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Former major leaguer Eric Young, Jr. is reportedly coming on as the Nationals’ new first base coach.

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Jose de Jesus Ortiz spoke to Atlanta Braves’ first base coach Eric Young, Sr. yesterday, and put up a quick video on Twitter in which the former major leaguer said his son, Eric Young, Jr., had been hired as the Washington Nationals’ new first base coach.

“My son is going to be first base coach for the Washington Nationals,” Eric Young, Sr. said, breaking the news apparently, which hadn’t been reportedly elsewhere (that we are aware of) beforehand.

Both Washington Post writer Jesse Dougherty and MASN’s Mark Zuckerman have since been able to confirm the news.

Eric Young, Jr., 36, played in 10 seasons in the majors, between 2009-2018, before retiring a year later after playing the 2019 campaign in the Seattle Mariners’ system.

Young had seasons of 30, 38, and 46 stolen bases in his major league career, leading the NL in steals in that 46-steal season in 2013, and he comes to the Nats after coaching at Triple-A Tacoma in the Mariners’ organization in 2021.

Randy Knorr served as Nationals’ manager Davey Martinez’s first base coach in 2021, but he was reassigned within the organization earlier this winter.

Martinez already hired a new hitting coach this winter, bringing Darnell Coles on after four years with Kevin Long as his hitting coach in D.C., and the club still has to replace the third base coach in 2021, Bobby Henley, who was reassigned within the organization as well.

Where will Martinez find his third base coach?