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Bo Porter named new Nationals third base coach

The Nationals quickly found their new third base coach in the wake of Pat Listach's departure, hiring experienced coach Bo Porter, a former major league outfielder who once briefly played for Manager Jim Riggleman. Having kept in touch with Porter, Riggleman recommended him to General Manager Mike Rizzo, who made the final decision.

"Bo was at the top of the list of the people that I had in mind," Riggleman said. "Definitely, I think it's a great hire."

As part of his role with the Nationals, Porter will also work with outfielders, a slight shift in the Nationals' otherwise-intact coaching staff. Last year, Listach and instructor Tim Foli -- who will not return to the Nationals -- worked with infielders while bench coach John McLaren coached outfielders.

This season, while Porter works with outfielders, McLaren and Riggleman will oversee infielders. The change will allow Riggleman to work closely with Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa, the Nationals middle infield of the future.

"It's going to be a good situation," Riggleman said. "It's going to give me an opportunity to get a little more hands-on with our infielders. I'm really looking forward to that."

Porter, 38, had reportedly been a final candidate to become the next manager of the Florida Marlins. He spent last season as the third base coach and the bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He also coached third base for the Florida Marlins from 2007 to 2009.

Porter first met Riggleman in 1999, when he made his major league debut for the Chicago Cubs team Riggleman managed. Porter played only parts of two more seasons with the Cubs and Texas Rangers. He stayed in baseball and landed his first coaching gig in 2005, a job as a Class A hitting coach.

Riggleman came to know Porter well when he worked in the Cardinals' system, since the Cardinals and Marlins share a spring training facility.

"He's a great worker," Riggleman said. "He paid his dues and got to the big leagues. Once he got to the big leagues, I saw Bo every spring. We had a lot of conversations. I really respected what came out of Bo's mouth, his respect for the game and his ideas about the game."

The Nationals also made official that the rest of Riggleman's staff -- hitting coach Rick Eckstein, pitching coach Steve McCatty, first base coach Dan Radison, bullpen coach Jim Lett and McLaren -- will remain intact.

By Adam Kilgore  | November 2, 2010; 4:10 PM ET
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Unless Dan Radison will be coaching first base from the bullpen, you forgot Jim Lett.

Posted by: Cosmo06 | November 2, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Gee, that was a quick decision. Porter seems like he has decent bona fides, so let's see how it plays out.

Off topic, but an interesting tidbit from the mlbTradeRumors website - Arizona has apparently declined their option on Adam LaRoche. I'd much rather see Rizzo make a run at him, rather than Carlos Pena as a 1B 'plug-in' for 2011. He's a year younger than Pena, and his WAR/UZR numbers aren't all that different when averaged over the last four years.

Pena (WAR/UZR)
'07 - 6.2/2.4
'08 - 4.0/5.6
'09 - 2.8/-4.6
'10 - 1.0/-2.8
4yr - 3.5/0.15

LaRoche (WAR/UZR)
'07 - 2.5/7.0
'08 - 1.7/-4.8
'09 - 2.6/0.2
'10 - 2.1/5.2
4yr - 2.2/1.9

Something to think about, imo.

Posted by: BinM | November 2, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

He might be a good hire but, truthfully, never heard of him

Posted by: SCNatsFan | November 2, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Baseball people know Porter. Not important that average fans do not. Leave the baseball to baseball people. He will be a good addition to the staff.

Posted by: ballgame21 | November 3, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

I really respected what came out of Bo's mouth, he said he would work for peanuts if Listach quits. So I ran to the Learners and Rizzo after Pat left, I told them that Bo would work for Peanuts if you hire him. Ted said thats our guy, get him on the next nine dollar Greyhound!!!!

Posted by: hansenjo | November 3, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

What happened to Tim Foli?

Posted by: dontknowdiddley | November 3, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

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