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Charlie Manuel

Just a number: At 66, Baker looks to win big in golden years

Dusty Baker has put up plenty of big stats in his baseball life: More than 1,000 RBIs, nearly 2,000 hits, 20 years as a player, 20 more as a manager.

After he was hired Tuesday to guide the Washington Nationals, many fans focused on another number — 66, his age.

Baker re-emerges in the dugout at a time when the trend across the sport is toward young and fresh. New stats, new names, new approaches in the front office and on the field.

So, is Dusty age appropriate?

Absolutely, if recent hires and history hold true.

Terry Collins just led the New York Mets to the World Series as the oldest skipper in the majors, born about three weeks before...