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Nationals' managerial course correction is another capital head-scratcher

Nationals' managerial course correction is another capital head-scratcher

For the past week or so, everyone has assumed that former major league pitcher and San Diego Padres manager Bud Black would be the next manager of the Washington Nationals. So, imagine the shock and surprise when the Nats announced today that they have hired Dusty Baker to replace the recently fired Matt Williams.

No disrespect to Baker, who has a long managerial resume that includes a World Series with the San Francisco Giants and a very famous near-miss with the Chicago Cubs, but it appeared the Black deal was done and even Baker had publicly congratulated him for getting the job.

The reports that the Nats offered Black very short money in relation to what other major league...

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