Pitchers and catchers, some of the 71 players invited to the Nationals spring training, report today in Viera, Fla. The franchise is starting over (AP/The Wash. Examiner) with low expectations (The Wash. Examiner) and unanswered questions (The Wash. Times) about what the rotation will look like and who will play left field. Thomas Boswell of The Post makes the obvious comparison between today’s Nats, run by Stan Kasten and the late ’80s Braves, also run by Kasten. Boswell is optmistic Kasten can repeat his Atlanta magic here. Two years into his career, Ryan Zimmerman is already the face of the franchise (The Free Lance-Star), but is not yet signed for this season. The club controls his rights for the next three years, so it is not regarded as a big problem. Yesterday, Nook Logan, who has the centerfield job to lose, signed a 2007 contract. So far, staff “ace” John Patterson and Nats GM Jim Bowden were far apart on a contract during a Phoenix arbitration hearing yesterday. Meanwhile, down in Viera, the Nats have hired a Brevard County Park and Recreation retiree to run the team’s Florida operations (Florida Today). Up here, the team wants you to take a run at the presidency. I still want them to try my idea at least once. Lastly, only one Fox telecast for the Nats this year (The Wash. Times), July 21 vs. Colorado. At least it is more than Balmer gets.

Author: WFY

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