It was announced to that Washington Nationals manager, Dusty Baker, did not have his contract extended on Friday, and henceforth relieved of his managerial duties. This comes after 2 seasons in which the Nats have won the division but failed to win a playoff series. The team has won more games the past couple of seasons than they ever have in a 2 year span(193-132). This caught the public by surprise, but it really caught Baker off guard, and when asked about being relieved of his duties, Baker stated that he was both “surprised and disappointed,” by the team’s decision to not re-sign him.
The Nats signed Baker to a 2 yr, $4M deal back in 2015 after parting ways with a struggling Matt Williams. Baker, in my opinion was vastly underpaid and was not shy about the numbers at all. I’m sure newly unemployed manager John Farrell will be on the short list of managers to get interviewed for kings of the NL East division. We wish Dusty the best and if he wishes to manage again, I hope he can get the opportunity with a winning club and not some franchise that doesn’t know what it takes to build a winning culture.