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Dusty Baker | Catcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (68) / 6/14/1949
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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According to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post, the Nationals are expected to announce Dave Martinez as their new manager on Monday.
An official press conference is expected to take place after the World Series. Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reported Sunday that Martinez is expected to receive a three-year deal with a team option for a fourth year. Martinez has never managed at any level, but he's interviewed for a number of open jobs in recent years while serving as a bench coach for Joe Maddon with the Rays and Cubs. Oct 30 - 11:06 AM

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Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals have finalized a three-year contract with Dave Martinez to become their new manager.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports was first to report that the Nats had picked Martinez to replace Dusty Baker and now they've come to terms on a contract. The deal, which is expected to officially be announced after the World Series, also includes a team option for a fourth year. Martinez has been Joe Maddon’s bench coach since 2008 with the Rays and the Cubs. He's never been a manager at any level.
Oct 29 - 11:21 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals have chosen Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez to be their new manager.

Heyman says Martinez will be officially announced as the Nats' new skipper after the conclusion of the World Series. Martinez has been Joe Maddon’s bench coach since 2008 with the Rays and the Cubs and has interviewed for multiple manager jobs the past few years. Mets hitting coach Kevin Long and former Red Sox manager John Farrell also interviewed for the Washington job.
Oct 29 - 10:15 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that former Red Sox manager John Farrell interviewed for the Nationals' managerial opening Friday.

Rosenthal concurs with other reports that Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez is the "front-runner" for the job right now, although it's unclear whether Farrell might have changed some minds in his interview. Farrell has also interviewed with the Phillies since being fired by the Red Sox.
Oct 27 - 1:03 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that former Yankees manager Joe Girardi is "not likely" to be a fit for the Nationals' managerial opening.

Heyman cites one reason for this is because the Nationals "don't believe in paying big bucks" for their manager. Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez and Mets hitting coach Kevin Long are viewed as the favorites at this point to land the Nationals' gig.
Oct 27 - 12:31 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports writes that Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez "is thought to be the leading early candidate" for the Nationals' manager job.

Mets hitting coach Kevin Long is also a "legit candidate" for the job, according to Heyman, who also adds that the Nats want to have a manager in place by the week after the World Series. Of course, it's possible they could have interest in Joe Girardi, who was let go by the Yankees on Thursday.
Oct 26 - 8:32 PM

Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals have requested and received permission to interview Mets hitting coach Kevin Long for their manager job.

Long lost out on the Mets' manager gig, but he'll get an opportunity to interview with another National League East club. He'll have an advocate in former Met and current National Daniel Murphy, who has credited Long with helping him with a swing change that's led to a mid-career breakout. The Nationals will also interview Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez soon as they seek a replacement for Dusty Baker.
Oct 23 - 4:21 PM

Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals will interview Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez for their managerial vacancy.

The Nationals are just starting out with their search after surprisingly cutting ties with Dusty Baker on Friday. Martinez has long been mentioned as a potential manager and actually interviewed with the Nationals previously. It's unclear how much the Nationals will value managerial experience with a team which is clearly World Series-or-bust going into 2018. Brad Ausmus and John Farrell could emerge as candidates if that's the case. We should have a better idea about which way they are leaning in the days to come.
Oct 23 - 11:38 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Nationals have asked the Astros' permission to interview Alex Cora after the conclusion of the ALCS.

Cora has already interviewed with the Tigers and the Red Sox and Astros' manager A.J. Hinch seems to fully support the idea of Cora getting his own managerial gig. The Nationals canned Dusty Baker in a surprising move on Friday, leaving one of the most talented teams in the league with a major vacancy at the helm.
Oct 21 - 8:21 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic hears from "some with the Nationals" that pitching coach Mike Maddux could be a candidate to replace Dusty Baker.

Maddux has never been a manager at any level, but he's interviewed for multiple manager posts in the past. He was the Nats' pitching coach the past two seasons and was the pitching coach in Milwaukee and Texas prior to that.
Oct 20 - 1:24 PM

The Nationals will not bring back manager Dusty Baker for the 2018 season.

The Nats won back-to-back National League East titles under Baker, but they were eliminated in Game 5 of the NLDS both seasons. That, and the ownership group reportedly being unhappy when Baker complained at midseason that he hadn't been given a contract extension, appears to have cost the skipper his job. The Nationals will be hiring their seventh manager in 14 seasons. No manager has lasted more than 2 1/2 years on the job.
Oct 20 - 12:13 PM

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

The Nationals announced before Friday's game that assistant hitting coach Jacque Jones has been suspended indefinitely, with pay, as the club investigates a legal matter.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker wouldn't but the blame for Friday's poor offensive showing on Jones' absence, but noted "I don’t know if that had anything to do with [the loss], but it was a bit of a downer, and we hope that things subside and work themselves out." Minor league hitting coordinator Tony Gingrich will fill in for Jones in the meantime until the issue is resolved.
Oct 7 - 9:30 AM

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

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

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