January 23, 2020

Houston Astros hired Nationals 3B Coach Bo Porter as Field Manager for 2013

The Houston Astros announced they hired Bo Porter as their new Field Manager for the 2013 season as they move into the American League. Porter will remain with the Nationals for the rest of the 2012 season and remains focused for the playoffs.

Congratulations Bo Porter! We wish him the best of luck in the future. We’ll always remember “fight night” and Bo’s enthusiasm.

3B Coach Bo Porter congratulating Stephen Strasburg on his 1st MLB home run, May 20, 2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

The Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo’s Statement regarding the Houston Astors hiring Bo Porter as their field manager:

“Bo Porter joined our staff in 2011 to instruct and coach our young players in how to play the game right, and in how to win. He has been invaluable to us and our drive toward our first postseason. Despite his obvious value, we allowed and encouraged Bo to meet with his hometown Houston Astros to pursue his dream to manage in the major leagues. He is smart, talented, and as fiery a competitor as there is in the game today. Bo will always be a member of the Nationals family, and we wish him every success with the Astros.”

Cubs Bench Coach Jamie Quirk was chirping to 3B Coach Bo Porter so Bo went over to chat with him in the 5th with Jayson Werth at the plate. Both benches then cleared. – Chicago Cubs v Washington Nationals, 9/6/2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

3B Coach Bo Porter jumped up on the top step of dugout when Bryce Harper gunned down Dobbs at the plate in the 9th inning – Miami Marlins v. Washington Nationals, 9/7/2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Washington Capitals Name Tim Hunter Assistant Coach

Capitals Name Tim Hunter Assistant Coach

Former Capitals Assistant Coach Helped Team Reach Stanley Cup Finals in 1998

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have named Tim Hunter the team’s assistant coach, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

Hunter, 51, has coached 1,041 games in an assistant role during his 13-season NHL coaching career. The former Stanley Cup winner was an assistant coach under Ron Wilson in all 13 previous seasons, including five years behind the Washington bench (1997-2002). Hunter helped the Capitals reach the Stanley Cup final in 1998 and the team reached the postseason in three of his five seasons with Washington, compiling a record of 192-159-51-8 (.540 percentage). Hunter coached current Capitals head coach Adam Oates, associate goaltending coach Olie Kolzig and assistant coach Calle Johansson during his tenure in Washington.

The Calgary, Alberta, native has a career coaching record of 499-394-70-84 with Washington, San Jose (2002-2008) and Toronto (2008-2011).

As a player Hunter played 16 seasons (1981-1997) in the NHL for Calgary, Quebec, Vancouver and San Jose. He won a Stanley Cup in 1989 when he was a member of the Calgary Flames. In 815 career NHL games the 6’2”, 200-pound right wing tallied 138 points (62 goals, 76 assists) along with 3,146 penalty minutes. He ranks eighth in all-time career NHL penalty minutes and still holds the Flames’ all-time franchise record with 2,405 minutes in penalties. He was originally selected by the Atlanta Flames in the third round (54th overall) of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft.

Washington Capitals Name Calle Johansson Assistant Coach

Calle Johansson at Caps Alumni Game, 9/23/2011. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Capitals Name Calle Johansson Assistant Coach

Former Capitals Defenseman is the Franchise Leader in Games Played

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have named Calle Johansson the team’s assistant coach, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

Johansson, 45, holds the record for the most games played as a Washington Capital, appearing in 983 games with Washington from 1989-2003. Johansson holds Washington records for points (474) and assists (361) by a defenseman and ranks third in goals (113) all-time. He was an alternate captain with Washington during the 1998-99, 1999-00 and 2002-03 seasons. Johansson along with current Capitals head coach Adam Oates and associate goaltending coach Olie Kolzig, played for the Capitals team that reached the 1998 Stanley Cup finals. He helped the Capitals reach the playoffs in 11 of his 15 seasons with Washington and holds franchise playoff records for games played (95) and points (54) by a defenseman.

