stealing scandal. The 71-year-old Baker is in his 23rd year as a manager. A three-time National League Manager of the Year, Baker came to the Astros after managing the Washington Nationals, who let him go after a 97-65 season in 2017. He says he's happy not to be a lame-duck manager again.

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