Three members of the Nationals’ coaching staff who were dismissed with manager Matt Williams last week will remain with the organization in new roles next season, the club announced Monday.
Randy Knorr, who had served as bench coach for both Williams and Davey Johnson, has accepted a newly created position: senior assistant to the general manager for player development. A player, coach or minor-league manager with the Expos/Nationals organization since 2001, Knorr had been revealed by general manager Mike Rizzo as a candidate for the vacant managerial position, but it appears the 46-year-old will be remaining in a different capacity.
Bob Henley, the Nationals’ third base coach the last two seasons, will become senior adviser for player development. A member of the organization since the Expos drafted him in 1991, Henley had spent much of the last decade as the club’s minor-league field coordinator and/or manager of its Gulf Coast League team in Viera, Fla.
Matt LeCroy, who had been Williams’ bullpen coach, will become manager at Class AA Harrisburg, a position he held from 2012-13. The former major-league catcher and DH had previously managed at low-Class A Hagerstown and high-Class A Potomac.
Brian Daubach, who had managed at Harrisburg, will become hitting coach at Class AAA Syracuse.
Steve McCatty (pitching coach), Rick Schu (hitting coach), Tony Tarasco (first base coach) and Mark Weidemaier (defensive coordinator, advance coach) were the other members of Williams’ big-league staff and were dismissed last week.
Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.
Dancing is not.
On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor.
With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch."
Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.
While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."
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It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.
While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle.
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It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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