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Nats bring Henley back as third base coach

Nov 24, 2015, 11:01 AM EST

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The Nationals filled another vacancy on Dusty Baker’s coaching staff on Tuesday by bringing back Bobby Henley as their third base coach.

Henley’s contract was not renewed after Matt Williams was fired as manager in October. He had recently accepted a position as a senior assistant for player development, but will now return to the field as third base coach.

Henley, 42, has ties with the franchise dating back to 1991 when he was drafted by the Montreal Expos. He worked his way through their farm system and played for the big league club in 1998 as a catcher.

Elbow injuries ended Henley’s playing career, but he returned to the organization in 2003 as manager of their Gulf Coast League team. From there he progressed through their minor league system, serving as field coordinator from 2010 to 2013 before joining Williams’ staff in Washington.

Henley will enter his third season as Nationals third base coach in 2016. He and Rich Schu are the only holdovers so far from Williams’ staff. They join Davey Lopes (first base), Mike Maddux (pitching), Chris Speier and Jacque Jones (asst. hitting) on Baker’s staff. The only opening left is bullpen coach, as Speier is now likely to serve as bench coach.

  1. someguyinva - Nov 24, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    Davey Lopes brought in to coach first base and improve baserunning vs. Bob Sendley as third base coach.

    Who ya got?

    • Doc - Nov 24, 2015 at 11:33 AM

      As long as Sendley is not sending Ramos to the plate on a fielder’s choice, I’m happy. The stop sign remains in the dugout closet.

  2. davebinmd - Nov 24, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    The Nats have signed another outfielder on a minor league deal, former Brewer Logan Schafer.

    • ArVAFan - Nov 24, 2015 at 1:53 PM

      More Spring Training competition, and hope for a bench spot. Should be a lively group down in Viera, with all the competition for a roster spot.

    • langleyclub - Nov 24, 2015 at 5:48 PM

      Left handed outfield bat, but he has really struggled at the plate at the MLB level. No power and no speed. No risk, but at 29, seems unlikely that he will suddenly find his way. Den Dekker is a better all-around player by far.

  3. bpro99 - Nov 26, 2015 at 12:14 PM

    Bringing back Henley is a good Idea. But Rick Schu as hitting coach? This is the guy who couldn’t get Ian Desmond to stop swinging a billion miles an hour on EVERY pitch under any circumstance or situation. And every pitcher knew that throwing low, outside and in the dirt was the way to strike Desmond out.

  4. ward5nedc - Nov 30, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Bad call.
    Henley at 3rd base = less runs.

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