Nationals announce major league coaching staff

The Washington Nationals announced the remainder of their 2022 Major League coaching staff on Wednesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo and Manager Dave Martinez made the joint announcement.

* Tim Bogar - Bench Coach
* Darnell Coles - Hitting Coach
* Pat Roessler - Assistant Hitting Coach
* Jim Hickey - Pitching Coach
* Eric Young Jr. - First Base Coach
* Gary DiSarcina - Third Base Coach
* Henry Blanco - Catching and Strategy Coach
* Ricky Bones - Bullpen Coach

Bogar, 54, returns for his fifth season on Dave Martinez’s staff, his third as the bench coach. He spent two seasons (2018-19) as Washington’s first base coach. During his tenure with the Nationals, Bogar has worked extensively with Washington’s infielders. The 2022 season will mark Bogar’s 13th season as a Major League coach.

Coles, 59, was hired as Washington’s hitting coach on Oct. 18. He joins the Nationals after spending the previous three seasons (2019-21) as the hitting coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Prior to his time with the Diamondbacks, Coles served as the hitting coach for the Milwaukee Brewers from 2015-18. Coles was the assistant hitting coach for the Detroit Tigers in 2014, his first career coaching stint at the Major League level.

Roessler, 61, returns to the Nationals for his third season as the assistant hitting coach. He joined Dave Martinez’s staff in 2020, after spending the 2019 season as a player development advisor in the New York Yankees organization. Roessler spent 2018 as hitting coach for the New York Mets after serving as the assistant hitting coach from 2014-17.

Hickey, 60, returns for his second season as Washington’s pitching coach. The 2022 season will be his 38th season in professional baseball and his 17th as a Major League pitching coach. Hickey served in the role with the Chicago Cubs (2018), Tampa Bay Rays (2007-17) and Houston Astros (2004-06).

Young Jr., 36, will serve as Washington’s first base coach. It will be his first stint as a member of a Major League coaching staff after spending the 2021 season in the Mariners organization as a coach for Triple-A Tacoma. Young Jr. is the son of former Major Leaguer and current Atlanta Braves first base coach Eric Young.

An outfielder and veteran of 10 Major League seasons, Young Jr. appeared in 651 Major League games with the Colorado Rockies (2009-13), New York Mets (2013-14, 2015), Atlanta Braves (2015), New York Yankees (2016) and Los Angeles Angels (2017-18). He was the National League stolen base champion in 2013 with 46 stolen bases.

DiSarcina, 53, joins Dave Martinez’s staff after spending the previous four seasons (2018-21) with the New York Mets. He most recently served as New York’s third base coach for three seasons (2019-21) after serving as the Mets’ bench coach in 2018. He spent 2017 as the bench coach for the Boston Red Sox and prior to that, spent three seasons with the Los Angeles Angels as their first base coach (2016) and third base coach (2014-15).

A veteran of 12 Major League seasons as a shortstop with the California/Anaheim Angels, DiSarcina joined the coaching ranks in 2007 as the manager of Single-A Lowell in Boston’s Minor League system. He posted a winning record in each of his four seasons (2007-10) as a Minor League manager and led the clubs to three divisional titles. Following his 2013 season with Triple-A Pawtucket, he was named Baseball America’s Minor League Manager of the Year.

Blanco, 50, moves from bullpen coach to the newly created position of catching and strategy coach. Prior to this change, Blanco served as Washington’s bullpen coach since joining the staff in 2018. The 2022 season will mark his eighth consecutive season coaching alongside Dave Martinez. The two also worked together while Blanco held the role as the Chicago Cubs’ quality assurance coach for three seasons (2015-17).

Bones, 52, joins the Nationals staff as bullpen coach after serving in the same role for the New York Mets (2012-21). He spent part of the 2019 season as a pitching coach in the Mets Minor League system. This marks Bones’ second stint in the Nationals organization after having been the pitching coach for Single-A Potomac of the Carolina League in 2005.

Bones joined the coaching ranks after an 11-year Major League pitching career. He appeared with seven different Major League teams including the San Diego Padres (1991), Milwaukee Brewers (1992-96), New York Yankees (1996), Cincinnati Reds (1997), Kansas City Royals (1997-98), Baltimore Orioles (1999) and Florida Marlins (2000-01).