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07:21 AM ET 10.10 | In the course of a few years, managing the Nationals has become a pretty good job. Longtime manager Dusty Baker, whom the Reds fired late last week, contacted General Manager Mike Rizzo through his agent to inform the Nationals he is interested in the job. Baker said no interview has been schedule, and it is not clear if the Nationals have reciprocal interest in him. "It's early," Baker said in a phone conversation. "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." ... "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.'"

The Washington Post

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October 10, 2013  07:46 AM ET

yea listen to your son Dusty, didn't listen to no-body in Cincy and see what that got you. Plus Nationals have them strong arms that you like to wear out.

October 10, 2013  08:03 AM ET

At least Dusty doesn't have to feel too bad. Pittsburgh are playoff chokers too. Why was it not the least bit surprising they would choke away their NLDS in game number 4 by being one hit at home by a rookie making his 10th MLB start in such a critical eliminaton game?

Quintessential Pirates. They stold one out of Dusty's book.

October 10, 2013  08:58 AM ET

Sorry, Dusty. Trying to keep the arms healthy in DC so that rules you out.

October 10, 2013  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

At least Dusty doesn't have to feel too bad. Pittsburgh are playoff chokers too. Why was it not the least bit surprising they would choke away their NLDS in game number 4 by being one hit at home by a rookie making his 10th MLB start in such a critical eliminaton game?Quintessential Pirates. They stold one out of Dusty's book.

Obviously you have an axe to grind...... have you actually SEEN Wacha pitch.... or are you just complaining to be complaining? PIT doesn't make the playoffs for 20 years.... they win the WC.... and take the previous years NLCS runners-up to 5 games in the NDLS. PIT had a great year, didn't fade, acquired the pieces they needed to make a run (unlike previous years)...... lighten up Francis.....

October 10, 2013  09:09 AM ET

What a choice it could be in DC with area hero Cal Ripken Jr. with no managerial experience, or Dusty Baker with the curse of not being able to win the big game as your next manager.

October 10, 2013  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Obviously you have an axe to grind...... have you actually SEEN Wacha pitch.... or are you just complaining to be complaining? PIT doesn't make the playoffs for 20 years.... they win the WC.... and take the previous years NLCS runners-up to 5 games in the NDLS. PIT had a great year, didn't fade, acquired the pieces they needed to make a run (unlike previous years)...... lighten up Francis.....

Sorry, but Pittsburgh is just picking up where they left off from 1990-1992 by failing to advance, yet again. Seen Wacha pitch? It is obvious the Pirates didn't see much of anything. It is hardly acceptable for them to be one hit at home by a rookie when they themselves only gave up only two runs in that game, a game they should have been able to manage. So it is worth ribbing them about. To be fair though, no one gave them much of a chance to win this series anyway

October 10, 2013  09:33 AM ET

be afraid nationals fans be very afraid! it would be fun though to see him tell bryce harper he is not playing tonight after going 3-4 for the night before because he does not like the match up with tonight's pitcher. it would be fun to see him bat the nat's fastest guy at leadoff whether he can hit or not. would love to see the fans reaction as he trots the starter back out for another inning to get pounded because he has not thrown the 100 pitch min. or given up 10 runs yet,gotta save that bullpen! would love to the reaction as he sits guys who are hot in order to get those cold bats on the bench luke warm. maybe it would be better if the nats management just said they never got the call. but hey if if finishing high enouh to make the playoffs and be one and done is your goal then hire him. if watching him put out a different lineup every night is your goal then hire him. if shaking your head at his stupid in games sounds exciting to you then hire him.

October 10, 2013  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Have you actually SEEN Wacha pitch.... or are you just complaining to be complaining?

To quote a famous Bob Uecker line:

"That's all we got is one G0DDAMN hit"?

