- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 21, 2004

Four coaches from the Montreal Expos staff last season will return for the 2005 season in Washington, general manager Jim Bowden announced yesterday.

Pitching coach Randy St. Claire, as well as Tom McCraw, Bob Natal and Eddie Rodriguez, will be back on manager Frank Robinson’s staff with the Washington Nationals. McCraw (hitting coach) and Natal (bullpen/catching coach) have been on the staff the past three years, while Rodriguez was Robinson’s bench coach last season. Bowden said the roles for McCraw, Natal and Rodriguez are undetermined.

Also, Dana Brown will return as director of amateur, professional and international scouting, and Lee MacPhail IV was promoted from director of pro scouting to director of baseball administration. Tim Abraham, last season’s assistant trainer, was promoted to head trainer.

Bowden had hoped St. Claire, who came up through the Expos organization as a pitcher and later was a minor league pitching coach, would return.

McCraw, 64, was the hitting coach in Baltimore from 1989 to 1991 when Robinson managed the Orioles. He is entering his 30th season as a coach or instructor, and he played for the expansion Washington Senators in their final season of 1971.

Natal, 39, was an original Florida Marlin when the club began play in 1993. Rodriguez, 45, once was a slick-fielding shortstop in the Baltimore organization along with Cal Ripken. He has coached in the Arizona, Toronto and Anaheim organizations.

Brown, 37, joined the Expos in March 2002 after working for Pittsburgh for eight years as area scouting supervisor and East Coast scouting coodinator. A graduate of Seton Hall, he played college baseball with Craig Biggio, Mo Vaughn and John Valentin in 1987.

MacPhail, 34, began his career in baseball working for the Orioles in 1986 and was named assistant to player development and scouting for Baltimore in 1991. He is the great-grandson of Larry MacPhail, former owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees; grandson of Lee MacPhail Jr., former American League president and general manager of the Orioles and the Yankees; and the nephew of Chicago Cubs president Andy MacPhail. His father, Lee MacPhail III, was general manager of the Reading Phillies when he was killed in an auto accident in 1969.

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