Baker, 66, has 21 years of managerial experience in the majors, and has taken three different teams to the playoffs. He first managed the Giants for ten years from 1993-2002, leading the team to a World Series berth in the final year. He then moved to the Cubs in 2003 and took them to the NLCS, although Chicago missed the playoffs the next three years under his watch and he was let go after the 2006 season. He spent six years with the Reds from 2008-2013, taking them to the postseason three times.
Baker holds an all-time managerial record of 1,671–1,504 and was named NL Manager of the Year in 1993, 1997 and 2000.
Former San Diego Padres manager Bud Black will also interview with the Nationals this Friday, reports USA Today's Bob Nightengale. Black was let go by San Diego midway through the 2015 season. Washington will reportedly interview former player and current ESPN analyst Alex Cora as well.
The Nationals are looking for a skipper to replace Matt Williams, who was let go on Oct. 5.
- Jeremy Layton