Nationals looking for new manager, new results in 2018
WASHINGTON DC — The Nationals organization has decided to look for a new manager and coaches for the 2018 season.
That means manager Dusty Baker, who led the team to back-to-back N.L. East division titles in his two years as manager but never managed to win a playoff series with either team, is out.
The Nationals owners group addressed the issue in a blog post:
Even though this ultimately wasn’t our season, we remain devoted to that cause. In further pursuit of that goal, we have decided to make a change in leadership and begin the process of finding a new manager. This was an incredibly difficult decision for us. Dusty Baker led the team to the first back-to-back division titles in our history and represented our club with class on and off the field. He is one of the true gentleman in our sport, and we thank him for the successes that we enjoyed together over the last two years. We wish him nothing but the best going forward.
Baker has a long history as a player and a manager in MLB. The closest he’s come to winning a World Series championship as a manager was in 2002 when his San Francisco Giants lost in a game 7 to the Anaheim Angels.