The Goteberg, Sweden, native played in 1,109 career NHL games, collecting 535 points (119 goals, 416 assists) and 519 penalty minutes. Johansson was originally drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the first round (14th overall) of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft and was traded to Washington on March 7, 1989, with a second-round pick (Byron Dafoe) in the 1989 draft for Clint Malarchuk, Grant Ledyard and Washington’s sixth choice in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. The 5’11”, 203-pound blueliner played for Buffalo and Washington before retiring on August 7, 2003. Johansson worked briefly as a scout for the Capitals before coming out of retirement to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs at the end of the 2003-04 season. He appeared in eight regular-season games (collecting six assists) and four playoff games before retiring at the end of the season.

Johansson represented Sweden at numerous international tournaments, including the 1983 and 1984 (gold medal) European Junior Championships, the 1986 and 1987 (bronze medal) World Junior Championships, the 1991 Canada Cup, the 1991 (gold medal) and 1992 (gold medal) World Championships, the 1996 World Cup of Hockey and the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

Following his playing career, Johansson became a color commentator and provided analysis for Swedish television for both the Swedish Elite League (SEL) and the NHL. He was an assistant coach for Frolunda of the SEL during the 2006-07 season before returning to broadcasting.

Washington Capitals bring Adam Oates back into fold as head coach

When most guys are introduced as a head coach for the first time, they often remark that it’s a day they never thought would happen. But in his very first sentence as the new head coach of the Washington Capitals, Adam Oates put a twist on that thought.

“It’s an honor to be here today, a day I never thought would happen, where I’m a member of the Washington Capitals again.” [Read more…]

BREAKING: At 2-15, Wizards fire Flip Saunders, but to what end?

According to multiple sources, the Washington Wizards — mired at the bottom of the NBA standings at 2-15 — fired head coach Flip Saunders today and will replace him with assistant Randy Wittman.  In a little more than two seasons, Saunders compiled a 51-130 (.392) record with the Wizards.  In parts of 15 previous NBA seasons, Saunders missed the playoffs just four times, including both seasons heading the Wizards.

Wittman has a little more than four seasons of NBA head coaching experience, with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Minnesota Timberwolves.  His career record is 100-207 (.326).  He’s never guided a team to the playoffs. [Read more…]

Redskins officially add Raheem Morris to coaching staff

Press release:

ASHBURN, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have hired Raheem Morris as Defensive Backs Coach.

 Morris, 35, spent the last three seasons as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after having been hired as the league’s youngest head coach in 2009. In 2010, his team finished with a 10-6 record one season removed from finishing 3-13, marking the best single-season turnaround in the NFL in 2010 and the largest turnaround in Buccaneers’ history.

 Prior to his tenure as head coach, Morris served in multiple capacities with the Buccaneers during two different stints with the team. He spent two seasons as the team’s defensive backs coach from 2007-08, during which time the Buccaneers allowed only 170.5 passing yards per game, the lowest total in the NFC and the second-lowest total in the league. In those two seasons, the Buccaneers totaled 22 interceptions, tied for the most in the NFC.

 Morris spent one year as the defensive coordinator at Kansas State University in 2006. Morris helped garner conference recognition for seven players on his defensive unit, including two first-team All-Big 12 honorees and one second-team selection.

 Morris’ NFL coaching debut came in 2002, when he served as the defensive quality control coach for the Buccaneers en route to the team’s first championship in Super Bowl XXXVII. That season, the Buccaneers’ defense allowed a league-low 12.3 points per game, the third-lowest average allowed by an NFL team since 2000. He served as a defensive assistant in 2003 and as an assistant defensive backs coach from 2004-05.

 During his 10 seasons with the Buccaneers, Tampa Bay finished ranked in the Top 5 in the NFL in total defense five times, including No. 1 rankings in 2002 and 2005. Additionally, the defense finished as the top-ranked pass defense on three occasions (2002, 2004 and 2007) and seventh or better in seven of 10 seasons with Morris on the staff.

