A letter from the Lerner family
Nationals Communications

What a HUGE mistake. We’ve all heard the cliched definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting to get a different result. Why in god’s name do you think you’re going to advance in the playoffs, much less win the World Series, if you fire your manager every two years? And this time you fired one of the best managers in baseball because you didn’t want to pay him less than HALF of what he’s worth, a fraction of what you’d spend on a mediocre player.

What is really unforgivable is the truly “gutless” and classless way in which this was handled: See https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/columnist/bob-nightengale/2017/10/20/dusty-baker-fired-nationals/785731001/.

I’m used to DC sports, and I’m not a fair weather fan. I stood in the bitter cold of the 18-inning loss to the Giants, and felt sick after yet another Game 5 loss to the Dodgers last year. I would have continued going after the insane Game 5 loss yet again this year, which objectively cannot be blamed on Dusty. I just don’t know if I can continue to support a team that conducted business with Dusty in this fashion. It’d be one thing to tell him face to face after the season that you were going a different direction, but to make him wait around town 10 days only to fire him over phone is just wrong. He deserves more, and so do Nats fans.

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