When it was announced this morning that the Washington Nationals had hired Dusty Baker as their next manager, I’m sure there were some guffaws on this end of the Beltway.
Baker, over the years, has been criticized for the way he has handled a pitching staff -- too many pitches thrown by starters, too many appearances by relievers, too much indecision and countless bullpen ups without being used.
And we all know the Nationals pitching staff -- the bullpen, in particular -- is a bit of a hot button.
But know this, Nationals fans: Baker brings a personality and a demeanor that make players want to give their all. He respects the players and the...