Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that the Washington Nationals have hired Derek Lilliquist as their new pitching coach.
Lilliquist was let go by the Cardinals after the 2017 regular season. He was replaced by Mike Maddux, who moved to St Louis. He replaces Mike Maddux, who was just in Washington. Time is a flat circle, folks.
Lilliquist takes over Washington pitching staff with one of the best rotations in baseball and a revamped bullpen that was a heck of a lot stronger in the second half than it was in the first. Not a bad situation to be in. Unless, of course, it gets worse this year in which case he’ll take a lot of the blame that would be attributable to mere regression otherwise. But hey, no one said coaching was easy.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.
The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.
The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.
Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.
Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.
In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.