The Washington Nationals named Randy Knorr their bench coach for the 2012 season, where he'll serve as Davey Johnson's right hand man in the Nats' dugout. Knorr has been in the organization for the past seven seasons, holding several positions at all levels during his rise through the ranks. As a result of his tenure in the organization, Knorr has worked with a majority of the current big league roster and will be a valuable addition in the dugout. He replaces the 70 year old Pat Corrales, who will stay on with the Nats in an advisory role.
Nats GM Mike Rizzo discussed his preference for hiring a bench coach that he felt could succeed Johnson one day as the Nats' manager. Knorr played in the big leagues as a catcher for 19 seasons before transitioning to coaching. Rizzo made an effort to move him from bullpen coach and down to the minors so he could get the managing experience needed should he one day be tapped as manager in the bigs.
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