(Photo by Reuters. Manager in waiting? John McLaren is reportedly the Nats new bench coach.)
According to Mark Zuckerman of the Washington Times, the Nationals have hired John McLaren to serve as Jim Riggleman's bench coach. Mr. Riggles, of course, served as McLaren's bench coach in Seattle back in 2008, only to replace McLaren as Interim Manger in June 2008 after McLaren spent the first three months of the season jockeying for position with Manny Acta for the worst record in baseball and top prize in the Strasburg Sweepstakes.
Riggleman would eventually undermine McLaren's work and blow the Strasburg Sweepstakes for the Mariners, while Manny Acta brought home the prize for Washington. So Jim owed him one for ruining his legacy in Seattle. And of course, Mr. Riggles became Manny Acta's bench coach in 2009, and you know how that story ends.
So, Jim and John are reunited. Now what's going to happen with the other 5 open slots on Riggleman's staff?
Both the Washington Post and the Washington Timesoffer up a bunch of nice little news nuggets about the Nats: from Guzman's impending move to 2nd, to the the Nats new academy in the DR, updates on Jesus Flores, Jordan Zimmermann, Scott Olsen, etc. etc.