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Tony Tarasco replaces Bo Porter on Nationals coaching staff

Nov 14, 2012, 5:05 PM EDT

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Bo Porter left the Nationals to become the Astros’ manager and today Washington replaced him on the coaching staff with Tony Tarasco, who formerly served as a minor league outfield instructor.

Tarasco will be the Nationals’ first base coach and Trent Jewett will slide across the diamond to coach third base, officially taking Porter’s spot.

We don’t normally do posts about first base coaches, but a) it’s a slow news day, b) Porter going from Nationals coach to Astros manager sets a precedent for the gig being a good one, and c) Davey Johnson saying he’s going to retire as manager after 2013 means someone on the coaching staff could potentially step into his job.

And of course Tarasco is most famous for being the Orioles outfielder camped under a fly ball that Jeffrey Maier turned into a home run in the 1996 ALDS versus the Yankees. Baltimore’s manager back then? Davey Johnson.

  1. proudlycanadian - Nov 14, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Where does Tarasco stand on the cake vs pie controversy?

  2. deadeyedesign23 - Nov 14, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    THE WIZ!

  3. natstowngreg - Nov 14, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    I’ll pick reason a).

    Trent Jewett and Randy Knorr will be talked about all season, as candidates to succeed Davey.

  4. natslady - Nov 14, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    according to baseball reference, he’s Rollins cousin. Y’know, the Jimmy Rollins that said the Nats were one and done…

  5. watermelon1 - Nov 14, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Fuck jeffrey maier.

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