The Washington Nationals officially announced Dusty Baker as their new manager, signing the veteran manager to a six-year deal on Tuesday.
This is the fourth manager position for Baker, who had previous stints with the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, and most recently the Cincinnati Reds. Baker served as television studio analyst during the 2015 MLB postseason.
Baker, 66, brings experience to the Nationals. He won the NL Manager of the Year Award winner three times with the Giants: 1993, 1997 and 2000. He also owns a career record of 1,671-1,504.
"I am so pleased to welcome Dusty Baker to the Nationals family," said general manager Mike Rizzo. "In getting to know Dusty and identifying what we wanted in the next on-field leader of our team, we are excited to have him on board."
"Dusty's experience as a winning player, coach and manager is vast and varied. We are excited to bring him to Washington and put his steady demeanor, knowledge and many years in the game to work in our favor. I think I speak for the entire organization when I say I am very much looking forward to working with him."
The Nationals are coming off a disappointing season. Many experts picked Washington to be a top contender to advance out of the NL, but the team sputtered under inexperienced manager Matt Williams. The Nationals failed to win the NL East crown, and barely finished above .500 after a lackluster second half.