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Pat Corrales joined Johnson's staff Friday night, marking his third tour of duty as the Nats' bench coach. Corrales - for nine years a major league catcher with Philadelphia, Cincinnati, St. Louis and San Diego - previously served as a bench coach for former Nats skippers Manny Acta (2007-08) and Jim Riggleman (2009).
Johnson, 68, and Corrales, 70, who also managed for a decade with Texas, Philadelphia and Cleveland, bonded in spring training when Corrales drove Johnson around the back fields of the team complex on a golf cart. During his playing days, Corrales made the last out of the 1970 World Series won by the Baltimore Orioles, for whom Johnson played second base.
Debbi Taylor asks Pat Corrales and Trent Jewett about their new roles as coaches
"I didn't want to be the oldest guy on the staff so I hired him," Johnson joked.
Corrales has been a special assistant in the Nationals' front office, and has helped players like second baseman Danny Espinosa and shortstop Ian Desmond transition to the major leagues. He's also spent time working with Nationals catching prospects in the minor leagues.
"He's a real good baseball man and I really like him a lot," Johnson said of Corrales. "I respect his opinions."
In addition, first base coach Dan Radison had been fired by the Nationals and replaced by Trent Jewett. Jewett, 47, had spent this season as a major league coach under Riggleman and previously managed in the Washington organization at Triple-A Syracuse in 2010 and SIngle-A Potomac in 2009.
Jewett, who had spent his entire career in the Pittsburgh organization before joining Washington in 2009, had an 11-year run as the Triple-A manager for the Pirates and spent two-plus seasons as the club's major league third base coach.