Gerardo Parra — of “Child Shark” fame — would be the new first base coach for the Washington Nationals as a part of a sequence of adjustments to supervisor Dave Martinez’s workers

ByHOWARD FENDRICH AP sports activities author

November 10, 2023, 12:07 PM

FILE - Washington Nationals' Gerardo Parra celebrates after winning 7-4 in Game 4 of the baseball National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Washington, Oct. 15, 2019. Parra — of “Baby Shark” fame — will be the new first base coach for the Washington Nationals as part of a series of changes to manager Dave Martinez's staff announced by the club on Friday, Nov. 10, 2023, after a fourth consecutive last-place finish in the NL East.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

FILE – Washington Nationals’ Gerardo Parra celebrates after profitable 7-4 in Sport 4 of the baseball Nationwide League Championship Sequence towards the St. Louis Cardinals, Washington, Oct. 15, 2019. Parra — of “Child Shark” fame — would be the new first base coach for the Washington Nationals as a part of a sequence of adjustments to supervisor Dave Martinez’s workers introduced by the membership on Friday, Nov. 10, 2023, after a fourth consecutive last-place end within the NL East.(AP Picture/Patrick Semansky, File)

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WASHINGTON — Gerardo Parra — of “Child Shark” fame — would be the new first base coach for the Washington Nationals as a part of a sequence of adjustments to supervisor Dave Martinez’s workers introduced by the membership on Friday after a fourth consecutive last-place end within the NL East.

Miguel Cairo might be Martinez’s bench coach and Ricky Gutierrez is shifting to 3rd base coach after holding the title of run prevention coordinator in 2023. Chris Johnson was employed as assistant hitting coach.

Holdovers embody hitting coach Darnell Coles, pitching coach Jim Hickey, catching and technique coach Henry Blanco and bullpen coach Ricky Bones.

That is Parra’s first job on a serious league teaching workers. After retiring in 2021, he began working within the Nationals’ entrance workplace in 2022. Parra performed within the majors for 12 years and signed with Washington in 2019 as a backup outfielder. His selection of “Child Shark” as his walkup music — a nod to his 2-year-old daughter — grew to become a rallying cry for followers and gamers whereas the membership gained its first championship that season.

Cairo, additionally a former participant, was the minor league infield coordinator for the New York Mets final season. Earlier than that, he was the bench coach for the Chicago White Sox for 2 seasons.

Coles, Hickey, Blanco and Bones head into their third season in these roles with Washington.

The Nationals didn’t renew the contracts of bench coach Tim Bogar, third base coach Gary DiSarcina, first base coach Eric Younger Jr. and assistant hitting coach Pat Roessler.

The Nationals went 71-91 in 2023 as basic supervisor Mike Rizzo continues to attempt to remake their roster. Within the Nationwide League, solely the Colorado Rockies completed with a worse document this yr.

Rizzo and Martinez each bought new contracts in the course of the season.

Rizzo has been the crew’s GM since 2007. He employed Martinez for his first managerial job earlier than the 2018 season.

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