Nats announce minor-league staff

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The Nationals just announced their minor-league managerial staff for 2010, filling all but one spot from within the organzation.

Trent Jewett, the manager at Class A Potomac last season, makes the biggest jump. He’ll replace Tim Foli, who has been reassigned within the organzation, at Class AAA Syracuse.

Former major-league bullpen coach Randy Knorr, who preceded Jewett at Potomac before joining the big-league staff in 2008, will manage at Class AA Harrisburg. And Gary Cathcart, who has spent the last seven seasons in Toronto’s organization, is the lone outside hire—he’ll manage Class A Potomac.

Matt LeCroy and Jeff Garber are back at Class A Hagerstown and short-season Class A Vermont, respectively, and former farm director Bobby Williams will manage the Nats’ rookie team in the Gulf Coast League.

Also wanted to pass this along, though I’m sure you’ve read it by now. It’s the tragic and unsettling account of how Elijah Dukes’ father, Elijah Sr,, died at the age of 43. According to the story, Elijah Dukes Sr. had cancer, but the disease went undetected in the Tampa prison where he was serving time for a 1984 murder. Pretty numbing stuff, and our condolences certainly go out to the Dukes family.

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