Nats name third base coach
It didn’t take the Nationals much time to find a replacement for Pat Listach who accepted a job with the Chicago Cubs as their bench coach.
Former player and coach Bo Porter will be the new third base coach. Porter spent the 2010 campaign on Arizona’s coaching staff, first as third base coach before he was elevated to bench coach when Kirk Gibson was named the Diamondbacks manager on July 3. Porter returns to the NL East, where he served as the Marlins’ third base coach and outfield/base running instructor from 2007-09. While in Florida, Porter worked extensively with current Nationals left fielder Josh Willingham. Porter played portions of three Big League season with the Cubs, Athletics and Rangers from 1999-2001.
The Nats also announced that Bench Coach John McLaren, Pitching Coach Steve McCatty, Hitting Coach Rick Eckstein, First Base Coach Dan Radison and Bullpen Coach Jim Lett–everyone else–will return next season. Last month, the Nationals announced that Riggleman would return in 2011 for a third season as Nationals field manager.