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Lett, Radison join Nationals' coaching staff

The Nationals have announced that Jim Lett and Dan Radison have been added to their 2010 coaching staff as bullpen and first-base coach, respectively. The team also made official the hiring of former Seattle Mariners manager John McLaren as bench coach, and that Pat Listach (third base), Rick Eckstein (hitting) and Steve McCatty (pitching) are all returning.

Lett, 58, has 15 years of big league coaching experience, including stints as a bench coach in Toronto, Cincinnati, Los Angeles (Dodgers) and Pittsburgh. As bullpen coach for the Dodgers from 2001-04, he worked alongside current Nationals Manager Jim Riggleman, who was Jim Tracy's bench coach at the time. Most recently, Lett worked as a coach in the Milwaukee Brewers' farm system.

Radison, 59, was a coach during both of Riggleman's previous full-time managing jobs -- with the San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs. He has also worked in the Yankees, Cardinals and Mets organizations as a coach, scout and minor-league manager. Most recently, he served as the Cardinals' minor league hitting instructor.

As previously reported, McLaren's role as bench coach will reverse the roles he and Riggleman had in Seattle, where Riggleman was hired to be McLaren's bench coach before the 2008 season, then succeeded McLaren after the latter was fired.

By Dave Sheinin  |  November 20, 2009; 1:49 PM ET
 
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From last post:

"Anyone else notice they seem to be avoiding trying to spell Weimi Douoguih?"

Weimi Douoguih probably avoids trying to spell Weimi Douoguih whenever possible.

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Does anyone know how to pronounce it?


Posted by: Section109 | November 20, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

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Ask Johnny Holliday

Posted by: TimDz | November 20, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Only Eckstein and Listach are under 50, and the other four coaches have all been in baseball for more than 25 years.

Experienced front office, now a more experienced coaching staff.

It appears to me that the NATS are betting the old way (i.e. before PEDS)is the way to go.

Posted by: kgwcoach | November 20, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm not so sure how I feel about Listach (the anti-Tollman?) coming back. He seemed to be overly cautious.

Posted by: twinbrook | November 20, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

With Radison on board, the team won't have any problem getting hotel rooms.

Posted by: BoteMan | November 20, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, but wouldn't players prefer Paris? I mean, really, the Radisson?

Posted by: swang30 | November 20, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

"Listach" is German for "Hold the runner!"

Man, I wish that guy had taken a chance just even once in a while last year.

Posted by: dfh21 | November 20, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Hilton, you mean?

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Yeah, but wouldn't players prefer Paris? I mean, really, the Radisson?

Posted by: swang30 | November 20, 2009 3:18 PM

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 20, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I just keep checking back for Strasburg news. It's a rare day when I'm hoping for day-to-day...

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | November 20, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Probably true for many of us, nnf.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 20, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean Tim Foli is out of the Nats system? Or will he be some sort of "roaming instructor" or "special advisor"?

Posted by: cheeseburger53 | November 20, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Just read on MLB.com that SS is actually a covert V with a reptilian body beneath his humanesque skin. His injury will be treated with space staples and an interstellar glue gun once the swelling goes down. They did mention that he'll be out for 1-2 months just to retain his human cover, and that his real mother is Anna, a plot twist that will be explored further in future episodes.

Posted by: Ted_Striker | November 20, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

uh huh

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 20, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I just read that SS is actually Daniel Snyder's bastard son.

Posted by: periculum | November 20, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

riiiight...

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 20, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

way-EE-mi doo-OH-gee (hard G)
Just like it's spelled.

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Does anyone know how to pronounce Weimi Douoguih?
Posted by: Section109 | November 20, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | November 20, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

He installed my red-headed-Cubs-fan-wife's knee. Does good work.

No, she wasn't shagging flies (or ANYTHING ELSE) when it happened.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | November 20, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

When the, um, installation happened?

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No, she wasn't shagging flies (or ANYTHING ELSE) when it happened.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 20, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

How do you pronounce Svrluga?
I always wondered about that one.

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way-EE-mi doo-OH-gee (hard G)
Just like it's spelled.
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Does anyone know how to pronounce Weimi Douoguih?

Posted by: KenNat | November 20, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Like it's spelled. S-V-R-L, with an OOGAH - like a Klaxon horn on the end. :-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 20, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

cheeseburger53 beat me to the Foli question - Once again, work gets in the way of my never-ending quest for Nationals info, dammit.
Will the Nationals really keep him in the Orginization? I understand the Mets are still hiring...

