Washington Nationals: 10 candidates to replace Dusty Baker
As the Washington Nationals search for a new manager, here are 10 names to keep in mind. Some are obvious while others are a surprise.
The Washington Nationals are searching for a new leader to run the team.
They might hire an older manager with the hopes his wisdom carries the squad past the National League Divisional Series. The Nats could go with a first-time skipper and build for the future. Or, they can hire a big-name wild card and see where it goes. Whatever direction they go, fundamental changes are in store for 2018.
Because all the coaches were not given contracts, there is a huge chance the next manager comes from outside the Nats organization. He may have ties as a player or coach from before, unless they hire Rick Schu or Mike Maddux, expect the new hire having a healthy Washington learning curve.
Also, if history tells us anything, expect the new manager to sign a cheap contract. The Lerner family is spent-thrifty with coaches. Most of you remember the Bud Black fiasco.
Because of that, you can take a solid guess this manager is on the new side. If money was a factor in Dusty Baker’s dismissal, other older skippers are off the list. Although, the Nats can surprise people.
Given the chance to start fresh with a new coaching crew, the prudent move is hiring someone younger and for the long haul. He inherits a championship-caliber team with solid prospects for the future. With Mike Rizzo heading the front office and the Lerner family not afraid to spend on payroll, there is not a rebuild in the future. Even if Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy leave.
The new guy faces tremendous pressure. Washington insists it must win now and the fans anxiety climbs again after another short postseason.
Although there is no guarantee anyone in this article takes the job, here are 10 candidates the Nats might consider as their next manager.