Nationals Announce 2011 Coaching Staff

Bo Porter joins Jim Riggleman’s staff as third base coach

The Washington Nationals today announced that bench coach John McLaren, pitching coach Steve McCatty, hitting coach Rick Eckstein, first base coach Dan Radison and bullpen coach Jim Lett will return next season. The Nationals also announced Bo Porter will join field manager Jim Riggleman’s staff as third base coach. Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

Eckstein and McCatty return for their third seasons on the Nationals coaching staff, while McLaren, Radison and Lett will be entering their second campaigns in Washington.

Porter joins the Nationals after spending the 2010 campaign on Arizona’s coaching staff, first as third base coach before being elevated to bench coach upon Kirk Gibson being named Diamondbacks manager on July 3. Porter returns to the NL East, where he served as the Marlins’ third base coach and outfield/base running instructor from 2007-09. While in Florida, Porter worked extensively with current Nationals left fielder Josh Willingham. Porter played portions of three big league season with Chicago (NL), Oakland and Texas from 1999-2001.

Last month, the Nationals announced that Riggleman would return in 2011 for a third season as Nationals field manager.