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L.A. Dodgers/Washington Nationals Notes

October 7, 2016

The division series beginning today matching the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals is a redux of the 1981 NLCS when current Wash manager Dusty Baker played for L.A. and the Nationals were the Montreal Expos.

L.A. prevailed in the decisive 5th game in Montreal and went on to win the title, in what was a strike marred baseball season. It was the lone title Baker achieved as a player.

Washington is the fourth different team Baker has managed to a one eighth division title, something no other manager has accomplished.

If “Wash” is fortunate enough to advance, Baker will manage against a team he managed far into the post-season tournament, only to suffer an agonizing defeat.

In 2002 Baker’s S.F. Giants, who of course have won the last three “even year” titles and are facing the Chicago Cubs, a team sans a title in 108 years, so it is not just Baker, who failed, dissipated a 5 run lead in game 6 of the World Series and lost in 7 games to the Angels.

A year later, the Baker managed Chicago Cubs dissipated a (3-1) NLCS lead, which included losing despite a 3 run eighth inning lead, at home, in game 6.

 

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