Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Tarasco added to 2013 staff

Davey Johnson and hitting coach Rick Eckstein talk during a 2012 batting practice. (Photo by US-Presswire)
The Washington Nationals have announced the addition of Tony Tarasco as first base coach to Davey Johnson’s 2013 staff. Trent Jewett will transition from first to third base coach next season with the departure of Bo Porter to manage the Astros.

The bench coach will remain Randy Knorr, Steve McCatty will stay on as pitching coach, Jim Lett will coach the bullpen, and Rick Eckstein will be back once again as hitting coach.

Tarasco joins the Nationals at the major league level after seven seasons in various roles in the organization. He spent the last two seasons as the outfield and baserunning coordinator after serving three years as hitting coach of the Hagerstown Suns. Previous to his time in Single-A, Tarasco was the hitting coach for two seasons for Vermont of the rookie-level New York-Penn League.

Tarasco played under Davey Johnson for the Baltimore Orioles in 1996 and 1997 and was the right fielder on Derek Jeter’s controversial home run in the 1996 ALCS. He was under the ball at the warning track when Yankees fan Jeffrey Maier reached over and interfered to make the catch.

Tarasco played eight seasons in the majors with stops in Atlanta, Cincinnati, New York with both the Yankees and Mets, and with the Montreal Expos.

44 comments:

Faraz Shaikh said...

Cousin of Rollins.

Theophilus T. S. said...

Apart from his relationship to Rollins, Tarasco has a reputation as a smart guy, good person, good coach. He taught Harper how to play the OF and taught Tyler Moore self-preservation in LF, which is noteworthy in itself.

Theophilus T. S. said...

I'm mildly surprised it wasn't Beasley. I don't believe the line of succession behind Johnson is nearly as clear as some people seem to think it is.

Doc said...

Good to have Tony T. in the Big House.

He was a big favourite in Montreal!

Obviously, like many minor league coaches, he's paid his dues!

Congrats Tony!!

peric said...

I don't think the line of succession is clear at all. The only guy we do know who probably would have gotten the job is Bo Porter. But he is now in Houston.

Given how Davey treats Randy Knorr I don't think he's in line as many people seem to surmise.

They still have time to decide what to do. I'm sure they'll consider all possibilities.

MicheleS said...

Glad Tony is on board. He can continue to teach Bryce and work on Lombo/Tyler/Morse in the OF.

MicheleS said...

Well this is intereseting:

federalbaseball‏@federalbaseball

Davey Johnson said #Astros' Bo Porter called to ask if the #Nats would trade Tyler Moore to HOU. "Forget it, no chance."

Doc said...

If Tony T. is Rollins' cousin, he will have a direct line to correcting Rollins' understanding on which is the team to beat in the NL East.

MicheleS said...

Doc..
Tony T at the Thanksgiving Dinner "Hey Jimmy, Tick Tock!"

Doc said...

MicheleS I'm thinking that Bo will come after JFlo if and when the Nats release him.

Bo's probably interested in a few other current Nats too!

Gonat said...

Theophilus T. S. said...
I hate to be accused of jumping on a Peric bandwagon but I'm starting to see Rendon as 2013's 400 PA play-anyywhere-he's needed guy.

Some guy (Bernie Pleshkov? Occasionally contributes on NatsProspects.com and is described as a former scout for Astros and Braves) writing on nationals.com says there are no issues w/ Rendon's ankles in AFL and he has the ability to transition to 2B or the OF.
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Get your bandwagon right. That was not Peric who suggested Rendon going into the Lombo role in fact Peric stated he couldn't see Rendon as a 2nd baseman due to his previous ankle injury.

Peric is on board with Rendon to 3rd and Zim to 1st.

Gonat said...

Gross! Tony Tarasco is related to J-Roll. I hope Tony isn't close to him.

Section 222 said...

Glad Tony T. will be here full time, but the real news is Trent Jewett as 3B coach. I really liked Bo over there -- he was aggressive, energetic, always in the game, and very athletic when he needed to be. He wasn't always right (I seem to remember a particularly bad decision to send ALR on a short fly ball), but he seemed to have a really good sense of when to force the issue. Plus, he took no sh*t from the Cubs bench.

Anyone have a sense of Jewett's skills over there? A timid 3B coach can really slow a team down.

Gonat said...

MicheleS said...
Well this is intereseting:

federalbaseball‏@federalbaseball

Davey Johnson said #Astros' Bo Porter called to ask if the #Nats would trade Tyler Moore to HOU. "Forget it, no chance."


