What's behind Dusty's surprising admission following Astros departure

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As the Astros prepare for the 2024 season, one of the big decisions they will have to make is finding a new manager to replace Dusty Baker.

And that new manager will have to have thick skin when it comes to the media. In fact, Dusty Baker surprised us when he mentioned unfair media coverage as one of the reasons he elected to step away.

Baker's lineups being questioned on a daily basis clearly took its toll on the team's former skipper. Not to mention members of the Astros organization allegedly voicing frustration about Chas McCormick's playing time to the media.

And who can forget Dusty telling everyone we would thank him for his conservative approach to Yainer Diaz's development?

He received a lot of grief for that statement, which was not lost on him.

It seems Baker thought his World Series title in 2022 would buy him more time when it came to criticism and second guessing of his decisions. But the world has changed, and it's hard to hide from social media in 2023. Even if you're 74 years old.

Be sure to watch the video above as we examine Baker's comments, identify how much the media influenced his decision to retire from managing the Astros, and much more!

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We made it! Training camp is officially here, with all the Texans players having reported to the team and set to take the field this Thursday.

And while the Texans are the favorites to win the division, there are some areas of concern heading into the season.

ESPN Texans reporter DJ Bien-Aime joined The Mina Kimes Show and shared his thoughts on the Texans outlook this season.

When looking at the Texans offense, Bien-Aime pointed to Houston's play calling as being a possible issue in 2024. Bobby Slowik did a terrific job in his first season as an offensive coordinator. But he will have his hands full keeping all his playmakers happy with Stefon Diggs joining the team, and Nico Collins expecting a lot of looks after signing a massive contract extension.

Kimes also pointed to Slowik's insistence on staying committed to the running game even when the team was having zero success on the ground. Hopefully that issue will get corrected either through better results in the run game, or putting the ball in CJ Stroud's hands when the ground game is repeatedly getting stuffed.

On defense, both Kimes and Bien-Aime named Houston's secondary as the big x-factor this year. Bien-Aime named cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. as the only player in the secondary that he truly trusts. He also strongly believes that rookie cornerback Kamari Lassiter will start opposite Stingley as the team's No. 2 corner.

The Texans certainly have concerns at defensive tackle with Sheldon Rankins and Malik Collins gone, but the secondary has to be the biggest worry in a pass-heavy NFL. Not to mention the level of quarterback play the Texans will face while dealing with a first-place schedule this year.

If you love hearing informed football analysts talking ball, this is the video for you. They cover all things Texans and give a full preview of the AFC South, plus predictions!

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