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Stearns Returning as Class AA Manager

The Harrisburg Senators, Washington's Class AA affiliate, will keep much of its coaching staff intact for 2009. John Stearns is returning as manager, Troy Gingrich is returning as the hitting coach, and Beth Jarrett will again serve as the trainer.

The one difference? Randy Tomlin replaces Rick Tomlin (no relation) as pitching coach. The younger Tomlin, 42, spent the previous two seasons in a similar role with Class A Potomac, where he worked with (to name a few) Ross Detwiler, Jordan Zimmermann and Zech Zinicola.

For both Gingrich and Stearns, 2009 will mark their second consecutive year with the Senators. But Stearns also managed the team in 2006, before taking a one-year detour to Class AAA Columbus and returning to H'Burg for 2008.

By Chico Harlan  |  November 19, 2008; 2:30 PM ET
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And Pete Orr will return as AA utilityman. ORR!

Welcome back, Chico.

Posted by: LosDoceOcho | November 19, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Sec 204 Row K Seat 11

Do you mean Pitching Coach? You named pitchers not hitters.

Posted by: adhardwick | November 19, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Presume you mean Tomlin is the PITCHING coach, Chico? Otherwise why is he working with all those pitchers and why do they also have Gingrich as a hitting coach?

Posted by: nunof1 | November 19, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the welcome back, guys. In the initial post -- which was there for some 36 minutes... a public display of my occasional idiocy -- I made two mistakes.

First -- Former major league pitcher Randy Tomlin, to relieve the fears of the masses, will indeed provide instruction to the pitchers, not the hitters. Sorry for the initial carelessness.

Second -- I initially mentioned that Randy is the son of former H'Burg Sens pitching coach Rick Tomlin. It was an assumption, but just to be sure, I e-mailed Nats minor league PR expert Bill Gluvna for fact-checking purposes. Gluvna hereby informs that the Tomlins are unrelated. So, note the change. Lesson learned.

Posted by: chicoharlan | November 19, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

"Don't assume people who share a common surname are related."

Isn't that like learning the infield fly rule after you get to the majors?

Posted by: CEvansJr | November 19, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and welcome back, man.

Posted by: CEvansJr | November 19, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

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