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The Nationals are going to hire a defense-specific coach

Nov 1, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

Matt Williams

Matt Williams has decided to keep all of the current Nats coaches save one — the bullpen coach. Overall that’s some pretty notable continuity for a new manager. And probably makes a lot of sense given that Davey Johnson’s departure wasn’t a firing so much as it was just a parting of ways/retirement.

But Williams is adding one thing. A smart thing:

Next season, the Nationals will have a seventh coach on staff, Mark Weidemaier, formerly an advance scout and a special assistant in the Arizona Diamondbacks front office, to serve as an advance coach focused on defensive alignments. Weidemaier will be in uniform and in the dugout, but will be tasked with working with the Nationals other advance scouts and video scouts and filter the information down to the coaching staff.

Defense is where all the fun is these days. And after watching all manner of increasingly crazy shifts these past few seasons — and watching them be pretty darn effective — it’s not at all surprising to see a team take it one step further.

  1. kruegere - Nov 1, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Now where are teams like the Rays and As going to find a ‘market inefficiency?’

    • gloccamorra - Nov 1, 2013 at 11:38 PM

      In scouting. Pujols was chosen in the 14th round, Jake Peavy in the 15th round of the same draft. Picking who will make it and who won’t is still an art with very few unblemished-record practitioners.

  2. mikejr80 - Nov 2, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Doesn’t matter. Atl for life baby

    • bigbenh8tr - Nov 2, 2013 at 1:11 AM

      Dude nobody wants to watch yal choke again. Same stort every year. Baseball needs a ratings boost w a team that will make it interesting

      • mikejr80 - Nov 2, 2013 at 1:12 AM


  3. sumerduckman - Nov 2, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Excellent, the Nats were moving backwards this year in that aspect of the game. Could have had something to do with the departure of Bo Porter, since I believe he was covering some of those functions, especially with the outfielders.

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