Dusty Baker has been hired by the Washington Nationals this Tuesday which has effectively put an end to their search after their discussions with former skipper of the Padres Bud Black didn’t materialize.
Baker has a career record of 1671 wins and 1504 losses over twenty professional seasons as manager. He has spent time at the Giants, from 1993 to 2002, with the Cubs, from 2003 to 2006 and with the Reds from 2008 to 2013.
Matt Williams was fired by Washington after the end of a very disappointing season that saw their team even missing out of the playoffs.
Baker now becomes the only manager of African-American origin in the major leagues right now.
He has already managed to win the Manager of the Year award at NL thrice & has finished second as far as voting is concerned on 3 separate occasions. His teams have managed to reach the post season on seven occasions and he was even able to help the Giants reach the World Series back in 2002 even though they lost in 7 games.
General Manager at Washington, Mike Rizzo said that he was pleased to welcome Baker to their family as part of a release. He said that after he got to know Baker and was able to identify what he was looking for as far as the next leader for the team was concerned, they were quite excited to have Baker and all his experience on board.