Nov 24, 2015, 11:01 AM EDT
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.
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