Thursday, October 17, 2013

Dusty Baker not likely to land coaching job with Nationals

Although Dusty Baker recently made his interest in the Washington Nationals coaching vacancy publicly known, it doesn't appear the interest is mutual.

In fact, reports suggest the Nationals could come to a decision as to who will replace the departed Davey Johnson to become the team's next skipper.

Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams appears to be the favorite for the gig at this point. According to the Washington Post, he has already had an interview with the team, and given his relationship with general manager Mike Rizzo from his time in the Arizona organization, Williams could indeed be the man for the job.

Other candidates rumored to still be in the mix are former MLB catcher Brad Ausmus, currently an executive in the San Diego Padres front office, and internal candidates Randy Knorr and Trent Jewett. The darkhorse candidate, who may land an interview, is Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr, whose ties to the D.C. area make him an alluring choice for manager, as well.

At this point, if Baker is going to continue his managerial career in 2014, it doesn't look like it's going to be in Washington. However, considering his ties to the West Coast, the Seattle Mariners may still be an option.

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