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Jim Bowden has bold predictions for manager Dusty Baker and the Nationals, Alex Rodriguez's home run total and more. AP Photo, Getty Images

… Dusty Baker will win 90 games for the ninth time in his managerial career while leading the Washington Nationals to the National League East crown.

Dusty BakerBaker offers the exact type of leadership the Nationals needed after the failed tenure of Matt Williams. He is one of the game's best motivators, and his upbeat yet laid-back, toothpick-biting style will bring more fun and relaxation to the Nationals' clubhouse.

After a year in which they dealt with numerous injuries, the Nats are now healthy, their bullpen is deeper and their farm system has a few key major league-ready players; the team is primed to get back to the postseason. It's hard to go against the New York Mets and their strong starting rotation -- I think they'll make the playoffs as a wild-card team -- but I see Baker winning his sixth divisional title as a manager.