Bo Porter hired as Nationals’ new third base coach

The Nationals announced this afternoon they have hired former Diamondbacks and Marlins third base coach Bo Porter to be their third base coach for the 2011 season.

Porter replaces Pat Listach, who left the Nationals this week to become the Cubs’ bench coach.

Porter, 38, played six seasons in the Cubs’ system and played for Nationals manager Jim Riggleman in 1999 when Riggleman managed the Cubs.

When the Marlins fired Fredi Gonzalez in June, they asked Porter to manage the team for the rest of the season, but Porter told the team he wanted to be assured he would have the job in 2011, as well.

When the Diamondbacks fired A.J. Hinch in July and promoted Kirk Gibson to manager, Porter became the team’s bench coach for the rest of the season, but was fired after the year. He had been a candidate for the Marlins’ managerial opening, but that job now seems likely to go to interim manager Edwin Rodriguez.

The Nationals also announced that the rest of Riggleman’s coaching staff - hitting coach Rick Eckstein, bullpen coach Jim Lett pitching coach Steve McCatty, bench coach John McLaren and first base coach Dan Radison - will remain the same as 2010.