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Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 12/10/2010

Nationals announce minor league staff

By Adam Kilgore

The Nationals made their comet-into-ocean splash at the winter meetings when they signed Jayson Werth, and today they made a pebble-into-puddle announcement by releasing their minor league managers and coaches. Not the most exciting hot stove news you'll read, but there are some notable changes.

Randy Knorr, who managed Class AA Harrisburg last season and the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League, will be promoted to manage Class AAA Syracuse. Tony Beasley, who coached third base for the Nationals in 2006, returns to the organization as the manager for Class AA Harrisburg. Gary Cathcart, the manager for Class A Potomac, was reassigned to manage Class A Auburn, which is the new rookie ball affiliate, taking over for Vermont.

The most significant changes may have come at Class A Potomac and Class A Hagerstown. Bryce Harper will likely begin the season with the latter and probably spend ample time at the former, too. Matt LeCroy -- the affable catcher whose throwing arm once made Frank Robinson cry -- will manage Potomac. Replacing him in Hagerstown is Brian Daubach, the former Red Sox designated hitter.

Here's the full roster, courtesy of the Nationals:

Class AAA Syracuse
Manager...Randy Knorr
Pitching Coach... Greg Booker
Hitting Coach...Jerry Browne

Class AA Harrisburg
Manager...Tony Beasley
Pitching Coach... Randy Tomlin
Hitting Coach...Troy Gingrich

Class A Potomac
Manager.... Matt LeCroy
Pitching Coach....Paul Menhart
Hitting Coach... Mark Harris

Class A Hagerstown
Manager...Brian Daubach
Pitching Coach...Chris Michalak
Hitting Coach... Marlon Anderson

Short-season Class A Auburn
Manager...Gary Cathcart
Pitching Coach...Franklin Bravo
Hitting Coach...Luis Ordaz

Gulf Coast League
Manager....Bobby Williams
Pitching Coach...Michael Tejera
Hitting Coach...Sergio Mendez
Coach...John Poppert

Dominican Summer League
DSL Academy Administrator...Fausto Severino
Manager... Sandy Martinez
Pitching Coach... Pablo Frias
Hitting Coach... Amaury Garcia
Coach....Eddy de los Antos

By Adam Kilgore  | December 10, 2010; 12:26 PM ET
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Be still my beating heart. I really hope they are not "one and done" with Werth.

Posted by: NatsFly | December 10, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Adam - any news on the broadcast front such as an FM radio deal? Who's teaming with Carp in the TV booth?

Posted by: pwilly | December 10, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Marlon Anderson, the hitting coach for Hagerstown, I'm wondering is he the same Marlon Anderson who played for the Nats/Mets/Dodgers/Phillies ?

The Marlon Anderson who played for the Nats was a very good pinch hitter that could show something to the Nats youngsters.

Posted by: 4U2Know | December 10, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I believe He is the same Marlon Anderson 4U@Know. What better teachers for the replacement for Jason Werth than a former Red Sox DH and Anderson. As for the GCL hitting coach, will he belt out a verse of "Fool on the Hill during BP(one has to be old to get this)?

Sec 204 Row H Seat 7

Posted by: adhardwick | December 10, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

What happened to Trent Jewett? I forgot...

Posted by: amorris525 | December 10, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

In other former-Nats news, Brendan Harris is now a member of the Orioles. He was traded to Baltimore along with shortstop J.J. Hardy and cash.

If you remember, Harris was among those involved in the Majeweski/Bray/Clayton for Kearns/Wagner/Lopez trade. Baltimore will be his fourth MLB team since the Nats (Reds, Rays, and Twins).

Posted by: JohninMpls | December 10, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

If memory serves, the same Marlon Anderson scored the winning run on a WP in his last game as a Nat.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | December 10, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

A bit of trivia...
There have only been 2 players named 'Marlon' in the history of MLB, and the Nats had both of them on their the same time.

Posted by: mattyjamesgallagher | December 10, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Marlon Byrd.

Posted by: gilbertbp | December 10, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

What happened to our former AAA manager and Trent Jewett. I am very happy for Knorr though...

Posted by: PNatsFan | December 11, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Good memory, natsfan1a! My best friend, a Dodgers fan, remembers that Marlon Anderson was on fire when he left here for LA, including being the fourth member of the crew that hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back HRs to come from behind and tie a game against the Padres during the September pennant race.

Posted by: JennX_ | December 12, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

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