Mike Rizzo

Schmuck: Firing Dusty Baker creates more problems for Nats than it solves

Schmuck: Firing Dusty Baker creates more problems for Nats than it solves

The Washington Nationals fired Dusty Baker on Friday because being one of the winningest major league managers over the past two years was not quite enough to win him a contract extension.

That’s not surprising, considering the amount of money the Nats have spent on their star-studded lineup and starting rotation, but it’s still hard to fathom the dismissal of a guy who spent just two seasons with the team and won the National League East both years.

General manager Mike Rizzo made it clear in a conference call with reporters that it wasn’t complicated — that winning regular-season games and division titles is not going to cut it.

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