Baker on Zimmerman struggles and Ross update - Byron Kerr

Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman's cold spell has continued longer than he or the Nats had hoped. Manager Dusty Baker and Zimmerman pointed to August and September as the usual time of the season he gets rolling. In his career, that has been true. Since 2005, Zimmerman has hit .308 ... Read More
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Dusty Baker has funny comments about Trea Turner

The Washington Nationals appear to have a star in the making with infielder Trea Turner, and manager Dusty Baker says the 23-year-old should get even better when he beefs up a bit. Turner, who is generously listed at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, is hitting .340 since he was called up from Double-A in June. He has 11 multi-hit games in the month of August and 10 hits over his last three...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Opposite dugout: Baker has Nationals back on track for postseason - Orioles Buzz

Manager: Dusty Baker (1st season) Record: 73-50 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: 2B Daniel Murphy (.345/.389/.607 with 23 HR, 89 RBIs), C Wilson Ramos (.322/.369/.526 with 19 HR, 67 RBIs), RF Bryce Harper (22 HR, 68 RBIs), RHP Tanner Roark (13-6, 2.87 ERA), RHP Stephen Strasburg (15-4, 3.59 ... Read More
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Dusty Baker gives epic response to simple question on offense

With the Washington Nationals scoring one run in each of their past three games, it was predictable that manager Dusty Baker would be asked about his team’s offensive struggles. However, Baker’s response was anything but predictable. The Nationals boss managed to talk about this topic at length, thanks to an anecdote from his days at school. While the answer is long and ends...
Via The Comeback
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Mark Prior doesn’t blame Dusty Baker for disappointing career

In 2003, Mark Prior looked like the long-term ace of the Chicago Cubs. At the age of just 22, Prior threw 211 1/3 innings for the NL Central champion Cubs, striking out 245, walking 50, and pitching to a 2.43 ERA. He was an NL All-Star, and finished third in Cy Young voting behind Eric Gagne and Jason Schmidt (a pair of players whose careers also peaked in that 2003 season). That...
Via The Comeback
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Scherzer had funny exchange with Dusty Baker on mound

Max Scherzer had a funny exchange with manager Dusty Baker during a mound visit in Saturday’s game. Scherzer threw yet another gem as the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets 6-1. The right-hander had a great start to the bottom of the seventh as he struck out the first two batters. But Scherzer walked the next batter, prompting a visit from his manager. The conversation...
Via Larry Brown Sports
July 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Dusty Baker: ‘Latin and African-Americans’ bring more speed

Dusty Baker put his foot in his mouth a second time on Tuesday with cringeworthy remarks about how Latin and African-American players bring the most speed to teams, and how you can use that need to help yourself “with the need for minorities.” Baker made the remarks in an interview with ASAP Sports at the league’s winter meetings, answering a question about roster shortcomings...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Dusty Baker is not a bad hire

The Nationals were psychologically prepared to replace Matt Williams with Bud Black. But according to reports, they were less financially prepared to do that, so now they’re actually replacing Williams with Dusty Baker. For the organization, it’s something of an embarrassing turn, not because they ended up with Baker, but because they acted too cheaply to get their first...
Via Fangraphs
November 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Dusty Baker hired as manager of Nationals

The Washington Nationals have reached an agreement with Dusty Baker to make him the team’s next manager. After reports surfaced Monday night indicating contract discussions had broken down between the Nationals and former San Diego Padres manager Bud Black, the team turned its attention to Baker. Black was reportedly not pleased with Washington only offering him a two-year deal...
Via Larry Brown Sports
November 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Nationals to offer managing job to Dusty Baker

In Dusty the Washington Nationals trust. CBS Sports baseball insider Jon Heyman broke the news that the Nats will offer Baker their managerial job, which comes as a stunner after it was widely reported to be a done deal that former Padres manager Bud Black would get the gig. According to Heyman, Black was offered the job, but was massively underwhelmed by Washington’s contract...
Via Rumors and Rants
November 03, 2015  |  Discuss

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