Now that manager Ron Washington is signed up for two more years, general manager Jon Daniels will go about getting Washington's coaching staff under contract for 2011 as well.
Both Washington and Daniels expressed a desire to see the staff return. That includes pitching coach Mike Maddux, who was the only coach with a multi-year deal, first base coach Gary Pettis, third base coach Dave Anderson, bullpen coach Andy Hawkins, bench coach Jackie Moore, special assignment coach Johnny Narron and hitting coach Clint Hurdle.
Hurdle is interviewing for the Pittsburgh managerial job, so there would be changes should he end up going there. But the club wants him and everyone else to return. And Daniels said he doesn't expect it to be an issue.
"We certainly intend on bringing everyone back," Washington said. "I was very pleased with what we accomplished and those guys played a huge part in it."
From talking to various folks and watching the interaction, Washington and coaching staff had a collaborative relationship throughout the season. They trust one another and feel free to voice their own opinions even when they differ. Washington took all of the advice and then made decisions accordingly. But he deferred to their expertise and created a good working relationship. Everyone felt ownership in the decision-making process.
"We have no egos," Washington said. "Each one of my coaches brings a different experience level. Each one brings a different knowledge level. You can go to one of those guys and ask and they’ve experienced it. If you feel there’s something that you think can help them, they listen and if there's something they can say that helps me, I listen. I'm so proud of them and so pleased by what we did."