Tim Foli will be quality control coach for Nats

Tim Foli is expected to be a quality control coach with the Nationals, according to manager Jim Riggleman.

Foli will be involved in batting practice before games and be an advisor to Riggleman and general manager Mike Rizzo. Foli, who is considered one of the best teachers in the organization, will also help develop players in the Minor Leagues.

“He is going to be with us,” Riggleman said. “He is going to be in my office. He is going to be in the clubhouse. He is going to communicate with my coaching staff. He is going to travel with us. We are going to have the best of both worlds. We are going to have his experience around us every day. It’s going to be like having an extra coach.”

Foli has managed in the Nationals’ Minor League system since 2005, working with prospects such as outfielder Roger Bernadina and shortstop Ian Desmond. The Nationals rewarded Foli this past season by making him an extra bench coach in September. Foli also interviewed for the managerial job that went to Riggleman.

Foli was not available for comment.

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