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.