#Dusty Baker will not return as manager of the Washington Nationals next season. According to Dan Kolko of MLB Network, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said he and the team ownership decided to part ways with Baker, who guided the team to back-to-back National League East titles for the first time in franchise history. In a conference call, per MLB.com, Rizzo said winning a lot of regular-season games and winning divisions is not enough, as the team’s goal is to win a world championship.

In his two years at the helm, Baker led the Nationals to a 192-132 record. However, the Nationals failed to make it past the National League Division Series in the past two seasons.

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When informed of the Nationals’ decision not to keep him, Baker said he was surprised and disappointed as he was expecting the team to sign him to a new contract. In Game 5 of the NLDS, the Nationals stormed to a 4-1 advantage but the Chicago Cubs rallied for a 9-8 triumph. In his 22-year stint as manager, Baker has 1,863 wins to his name, 14th most in MLB history.

Mets nearing decision on new skipper

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Baker will not be part of the New York Mets’ search for a new manager as they are about to make a decision on Terry Collins’ replacement this weekend. Sherman said the Mets want to announce their new manager before the World Series begins Tuesday. Mets’ hitting coach #Kevin Long is seen as the favorite to land the job, but Seattle Mariners third base coach Manny Acta is also being considered.

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The Mets also interviewed Chicago White Sox bench coach Joe McEwing, Cleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway and Alex Cora, who is expected to be named as manager of the Boston Red Sox.

Tigers hire Gardenhire as manager

The Detroit Tigers officially announced the hiring of #Ron Gardenhire as their 38th manager in franchise history. According to MLB.com, the Tigers signed Gardenhire to a three-year contract. Tigers executive VP of baseball operations and general manager Al Avila said they picked Gardenhire because of his vast managerial experience with the Minnesota Twins, whom he skippered from 2000 to 2014. During his stint with the Twins, he led the team to six AL Central titles from 2002-10 and compiled a record of 1,068-1,039. After he was fired in 2014, Gardenhire took a year off from baseball before returning to the Twins as a special assistant. Last November, he joined the Arizona Diamondbacks as the club’s bench coach.