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Dusty Baker | Catcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (68) / 6/14/1949
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post writes that the Nationals and manager Dusty Baker "had worked toward an extension" at midseason before "negotiations sputtered."
Svrluga says the reason talks broke down is because of a story that came out in which Baker expressed frustration an extension hadn't been worked out yet, and that "displeased the ownership group of the Lerner family." He adds that before the NLDS a deal was supposed to still get done, but that, of course, was before the Nats failed to win a postseason series yet again. Baker has led Washington to two division titles in his two years as manager, but they've fallen in NLDS Game 5 both times. The Nationals are known to take hard stances in contract negotiations with managers (it's why talks with Bud Black broke down two years ago and they wound up hiring Baker), and no skipper has lasted three full seasons since the team arrived in D.C. in 2005. It appears that Baker returning is truly up in the air at this point. Oct 17 - 11:09 AM

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