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Daubach to manage Class A Hagerstown

By Dave Sheinin

The Nationals have hired Brian Daubach to manage the Hagerstown Suns, their low Class A affiliate, in 2011, a team source confirmed Monday. An announcement on the hiring is expected shortly.

This potentially puts Daubach in line to serve as Bryce Harper's first minor league manager. Although the Nationals have not revealed publicly where Harper, the top overall pick of the 2010 draft, will begin his 2011 season, it almost certainly would be one of the Class A affiliates, Hagerstown or high-A Potomac.

Daubach served as manager of the Pittsfield (Mass.) Colonials of the independent Canadian-American league in 2010, and also serves as a commentator for Boston's WEEI radio station, where he apparently first revealed the news of his hiring on Monday.

He played parts of eight seasons in the major leagues, half of them spent with the Boston Red Sox, for whom he hit at least 20 homers each season between 1999-2002.

In Hagerstown, Daubach will be succeeding Matt LeCroy, who was promoted one level and will manage Potomac in 2011. There was no immediate word about the fate of Gary Cathcart, Potomac's 2010 manager.

By Dave Sheinin  | November 8, 2010; 3:04 PM ET
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Here's hoping Cathcart is in line for a MLB coaching position somewhere. He did a fine job with Nationals farmhands over the last two seasons, leading the 2009 AFL team, and following up with a League championship for Potomac in 2010.

Posted by: BinM | November 8, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Daubach is a SCAB. Research it! Union YES! SCAB hire!!!!!!!!

Posted by: MikeNelmsReturns | November 8, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Good thing Matt doesn't have to instruct Bryce about throwing out runners @ 2nd!
Frank Robinson is literally crying with joy over this....

Posted by: 1stBaseCoach | November 8, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Come on back, Matt. In addition to seeming like a good guy, LeCroy is one of those athletes who made me feel like I could suit up and get on out there. Where's Wilbur Wood when you need him?

Posted by: markfromark | November 8, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Any word on who will replace Dibble? I like Ray, but I have not heard if he has been extended.

Posted by: natbiscuits | November 8, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Man, I hope it isn't Ray Knight...I can't stand that guy. I actually liked Dibble more than Knight. There's just something in his personality that I can't get past. Bring in someone else...I hear Joe Morgan is looking for a job...haha

Posted by: Cavalier83 | November 9, 2010 5:49 AM | Report abuse

Joe Morgan is terrible. ESPN just got 100% more watchable.

Comment for Adam, will you be covering tomorrow night's Uni-Etravaganza?

Posted by: comish4lif | November 9, 2010 7:32 AM | Report abuse

Be a hoot if they brought back Jim Bowden as the TV analyst now wouldn't it!! How about Pete Rose, or does the ban from baseball include broadcasting. Perhaps Carpenter could do it Scully style (just him). That way the Lerners could save even more money!!!!

Posted by: cokedispatch | November 9, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Be a hoot if they brought back Jim Bowden as the TV analyst now wouldn't it!! How about Pete Rose, or does the ban from baseball include broadcasting. Perhaps Carpenter could do it Scully style (just him). That way MASN could save some money, the Lerners would be proud of that move!!

Posted by: cokedispatch | November 9, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

All the Nats need to come up with to partner with Carpenter is:

1. Someone with the wit that Dibble often exhibited, but without the self centered "righteousness"
2. A former player (preferably a catcher, because they know more than anyone else) with good verbal skills and without the error making habits of McCarver
3. Someone who still has some connections within the game (Gary Carter wouldn't work, since he hasn't been around)
4. Someone with a connection to DC.

All of which means that there probably isn't someone that we would all like. So, it's sort of like the F/As that everyone wants. Remember that the most desirable ones are wanted by many clubs. It may not be about money. It may not be about anything but how easy it is to get "home" on an off day.

Posted by: mikecatcher50 | November 9, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

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