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Dusty Baker | Catcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (66) / 6/14/1949
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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

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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

Paul O'Neill confirmed that he's interested in the Reds managerial job Friday on the Dan Patrick Show.

"Sure it's fair," O'Neill said when asked if it was fair to say that he was interested in the gig. "Anytime that some things come about it should interest you. The tradition in Cincinnati needs to be brought back. It's a rebuilding process." The current YES Network broadcaster said Cincinnati has already contacted him: "I've talked to some people in the organization but I don't think they'll do anything. This is the prize time in baseball for fans to sit back and watch the playoffs and try to keep other things out of the news." Reds pitching coach Bryan Price and Triple-A Louisville manager Jim Riggleman are two other preliminary candidates to replace Dusty Baker.
Sat, Oct 12, 2013 10:45:00 AM

Updating a previous post, Reds GM Walt Jocketty said the club hasn't reached out to Paul O'Neill regarding the vacant manager position.

"We have not reached out to Paul regarding our managerial vacancy," Jocketty told the New York Daily News via a team spokesperson. That doesn't mean the two sides haven't talked, though, just that the Reds weren't the ones doing the contacting. To call the Reds interested in O'Neill as a managerial candidate may be premature at this point.
Wed, Oct 9, 2013 11:14:00 PM

Paul O'Neill has spoken with Reds owner Bob Castellini in regards to the open manager position, according to the YES Network's Michael Kay.

O'Neill spent several years with the Reds as a player, so the interest from both sides makes some sense. O'Neill and Castellini haven't met in person to discuss anything, so the interest is very preliminary at this point. O'Neill doesn't have any managerial experience -- he's spent the past 12 years working as an analyst for the YES Network. Reds pitching coach Bryan Price and Triple-A Louisville manager Jim Riggleman are believed to be the other two candidates for the position at this point.
Wed, Oct 9, 2013 10:06:00 PM

According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Dusty Baker is interested in managing the Nationals.

Baker, who was fired by the Reds last week, reached out to the Nationals through his agent. However, it's unclear whether the interest is mutual. For what it's worth, Kilgore hears that ownership seeks a younger manager to follow Davey Johnson, so the 64-year-old Baker might not fit into their plans. Various reports peg Nationals bench coach Randy Knorr and Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams as the favorites for the job while Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio hears that the Nationals are giving serious consideration to Cal Ripken, Jr. as a managerial candidate.
Wed, Oct 9, 2013 03:09:00 PM

Dusty Baker will not return as Reds manager in 2014.

The news was first reported by the Associated Press and has been confirmed by multiple outlets. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says Baker was fired and did not step down. It's shocking given that Baker is one of the most recognizable skippers in the game, as well as a three-time manager of the year winner. However, while he led the Reds to the playoffs in three of the last four seasons, they never advanced past the NLDS. Baker had one year and $3.5 million left on his contract. The Reds join the Mariners, Nationals and Cubs as teams with managerial vacancies. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Reds pitching coach Bryan Price and Triple-A Louisville manager Jim Riggleman are "two names to watch" as the club looks for a replacement.
Fri, Oct 4, 2013 08:19:00 AM

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2Clint Robinson
2B1Daniel Murphy
SS1Danny Espinosa
2Stephen Drew
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
2Matt den Dekker
CF1Ben Revere
2Michael Taylor
RF1Bryce Harper
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S1Stephen Strasburg
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3Gio Gonzalez
4Joe Ross
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Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
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3Felipe Rivero
4Blake Treinen
5Oliver Perez
6Matt Belisle
7Yusmeiro Petit
8Aaron Barrett
9Sammy Solis