The Washington Nationals today named Bob Schaefer Special Assistant to the General Manager. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.
Schaefer, 66, adds 30 seasons of professional experience to Mike Rizzo's brain trust. He joins the Nationals after serving as Joe Torre's bench coach with the Dodgers the previous three seasons (2008-10), the first two of which resulted in berths in the National League Championship Series (2008, 2009).
Schaefer has spent much of the last twenty seasons in either a special assistant to the GM role (2006 Braves under John Schuerholz, 1999-2001 Orioles) or as a big league bench coach (2008-10 Dodgers; 2007 Athletics; 1991, 2002-05 Royals). He twice skippered Kansas City in an interim capacity (1991, 2005).