November 14, 2012 5:08 PM
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Not surprised at all. He knows the backups very well. Did you see what TyMo did in Game 1 of the Playoffs and some of his other clutch hits?

A diamond in the rough!

MicheleS said...

Doc agree, I think Bo will be looking for any help he can get. He was probably looking at Tyler for either 1B or DH. Not sure about the Catcher situation, for some reason, i thought they had a young kid ready for that spot.

MicheleS said...

Gonat.. I love Tyler - See Ball Hit Ball. I hope he continues to develop and they can find a spot for him. He definitely is the Big Harry Chested Right Handed Guy off the bench for Davey now.

baseballswami said...

I think Tyler Moore can be more than a pinch hitter or dh.

MicheleS said...

Swami, totally agree, just need to figure out where he will play everyday

baseballswami said...

And sadly, I think, no way Gio beats Dickey. He deserves to beat him, but everyone is in love with the whole knuckle ball story. That - and the guy's whole zen thing.

SonnyG10 said...

I don't know anything about Tony T, but Theo, what you said in your 4:33 pm post sounds good. I just don't know how Trent will be as 3rd base coach. Can he get down on the ground to indicate slide like Bo Porter did? If he did he might not be able to get back up. :)

MicheleS said...

Stras is going to win the Cy next year. Bank on it.

Feel Wood said...

Anyone have a sense of Jewett's skills over there? A timid 3B coach can really slow a team down.

The reason Jewett was moved to 3B coach is because he has a lot of experience managing minor league teams. In the minors, the manager also coaches third.

Feel Wood said...

federalbaseball‏@federalbaseball

Davey Johnson said #Astros' Bo Porter called to ask if the #Nats would trade Tyler Moore to HOU. "Forget it, no chance."


Translation: The Astros don't have anybody that Rizzo wants. If there's someone on some other team that Rizzo really wants to get in trade, and the price is Tyler Moore, then Rizzo will pay the price.

JaneB said...

Anyone know what time they announce the Cy Young tonight?

baseballswami said...

Pretty soon - doing the AL first. They are basically ignoring Gio, though.

MicheleS said...

I love when the beats get snarky:
Adam Kilgore‏@AdamKilgoreWP

About time Buehrle apologized. RT @joecapMARLINS Samson: I spoke to Mark Buehrle, He said he was sorry things didnt work out.

MicheleS said...

Jane, probably around 645 and swami is right, they are ignoring GIO

baseballswami said...

Absolutely not mentioning the fact that he is the only one of them that got to the post season.

MicheleS said...

Good for Amanda Repping GIO on MLB Network

baseballswami said...

Yeah- then they trotted out the Strassie factor........

baseballswami said...

Anyone surprised?

MicheleS said...

Nope not suprised. Everyone one loved RA. Mark voted in this. he had the follwoing

Dickey/Gio/Kershaw/Kimbrel/Cueto

MicheleS said...

This is HILARIOUS. Reply from Stanton to Bryce's tweet last night:

Giancarlo Stanton‏@Giancarlo818

@Bharper3407 Dang bro, If only my last name backwards wasn't NotNats!

baseballswami said...

Very funny tweet! Gio and Kershaw were really close. I guess it's one of those " honor to be nominated" things. Especially since a lot of people think he was our number two pitcher.

MicheleS said...

Swami, Next year, they will hold the show at Nats Park. Gio will be sitting in between Stras and JZ laughing about which of the 3 will win it.

SonnyG10 said...

Dang! I was really hoping Gio would get it.

BigCat said...

So Eck is coming back.....hmmm

MicheleS said...

Big Cat.. when you have 3 silver sluggers on your team, you come back. Plus if you haven't heard. Eck is Davey's guy.

SCNatsFan said...

My problem with Eck is he isn't reaching Espinosa, but to be fair it might be possible no one can do that right now.

baseballswami said...

Stras and Gio and JZim and Det - oh, my!! ( and the mystery date pitcher number five, of course - John Lannan?)

Doc said...

Stanton's re-tweet to Harps---an all-time baseball tweet!!!!

That's totally funnnnnnnnnny!!

Thanks MicheleS!

MicheleS said...

new post

natsfan1a said...

lol!

MicheleS said...

Doc..
Tony T at the Thanksgiving Dinner "Hey Jimmy, Tick Tock!"
November 14, 2012 5:12 PM

Tcostant said...

You know Davey spilled the beens on this move on the Sports Fix (980am) yesterday afternoon. He seemed like it should have been "approved" a month a ago...

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