Wednesday, January 26, 2005
"I'll take 'Potpourri' for four hundred, Alex."
Let's see . . .
- Ryan from Washington Post-recognized Distinguished Senators found some screen captures of ESPN's imminent MLB game, complete with a shot of a Nat taking a hefty lead off first. (In the comments for that post, Yuda analyzes the visual evidence and confirms that the Nat is our boy Brad Wilkerson.)
- Capitol Dugout---composed and compiled by, amazingly enough, another Nats blogger from Midlothian, VA---is also doing profiles of our 2005 Washington Nationals (in a somewhat more aesthetically consistent and pleasing fashion than yours truly, I might add). The Nick Johnson profile at the top of the page is worth a read.
- As part of his "Around the Horn" series, MLB.com Nats beat writer Bill Ladson looks at the outfield situation. It's mostly a rehash of old quotes and passages, from what I can tell, but there are a few things of note.
Regarding Jose Guillen: "He's a really good kid. I trust him with my children," Nationals interim general manager Jim Bowden said of Guillen in November. I haven't had a chance to comment on this quote yet, but I have the opportunity now: Bowden clearly needs to have his parenting license suspended.
Assistant GM Tony Siegle on ex-Expos third baseman Tony
"I'd rather be digested for a thousand years than take a walk" Batista: "Last year, our main offense was [third baseman] Tony Batista, but he had flaws. His on-base percentage wasn't very good." Front office guys talking about OBP is a very good thing.
Brad Wilkerson, as told by Ladson, on batting leadoff or in an
RBI spot: Wilkerson said that for the Nationals to be successful in '05, they must acquire a leadoff hitter to allow Wilkerson to move down in the order. I started this blog far too late to mention it, but didn't Dave Roberts seem like a nice fit? Now we're stretching Endy Chavez out a bit much, if you ask me.
- Finally, it's a busy night for me tonight; as a result, there probably won't be a "Nat of the day" for January 26. Adjust your hopes and dreams accordingly.
[Late Edit: Chris from Capitol Punishment has an entry on a fascinating NY Times column by Dan Okrent---whom many can blame in part for rotisserie baseball, if I remember correctly---on the proper and improper application of numbers.]
Keep up the great work!
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