Saturday, October 21, 2017

Notes, quotes and comment (manager edition)

The Washington Nationals announced Friday that Dusty Baker won't be back as manager next year.

That's a mistake on the Nats' part.

Baker may not be regarded as a tactical genius, but there are few better at handling a clubhouse of star egos. At 68, he probably isn't a good choice for a rebuilding team, but the Nats are in win-now mode. The Nats have a really good roster, and they have Bryce Harper for at least next year.

Baker fits there. I can't name anybody who fits better.


The Tigers made Ron Gardenhire's hiring official Friday.

One thing I took from the stories of his press conference: He says he weighed 275 pounds at the end of his Twins tenure. He's down about 40 pounds from that, he says.

Let us hope he handles the stress of managing in a more healthy way this time around.

1 comment:

  1. Gardy would have been interesting with the Nats.