The Nationals named their coaching staff for 2010 today, bringing back three members of the 2009 staff and adding a trio of connections from manager Jim Riggleman’s past jobs in baseball.
Rick Eckstein (hitting coach), Pat Listach (third-base coach) and Steve McCatty (pitching coach) all return in their 2009 roles. John McLaren will be the bench coach, as we’d confirmed the other day. Riggleman is also bringing Jim Lett, who’d worked with him on the Dodgers’ coaching staff, to be the bullpen coach. Dan Radison, who was on Riggleman’s staffs in San Diego and Chicago, will be the first-base coach.
The 2010 staff will be more of a veteran group than anything Manny Acta had put together—only Eckstein and Listach are under 50, and the other four coaches have all been in baseball for more than 25 years.
With Randy Knorr becoming the manager at Class AA Harrisburg, the Nationals needed a bullpen coach with catching experience, which made Lett a good fit for the staff. He’s been a bench coach for four major-league teams, and was the Dodgers’ bullpen coach on Jim Tracy’s staff from 2001-04, where Riggleman was the bench coach.
Radison had been the Cardinals’ minor-league hitting instructor for the last three seasons, where he’d worked with Eckstein. McLaren, who was also a catcher during his playing days, was replaced by Riggleman after he was fired as Seattle’s manager in 2008, and spent 2009 scouting for the Rays.