The Washington Nationals made manager Davey Johnson’s coaching staff official on Wednesday, adding former minor league outfielder/baserunning coordinator Tony Tarasco as the first base coach and shifting Trent Jewett across the diamond to fill the role of third base coach vacated when Bo Porter accepted the Astros managerial job.
Tarasco, an eight-year major league outfielder with the Atlanta Braves, Montreal Expos, Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees and New York Mets, spent the previous seven seasons in player development roles with the Nationals. He was the hitting coach with Single-A Hagerstown from 2008-2010 and moved into his roving outfield instructor role in 2011 and 2012.
He will fill the role of outfield instructor that Porter previously held.
Tarasco, of course, played for Johnson on the Orioles in 1996 and 1997 and was the right fielder during the controversial 1996 American League Championship Series when fan Jeffrey Maier reached over the wall at Yankee Stadium and caught Derek Jeter’s home run.
Bench coach Randy Knorr, pitching coach Steve McCatty, hitting coach Rick Eckstein and bullpen coach Jim Lett are also all returning. For Eckstein and McCatty it’ll be their fifth seasons on the Nationals’ coaching staff while Lett will be in his fourth season and Knorr will enter his third.