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LETT RESUME
Returns for 4th season as Nationals bullpen coach...the 2013 season marks 41st in professional baseball as a player or coach, 19th as a big league level...respected for skills as catching instructor and for excellence in communicating within the bullpen culture...has had a big hand in evolution of a bullpen that has posted a 3.24 ERA in 3 complete seasons (2010-12) on the job in DC...in that same 3-year stretch, only the Braves (2.95), Padres (3.02) and Giants (3.19) have registered a lower bullpen ERA...after one-season stint as hitting coach for Huntsville Stars of the Double-A Southern League, returned to the big leagues in 2010 for first time since serving as PIT's bench coach under Jim Tracy from 2006-07...also served on Tracy's staff with LAD from 2001-05...was Dodgers' bench coach in '05, after enjoying the previous 4 seasons as their bullpen coach...worked in TOR organization from 1997-2000, including 2 seasons on big league coaching staff (bench coach in '98-99) and one season as assistant director of player development in 2000...initial 24 years in baseball came in CIN organization...spent 5 seasons with CIN's big league team, serving as bench coach from 1986-89 then again on Ray Knight's staff in 1996...made managerial debut with Single-A Shelby in Western Carolinas League in 1977-78...also skippered at Greensboro ('79), Cedar Rapids ('80, '84), Tampa ('81), Westbury ('82-83), Billings ('85), Charleston-WV ('90) and Nashville ('91-92) in the CIN chain...managed in hometown of Charleston (WV) in '08, skippering the West Virginia Power of the Single-A South Atlantic League...named Western Carolina League Manager of the Year in 1978...worked 3 years as CIN's minor league field coordinator from 1993-95.

PLAYING CAREER
Played 3 seasons in CIN's minor-league system from 1973-75...compiled a .256 batting average with 6 homers and 110 RBI in 313 games... began playing career with rookie-level Bradenton in 1973...also played for Single-A Tampa ('73-74) and Double-A Trois-Rivieres in quebec ('75).

PERSONAL
James Curtis Lett...graduated from Winfield (WV) High in 1969...played football and basketball...earned All-State honors in basketball as the top scorer in the state...as a quarterback, was an All-American for football...graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1973...selected to All-SEC baseball team in 1971...quarterbacked the Wildcats football team as freshman and sophomore, then switched to safety for final 2 seasons of eligibility...earned bachelor's degree in geography...enjoys bow hunting.

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