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Dusty Baker named new manager of Washington Nationals

Dusty Baker named new manager of Washington Nationals

Dusty Baker is the new manager of the Washington Nationals, meaning Major League Baseball avoids what would have been its first start to a season since 1988 with zero black skippers.

The Nationals announced Baker's hiring on Tuesday, nearly a month after firing Matt Williams, whose lack of prior experience turned out to be a problem as the club missed the playoffs.

In the 66-year-old Baker, the Nationals get someone who has worked 20 seasons as a manager in the majors and whose 1,671-1,504 record — a .526 winning percentage — includes the second-most victories among active managers.

He led the San Francisco Giants to the 2002 World Series and reached the...

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