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Dusty Baker Fired By Nationals After Two Years As Manager

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As reported by several outlets on Friday (10/20), the Washington Nationals fired manager Dusty Baker after suffering their second straight NLDS defeat (lost in five games both series).

Washington finished first in the NL East both years with Baker as skipper.

Baker led the Nationals to a 95-67 record in 2016 and followed it up this season by going 97-65.

According to USA Today, Baker was pretty upset by the firing.

“I’m surprised and disappointed. They told me they would get back to me and I told them I was leaving town yesterday and they waited 10 days to tell me.”

The 68-year-old’s contract expired after the season.

“I really thought this was my best year,” continued Baker. “We won at least 95 games each year and won the division back-to-back years but they said they wanted to go in a different direction. It’s hard to understand.”

In a 22-year career as manager of the San Francisco Giants (1993-2002), Chicago Cubs (2003-06), Cincinnati Reds (2008-13), and Washington, Baker’s winning percentage is .532.

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Mets’ Activate David Wright for Final Homestand

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New York Mets third baseman David Wright m who has not played in the majors since 2016 due to spinal stenosis along with neck and shoulder injuries, will be activated for the team’s final homestand of the season, according to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo.

“Physically, the way I feel right now, and from what the docs told me, there’s not going to be any improvement, So I don’t see [playing full time again] as a possibility” Wright said during the new conference, according to the New York Post.

It’s unclear if retirement will be the next step for Wright, but his time with the Mets as an everyday again is over.

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Dodgers Recall Julio Urias

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have recalled left-hander Julio Urias from Triple-A Oklahoma City, marking his first stint in the majors since he underwent shoulder surgery last June.

Urias was one of the major’s 10 best prospects prior to his debut back in 2016, and when he arrived in May of 2016 he posted an impressive 3.39 ERA over 77 innings with 84 strikeouts against only 31 walks, making many believe he would be a building block for the Dodgers’.

His shoulder surgery put everything on hold and will now look to recapture the magic that he flashed in 2016.

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Cardinals Activate Adam Wainwright, Will Start Tonight

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The St. Louis Cardinals announced that they have activated veteran pitcher Adam Wainwright from the 60-day disabled list and transferred right hander Michael Wacha from the 10-day DL to the 60-day DL in order to make a roster spot for the returning Wainwright.

Wainwright, 37, will first appearance since May 13 when he takes the mound tonight against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Wacha is likely done for the season.

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