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Former Nat LeCroy to Manage Class A Suns

The Hagerstown Suns, one of the Nats' low-level Class A affiliates, today announced their 2009 staff, which includes a new manager, Matt LeCroy, whose name might sound familiar. Indeed, LeCroy, a big leaguer for eight seasons (2000-07) spent 2006 with the Washington Nationals, where he appeared in 39 games, mostly as a catcher and first baseman. This is his first managerial job. He replaces Darnell Coles, who earlier this week was named as a hitting coach with Class AAA Syracuse.

Here's how the rest of the staff shapes up...

Tony Tarasco is coming back for his second year as the hitting coach.

Rich Gale, who spent the previous three years in the Florida organization, is the new pitching coach.

Jeff Allred will be returning as the trainer.

And Ramon Aviles will join the team in early June in a coaching role after managing the organization's spring training program in Viera, Fla. Aviles last year managed the Class A Vermont Lake Monsters.

By Chico Harlan  |  November 21, 2008; 1:17 PM ET
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Congrats LeCroy.

Sorry, can't help but daydream on the Nats lineup and bench if they signed Teixiera

Not too shabby really:

6- Guzman
8 - Milledge
9 - Dukes
3 - Tex
7 - Willingham
5 - Zimm
2 - Flores
4 - Gonzalez/Belliard
1 - Pitcher

Belliard/Gonzalez, Kearns, Johnson, Young, Nieves, Harris

Posted by: ryaneades | November 21, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

If we're already going to start playing "fill out your card", I'd like to give my $.02 (assuming Teixeira is on S. Cap next April).


Sorry, but I have to be the first to make a comment: I wonder if Frankie Rob will need the tissues once he hears of LeCroy's new gig, you know he always was a softy for that guy.

Posted by: Corey42 | November 21, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Best of luck to Matt. He will be missed in Lancaster were he played last year. I hope the fans keep him supplied with Mayo and banana sandwiches and peanut butter cookies they are his fav.... You have a wonderful person good luck Matt

Posted by: kells2302 | November 21, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Matt LeCroy is a nice addition to the farm system. Has anyone noticed how much more interesting our roster was under Frank Robinson was - not necessarily better, just more interesting. LeCroy, Baerga, Livo, Guillen, Vinny, Hammonds, Loaiza, Soriano..... Ahhh, the good old days when they overachieved to play .500 ball, pitchers threw 125 pitches and got into the 7th and 8th inning, cleanup hitters bunted, and pitchers pinch hit when there were still position players on the bench. Those were great games to watch. Acta may be a more scientific manager, and the current squad may have more potential, but I yearn for the days when you might see a manager bench the cleanup hitter for not running out a ground ball, a rightfielder might completely tear his arm out of the socket throwing home while the team is down by 5; and an overweight starting pitcher with one knee pitches into the 10th out of shear determination. I highly respect Manny Acta and you can say what you want about Frank Robinson's management style, but there is no way he would have lost 100 games last year.

I wish Frank would allow us to honor him sometime. When was the last time the Nats asked him?

Posted by: natbisquit | November 21, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Love that Matt LeCroy will be back with the Nats as a minor league manager. Good for him.

Don't hold your breath on Frank coming back so we can honor him. I was lucky enough to have him as a guest speaker at an event and asked him if he ever would and he said, "In life I believe you should never say never, but it will be pretty darn close to it". He's still pretty ticked about the way he was let go.

Posted by: misschatter | November 21, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to LeCroy.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 21, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

and an aging third baseman on his LAST ligament going full out for every foul popup ... yes, those were better times.
Frank gets honored all the time--just not by the Nationals. And he knows it, I'm sure.

Posted by: CEvansJr | November 21, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

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