- The Washington Times - Monday, January 17, 2005

The Washington Nationals will have new managers at virtually all of their minor league affiliates, the team announced yesterday.

The Nationals named their minor league coordinators, managers, coaches and trainers for the upcoming season. Former major leaguer Tim Foli will manage the Nationals’ Class AAA affiliate in New Orleans. Keith Bodie will lead the Nationals’ Class AA Harrisburg club, ex-big leaguer Randy Knorr will manage Class A Savannah, and Bobby Williams will manage at short-season Class A Vermont of the New York-Penn League.

The Nationals are retaining all of their minor league coordinators. Doug Sisson (field coordinator), Brent Strom (pitching), and Jose Alguacil (infield) all return to oversee player development. Sisson also will serve as manager of the Nationals’ Gulf Coast rookie league team. In addition, the Nationals hired former Oakland A’s and Pittsburgh Pirates player Mitchell Page to serve as hitting coordinator.

Of all the Nationals’ minor league managers from last season, only former Montreal Expos catcher Bob Henley returns. Henley, the manager at Savannah last season, has moved up to the Potomac Cannons of the advanced Class A Carolina League.

This season starts the beginning of two-year working agreements with New Orleans, of the Pacific Coast League, and the Cannons.

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