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  1. Do the Nats need another left-handed bat?

    Dec 9, 2015, 9:46 AM EDT

    NASHVILLE — The Nationals’ pursuit of Ben Zobrist wasn’t lip service. They made a serious run at the veteran free agent, so much so that one source familiar with the process said they actually offered more money than the $56 million he wound up taking from the Cubs last night. That said, the Nationals didn’t…

  2. Baker’s wish list: lefties, speed, guys at natural positions

    Dec 8, 2015, 7:14 PM EDT

    NASHVILLE — Though he acknowledges this is the best roster he’s been handed in four separate stints as a major-league manager, Dusty Baker does see aspects of the Nationals he’d like to improve. Baker rattled off several needs Tuesday afternoon during his media session at the Winter Meetings: Left-handed pitching. Left-handed hitting. And speed, something…

  3. Highlights from Dusty Baker’s media session

    Dec 8, 2015, 2:56 PM EDT

    NASHVILLE — Dusty Baker wrapped up his Winter Meetings media session a short while ago, easily the most-attended session a Nationals manager has held over the last decade. (The man is quite popular and obviously is still of interest to those in the cities he previously managed and played.) The 66-year-old skipper officially has been…

  4. Winter Meetings storylines

    Dec 6, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    Executives, managers, coaches, scouts, trainers, traveling secretaries, PR reps, agents, equipment reps, broadcasters, writers and pretty much anybody else associated with the sport of baseball all are making their way to Nashville today for this year’s Winter Meetings, which officially commence Monday morning. This is the third time the gargantuan Gaylord Opryland Resort has hosted…

  5. Rizzo: Schu returning, Jones hired as asst. hitting coach

    Nov 18, 2015, 3:13 PM EDT

    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo formally announced three more members of Dusty Baker’s coaching staff Wednesday, with Rick Schu returning as hitting coach, Jacque Jones hired as assistant hitting coach and Chris Speier hired to serve as either bench coach or third base coach. Along with the previously announced hiring of pitching coach Mike Maddux…

  6. Rizzo and Baker feel great about Maddux and Lopes hires

    Nov 10, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    The Nationals’ disappointing 2015 season was followed by a long list of casualties. In addition to Matt Williams getting fired, they dismissed their training staff and did not renew the contracts of all of their assistant coaches. Pitching coach Steve McCatty’s departure was the most surprising among that group. It is hard to blame the Nationals…

  7. Baker excited and well-equipped to manage Harper

    Nov 9, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    Despite their 83-79 record and well-documented failings in 2015, the Nationals’ managerial opening remained an attractive one this offseason. It’s a team that is just one year removed from winning the NL East and posting the best record in the National League. They also have a pretty decent young player in Bryce Harper, who in less…

  8. Baker offers thoughts on dealing with conflict

    Nov 8, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    Whether there was purpose behind it or not, Dusty Baker shared a pretty interesting anecdote during his introductory news conference Thursday. Asked about Bryce Harper, the newly named Nationals manager offered up a story about his own days as a brash, young big-leaguer and an important lesson he learned. “I wasn’t as good a player…

  9. Baker sees Nats as ‘perfect fit’ both on and off field

    Nov 7, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT

    Last week when media reports had Bud Black penciled in as the Nationals’ new manager, Dusty Baker gave an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle at a book signing in which he lamented losing out on the job. The Nats had not spoken to him yet – which in hindsight perhaps should have been a…

  10. What will Baker change as manager of the Nats?

    Nov 6, 2015, 2:42 PM EDT

    It has been just over 24 hours since Dusty Baker was introduced as the Nationals’ new manager and three-and-a-half months remain until pitchers and catchers report for 2016 spring training. That is a long, long time for Baker to get settled and start making plans for his first year on the job. Given that timeframe,…

  11. Baker, Rizzo don’t buy criticism manager is too old school

    Nov 6, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    The mere mention of Dusty Baker’s name when candidates began surfacing in the Nationals’ managerial search brought strong reactions from all around. Many were thrilled at the news, pointing to his impressive record as a three-time NL manager of the year. Others, however, were not quite as enthused. Criticism emerged of Baker being too old school:…

  12. VIDEO: GM Mike Rizzo goes 1-on-1

    Nov 5, 2015, 8:43 PM EDT

    Mark didn’t only sit down with Dusty Baker on Thursday, he also got Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo 1-on-1. Rizzo explained what went down between the Nats and Bud Black and also spoke glowingly about what Baker will bring to Washington. Rizzo also talked about the front office’s objectives this offseason and confirmed they plan…

  13. VIDEO: Dusty Baker goes 1-on-1

    Nov 5, 2015, 6:21 PM EDT

    After holding a press conference at the podium alongside GM Mike Rizzo at Nats Park, new Nationals manager Dusty Baker sat down with Mark for an extensive 1-on-1 interview. They covered a variety of subjects including his love for the city of Washington, his excitement to take over the Nats and what it will be…

