By CHUCKIE MAGGIO
A familiar face is returning to manage the Rochester Red Wings.
The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the Washington Nationals have tabbed Matthew LeCroy as Rochester’s manager for the 2021 season. The Nationals became the Red Wings’ new parent club this offseason after the Minnesota Twins opted to make the local St. Paul Saints their new Triple-A affiliate.
LeCroy spent most of his MLB catching career with the Twins, breaking into the big leagues in 2000, but didn’t play in Rochester until 2007. He was a Red Wing for 80 games that season, collecting 48 hits and 25 RBI and splitting time between catcher, first base and designated hitter. He played 476 games over eight seasons for Minnesota, batting .260 with 60 home runs and 218 RBI while compiling a .988 fielding percentage.
The 45-year-old has managed for nine seasons in the Nats’ organization, the last six in two stints with Double-A Harrisburg (2012-13 and 2016-19). He collected a 425-417 Double-A managerial record, winning 148 games the last two seasons.