Dusty Baker addresses the Nationals’ offseason and his managerial future

Dusty Baker usually has someone help him pack his belongings to go back home to northern California for the winter once the baseball season is over, but this year he packed himself. He wanted to take his time, to reflect on his first year in Washington, his favorite setting as manager outside of San Francisco […]
Via Nationals Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Dusty Baker: ‘In my mind, I’m better than most guys 20 years younger than me’

While it ended with a disappointing loss to the Dodgers in Game 5 of the National League Division Series, Dusty Baker’s first season back in baseball after a two-year hiatus was mostly successful. The Nationals won more games during the regular season than every team except the Texas Rangers and World Series champion Chicago Cubs […]
Via DC Sports Blog
2 days ago

Dusty Baker throws shade at Dodgers after Game 5 loss

Dusty Baker was on the losing side of one of the most exciting postseason games in recent memory, and the man wasn't exactly magnanimous after the defeat. Following his Washington Nationals' 4-3 Game 5 loss to the Dodgers, Baker didn't strictly applaud his opponents and the gutsy maneuvering of opposing manager Dave Roberts. Instead, he pointed out the downside to Roberts' moves...
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Dusty Baker doesn’t plan on having Stephen Strasburg in the NLCS

Should the Washington Nationals defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLDS, Stephen Strasburg will not be available for the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs. Dusty on Strasburg: "We know he's not going to be ready for the next series...it'd be a miracle if he were." — Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) October 13, 2016 This is bad news for a starting rotation that has...
Via Sportsnaut
October 13, 2016  |  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
August 11, 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

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 attending the famous 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, which featured legendary...
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

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