Paul Menhart spent 15 years in the Nationals’ organization, rising to the level of major league pitching coach in Washington in May of 2019, and helping the club during the World Series run that season, but after a disappointing 2020 campaign, the 51-year-old was told that his contract was not being renewed for 2021.
Davey Martinez delivered the news when the Nats’ skipper called Menhart on Saturday.
Is Menhart the one change or the first of others to come? And why exactly did the Nationals make this move?
Menhart let go:
Nationals cut ties with pitching coach Paul Menhart - (MASN)
"Menhart said he had attempted to reach Mike Rizzo, but has not yet been able to speak with the general manager."
This isn't a money thing and I have a hard time believing it's based on a 60-game performance.— Britt Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) October 4, 2020
So, why did the Nationals move on from pitching coach Paul Menhart? Simple. https://t.co/9vgVOu9fbo
Ghiroli: Why the Nationals parted ways with pitching coach Paul Menhart – (The Athletic)
"Menhart was shocked when he got the phone call from Nationals manager Davey Martinez on Saturday night, as were the media, fans and some people within the club. And yet a faction of the organization wasn’t surprised at all."
More on Menhart's exit and his possible successor with the Nats - (MASN)
"Moving forward, it would make sense that current minor league pitching coordinator Brad Holman would be the favorite to take over the reins as the Nats pitching coach."
More on Menhart's exit and his possible successor with the Nats - Byron Kerr https://t.co/aMt2NFPkAb— Byron Kerr (@masnKerr) October 4, 2020
Nationals part ways with pitching coach Paul Menhart - (WaPost)
“The Nationals initially promoted Menhart because they wanted a new voice, one offering a different message than Lilliquist’s. Now they’ll seek that again.”
Reports: Nationals will not bring back pitching coach Paul Menhart for 2021 - (NBC Sports Washington)
"The Nationals have moved on from pitching coach Paul Menhart and won’t renegotiate a new contract after his previous one expired at the end of the 2020 season..."
Nats, pitching coach Menhart part (source) - (MLB.com)
"The contract of pitching coach Paul Menhart will not be not renewed for next year, a source told MLB.com. The club has not confirmed the news, which was first reported by MASN.com."
Paul Menhart not returning is just the start of Nationals' change-filled offseason - (NBC Sports Washington
"Now, after 15 years in the organization, and a year-plus as the major-league pitching coach, he’s out."
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Luis Garcia: Nationals 2020 Rookie Of The Year - (Baseball America)
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Washington Nationals won’t bring back pitching coach Menhart of Richmond Hill, year after title - (Savannah Morning News)
"Richmond Hill resident Paul Menhart confirmed Sunday afternoon that he would not be returning to the Washington Nationals as their pitching coach next season."
Phillies owner expects All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto to become a free agent - (Yahoo!Sports)
“With Kurt Suzuki’s deal expiring, the Nats will have unproven depth at the position for next season to worry about.”
Sorry to hear the news about "Sweet" Lou Johnson, a hero of game 7 of the @dodgers '65 WS along with series MVP Sandy Koufax. Here's my post-game interview with Johnson at 3:35. RIP Lou Johnson. @mlb https://t.co/eTZksWPzIu— Vin Scully (@TheVinScully) October 2, 2020
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