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Dusty Baker reached out to the Nationals about their job opening

Oct 9, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

Dusty Baker AP

With Joe Girardi staying in New York, the other managerial job openings move to the fore. Hard to say who goes where — I’m personally anticipating a Jim Riggleman bidding war between the Reds, Cubs and Nats, none of which can quit him — but at least one guy has an idea of where he wants to go. From Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post:

Longtime manager Dusty Baker, whom the Reds fired late last week, contacted General Manager Mike Rizzo through his agent to inform the Nationals he is interested in the job. Baker said no interview has been schedule, and it is not clear if the Nationals have reciprocal interest in him.

Baker confirmed to Kilgore that he reached out and is interested.

Man, I dunno. One of the things that seems kinda clear from Washington is that Mike Rizzo really had his fill of a well-established veteran manager who cuts a large figure in the media. No, Dusty isn’t Davey Johnson, but the idea that the reporters are going to come by every day to hear what he has to say rather than report the Nationals company line is the kind of dynamic one gets the sense that Rizzo wants to move away from. Better to get more of a company man like a Randy Knorr or a less-experienced guy like Matt Williams who won’t upstage the front office.

I obviously could be wrong about that. It’s just a vibe I get from reading all manner of stories about Rizzo, Johnson and the Nats. Either way, I’d be kind of surprised if they went after Dusty Baker.

  1. inserthandle - Oct 9, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    A general manager so terrified of breaking pitchers that he benches them in the playoffs when they’re totally healthy….don’t wait by the phone, Dusty.

    • bobulated - Oct 9, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      And surprised Dusty would want to work with a GM like Rizzo who’s so hands on with PT decisions but I guess any MLB job is better than no MLB job.

  2. shawndc04 - Oct 9, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    >>One of the things that seems kinda clear from Washington is that Mike Rizzo really had his fill of a well-established veteran manager who cuts a large figure in the media.<<

    Well, living in Washington and following the club closely, I haven't gotten that "vibe." Rizzo and Johnson would go at it from time to time, but that was over the club's performance or managerial strategy, rather than media presence. Rizzo is also a media presence; none of the local media has hinted that media exposure was an issue between the two.

    • emdash01 - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      Yeah, I don’t know that it’s about media exposure per se so much as Rizzo wanting a younger manager who could stick around for a while. That’s not Dusty.

      Plus Dusty’s style doesn’t exactly seem a match for the Nats. They near-universally suck at bunting whenever they’re asked to do it.

      Of course, that could be my bias as a fan, in that I hope it’s a one-sided interest. Randy Knorr annoys the bejeezus out of me, but he’d still be preferable to Dusty. If they couldn’t get Girardi, it seems better to try someone new.

      • shawndc04 - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:11 PM

        Agreed. Dusty is a nice guy, but I have my doubts about him as an in-game strategist and skippering a fairly young team.

      • gloccamorra - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:43 PM

        Don’t forget, the Orioles have Buck Showalter, so the Nats have to have a “big” guy as manager. I’m just puzzled why Dusty is interested: the Nats don’t have any sub-.300 OBP regulars to lead off.

  3. onbucky96 - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Please make this happen. Dusty had wrecked pitchers in San Fransico, Chicago, and Cincinnatti. I’m sure Strasburg isn’t worried…

  4. eshine76 - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Its probably not a good thing that his agent had to call the Nats, given that everyone in the game knows he is no longer with the Reds and would like to coach next year.

  5. largebill - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Dusty to Seattle and Wedge to Reds. Mariners would improve and Reds would grind and battle to finish a couple games under .500.

  6. tcostant - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Interview him, it always good to listen to smart baseball people. Plus it checks a bx, if you know what I mean.

  7. DelawarePhilliesFan - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    You realize…..Dusty has to apply for a job each week, or he does not get his Unemployment Comp.

    Just sayin’

  8. metalhead65 - Oct 9, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    sure go ahead and hire him if you want to finish high enough to make the playoffs and go no further. do not follow the nationals so not sure how their lineup looks but you can expect your fastest player to bat leadoff whether he can hit or not,then you next fastest hitter to bat second whether he can hit or not. also it does not matter if your catcher is an all star he will always bat 8th in a dusty line up. and your lineup will be righty/lefty whether it makes sense or not because you can’t have 2 left handers bat back to back,it is against the book of dusty. also your starter will remain the game until he throws 100 pitchers or gives up 10 runs which ever comes first. if the pitcher is being hit hard and showing signs he has lost it but gets out of the inning? he will be sent out for the start of the next one with no one warming up ready to come into the game until the other team has scored as many runs as they can. this is the reason he is no longer the reds manager but by all means hire him because he is a nice guy.

  9. anthonyverna - Oct 9, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Dusty wants to see if Jayson Werth can clog up the bases.

  10. 11thstreetmafia - Oct 9, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Dusty, go away.

  11. gloccamorra - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Dusty not winning it all was just bad luck. The first year he managed, his team won 103 games and had to watch the post season because the Braves were in the West Division (!) and won 104. That event led to the wild card system, so he’s part of the lore of baseball!

    Two other times, his teams lost in the playoffs to Marlins teams that never won a division title, but went on to win the World Series. It was FATE that cast Dusty in that role, he had the script written for him.

    After a long managerial career of ‘close but no cigar’, it’s obvious his time – vindication – is coming. Some smart ball club will see that, and reap the rewards. Except maybe the Cubs.

  12. 12strikes - Oct 10, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    Why would Dusty go there? The Nat’inals GM is a clown (Bro). Do the MLB network or ESPN for a year, then wait for and opening on a team with a competent GM.

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