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Pro Baseball: Washington will keep Beasley managing Triple-A Syracuse

FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS

Bowling Green native Tony Beasley will return for a second season as manager of the Washington Nationals’ Triple-A affiliate, Syracuse, in 2013.

The Nationals announced their 2013 coaching staff on Wednesday. Bench coach Randy Knorr, pitching coach Steve McCatty, hitting coach Rick Eckstein and bullpen coach Jim Lett will return to their roles in Davey Johnson’s final season as manager.

Trent Jewett will shift from first base coach to third base to replace Bo Porter, who is now the Houston Astros’ manager. Tony Tarasco will take over at first base.

Beasley was a candidate for the big-league staff, but will return to Syracuse, where he helped prepare several of the Nationals’ young players to contribute to their National League East title last season.

According to the Washington Post, Beasley had been considered to replace Porter. But Beasley is more of an infield coach, and Nationals manager Davey Johnson wanted a coach who could replace Porter’s forte.

“I love Beasley, but Beasley is more of a managerial candidate and not a baserunning/outfield guy,” Johnson said. “He could do it, but it’s not his specialty.”

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