Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Report: Dusty Baker expresses interest in managing Nationals

Former Reds skipper Dusty Baker isn't ready to call it quits just yet.

The 64-year-old has reportedly expressed interest in the vacant Washington Nationals job. This is according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.

“It’s early,” Baker told Kilgore. “A lot of stuff doesn’t really happen until the World Series is over. Right now, I’m in no hurry. I just let them know that I was interested.”

The Nationals are in need of a new manager after Davey Johnson decided to retire at the end of the season. Johnson compiled a 224-183 (.550) record in parts of three seasons with Washington. However, a season removed from posting the best record in baseball, the Nationals endured a disappointing year in 2013, failing to make the playoffs despite making a late surge. Nonetheless, the Nationals job is an alluring one, as the team boasts a roster full of talent, and plays in a division that has been down as of late.

“It’s a good team. It’s a very good team,” Baker said. “I’m about winning. My son told me – he was crying the other day – he wanted to play for the Reds. Then he told me, ‘Dad, if you want to win, you want to go to the Nationals.’

“I don’t have a whole bunch of years left, but I’ve got some good ones left. I want to take a team to the top.”

Baker has yet to lead a team to a World Series crown, but he does sport a winning percentage of .526 (1,671-1,504) in his 20-year managerial career. He has previously served as manager of the Giants (1993-2002), Cubs (2003-2006), and most recently the Reds (2008-2013).

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