When the Washington Nationals introduced Matt Williams as the new manager, the 47-year-old skipper told reporters that the Nats' coaching staff would remain mostly in tact with one exception. Bullpen coach Jim Lett was leaving. The Nationals announced that 2013 Harrisburg Senators' manager Matt LeCroy would move up from Double-A to replace Lett and join Williams' staff as the new bullpen coach.
Williams also announced that he was bringing Mark Weidemaier with him from the D-backs where Weidemaier was a Special Assistant to the GM and Major League Advance Scout to become the Nationals' "Defensive Coordination Advance Coach." The Nats' new skipper may have to make one more hire. A report by FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal this afternoon said that the Seattle Mariners had requested and been granted permission to interview Nats' third base coach Trent Jewett:
Lloyd McClendon was, of course, named the Mariners' new manager recently. In addition to serving as McClendon's third base coach in Pittsburgh, Jewett, who reportedly interviewed for the Nats' gig before they settled on Williams, managed at every level of the Pirates' organization prior to joining the Nationals as the High-A Potomac Nationals' manager in 2009. Jewett then managed at Triple-A Syracuse in 2010 before joining the big league staff as a coach and then first and third base coach.
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