Nationals add two former big leaguers to coaching staff

The Nationals have unveiled their coaching staff for the 2024 season.

Key additions include bench coach Miguel Cairo, first base coach Gerardo Parra, and assistant hitting coach Chris Johnson.

Gerardo Parra, known for his role in the Nats' 2019 World Series Championship, will handle first base coaching duties.

Chris Johnson, a former player, worked with the White Sox in 2023 and will continue as the assistant hitting coach for the Nationals.

Parra, aged 36, played a significant role in the Nats' 2019 championship and became a fan and clubhouse favorite.

After retiring as a player in 2021, Gerardo Parra joined the Nationals' front office as a special assistant.

Chris Johnson, aged 39, had an eight-year playing career in the Majors and later worked with the White Sox as their Triple-A hitting coach.

The Nationals' coaching staff for 2024 includes returning members such as hitting coach Darnell Coles, pitching coach Jim Hickey, catching coach Henry Blanco, and bullpen coach Ricky Bones.

Ricky Gutierrez, the team's former run prevention coordinator, will take on the role of third base coach in the upcoming season.

The coaching lineup reflects a mix of experienced individuals, former players, and continuity from the previous season.

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