The Nats just hired 88-year-old Jack McKeon as senior advisor originally appeared on nbcsportswashington.com
One interesting non-Bryce Harper note came out of Tuesday: The Nationals have a new senior advisor to general manager and president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo.
Washington has hired former Miami Marlins manager Jack McKeon, NBC Sports Washington confirmed, to be Rizzo's senior advisor. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported the hire.
McKeon's son, Kasey, was already part of the organization. He works as the Nationals director of player procurement, a job he has held since 2009.
Jack McKeon, 88, arrives with panache and expansive experience. He once worked in the Washington Senators farm system. His first managerial job came in 1973 when the Kansas City Royals hired him. McKeon was 42 years old then.
That began a long run as a manager with the Royals, A's, Padres, Reds and Marlins. McKeon won a World Series title in 2003 as the manager of the then-Florida Marlins after taking over in May of that season. He last managed in 2011 for Miami at the age of 80 and established cigars as his companion of choice before heart surgery in 2013 forced him to give them up.
Organizations often hire long-time "baseball men" in advisor roles. Former general manager Doug Melvin is an advisor for the Milwaukee Brewers. Former general manager Pat Gillick is an advisor for the Philadelphia Phillies. And so on. Now, the Nationals have a well-versed advisor, too.
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