Category Archives: Nats/MLB 2009

ESPN Mag profiles Ryan Zimmerman

Zimmerman mostly unknown commodityESPN The Magazine
Ryan Zimmerman has been flying under the radar as a baseball player and as a man-about-town in the D.C. area since he got here after being drafted in the first round in 2005. Now, he is the best third baseman in the National League and is starting to be appreciated for how good he is but locally he isn’t immediately recognizable when he is out and about. Such is life of the Washington Nationals only superstar, though Zimmerman seems able to deal with the changes that will come if/when the Nats improve and raise the profile in the Nation’s Capital.

One odd thing — he’s never been on the Metro. That’s kind of part of the D.C. experience Zimm.

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Nats: Baseball Prospectus Q&A with Jim Riggleman

Prospectus Q&A Jim RigglemanThe Post
Riggleman answers about 20 questions from David Laurila. All of the answers are a paragraph long and fairly thoughtful. He calls strikeouts “unproductive outs” and talks about how even with restrictive pitch counts, young hurlers sometimes get hurt, among other things. Not mentioned — him being from suburban Montgomery County.

Hat tip to The Nats Blog.

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Thomas Boswell chat 12.24.2009

Ask Boswell: Redskins, MLB, Nats, Caps and MoreThe Post
“Washington Post sports columnist Thomas Boswell will be online Thursday, Dec. 17, at 11:00 a.m. ET to talk about the new Redskins front office and take your other questions about the Nats, Tiger Woods, the NFL and the Caps. “

I didn’t expect to see a Bos chat today. Perhaps he will talk more about the Nats and their recent acquisitions (including reliever Matt Capps apparently) than the dysfunctional Redskins. I really don’t think there is anything else to add on that front.

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New Nats pitcher Jason Marquis introduced; Eddie Guardado next?

Marquis deal is another positive sign for NatsThe Post
New National Marquis grabs mentor roleThe Wash. Times
The Nationals newest starting pitcher and projected #1 starter, Jason Marquis, was introduced to Washington yesterday. Marquis speaks highly of the moves that the Nats have been making in the offseason and by signing Stephen Strasburg. He also got to know John Lannan a little last year in Colorado during the Nats-Rockies series. Marqis wants to be a mentor on the staff. Given that we are not even to the New Year, I’ll take him at his word.

Nats nearing deal with veteran reliever Guardado – Nationals Journal, The Post
Oh how times have changed — back in 2008 when he was pitching for the Texas Rangers, Eddie Guardado was told he was traded to D.C. at the deadline — he was furious. In reality, he was pranked by his manager. Now, he is apparently ready to sign with the team. At 39 years old and a career almost exclusively in the American League, I’m skeptical about this signing and I can’t help but think of Julian Tavarez. I hope my gut is wrong on this one.

Okay, Pirates fan(s), Matt Capps has the Nats as one of the two teams he will sign with soon, how should I feel about him in a curly W cap?

Strasburg lands endorsement deal with Topps – National Journal, The Post
Strasburg signed a deal with the only baseball card manufacturer left — Topps. No word yet one whether it means he’ll be restricted in his autographs like Ryan Zimmerman.

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