  14. Rizzo: Nats were negotiating with both Baker and Black

    Nov 5, 2015, 3:57 PM EDT

    Acknowledging the unique nature of the situation, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Thursday the club was simultaneously negotiating contracts with both Bud Black and Dusty Baker to be their next manager, had not selected Black for the job and ultimately didn’t make the decision to go with Baker instead because of a financial disagreement.…

  15. Lopes returns to Nats as Baker’s first base coach

    Nov 5, 2015, 10:51 AM EDT

    The Nationals added another high-profile coach to Dusty Baker’s staff Thursday morning, bringing Davey Lopes back to serve in the first base coaching position he held in D.C. a decade ago. Lopes, 70, is one of the sport’s most experienced and respected coaches, particularly as a baserunning instructor. He spent the last five seasons as…

  16. Baker news conference this morning

    Nov 5, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    Dusty Baker will formally be introduced as the sixth manager in Nationals history at 11 a.m., donning a curly W cap and home jersey for the first time during a news conference at Nationals Park. It should be a time of celebration and optimism for the organization, but of course that won’t entirely be the…

  17. Mike Maddux hired as new pitching coach

    Nov 4, 2015, 4:55 PM EDT

    Mike Maddux, a longtime and well-respected big-league pitching coach, will hold that role on Dusty Baker’s staff with the Nationals, the club announced Wednesday. Maddux, who just parted ways with the Rangers last week after seven seasons, becomes the first known member of Baker’s new staff in Washington, which could include other high-profile names. The…

  18. VIDEOS: How Dusty Baker will fit as manager of the Nats

    Nov 4, 2015, 12:36 PM EDT

    After the Nationals hired Dusty Baker to be their new manager through a complicated process that has all of us still scratching our heads, we at CSN decided to run a full 30-minute special to break it all down. We had Mark Zuckerman, Joe Orsulak, Sebastian Salazar and myself all give our takes on the situation…

  19. Plenty on Baker’s to-do list as Nats manager

    Nov 4, 2015, 9:05 AM EDT

    Any time a team fires one manager and hires another, many things will need to be fixed. The Nationals remain a deep and impressive roster despite their shortcomings this past season. But after Dusty Baker is introduced on Thursday – barring something unforeseen, as you never know these days – he will need to get…

  20. Process was a mess, but Baker’s hiring isn’t a mistake

    Nov 3, 2015, 11:58 AM EDT

    Had the Nationals simply hired Dusty Baker all along, had they picked him over Bud Black last week and agreed to contract terms, few eyebrows would have been raised. It would have been viewed both here in town and throughout the baseball world as a solid choice, a proven and successful manager taking the reins…

  21. Nats announce Baker hired, given multi-year contract

    Nov 3, 2015, 8:23 AM EDT

    In a stunning twist to cap a tumultuous 24 hours, the Nationals announced Tuesday morning they have hired Dusty Baker as their new manager, negotiations with initial choice Bub Black having fallen apart over the weekend. Baker, a 3-time NL Manager of the Year Award winner with 20 seasons of experience at the big-league level,…

  22. Nats’ deal with Black not finalized, door still open for Baker

    Nov 2, 2015, 11:11 PM EDT

    The Nationals’ hiring of Bud Black as their next manager is not yet a done deal, the two sides having been unable to work out final contract details, leaving the door open for the club potentially to offer the job to Dusty Baker instead, according to sources familiar with the situation. The Nationals’ front office…

  23. Beltway Baseball: Bud Black presents several unknowns for Nats

    Oct 30, 2015, 1:20 PM EDT

    Mark stopped by the CSN office on Thursday to shoot some videos for SportsNet Central and SportsTalk Live, so we decided to sit down and go a little bit more in-depth on the Bud Black hire in an it’s-been-too-long episode of ‘Beltway Baseball.’ First we discussed whether Black was the best candidate available. Then, we…

  24. Nats go with the safe, sensible hire

    Oct 29, 2015, 8:00 AM EDT

    The Nationals’ planned hiring of Harry Ralston Black as their next manager isn’t going to cause people to leap out of their seats in jubilation. The 58-year-old everyone has always known simply as “Bud” isn’t the kind of guy who brings a commanding presence to every room he enters. He’s not going to march into…

  25. Source: Black to be named Nats’ new manager

    Oct 28, 2015, 9:43 PM EDT

    The Nationals plan to name Bud Black their next manager, a source familiar with the decision confirmed Wednesday night, but an official announcement isn’t likely until after the conclusion of the World Series sometime next week. Black, who managed the Padres from 2007-15, was selected by the Nationals from a pool of at least eight…

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