WASHINGTON — New Nationals manager Dusty Baker is reportedly one of the top candidates for the National League Manager of the Year award.
Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY reported the news Wednesday morning, adding his primary competition is Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly. As Nightengale notes, all three men have ties to the Dodgers.
At 66-46, Baker’s Nationals have the second-best record in the National League, just ahead of Roberts’ 64-49 Dodgers. Mattingly’s Marlins are fifth in the NL at 60-53.
Surprisingly, Joe Maddon of the Chicago Cubs was not mentioned among the leading candidates. The Cubs are comfortably in first place in all of MLB at 70-41, and they hold a 4.5 game lead over the Nationals and Texas Rangers.
Washington’s .589 winning percentage is the fifth-best of Baker’s managerial career, which has spanned 21 seasons.