A Pair of Baseball Legends
Nationals Principal Owner Mark D. Lerner will be blogging throughout the 2010 MLB Winter Meetings, giving Nats fans a unique perspective of the goings-on in Orlando. Check back often for the latest updates.
I would like to start today’s blog by congratulating longtime Expos broadcaster Dave Van Horne, who today was named the 2011 winner of the Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence. Dave, who now serves as the radio voice of the Florida Marlins, broadcast Expos games on television and radio starting during Montreal’s inaugural season in 1969. As most fans know, the Expos franchise relocated to Washington DC for the 2005 season and became the Nationals, so Dave is a big part of our franchise’s past. I had the opportunity to meet Dave when he emceed our ceremony recognizing Andre Dawson’s Hall of Fame induction earlier this year at Nationals Park. He is a true professional and is very deserving of this award.
Speaking of legendary baseball figures, I ran into my friend Tommy Lasorda in the hotel lobby the other night. It’s always great to see Tommy. There is nobody who loves the game of baseball more than him, and…what a character.
Mike Rizzo’s Baseball Ops staff has continued its hard work, burning the midnight oil every night in the team’s suite. I mentioned a few of Mike Rizzo’s top baseball advisors yesterday, but I should also recognize his front office folks who work day in and day out in Washington holding the operation together: Bryan Minniti, Adam Cromie, Mark Scialabba, Erick Dalton, Rob McDonald and Harolyn Cardozo are here with us in Florida, while Ryan Thomas and Mike Mazur assist from DC. These folks do an outstanding job!
We had our annual Winter Meetings staff dinner last night at the Dolphin Hotel. It was a great opportunity to get together with all of Mike’s staff that is working so hard at the Winter Meetings, as well as our Florida Operations staff. There are so many moving pieces and it is always a great opportunity to get everybody in one room to enjoy a nice meal.
Tonight, we will host our minor league affiliates for a similar gathering… more on that later.