Trent Jewett, the Washington Nationals' "other" in-house candidate along with rumored top choice Randy Knorr, has, according to a report this afternoon by Washington Post writer Adam Kilgore, become the fourth candidate know to have interviewed for the job opening on the bench in the nation's capital along with Knorr, Arizona Diamondbacks' third base coach Matt Williams and San Diego Padres' executive Brad Ausmus. Knorr and Jewett, the WaPost reporter notes, both, "... impressed the Nationals’ front office and ownership during their interviews," according to a, "a person close to the Nationals," though Knorr is still believed to be the favorite among the in-house candidates.
Jewett's second career as a manager started in 1992 when the then-28-year-old player-turned-skipper took a job with the Pittsburgh Pirates he'd played for to that point. The Dallas, Texas-born skipper spent the next 16 seasons in the Pirates' organization, managing at every level and serving as the Bucs' third base coach from 2000-2002. Jewett then returned to Triple-A in the Pirates' system. He interviewed for the Nationals' job opening in 2006 then joined the Nats in 2009 as the High-A Potomac Nationals' skipper.
In 2010, Jewett managed the Nationals' Triple-A affiliate. He served as a coach in the majors in 2011 before replacing Dan Radison as the first base coach when Radison resigned after Jim Riggleman left the team. Jewett remained the Nationals' first base coach in 2012 then moved across the infield to coach third base after the previous third base coach Bo Porter's departure.
Though Jewett is said to have impressed the Nats each time he interviewed for the job, Knorr is still rumored to be the leading in-house candidate with Matt Williams thought to be the top choice if the Nationals look outside the organization. As the Washington Post's Mr. Kilgore has reported previously, the Nats have not expressed interest in Dusty Baker, who said he'd be interested in the job after being fired by the Cincinnati Reds. The WaPost reporter also quoted a source today who said that the possibility of Cal Ripken being considered for the opening is now considered "unrealistic."
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