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Beasley to Syracuse, LeCroy to Harrisburg

Dec 1, 2011, 9:44 PM EDT

Updated at 7:46 p.m.

Continuing a theme that has seen several of their minor-league staffers promoted year-to-year, the Nationals have named Tony Beasley their new manager at Class AAA Syracuse and Matthew LeCroy skipper at Class AA Harrisburg.

Beasley spent this season managing at Harrisburg, where he led the Senators to an 80-62 record and first-place finish in the Eastern League's Western division. The 45-year-old Virginia native coached third base for the Nationals at the big-league level in 2006, then spent the next four seasons in the Pirates organization before returning this year.

In Harrisburg, Beasley was charged with managing top prospect Bryce Harper during the season's second half, and there's a good chance the two will be paired up again at Syracuse for at least part of the 2012 season.

Beasley takes the position previously held by Randy Knorr, who afterRead more »

  1. Anonymous - Dec 1, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    It'll be an interesting year in Syracuse and Potomac I wager.

  2. Anonymous - Dec 1, 2011 at 9:53 PM

    Rizzo is apparently looking at more than one Cuban according to Kilgore. Apparently they really like 19 year old Jorge Soler.

  3. MicheleS - Dec 1, 2011 at 10:41 PM

    I like this move. I think they are showing that they want to build continuity in the minors and build a consistent message through out.Would love to see LeCroy get a shot up the chain. I still remember Frank getting all choked up when he had to pull him.

  4. Grandstander - Dec 1, 2011 at 11:15 PM

    I still cringe every time I read Matt LeCroy's name. Bad enough to make grown men cry…

  5. SonnyG10 - Dec 1, 2011 at 11:17 PM

    I like to see in-house promotions. It indicates we have good people in place.

  6. John C. - Dec 1, 2011 at 11:36 PM

    According to Kilgore, LeCroy has been named manager at Harrisburg. I like the move – but don't tell Frank – he's cried enough :-)

  7. BinM - Dec 1, 2011 at 11:40 PM

    Just wild speculation on my part, but I wouldn't be suprised to see either Gary Cathcart or Brian Daubach jump to the MGR spot in Harrisburg. LeCroy lost parts of the Potomac team late in the year, imho.

  8. MicheleS - Dec 1, 2011 at 11:40 PM

    Good for Matt!!!!

  9. natsfan1a - Dec 2, 2011 at 12:38 AM

    Congrats to Beasley, and I'm with Michele in liking the theme. Congrats to LeCroy, too (boo hoo).

  10. gonatsgo - Dec 2, 2011 at 1:03 AM

    Our minor league coaches have done a very fine job the last few years bringing along our renewed farm system. It's a huge responsibility in the organization. It's nice to see them being rewarded and it's even nicer to have continuity for the players.

  11. BinM - Dec 2, 2011 at 2:44 AM

    Beasley was the right choice for SYR in 2012, but I'm a little dissapointed in the promotion of LeCroy to HAR, as I've posted previously.

  12. JaneB - Dec 2, 2011 at 2:51 AM

    Michelle I remember the same thing. It chokes ME up to think of it. I'm glad for them both, and for the babies they are bringing along.

  13. Sec 3, My Sofa - Dec 2, 2011 at 4:13 AM

    Not a big thing, but am I the only one squicked out by calling grown men "babies"?

  14. Anonymous - Dec 2, 2011 at 4:54 AM

    I like Bo Porter, but the other third base coach we had who routinely made aggressive and correct decisions on sending runners was Beasley. I was disappointed when he left. I love that the Nats are executing a "coach and follow" model throughout the system. Good for the players, good for the coaches. I know there are anti eckstieneople out there who blame the Nats hitting woes on the. Coach but I think they are confused about who is lacking focus. That Eck could not help Stairs, Werth, Espinosa, LaRoche, Desmond, etc make contact says more about the playersa than it does about the approach. Players with a history of better contact would likely yield better results.

  15. natsfan1a - Dec 2, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Is "Big Boy Nats" also squick-worthy? Because I've been known to use that term to distinguish from "Baby Nats," which I also use. Um, oops? In my defense, Mae West used "Big Boy," too. :-)

  16. Jim Webster - Dec 2, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    I'm delighted at LeCroy's promotion. Maybe someday I will overcome my chagrin for having yelled "We want Fick" on that memorable day in RFK in 2006. Speaking of that, where is Robert these days?

  17. Harper_ROY_2012 - Dec 2, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Why does LeCroy deserve a promotion, he hurt the Potomac team last year especially in the second half when he obviously played favorites with certain team members, while neglecting others who had a higher ceiling. This is not good news for those prospects moving from Potomac to Harrisburg, who thought they would be getting away from a bad manager! BOOO!

  18. MicheleS - Dec 2, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Harper ROY..I would give him the benefit of the doubt. A minor league manager is more likely to be subjected to interference from the Front Office on who to play. Maybe he was told to play the other guys to figure out if any of them had an potential at all.

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