Nationals fire pitching coach Derek Lilliquist, replace him with Paul Menhart

null null null Baseball The Nationals on Thursday night made a coaching move in response to their below-.500 start: They fired pitching coach Derek Lilliquist and replaced him with minor league pitching coordinator Paul Menhart.Washington general manager Mike Rizzo announced the move after the team's 2-1 home victory over the Cardinals. "We thought there were preparation issues there," Rizzo said in a press conference carried on DAZN's "ChangeUp." "We wanted to get a new message and a new voice. We felt really good about Paul's delivery, the way he feels about this organization and knowledge, both personally and professionally and mechanically, of almost each and every one of our pitchers at the big leagues."MORE: Watch 'ChangeUp,' a new live whiparound show on DAZN  Rizzo added that manager Davey Martinez was on board with the decision.Martinez acknowledged that agreement in his postgame comments."At this point, we wanted a new voice and a new face, somebody to relay the message in a different way," he said, per The Washington Post. "As you guys know, Derek’s a good friend of mine. So this is tough."Lilliquist, 53, was in his second season as[......]

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