Write-in Tony Plush for Nats bobblehead

The Washington Nationals are holding a contest to pick the 3rd bobblehead giveaway of the 2010 season. Ryan Zimmerman (June 19) and Nyjer Morgan (July 31) are already planned. The choices are catchers Ivan Rodriguez and Jesus Flores, plus manager Jim Riggleman, pitcher John Lannan and Teddy from the Racing Presidents or a write-in. While it would be interesting to see how accurate the reproduction of Lannan’s eyebrows would be, the obvious choice is a write-in candidate, none other than Mr. Tony Plush, Morgan’s “gentleman name.” Make it happen Nats fans.

LHP Scott Olsen has a spot in the rotation if he’s healthy enough. I’m concerned he’ll have one if he isn’t. – All Nats All the Time, nationals.com

RF Elijah Dukes reported to camp , dawg. – Nats Insider

The Nats Dominican Republic situation has improved since the Smiley scandal of a year ago, but the permanent solution is not yet ready. Mike Rizzo is in a Q&A here. – The Post

Craig Stammen might be a part of the bullpen. – The Post

Special advisor to the GM, Davey Johnson says Ian Desmond should be an everyday shortstop. Johnson does not elaborate on where he should be playing SS everyday though. @washingnats

RHP Rafael Martin, 25, has been signed out of the Mexico. Yay international scouting?

Adam Dunn is preparing to play first base in the spring for the first time ever. He’s working on his feetwork. He’s got a point there.

The Thomas Boswell chat transcript. – The Post

Adam Kilgore introduces himself as the Nats beat writer for The Post and sounds good, though his line “Baseball is woven into the hum and churn of a city, the games playing on bar TVs while the first happy hour bleeds into the next, the second-guessing starting on the walk from the bleachers to the Metro, the aftermath still hovering the next morning” is not as accurate as we’d like. Mark Zuckerman praises Kilgore’s predecessor, Chico Harlan and speaks highly of Kilgore. – Nats Insider

Q&A with Derek NorrisNats Insider

Glorified beer tent The Bullpen returns for a second season in Near SE by Nationals Park. – JD Land

Fire Jim Bowden wonders if the Lerners aren’t cheap anymore. Next, he’ll scold Dukes for past transgressions.

MLB Network will televise the March 27 game against the Mets. Sorry, no link.

Kerry Wood doesn’t think Jim Riggleman used him too much (Chicago Tribune) during his rookie season with the Chicago Cubs.

Some guy named Stephen Strasburg pitched in the bullpen for a while yesterday. Kilgore has video.

Lastly, Nats320 is on the ground in Viera.

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Ted Leonsis says he will buy Wizards, Verizon Center; chats at 12:30

Leonsis: ‘We’ll End Up Buying’ the WizardsDCist
At a booksigning for the Business of Happiness, Ted Leonsis said “It’s my intention and expectation that everything is going to work out fine and that it will be done the right way and that we’ll own the Caps and the Wizards and the building.” Apparently, he had used the word “definitely” originally. He also praised the Pollin family.

Since the sale did not go through at the first opportunity, the Pollins have increased their media presence and the past history of John Kent Cooke failing to buy the Redskins from his father Jack Kent Cooke’s estate, Washingtonians have reason to be wary. I’m trying not to be and hope that Leonsis is correct and gets the Wizards, Verizon Center and the D.C. Ticketmaster franchise.

Leonsis is chatting
on The Post Web site at 12:30 p.m.

PREVIOUSLY

Ted Leonsis blogs about Wizards, Verizon Center sale01.29.2010

Wizards & Verizon Center sale: No deal yet between Pollins and Leonsis 01.20.2010

Ted Leonsis has right of first refusal to buy Wizards, Verizon Center 11.25.2009

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Boswell chat, more Nats news

Ask Boswell: Nats Spring Training, Stephen Strasburg, MLB, Olympics and moreThe Post
After outsourcing his feelings about Stephen Strasburg to Davey Johnson and Pudge Rodriguez in yesterday’s column, we should find out what Bos really thinks about Stephen Strasburg.

What is this, day 6 of 2010 Washington Nationals spring training?

Boswell pens a love letter to GM Mike Rizzo. He’s critical of the Lerners though, so that’s something. – The Post

Stan Kasten does a Q&A with Bill Ladson of nationals.com. Capital Punishment translates it.

