Rubber-armed Livan Hernandez showing up occasionally at Nationals Park to throw batting practice and hang out with the Nationals was a fun story, but now the 39-year-old would like to be there full time.
Hernandez, who’s currently employed as an “ambassador” by the Nationals, told Bill Ladson of MLB.com that he wants a bigger role:
I want to do something different and maybe stay there the whole year. I want to help the team the whole year. Let’s see. I think I can help next year a lot. All the players want me there. I want to be with them. We’ll wait until next year and see what happens.
There’s probably no room on Matt Williams’ coaching staff for Hernandez, at least for now, but plenty of ex-players fill special assistant or roving instructor roles for teams.
Make it happen, Mike Rizzo.