Nationals introduce Matt Williams as manager
The Nats officially have a job opening.
Third base coach Trent Jewett has been hired by the Seattle Mariners to join newly hired Lloyd McClendon’s staff as bench coach. Jewett worked with McClendon in Pittsburgh in 2001 and 2002.
Jewett’s departure means the Nats will need a new assistant to join Matt Williams for 2014. This is just one year after Bo Porter left as third base coach to become the manager of the Houston Astros. Jewett moved from first base to third to fill that opening, as Tony Tarasco took over as first base coach.
Jewett leaves the Nationals after five years in the organization. He originally joined the club in 2009 as the manager of the Single-A Potomac Nationals. He was interviewed for the team’s managerial opening last month and was considered a serious candidate.
The Nationals will now begin their search to replace Jewett, but here is one name to keep an eye on: Tony Beasley. The Syracuse Chiefs manager has been rising up the Nats’ minor league system and was actually the big league club’s third base coach in 2006. He also filled the same role in Pittsburgh from 2008-10.
Nationals owner Mark Lerner wrote in a letter to fans on Monday that the team had an original list of over 50 names for their managerial search. Perhaps they look back at those candidates for this job.
One guy we know they interviewed was Blue Jays bench coach DeMarlo Hale. Hale has also been a third base coach before. He filled that role with the Boston Red Sox from 2006 to 2009, and with the Baltimore Orioles in 2012.
The Nationals’ original plan with the coaching staff was to keep much of it intact, hoping for continuity for 2014. But with Jewett now gone, the Nats will have replaced at least two assistants and added another.
Steve McCatty, Tony Tarasco, Rick Schu and Randy Knorr are back. Out goes Jim Lett and Jewett, and in comes Matt Williams, Matt LeCroy (bullpen) and Mark Weidemaier (defense). A new third base coach would mean four new members of the Nats’ coaching staff.