Current Nationals third base coach Trent Jewett has been granted permission by the Nationals for the Mariners to interview him for Bench Coach. Jewett was reportedly in the running for the Nationals managerial position but, as we all know Matt Williams got the job. Williams kept Jewett on the staff to be the third base coach.
This report comes from Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. Here is the tweet…
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 10, 2013
Rosenthal also points out that Jewett was the third base coach under new Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon in Pittsburgh. That was all the way back in 2001-2002 but as most of us know, baseball relationships last a life time.
For the Nats’ this could be a huge loss. This puts the front office and Williams in a spot to find someone quickly to replace him. Williams, as a former third base coach, knows how important it is to have a guy you can trust manning that spot.
If Jewett does end up getting the job with the Mariners, I expect Williams and Rizzo to go find a third base coach, that likes to be aggressive. Williams was an aggressive third base coach as a Diamondback and it worked out for the best for him. Players like to be aggressive, they don’t want to be held up at third with a chance to score.
This is all a huge IF at the moment, but we will keep you updated on this situation as we get the information.