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Bryce Harper: Nationals ‘finally have an all-star staff’

Bryce Harper is pleased with the changes the Washington Nationals have made to their coaching staff. Harper voiced his enthusiasm for working with new boss Dusty Baker on MLB Network in an interview after accepting the National League Most Outstanding Player Award as part of the Player’s Choice Awards. “I think you see that smile...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Dusty Baker Goes to Washington

On Tuesday November 3, the Washington Nationals hired Dusty Baker through the 2017 season. That’s all that matters—not who they were going to hire, not who they almost hired. So now the question is: what will his impact be? Hint: the answer is not an ability to “teach Bryce Harper how to be a man.” Like Matt Williams before him, Baker is a former player. Of 19 years, in...
Via The Sports Post
21 days ago  |  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 choice...
Via Fangraphs
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals hire Dusty Baker after reportedly low balling Bud Black

The Washington Nationals have their new manager, as rumblings seemed to indicate on Monday night – it’s Dusty Baker, the former Giants, Cubs, and Reds head man. The #Nats have named Dusty Baker manager: #DustyInDC — Washington Nationals (@Nationals) November 3, 2015 The spin on Baker’s hiring? Well, experience, of course...
Via The Outside Corner
28 days ago  |  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...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Bud Black ‘deeply offended’ by Nationals’ contract offer

Bud Black will no longer be the next manager of the Washington Nationals after being insulted by the team’s contract offer, reports say. Black accepted the Nationals’ managerial position last Wednesday and the two sides began exchanging contract figures shortly thereafter, according to CBS Sports. However, the Nationals gave him a “low-ball” offer that left...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
28 days ago  |  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
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals reverse course on Bud Black, now focusing on Dusty Baker

Last week, it looked like the Washington Nationals were nearing an agreement with Bud Black to be their new manager. Well, those initial reports were a bit preliminary, and it’s now being reported that the Nationals *won’t* be hiring Black. Their focus is now shifting towards…Dusty Baker. Negotiations with the #Nats and Bud Black are over. They never came close to an agreement...
Via The Outside Corner
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Dusty Baker once smoked a joint with Jimi Hendrix

Long before he was a Major League Baseball player and manager, Dusty Baker was into music. The former two-time All-Star grew up in a household with parents who loved music, and he too fell for the blues. In light of his music-loving side, Baker has written a memoir called “Kiss The Sky” about his experience...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Nationals to interview Dusty Baker, Ron Gardenhire

The Washington Nationals are one of four teams still looking for a manager, along with the Mariners, Marlins, and Padres. A number of names have been tied to all of the teams, most notably ESPN analyst Alex Cora and Diamondbacks AAA manager Phil Nevin. The Nationals have been tied to both of them, which is only a good thing. Source: Alex Cora will interview for managerial openings...
Via The Outside Corner
October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

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