Interestingly, the Washington Nationals did not fire pitching coach Paul Mennhart as his contract was set to expire at the end of October.
Formerly Washington’s minor-league pitching coordinator, Paul Menhart took over the big league job when Derek Lilliquist was fired in May of 2019 after the Washington Nationals started on a slow start.
After Paul Mennhart was named the pitching coach, the Nationals went on to win the World Series.
According to Byron Kerr of MASN Washington, Menhart said last night that manager “Dave Martinez did not give him a clear-cut reason for his dismissal.
After finding out the news, Menhart said: “I’m not sure how to take all of this. It’s quite a shock. I have given 15 years to this organization, starting from the bottom, trying to help numerous pitchers achieve their major league dreams.”
This afternoon, the Washington Nationals haven’t named who will take the reins as the next pitching coach; the clear favorite will be Brad Holman, the minor league pitching coordinator for the Fresno Grizzlies, the Washington Nationals triple-a affiliate, and was a pitcher himself.
Holman has been at the alternate training site for the past three months and has worked with more than 30 Nationals pitchers, including some of the Nationals top pitching prospects.
Holman was also the Texas Rangers’ bullpen coach from November 2015 to 2017 and then became the pitching coach for the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs in 2018.