Last year, Craig Stammen pitched through pain, which turned out to merely be bone chips in his elbow. He got lucky. – Nats Insider

A Florida Today column about Nyjer Morgan and the switch to sliding feet first.

Morgan and Sean Burnett pushed former Pirates teammate Matt Capps to sign with D.C. (AP via USA Today)

P Shawn Estes hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2008, but he’s had some extreme training in Arizona. He’s still a longshot, right?

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Nats: New beat writer interviewed, Livan signs

First off, Jamie Mottram of Mr. Irrelevant interviews The Post‘s new Washington Nationals beat writer, Adam Kilgore. You are off to a good start Kilgore.

BREAKING: @washingnats (Bill Ladson) says Livan Hernandez has just signed a minor league deal with the team. I don’t think he has anything left, but if the Nats are going to trot out a washed-up pitcher, it might as well be him I guess. One will fall to us.

Barring injuries, the starting 8 positions players seem to be set. When has that ever happened to the Nats? – Nationals Journal, The Post

What does that mean for Ian Desmond? Mike Rizzo wants him playing shortstop daily, but Jim Riggleman might want him off the bench. – Nats Insider

Speaking of old Nats, Brad Wilkerson signed a minor league deal with the Phillies. I’ll always have a soft spot for him for getting the Nats first hit on Opening Day and then hitting for the cycle in the second game against the Phillies.

Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to start on March 9 in Viera. He won’t travel during spring training and his schedule would have him in position to start Opening Day for the Potomac Nationals. – nationals.com

CF Nyjer Morgan is learning how to slide feet first. We’ll see how long that lasts. – nationals.com

@jlannan31 has video of P J.D. Martin making a full court basketball shot. I say he traveled.

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Nats: Boswell on Strasburg

THOMAS BOSWELL – Nats’ Rodriguez terms Strasburg ‘amazing’The Post
Uncharacteristically, Boswell lets the hyperbole of others tell us what he is thinking. In this column, Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Stasburg is compared to a young Doc Gooden and an old Nolan Ryan. No pressure kid. I guess Boswell’s next column will proclaim Strasburg the next Walter Johnson.

I like the way the team is handling Strasburg this spring by the way.

Washington’s top prospect Strasburg is ahead of the curve USA Today
That byline looks familiar.

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Nats: [expletive] Eddie Guardado!

The [expletive] Nationals?!”Nats Insider
Washed up journeyman Eddie Guardado is at Nationals spring training trying to win a roster spot. Two seasons ago, when he was with Texas and performing fairly well, he flipped out when he was told he was traded to Washington. Now, he’s cool with the Nats because nobody else wants him around. If he makes the team, he gets a short-leash as far as I’m concerned. Dude has to be perfect, otherwise merciless heckling should be sent his way.

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Nats: What others are saying about Strasburg; Flores frustration

Phillies’ model gives Nationals hope for futureThe Inky
Apparently, in the eyes of one beat writer, the current Washington Nationals resemble the Philadelphia Phillies of the past. Let’s see if I remember my history properly — the Phillies were generally inept and in denial of their status as a big market franchise. They were getting better, in part because they were drafting character players (like Brett Myers — okay bad example) but it wasn’t until they got a real GM that they started getting over the hump because that GM brought in complementary players to the young talent. He spent money too. That GM was Pat Gillick who openly campaigned for the Nats job in 2005.

*facepalm*

Nationals’ Strasburg Resumes Work of Living Up to Expectations The Times
TIM KURKJIANStephen Strasburg era has arrivedESPN The Magazine
More stories about how Stephen Strasburg is scary good, humble, etc. Also, another example of the Kerry Wood saga under manager Jim Riggleman. Apparently, Wood had known elbow problems, but was pitching too well in the minors and Riggleman was criticized for taking the young phenom out too soon. Anybody remember if that was actually the case?

Nationals’ Jesus Flores battles shoulder injury that continues to linger
The battered, bruised and repaired shoulder of Jesus Flores – Nationals Journal, The Post
These stories on Jesus Flores are pretty good — Chico Harlan can write a feature pretty well (gamers, not so much) when he tries and he’s been trying lately. Anyway, Flores injury history and how he is dealing with it is examined. Has the play through pain mentality that seems to permeate the organization proved costly again? Looks like it.

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