SAN DIEGO -- Everyone who gasped, applauded or held their breath during a Bob Henley send from third base is in for a quieter 2020. Or, at least, someone new to snipe at.
Washington decided to shuffle its coaching duties heading into next season. Chip Hale moves from bench coach to third base; Henley to first base from third; and Tim Bogar from first base into the dugout as bench coach. Pat Roessler is the new assistant hitting coach.
“For me, these coaches are more than just third base coach, first base coach,” Davey Martinez said. “They all have their own opinions. I talk to them all, all the time. They understand that. They know that. It was about not getting stagnant, and trying to give them something else. Move them around. Chip’s obviously done third base before and is really good at it. Giving Bobby a different perspective at first base. And bringing Bogey in next to me, who I’ve known for years. For me, getting a different voice.
“I thought about this for many years after winning, and having been around for 10 years: Doing some different things, I think it would great for these guys, to see a different perspective of the game. Bogey’s been a bench coach. The difference is Bobby. But Bobby’s done it all through the minor leagues and stuff. I think it’s going to be good. I think the players will come in and see something different, and it’ll keep the coaches motivated.”
This can be viewed as a modest demotion for Henley whose aggressive style at times produced egregious outs. But, the opportunity is also born from the experience on the staff.
Hale worked for three seasons as a third base coach when with the Mets and A’s. Bogar was the bench coach in Boston, Texas and Seattle, handling the spot for a total of four years. The change is much more difficult without those expansive backgrounds.
Henry Blanco remains in the bullpen. Kevin Long is still the hitting coach. Paul Menhart remains the pitching coach after replacing Derek Lilliquist in early May.
“I didn’t want to make any decisions about anything until everything was said and done,” Martinez said. “When I sat back, I thought [Menhart] deserves an opportunity to come back. He came in the middle part of the season and he did a great job, he passed along the messages. He was on top of … engaged with players, communicating with players, he did really, really well. He knows these guys. These guys appreciate him, and after talking to our pitchers and bullpen guys, they appreciate him and like him, and he’s got an opportunity to come back here and do it again.”
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