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Dusty Baker Will Not Return as Washington Nationals Manager

Dusty Baker Will Not Return as Washington Nationals ManagerGetty Images
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 11: Manager Dusty Baker of the Washington Nationals looks on from the dugout in the sixth inning during game four of the National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on October 11, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Dusty Baker will not return as the manager of the Washington Nationals in 2018, the team announced Friday. 

Baker has been with the team for two years and is the sixth field manager in the team's history. 

In a statement Friday, the Nats thanked him for leading them to their first back-to-back division titles. Last week, the Nats fell to the Chicago Cubs in Game 5 of their NL Division Series.

"He is one of the true gentleman in our sport, and we thank him for the successes that we enjoyed together over the last two years. We wish him nothing but the best going forward," said the Lerner family, who owns the team.

The Nats have never had the same manager for three straight seasons, News4's Carol Maloney reports. 

Before coming to the Nats, Baker also managed teams in San Francisco, Chicago and Cincinnati. 

The team says the contracts for the coaching staff have also expired. The search for a new manager will begin immediately.