Nationals, Dusty Baker part ways

Dusty Baker is done as manager of the Washington Nationals.

General manager Mike Rizzo opted not to renew Baker’s contract, which expired effective at the end of the season. The Nationals were eliminated from the postseason¬†in a wild Game 5 of the¬†National League Division Series.

Washington won 97 games in 2017 and Baker led the Nationals to back-to-back NL East titles.

Baker suffered a fate similar to that of John Farrell in Boston.

In a statement, the Lerner Family thanked Baker and added that the entire coaching staff, also on expiring contracts, would not return.

Baker won 192 games in two seasons in Washington.

The 68-year-old former MLB outfielder who was on deck when Hank Aaron set the all-time home run record with the Braves has been a big-league manager for 20 seasons with stints as skipper of the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds and Nationals.

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