- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Washington Nationals hired John McLaren as bench coach, the first staff change since Jim Riggleman took over as permanent manager, a club source confirmed.

McLaren, 58, was manager of the Seattle Mariners in 2007 and 2008, posting a combined 68-88 record before getting fired and replaced by his bench coach, who at the time was Riggleman.

McLaren will replace Pat Corrales, who had reassumed his position as bench coach in July after Manny Acta was fired and replaced by Riggleman. Corrales is expected to remain with the Nationals in another capacity.

Riggleman still must decide what to do with five other coaching positions. Pitching coach Steve McCatty, hitting coach Rick Eckstein and third-base coach Pat Listach have not been informed of their status. First-base coach Marquis Grissom and bullpen coach Randy Knorr have been told they won’t return to the big league staff, though Knorr has agreed to become manager at Class AA Harrisburg.