Dusty Baker did everything but advance in the playoffs with the Nationals, which wasn't enough for an organization focused on bigger playoff goals.
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Nationals infielder Daniel Murphy, who hit .322 with 23 homers and 93 RBIs this season, had surgery to repair cartilage damage in his right knee.
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Dusty Baker is out as the Nationals' manager. The team just announced that Baker, who averaged 96 wins in two seasons with Washington, will not return. Baker and the Nats lost to the Cubs in the NLDS, their fourth straight first-round exit in four playoff appearances since moving to DC in 2005. The last two of those came on Baker's watch.
Manager Dusty Baker will not be back in the Nationals dugout in 2018, the team announced Friday. Baker led Washington to the playoffs in both of his seasons, but the Nationals didn't win a postseason series.
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In the Cubs' 9-8 win over the Nationals in Game 5 of their NLDS, the total runs fell three short of the most in a one-run postseason game in MLB history.
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For the second straight year, the Nationals were eliminated from the postseason in a winner-take-all game decided by one run.
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What's next for the Nationals? Most likely, another NL East title. The only significant free agents are Jayson Werth, Brandon Kintzler and Matt Albers, while Matt Wieters has a player option. Michael Taylor's emergence in center field means Adam Eaton can shift over to left. Dusty Baker doesn't have a contract, but he'll probably return for another year -- and one last run with Bryce Harper before he hits free agency.
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Buster Olney talks to Karl Ravech and Paul Hembekides about the Cubs' dramatic win, their LCS predictions and more (:58). Plus, Chelsea Janes (34:40) and Jesse Rogers (43:01) give the local perspectives of another clutch win by the Cubs and another devastating loss for the Nationals.
Buster Olney recaps Thursday's epic Game 5 victory for the Cubs over the Nationals and looks ahead to Game 1 of the ALCS between the Yankees and Astros.
They had the lead and their best pitcher on the hill. But once more, the Nationals collapsed in a way that left them wondering how it all went wrong.
With Game 5 hanging in the balance in the eighth inning, the Cubs felt there was no reason not to challenge a tag play at first base, which turned out to be a critical decision in their 9-8 win over the Nationals on Thursday.
When Scherzer entered the game before the top of the fifth inning, there was 71.5 percent chance the Nationals would advance to the NLCS. After one insane inning, he took an L that defied the odds.
A bizarre four-run fifth inning and an overturned call on a pickoff that thwarted a Nats rally in the eighth lifted Chicago to its third straight NLCS.
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