WASHINGTON (AP)Gary DiSarcina will coach third base for the Washington Nationals, Eric Young Jr. will coach first base and Ricky Bones is the new bullpen coach as part of a revamped staff under manager Dave Martinez announced Wednesday.
DiSarcina and Bones come to Washington from the NL East rival New York Mets. Bones takes over for Henry Blanco, who shifts from bullpen coach to catching and strategy coach, a new role.
Washington finished last in the NL East this season, going 65-97 two years after Martinez guided them to a World Series title.
The Nationals said last month that they had hired Darnell Coles as their hitting coach to replace Kevin Long, who left to join the Philadelphia Phillies.
Staff members keeping their roles in Washington are bench coach Tim Bogar, assistant hitting coach Pat Roessler and pitching coach Jim Hickey.
DiSarcina was the Mets’ third base coach for the past three seasons after one year as their bench coach. He was a shortstop for 12 years in the majors with the Angels.
Young Jr. was an outfielder who played 10 seasons in the majors, most recently in 2018, and he worked as a minor league coach for the Seattle Mariners in 2021. His father is the first base coach for the World Series champion Atlanta Braves.
Bones pitched in the majors for 11 years and was a minor league pitching coach for the Nationals in 2005. He was the Mets’ bullpen coach from 2012-21.
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