Why Does Manager Dusty Baker Wear Gloves During Houston Astros Games?

Published 10/30/2021, 11:31 AM EDT
Sep 22, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr. (12) wears a face mask and gloves during a game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker has been in the spotlight as the Astros had a stellar run in 2021. The team clinched their way to the World Series, despite facing criticisms because of past mistakes (remember the ALCS Game 7).

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The veteran baseball player, and currently Astros manager, Dusty, has a unique style on the field. The 72-YO wears a lot of accessories when he appears for a match, but one thing that has recently caught everyone’s eyes is his gloves.

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The secret behind Dusty Baker’s Gloves

Dusty Baker joined the Astros in 2019, with a motive to bring their reputation back, by showcasing a praiseworthy run. Just two years later, the Astros sailed through the division series to reach the Fall Series against Atlanta Braves. Indeed, Baker has done a good job.

But something other than his impressive resume that catches the eyes are the wearables he sports. As a manager, when Baker enters a match, he has been seen wearing sweatbands up & down his arms and also a Fitbit. But in 2021, he has added two new accessories, a mask, and gloves!

Oct 22, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr. (12) looks on in the eighth inning during game six of the 2021 ALCS against the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Baker has been following the safety protocols quite religiously. In fact, he recently opened up about wearing masks and stated, “I still wear a mask because I had cancer 20 years ago and I had a stroke seven years ago. Some of the fans get on me, ‘Take your mask off.’ You don’t have to wear it, but it’s in my best interest to wear it.” Although he did not open up about wearing gloves, his wife did. According to Baker’s wife, Melissa, it is just another precautionary measure against the virus.

Interestingly, Dusty also has a habit of chewing on a toothpick and twirling it in his mouth. The 72-year-old, who played an impressive 19 MLB seasons in his long career, indeed looks stylish with his accessories and unique style.

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Houston Astros aiming to re-claim their 2017 World Series title

The Houston Astros are currently clashing against Atlanta Braves, in the Fall Series, for seven-game series. The two teams have already faced each other in three intense games for titles. Braves are dominating Astros with 2-1 lead.

Oct 26, 2021; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Eddie Rosario (8) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Houston Astros in game one of the 2021 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

If the Astros want to make a comeback, they will have to win game four on Saturday night (October 30th, 2021). Do you think they will clinch the World Series 2021 under the guidance of Dusty Baker?

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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