Up until late 2019, Jeff Lunhow was the general manager of the Houston Astros and A.J. Hinch was the manager.
The sign-stealing scandal of 2017 was revealed around those days, though, and after the league suspended both Lunhow and Hinch, the organization decided to move on.
In January 2020, James Click took over as the GM and Dusty Baker was appointed as the new skipper.
Baker has retained his role to this day, but Click is no longer a part of the organization.
This week, it was announced that Click will be joining the Toronto Blue Jays organization, where he will be the vice president of baseball strategy.
GM Ross Atkins revealed that Click had several options to pick his new destination, but he’s really glad that he chose the Blue Jays.
Baker was happy to see his former boss land another gig with a contender.
“Dusty Baker said James Click called him this morning to tell him he’d taken the Blue Jays job. Baker said he’s ‘glad for him.’ ‘I always thought he had a bright future, just sometimes things don’t work,’” Astros insider Chandler Rome tweeted.
Dusty Baker said James Click called him this morning to tell him he’d taken the Blue Jays job. Baker said he’s “glad for him”
“I always thought he had a bright future, just sometimes things don’t work.”
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) February 27, 2023
The circumstances in which Click left the Astros are still a mystery to this day.
After winning the World Series in 2022, he was offered just a one-year deal, and he wanted a multi-year pact to stay in Houston.
He rejected it, and then became free.
Click will now help the Blue Jays take the next step from playoff contender to World Series champs.
It’s, of course, much easier said than done but they have a very solid foundation and a lot of talent on their roster.
All things considered, Click is a good addition for Toronto and Baker recognizes it.NEXT: Dusty Baker Comments On Yordan Alvarez's Status