Former Seattle Mariners manager John McLaren was hired Friday as bench coach for the Washington Nationals, who rounded out manager Jim Riggleman's staff by also adding Jim Lett as bullpen coach and Dan Radison as first-base coach.
Riggleman was McLaren’s bench coach with Seattle at the start of 2008, then replaced him as the team’s manager when McLaren was fired during that season.
McLaren was a special assignment scout for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2009. He replaces Pat Corrales as the Nationals’ bench coach.
Corrales will return to being a special consultant to general manager Mike Rizzo. Corrales held that role before shifting to the dugout when Riggleman was promoted from bench coach to replace fired manager Manny Acta in July.
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Riggleman managed on an interim basis through the end of last season, then was given the permanent job last week.