Part of the fallout from the Washington Nationals dismissal of manager Matt Williams was the release of his entire coaching staff. On Monday, the Nats announced that several of those coaches, and a minor league manager, were reassigned in the organization.
Former bench coach Randy Knorr, who’s been with the organization in just about every role possible and who was thought to be a managerial candidate (again), was named Senior Assistant to the General manager, Player Development. Third base coach Bobby Henley was appointed Senior Advisor, Player Development. Bullpen coach (and former Nats player) Matt LeCroy will manager AA-Harrisburg, and former Harrisburg skipper Brian Daubach will become hitting coach at AAA-Syracuse.
There was no information on whether the rest of the coaches, including long-time pitching coach Steve McCatty, have been offered other positions in the organization.
It’s presumed that when GM Mike Rizzo appoints a new manager –especially if he comes with experience — he’ll be able to interview and hire his own staff.
The list of candidates is growing by the day. There have been area and national reports tying the Nats to former managers Bud Black, Charlie Manual and Dusty Baker, longtime coaches Phil Nevin, Dave Martinez and Don Wakamatsu and even retired legend Cal Ripken, Jr.