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McLaren named Nats’ interim manager

The Nationals made it official. They named John McLaren will as the club’s interim manager. McLaren will hold on to the position until Sunday.

McLaren’s appointment begins effective Friday when Washington begins a three-game road series against the Chicago White Sox.

McLaren has served as Nationals’ bench coach for the last two seasons, after being named to the post on Nov. 20, 2009.

This is McLaren’s second managerial stint. Upon the resignation of Mike Hargrove, he skippered the Seattle Mariners for parts of two seasons from July 2, 2007 to June 19, 2008. McLaren was named the Mariners manager midway through the 2007 season and posted a 43-41 mark down the stretch en route to a second-place finish in the AL West. The Mariners went 68-88 (.436) during his tenure in Seattle.

McLaren becomes the fourth manager of the Nationals, replacing Jim Riggleman who resigned from his post following Thursday’s 1-0 win over Seattle.

Rizzo must decide on manager

General manager Mike Rizzo is expected to name a new skipper for the rest of the season no later than Monday.

It’s only speculation, but one has to assume that third-base coach Bo Porter and bench coach John McLaren are candidates.

Porter interviewed for the job after the 2009 season, but Jim Riggleman ended up being named the permanent manager. Porter is considered one of the reasons Washington has improved its defense this season.

McLaren, who is currently the interim skipper, managed the Mariners in 2007 and ’08. The team was 66-88 under his leadership. As a member of the Nationals, McLaren would take over the managerial duties once Riggleman was ejected from a game.

The Nationals could also turn to Randy Knorr, who has moved up the ladder in the Nationals’ Minor League system. He managed Class A Potomac and guided them to the 2008 Carolina League Mills Cup.

Last year, Knorr guided Double-A Harrisburg to the Wild Card Western Division Championship. Knorr is currently managing Triple-A Syracuse.

Knorr, a Minor League manager dating back to 2005, also has the distinction of managing Ryan Zimmerman, Drew Storen and Stephen Strasburg before they reached the big leagues.

Rizzo could turn to Bobby Valentine, who was a finalist before Riggleman was named permanent manager.

Valentine has .510 winning percentage (1,117-1,072) in 15 seasons while managing the Mets and Rangers. His best year was in 2000, when he guided the Mets to the World Series. Valentine also managed in Japan, guiding Chiba Lotte to the 2005 Japan Series title.

Nats add McLaren, retain Eckstein, Listach, McCatty

The Nationals will soon announce that John McLaren will be Jim Riggleman’s bench coach and they have retained Rick Eckstein, Pat Listach and Steve McCatty as the hitting coach, third-base coach and pitching coach, respectively, according to a baseball source.

McLaren is best known for managing the Mariners for parts of the 2007 and ’08 seasons. Riggleman was his bench coach in ’08. McLaren was also on Lou Piniella’s coaching staffs when both were with the Reds, Mariners and Devil Rays.

Riggleman and general manager Mike Rizzo were not available for comment.  

As for Eckstein, Listach and McCatty, they come back for a second season with Washington. Under Eckstein, the Nationals ranked ninth in hitting [.258], while hitting 156 home runs and 685 RBIs.

Listach, who has managed in the Cubs system for several years, will continue be an infield instructor.

McCatty replaced Randy St. Claire in May and had a great relationship with the young pitchers such as John Lannan and Craig Stammen. McCatty is looking improve a pitching staff that had National League-worst 5.00 ERA.

The Nationals are looking to hire a first-base and bullpen coach. Marquis Grissom and Randy Knorr are not returning to the club. Knorr will be the manager of Double-A Harrisburg and Grissom has been offered a job to be the hitting coach at Triple-A Syracuse. It’s not known if he will accept the job.                

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