Report: Nats bringing back entire coaching staff for 2019

Josh Luckenbaugh
October 23, 2018 - 11:39 am
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Despite the Nationals finishing with a disappointing 82-80 record, Washington will bring back its entire 2018 coaching staff for the 2019 season, according to The Washington Post's Chelsea Janes and MLB.com's Jamal Collier. 

This, of course, means manager Dave Martinez, who faced heavy criticism in his first year at the helm after taking over for Dusty Baker, is staying.

The returnees also include hitting coach Kevin Long, pitching coach Derek Lilliquist, bench coach Chip Hale, bullpen coach Henry Blanco, first place coach Tim Bogar and third base coach Bob Henley. Henley is the only coach remaining from Baker's staff. 

Keeping the entire coaching staff means the Nats will have continuity heading into next year, but it also means every member of the staff is under pressure to get the best out of the players after such a frustrating season. Anything less than a division title will likely be looked at as failure once again. 

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