Another postseason collapse has cost Dusty Baker his job.
The Washington Nationals have announced that Baker will not return as manager next season, after two years at the helm, two NL East titles, and two bitter first-round playoff exits.
Nationals announce Dusty Baker will not return as manager next season.— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) October 20, 2017
Baker led the Nats to their first back-to-back division titles in franchise history.
Washington was Baker's fourth stop as a manager in the majors, and every one has been marred by playoff disappointments. There was the World Series collapse with the Giants in 2002, the Cubs' NLCS disaster of 2003, and three first-round playoff exits in four years with the Cincinnati Reds. Now, it's two NLDS Game 5 losses in a row that's cooked it for Baker's Nationals tenure.
At 68 years old, one has to wonder whether Baker is ever destined for another MLB job.
One thing's for certain: the Nationals are tired of playoff disappointments. As a result, they're looking for a new manager once again.