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Dusty Baker | Catcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (68) / 6/14/1949
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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The Nationals have yet to open extension talks with manager Dusty Baker.
Baker is in the last year of a two-year contract and has openly expressed his desire for an extension. However the Nationals, for whatever reason, have been reluctant to open talks. "Dusty's a true professional," said GM Mike Rizzo. "There's great communication, great respect between the front office and the managerial office." The Nationals currently hold the NL's second-best record at 38-22. Jun 9 - 10:14 PM

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Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals are willing to talk to Dusty Baker about extending his contract.

As they should be. Baker signed a two-year deal with the Nationals in November of 2015, so he's going into the final year of his contract. His first year in D.C. was a major success, as the Nationals reclaimed the NL East with a 95-67 record. They were again ousted during the NLDS, but it would be a surprise if he entered 2017 with "lame duck" status. The two sides haven't talked yet, but odds are something will get done during spring training. Baker, who turns 68 in June, is the second-oldest manager in the majors behind division rival manager Terry Collins with the Mets.
Jan 3 - 10:30 AM

Pete Kerzel of MASN Sports believes the Nationals will extend Dusty Baker's contract by the time spring training opens in February.

Baker's first year in Washington was a huge success as the Nationals won their division while finishing with the league's second best record at 95-67. He only inked a two-year deal with Washington but the Nats will likely tack on a couple more years after his good showing in 2016. The Nats will be favored to win the NL East again but the Cubs are still the team to beat in the National League.
Source: MASN Sports
Jan 2 - 8:51 AM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker will be away from the team on Wednesday following a death in the family.

Dusty is expected to rejoin the Nats for Friday's series opener in Atlanta. Bench coach Chris Speier will serve as Washington's fill-in manager during Wednesday's late-afternoon finale against the Mets.
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 11:17:00 AM

Nationals exercised GM Mike Rizzo's option.

The Nats had until June 15 to exercise the option. Rizzo is now under contract through 2018. He's been with the Nationals since 2006 and has served as the GM since 2009. He's built the Nationals into a perennial contender, winning the NL East twice in the last four seasons. Rizzo was instrumental in negotiating Stephen Strasburg's surprise contract extension earlier this week.
Sat, May 14, 2016 10:48:00 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Jacque Jones is a candidate to become the Nationals' assistant hitting coach.

Jones, who played under Nationals manager Dusty Baker while both were with the Cubs, served as the Padres hitting coach at Triple-A El Paso during the 2014 season.
Sat, Nov 14, 2015 10:52:00 AM

The Nationals officially announced Mike Maddux as their new pitching coach on Thursday.

It didn't take long for Maddux to land a new gig after the Rangers let him go. He'll have plenty of talent to work with in Washington even with Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister expected to depart as free agents, as Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Joe Ross return and top prospect Lucas Giolito should arrive in the majors soon.
Sun, Nov 8, 2015 10:51:00 AM

William Ladson of MLB.com reports that Mike Maddux will likely be named as the new pitching coach for the Nationals.

A highly-respected pitching coach, Maddux recently left the Rangers after seven seasons on the job. If the report is true, he'll find himself in a great situation as the steward on Dusty Baker's staff. While Jordan Zimmermann is a free agent this winter, the Nationals still have Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, and Joe Ross as well as prospects Lucas Giolito, Erick Fedde, Reynaldo Lopez, and A.J. Cole.
Wed, Nov 4, 2015 02:10:00 PM

Nationals hired Dusty Baker as manager.

An official announcement regarding Bud Black was considered a formality over the past few days, but the deal broke down due to contract reasons. The Nationals reopened talks with Baker from there and ironed out a multi-year contract. "We were looking for a manager to help us achieve our ultimate goal of competing for a World Series championship," managing principal owner Ted Lerner said in a statement. "During our broad search process we met with many qualified candidates, and ultimately it was clear that Dusty’s deep experience was the best fit for our ballclub." The Nationals prioritized experience in replacing Matt Williams and the 66-year-old Baker certainly fits that qualification. He has managed 20 years in the majors, with three Manager of the Year awards. He finds himself in a good situation with the Nationals, who have the talent to reclaim the National League East in 2016.
Tue, Nov 3, 2015 08:25:00 AM

In an interview with John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, Dusty Baker admitted his disappointment over losing out on the Nationals managerial job to Bud Black.

Baker believed that he was a perfect fit for the opportunity. He was also disappointed to find out about Blacks hiring from his wife through the media, rather than from the Nationals directly. Even though he didn't get this gig, or even receive an interview for the Padres' opening, Baker has no plans to retire yet and still has dreams of winning a championship.
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 10:07:00 PM

Dusty Baker is scheduled to get a second interview for the Nationals managerial opening early next week.

Baker and former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire have been the most prominent names mentioned as replacements for Matt Williams who was canned after a disappointing season. Baker hasn't managed since he commanded the Reds during the 2013 campaign.
Fri, Oct 23, 2015 06:22:00 PM

Scott Miller of FOX Sports San Diego reports that Dusty Baker contacted the Padres about their managerial vacancy, but was informed they were not interested.

Baker last managed the Reds during the 2013 season. He is one of the candidates in the running for the Nationals opening, and could get an interview for other open gigs, it just won't be in San Diego.
Sun, Oct 18, 2015 06:08:00 PM

The Nationals will reportedly interview former major league managers Dusty Baker and Ron Gardenhire as they continue their search for Matt Williams' replacement.

Baker last managed for the Reds in 2013, while Gardenhire served as Twins manager for 13 years before Paul Molitor took over for the 2015 season. The Nationals struggled to a disappointing 83-79 record under Matt Williams this year.
Wed, Oct 14, 2015 09:43:00 AM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Reds are expected to name pitching coach Bryan Price their manager on Tuesday.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal has confirmed the report. Price has been the club's pitching coach since 2009 and has been viewed as the favorite to land the manager gig since Dusty Baker was let go. The club has only interviewed Price and Triple-A Louisville skipper Jim Riggleman to this point and evidently doesn't feel the need to expand their search.
Mon, Oct 21, 2013 10:32:00 PM

John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that Paul O'Neill "at this point... isn’t a serious candidate" for the Reds' vacant managerial position.

O'Neill recently expressed interest in the job during a radio interview, but apparently that interest is mostly one-sided. Fay adds that, beyond Reds pitching coach Bryan Price and Triple-A Louisville manager Jim Riggleman, "it’s just speculation" as to who the club is considering. He expects Price and Riggleman to be interviewed sometime this week, with Price likely getting the job if he "sells himself" to owner Bob Castellini. The Reds could then expand their search if neither Price nor Riggleman interviews well.
Sun, Oct 13, 2013 10:05:00 AM

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2Jose Lobaton
3Raudy Read
4Pedro Severino
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Adam Lind
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
SS1Trea Turner
2Stephen Drew
3Adrian Sanchez
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
2Howie Kendrick
3Ryan Raburn
CF1Michael Taylor
2Brian Goodwin
3Victor Robles
4Andrew Stevenson
5Adam Eaton
RF1Bryce Harper
2Alejandro De Aza
3Rafael Bautista
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PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Edwin Jackson
6A.J. Cole
7Erick Fedde
8Joe Ross
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Brandon Kintzler
3Ryan Madson
4Koda Glover
5Shawn Kelley
6Matt Albers
7Oliver Perez
8Enny Romero
9Matt Grace
10Joe Blanton
11Sammy Solis