October 10, 2013  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

be afraid nationals fans be very afraid! it would be fun though to see him tell bryce harper he is not playing tonight after going 3-4 for the night before because he does not like the match up with tonight's pitcher. it would be fun to see him bat the nat's fastest guy at leadoff whether he can hit or not. would love to see the fans reaction as he trots the starter back out for another inning to get pounded because he has not thrown the 100 pitch min. or given up 10 runs yet,gotta save that bullpen! would love to the reaction as he sits guys who are hot in order to get those cold bats on the bench luke warm. maybe it would be better if the nats management just said they never got the call. but hey if if finishing high enouh to make the playoffs and be one and done is your goal then hire him. if watching him put out a different lineup every night is your goal then hire him. if shaking your head at his stupid in games sounds exciting to you then hire him.

So - how do you really feel? ;-)

October 10, 2013  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Sorry, but Pittsburgh is just picking up where they left off from 1990-1992 by failing to advance, yet again. Seen Wacha pitch? It is obvious the Pirates didn't see much of anything. It is hardly acceptable for them to be one hit at home by a rookie when they themselves only gave up only two runs in that game, a game they should have been able to manage. So it is worth ribbing them about. To be fair though, no one gave them much of a chance to win this series anyway

Understood - but you still have to give props for the WC win...... and for not fading as in years past. There are only a couple of free agents - so I think they are positioned very well for next year. Now if they underperform next year - chide away.... just MHO.....

October 10, 2013  09:53 AM ET

Another slow, slow morning..... Clem must feel right at home.... ;-)

October 10, 2013  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Another slow, slow morning..... Clem must feel right at home.... ;-)

Congrats to your Cards, Lou.

October 10, 2013  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Congrats to your Cards, Lou.

Thanks...... and now the fun continues.

October 10, 2013  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Thanks...... and now the fun continues.

It should be some series.

October 10, 2013  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Sorry, but Pittsburgh is just picking up where they left off from 1990-1992 by failing to advance, yet again. Seen Wacha pitch? It is obvious the Pirates didn't see much of anything. It is hardly acceptable for them to be one hit at home by a rookie when they themselves only gave up only two runs in that game, a game they should have been able to manage. So it is worth ribbing them about. To be fair though, no one gave them much of a chance to win this series anyway

I don't think the Pirates choked at all. That was a tough, close series that was extremely well-pitched on both sides, especially in the last three games. The Pirates simply came up short.

October 10, 2013  10:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I don't think the Pirates choked at all. That was a tough, close series that was extremely well-pitched on both sides, especially in the last three games. The Pirates simply came up short.

Sure, they put up a fight, but it is always a different matter when the more experienced and historically significant teams are usually the ones that can win that final game. The Pirates had a golden opportunity to close out that series. So what did they do? They score one run in each of the final two games. Not surprising I guess. The better team won anyway

October 10, 2013  10:36 AM ET

Duck Fusty!!

October 10, 2013  10:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

be afraid nationals fans be very afraid! it would be fun though to see him tell bryce harper he is not playing tonight after going 3-4 for the night before because he does not like the match up with tonight's pitcher. it would be fun to see him bat the nat's fastest guy at leadoff whether he can hit or not. would love to see the fans reaction as he trots the starter back out for another inning to get pounded because he has not thrown the 100 pitch min. or given up 10 runs yet,gotta save that bullpen! would love to the reaction as he sits guys who are hot in order to get those cold bats on the bench luke warm. maybe it would be better if the nats management just said they never got the call. but hey if if finishing high enouh to make the playoffs and be one and done is your goal then hire him. if watching him put out a different lineup every night is your goal then hire him. if shaking your head at his stupid in games sounds exciting to you then hire him.

Dusty would bench Bryce because white boys are slow and clog up the bases.

October 10, 2013  10:39 AM ET

They should get on a "Dusty And Son" sitcom, about a dried out old baseball manager who can't get a new job and opens a junk shop in Watts.

 
October 10, 2013  10:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Another slow, slow morning..... Clem must feel right at home.... ;-)

<frowns at Lou>

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