The Nationals will get another shot at an October run next season, but it won’t be with Dusty Baker.
The team on Friday announced that Baker has been fired as manager after two seasons in Washington, the second straight year the Nats’ season ended in Game 5 of the NLDS.
The contracts for the club’s entire coaching staff have also expired.
Baker, 68, went 192-132 as Nats skipper but was unable to helm the team past the opening round of the playoffs, despite winning back-to-back division titles for the first time in franchise history.
The Nationals suffered a heartbreaker in Game 5 to the Cubs last week in Washington, 9-8, which extended the club’s playoff frustrations for another season. Since its inaugural year in 2005, the team has been to four Division Series and has lost all of them. Baker also managed a Game 5 defeat to the Dodgers last season.
The Nationals said in a statement that Baker “represented our club with class on and off the field. He…