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Being from Connecticut, I always root for someone from my home state. And so it is that Paul Menhart was named last week, as the new pitching coach for the Washington Nationals. Menhart went to Fitch High School in Groton. His coach was Ed Harvey, who just happens to be Matt Harvey’s dad.
Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Menhart “also came out of the famed New London American Legion program coached by Jim O’Neill.” (O’Neill was inducted into the New London Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.)
Of course, one man’s fortune is another man’s misfortune. In this case, it’s Derek Lilliquist, who was let go as pitching coach. Our paths crossed, when he pitched for the Richmond Braves and I broadcast their games. Here’s hoping Derek latches on with another club.