MLBits: Dusty Baker Will Not Return as Nationals Manager and Other News from Around the League

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MLBits: Dusty Baker Will Not Return as Nationals Manager and Other News from Around the League

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The Cubs season may be over, but there’s still some baseball left, as well as a pretty crucial offseason coming up. So before you kickstart your weekend, let’s get to some news from around the league.

Starting with …

  • Some big news out of Washington:

  • Wow. That’s pretty surprising. Dusty Baker made it just two seasons with the Nationals, despite having won the division in both seasons. I suppose back-to-back early postseason exits with extremely talented rosters must be taken into consideration, but damn. That’s a rough ticket. Here’s the official statement from the Nats:

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  • That’s not the only high-profile exit around baseball lately, as the Arizona Diamondbacks have officially parted ways with Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa. La Russa was actually sapped of his real “power” last offseason, when the D-Backs brought in GM Dave Stewart, so this was really just the end of the end, for La Russa. I’m not sure there’s going to be a GM or President job waiting for La Russa out there, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he stuck around baseball, perhaps even with the league office.
  • The Yankees are making moves that’ll probably make them a lot of money (because, of course):

  • At FanGraphs, Dave Cameron suggests that the Cubs “already need to retool,” which sounds a bit harsher than the article actually reads. Basically, with several exiting players and a myriad of talented, but flawed youngsters, the Cubs might be best suited by making a significant trade or two over the offseason and changing things up. Don’t get too worked up, though, this is more so “they’re not the dynasty we thought, but they’re still really good” than anything else.
  • The Tigers are officially hiring Ron Gardenhire as their new manager, and his contract is expected to be three years. Dave Martinez was interviewed for this job, but was once again passed over in favor of someone else. To be fair, Gardenhire managed the Twins in the Tigers division for 13 seasons (2002-2014), before spending some time as the D-Backs bench coach, so he has plenty of experience and qualifications. It remains just a matter of time for Davey.
  • The Astros and Yankees will play Game 6 of the ALCS tonight at Minute Maid Park. After falling down to an 0-2 deficit in the ALCS, the Yankees were able to make the comeback the Cubs could not, and now lead the series 3-2. A win tonight would mark a Dodgers/Yankees World Series. The dark-side has truly won.

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