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12/01/11 4:56 PM EST

Beasley to manage Triple-A Syracuse

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals named Tony Beasley as the manager of their Triple-A club in Syracuse on Thursday. Beasley replaces Randy Knorr, who was hired more than a week ago as the Nats' bench coach.

Last season, Beasley steered Double-A Harrisburg to the Eastern League playoffs. Harrisburg won the league's Western Division and finished the year with a record of 80-62. In qualifying for the playoffs, the Senators' pitching staff finished with an ERA of 3.61, the second-best mark in the league.

Beasley's Harrisburg stint was his return to the Nationals' organization. In his first go-round with Washington, Beasley was the third-base coach in the team's second year back in the nation's capital, in 2006.

Prior to rejoining the Nats, Beasley spent three seasons as a member of the Pirates' Major League staff, including a spell as the team's third-base coach.

Beasley also spent five seasons managing in Pittsburgh's Minor League system. In each of his five seasons, his team qualified for the playoffs. Overall, his record is 452-320, a winning percentage of .585. In 2002, Beasley's Hickory Crawdads -- a team featuring Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista -- won the South Atlantic League title.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.