Posted by: BinM | November 20, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

When the, um, installation happened?
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No, she wasn't shagging flies (or ANYTHING ELSE) when it happened.

@1a1: Get your mind out of the gutter.

Posted by: BinM | November 20, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Who, me? 0:-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 20, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Svur-LOOGAH, doo-OH-Gee; Phonics are our friend. And to think, somebody called me a moron this morning.

Posted by: BinM | November 20, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Is that like Svur-LOOGEY? Seems like I've been doing that a lot thanks to the flu.

Posted by: periculum | November 20, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Tracking back a little bit to the 40-man roster additions string; As of today, the Nationals roster breaks out as follows...

Infielders (8):
CA(2)- Flores, Nieves.
1B(2)- Dunn, Morse.
2B(1)- Alberto Gonzalez.
3B(1)- RZim.
SS(2)- Guzman, Desmond.
Outfielders (6):
LF(2)- Willingham, Harris.
CF(3)- Morgan, Bernadina, Maxwell.
RF(1)- Dukes.
Pitchers (26):
SP(14)- Atilano, Balester, Detwiler, Estrada, Jaime, Lannan, Martin, Martis, Mock, Olsen, Stammen, Strasburg, A.Thompson, JZimm.
RP(12)- Bergmann, Burnett, Chico, Clippard, English, Garate, MacDougal, Mattheus, Rivera, Segovia, Severino, Slaten.

I smell a trade or two coming, based on current roster configuration; Maybe a MI first, then a CA? Any other thoughts?

Posted by: BinM | November 20, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

This just in...from Bill Ladson
"Great News! Right-hander Stephen Strasburg will not need surgery on his left knee. I'll have more on my blog."

What is the url of his blog

Posted by: twinbrook | November 20, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

BinM - please excuse my ignorance, but why does Strasburg have to be on the 40 man but not Storen?

Posted by: SCNatsFan | November 20, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

is his blog on the Nat's website?

Posted by: twinbrook | November 20, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Here it is:

http://therocket.mlblogs.com/

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 20, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

@SCNatsFan: Strasburg signed a Major-League contract (thanks to his agent, the Devil incarnate, Scott Boras), while Storen signed a standard minor-league agreement, with a 1st-round bonus.

Posted by: BinM | November 20, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Also, for those of you wondering about Foli, the Rocket is reporting that he is staying in the Nats' organization, as a "quality control" coach who will span the big leagues and minors.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | November 20, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

You can also get there from the Nats site (MLBlogs link near bottom of Headlines links on home page).

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 20, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

QC =

JR: You guys. You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? Tim!
Tim: Lollygaggers!
JR: Lollygaggers.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 20, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Whew, Ladson's post is a relief, though I'll be glad for more confirmation. Dave, thanks for the reports. I also liked Zuckerman's article & blog comments on SS over a the WashTimes--another reason I'm very relieved.

Posted by: Section109 | November 20, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Ahh, the Foli question has been answered; (via Ladson@washington.nationals.mlb.com) - Tim Foli will become a quality control coach on the Nationals ML staff.

Posted by: BinM | November 20, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Like it's spelled. S-V-R-L, with an OOGAH - like a Klaxon horn on the end. :-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 20, 2009 6:09 PM
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Y'know, I remember Barry said he got ribbed as a kid for having a name that rhymed with "Baby Beluga," the kids' song. Geez, it reminds me that I miss Barry.

Posted by: Section109 | November 20, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the heads up on the Zuckerman item, s109, and re. the Ladson item, twinbrook.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 20, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

I didn't remember that part, 109, but I miss him, too.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 20, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

@1a1: Are you inferring that Riggleman is "way old school", or that Foli's first mane should actually be Larry? lol.

Posted by: BinM | November 20, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Oh, god - I am a moron, and dyslexic as well. Try 'name' instead of "mane". Ugh.

Posted by: BinM | November 20, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

New post up.

Posted by: BinM | November 20, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Door number one, BinM (for both JR and Foli). :-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 20, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

BinM - Thanks for explaining that. He may be the devil incarnate but at least he didn't use SS to blow up the system and sink the Nats. Not yet at least....

Look forward to the good times after riding out the low times with this franchise.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | November 21, 2009 11:56 PM | Report abuse

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