Nationals promote Randy Knorr to bench coach

Former major league catcher Randy Knorr is being promoted from

minor league manager to major league bench coach by the Washington

Nationals.

Knorr replaces Pat Corrales, who became Washington’s bench coach

when Davey Johnson took over as manager after Jim Riggleman

abruptly resigned during last season.

Otherwise, the Nationals announced Thursday that Johnson’s staff

will stay the same in 2012: hitting coach Rick Eckstein, pitching

coach Steve McCatty, third base coach Bo Porter, first base coach

Trent Jewett and bullpen coach Jim Lett.

Knorr retired as a player in 2004. He is 384-380 as a manager in

the minors, including at Triple-A Syracuse in 2011. He was the

Nationals’ bullpen coach for part of the 2006 season and all of

2009.