NATS/CHIEFS: Syracuse Chiefs Announce 2012 Coaching Staff

Veteran coaches will join manager Tony Beasley in Syracuse

Syracuse, NY—Syracuse, NY–The Syracuse Chiefs, Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, are pleased to announce that Greg Booker will return as the team’s pitching coach and Troy Gingrich will join the club as its hitting coach for the 2012 season. Booker and Gingrich will complete the field staff for manager Tony Beasley, who was named the Chiefs’ manager earlier this month.

Booker, who spends his off-seasons in Elon, North Carolina, will return for his third consecutive season in the Syracuse dugout. Booker has extensive coaching experience with the Indians, Padres and Rockies organizations. He pitched in the Majors for nine seasons, seven of which came with the San Diego Padres (1983-1988, 1990). Booker also suited up for Toronto and San Francisco during his playing career, compiling a career ERA of 3.89. He served as the Padres’ pitching coach from 2001 to 2003. Booker is the son-in-law of former Major League manager Jack McKeon.

Gingrich joins the Chiefs in his ninth season as a coach in the Nationals’ farm system. For the last four of those years, Gingrich has mentored the hitters with Washington’s Double-A franchise, the Harrisburg Senators. Prior to that stint, Gingrich was the hitting coach at Advanced-A Potomac for three seasons and at Short Season-A Vermont for one campaign. Prior to his retirement as a player in 2004, Gingrich played in 369 games in the Expos’ minor league chain. Gingrich lives in San Diego in the off-season with his wife and twin sons.

The Chiefs are scheduled to open the 2012 season at home on Thursday, April 5 against the Rochester Red Wings. Full and partial season ticket plans are on sale now.

NATS/CHIEFS: Tony Beasley to Manage Syracuse Chiefs


New skipper guided Harrisburg to playoff berth last season

Syracuse, NY—The Syracuse Chiefs, Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, are pleased to announce Tony Beasley as the club’s manager for the 2012 season.  Beasley replaces Randy Knorr, who was hired last week as the Nationals’ bench coach.

Last season, his first back with the organization, Beasley steered the Double-A Harrisburg Senators to the Eastern League playoffs.  Harrisburg won the league’s Western Division and finished the year with a record of 80-62.  In qualifying for the playoffs, the Senators’ pitching staff finished with an ERA of 3.61, the second-best mark in the circuit.

Beasley spent the three seasons prior to joining the Nationals as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ major-league staff, including a stint as the team’s third base coach.

In his first stint with Washington, Beasley was the third base coach for the Nationals in their second year back in the nation’s capital, 2006.

Beasley spent five seasons managing in the Pirates’ minor-league system.  In each of his five seasons, his team qualified for the playoffs.  Overall, his record is 452-320, a winning percentage of .585.  In 2002, Beasley’s Hickory Crawdads–a team featuring Jose Bautista–won the South Atlantic League title.  He has three times been selected as a classification’s Manager of the Year by Baseball America (Low-A 2002 & 2003, Double-A 2004).

Beasley was chosen by the Baltimore Orioles in the 19th round of the 1989 entry draft before being traded by the Orioles to the Pittsburgh Pirates in September of 1991. Beasley played nine years in the Orioles and Pirates organizations. He became a player/coach in 1998 and then retired to become a full-time coach in the Pirates organization in 1999. As a player, he was a 1990 and 1991 Carolina League All-Star and a 1996 Southern League All-Star. Beasley hit .260 in 859 Minor League games with 22 HR and 243 RBI.

NATS/P-NATS: Potomac Nationals 2012 Coaching Staff Announced

Former Washington National Marlon Anderson is the new hitting coach for P-Nats (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Potomac Nationals Announce 2012 Coaching Staff
Brian Rupp Headlines New Trio

Brian Rupp has been named the manager of the 2012 Potomac Nationals and will lead an all-new staff for the club in the upcoming season. Rupp, who skippered the Wilmington Blue Rocks for the previous three seasons, is no stranger to the Carolina League, and will join the Nationals for his twelfth season as a minor league manager. Joining Rupp on the P-Nats staff are Chris Michalak – who will be the club’s pitching coach – and Marlon Anderson, the hitting coach.

Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 43rd round of the 1992 Draft, Rupp spent seven seasons in the Cardinals’ minor league system and made it as high as AAA. A .295 career hitter over eight seasons, and a rising star in the Cardinals system immediately after he was drafted. The MVP and batting champion of the Arizona league in his rookie season, he beat out Derek Jeter for the South Atlantic League batting crown in 1993, his second year, with a .320 average.

Rupp has made six playoff appearances as a minor league manager, including most recently in 2009 with the Blue Rocks. In 2008 Rupp led the Burlington Bees to the Midwest League Championship.

Michalak, who was the pitching coach in Hagerstown the previous two seasons, moves up the Nationals’ system to Potomac. The lefthander, who pitched for parts of four seasons in the Major Leagues, sported a 10-15 MLB record with an ERA of 4.70. Drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 12th Round of the 1993 Draft out of Notre Dame, Michalak made his big league debut August 22, 1998 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He earned his first big league win three seasons later in dramatic fashion. Then with the Toronto Blue Jays, Michalak tossed six shutout innings at Yankee Stadium and earned a 3-2 victory.

Anderson spent 2010 alongside Michalak as the hitting coach in Hagerstown, a role he assumed after a distinguished big league career. Drafted in the second round of the 1995 Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies, Anderson made a rapid ascent through the Philadelphia system and made his MLB debut in September of 1998. The Phillies’ starting second baseman for the next three seasons, Anderson hit .266 over 479 games with the Phillies before he signed a free-agent contract with the Tampa Bay Rays. Anderson went on to play for six more seasons in the majors with four different organizations, including the Washington Nationals, who signed him in 2006.

NATS/SUNS: Hagerstown 2012 Coaching Staff Announced

Brian Daubach returns for second season as field manager

Hagerstown, MD – The Washington Nationals, parent club of the Hagerstown Suns, today announced that Brian Daubach will return as the Suns’ field manager for the 2012 season and will be joined by new pitching coach Franklin Bravo and new hitting coach Mark Harris.

Daubach, 39, led the Suns to a 75-64 record in his first managerial season within the Nationals organization. A World Series champion with the 2004 Boston Red Sox, Daubach managed both Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg with the Suns at separate points in 2011, Harper beginning his professional career with Hagerstown before being promoted to Double-A Harrisburg and Strasburg during three rehabilitation appearances. Daubach, whose Suns posted a winning record in both halves of the South Atlantic League season (40-30, 35-34), was named the manager of the North Division team at the 2011 South Atlantic League All-Star Game.

Bravo, 32, enters his 10th season as a pitching coach in the Nationals organization and a second stint with the Suns. Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1996, Bravo went on to pitch five seasons in the Pirates farm system before beginning his coaching career as the pitching coach with the DSL Expos in 2003. Bravo, a native of Santo Domino, DR, has served as the pitching coach for the Nationals’ Short Season New York-Penn League affiliate since 2004 with the Vermont Expos (2004-2005), Vermont Lake Monsters (2006-2010) and the Auburn Doubledays in 2011. In 2009, Bravo spent a portion of the season as the Suns interim pitching coach after being promoted from Nationals extended spring training.

Harris, 53, enters his sixth season as a coach in Minor League Baseball, second within the Nationals organization. A first round draft pick (25th overall) of the New York Yankees in 1978, Harris served as a roving coach for the Kansas City Royals in 2007 before becoming the team’s Minor League Infield Coordinator for the next three seasons (2008-2010). Harris joined the Nationals organization in 2011 when he served as the hitting coach for the Potomac Nationals.

Opening Day at Municipal Stadium for the 2012 season will be on Thursday, April 5, against the West Virginia Power. Season tickets, mini-plans, and group packages with the Suns are now on sale. For more information and to reserve your seats at Municipal Stadium, call 301-791-6266, or visit www.hagerstownsuns.com. The Hagerstown Suns are owned by Hagerstown Baseball, LLC.

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