Nationals announce Dusty Baker will not return

Lynette Rowe
October 21, 2017

The Washington Nationals have dismissed manager Dusty Baker, according to multiple reports.

Baker had finished the second of a two-year contract with the Nationals and will not be re-signed, the team said in a statement Friday.

Rizzo said he and the ownership group made the decision Thursday night - "one of the most hard decisions that the ownership group and myself have had to make" - and Baker was informed Friday morning.

In two seasons, Baker led Washington to the first back-to-back division titles in team history and amassed a record of 192-and-132. "We wish him nothing but the best going forward". Baker seems to have improved as a manager since his last job with the Reds, which is great, but his inability to win in the playoffs is probably too big an issue for a team that may be facing a single season as a contender before having to retool to replace Harper.

Baker's contract expired at the end of this season. ". We thank him for the successes that we enjoyed together over the last two years".

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Baker's replacement will be the club's fourth manager since 2013.

"I think that's a decision made from up top", Harper said in his final public comments.

The move comes as a bit of a surprise, considering Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported "most people around the team" expected Baker, who wanted "another crack", to return next season. "Just have to come from up top". "There's a good chance I'll be back".

General manager Mike Rizzo was scheduled to address the media in an afternoon conference call.

Before the series against the Cubs, Baker was asked about his possible future in Washington. Baker announced Strasburg was "under the weather", and confusion ensued over when Strasburg threw a bullpen session that might have precluded him from starting Game 4.

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