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Davey Johnson wants to keep his coaching staff intact if he returns

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — There will be a story up on the main site shortly about the fact that the Nationals may have some competition for their managerial candidates if they do indeed intend to search and find someone other than Davey Johnson to manage the team in 2012.

Third base coach Bo Porter interviewed for nearly three hours for the Florida (soon to be Miami) Marlins managerial opening this afternoon. This is the third time Porter has interviewed for the managerial opening in Florida, interviewing twice last season, and he’s thought to be extremely high on their list. 

However if Johnson remains the guy, which is considered likely, he said Monday that he would like to keep his coaching staff intact.

“I imagine they’ll be here,” Johnson said. “They were here when I got here. I like all of them. I did bring one old coot with me, (bench coach) Pat Corrales, so I wouldn’t be the oldest guy. I love him. He’s been a great addition. All of them are great baseball people.”

Johnson also praised the work that all of his coaches (pitching coach Steve McCatty, bullpen coach Jim Lett, hitting coach Rick Eckstein, first base coach Trent Jewett and Porter) have done this year.

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Amanda Comak

Amanda Comak

Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals and comes to The Washington Times from the Cape Cod Times and after stints with MLB.com and the Amsterdam (N.Y.) Recorder. A Massachusetts native and 2008 graduate of Boston University, Amanda can be reached at acomak@washingtontimes.com and you can follow her on Twitter @acomak.

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