Dusty Baker will not return as manager of Washington Nationals

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Instead, the Nationals will begin their second managerial search in three offseasons, their target unclear.

The Nationals were 192-132 (.593) under the 68-year-old Baker, whose contract expired at the end of the 2017 season.

"I'm doing great; it was just a little thing, a bit of a cleanup to have a better swing", Ramirez told ESPN's Marly Rivera.

Across 22 seasons as a manager, Baker is 1863-1636 (.532) across stints with the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, and Nationals.

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Despite a host of injuries to key players, the Nationals went 97-65 this season, finishing 20 games out in front in their division.

The club made the surprising announcement this afternoon, electing not to bring back Baker, who had won back-to-back National League East titles and an average of 96 wins per season.

Baker led the team to back-to-back division titles, but the Nationals were bounced from the first round of the playoffs the last two years. ". We thank him for the successes that we enjoyed together over the last two years". This was an incredibly hard decision for us.

Hired in November 2015 after Matt Williams' two-year tenure came to a screeching halt amid clubhouse turmoil, Baker wasn't the Nationals' original choice. They do such a good job of making sure they relate to us. "I don't want to comment on that really".

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It's possible the tenor of Baker's tenure shifted during the NLDS, when the club announced that the dominant Stephen Strasburg would not start Game 4 against the Cubs, despite a rainout enabling Strasburg to pitch on regular rest.

Washington will again be boast a stacked roster heading into 2018, with all of their core players except Jayson Werth still under contract for at least one more season - the final year of general manager Mike Rizzo's contract.

When pressed on the matter, Turner said: "I would love to have him back".

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