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Day 17 in Viera: The Nats are 3-0

Hello again gang. This is John Dever again, and for one day only I am stepping in for Mark Lerner, who likely will return to the blogosphere tomorrow.

 

I have the honor of being the baseball PR Director for your Nationals. I hope to keep in touch with you for much of this spring, perhaps once a week now that Mark in on the ground here in Viera. As always, I will be utilizing the keen eyes and ears of my PR brethren, Mike Gazda and Bill Gluvna. They are great to work with and they know what they are talking about, whether it be this team or the game of baseball in general.

 

Let’s get down to the nitty gritty…

 

*Obviously, with our 3-0 start in mind, optimism is abound. That’s patently obvious, but it feel really GOOD.

 

*What a difference a year makes. Remember, last year the Nationals dropped their first 11 Grapefruit League contests? As great as the 3-0 start is, what is even more impressive is just how well the team has actually played. The games have been played with precision, have been quick and seemingly everything done on the field has a positive purpose. Our chuckers have walked just 3 batters in 3 games. That, my friends, is unheard of in late February/early March. Last spring, the Nationals opened the Grapefruit League slate with split squad action on March 4. Nationals pitchers issued 8 walks and 25 runs in those 2 games. Yea, I like this year better…

 

*One of Mike Rizzo’s mantras is that competition is good for everyone, including the team. Well, 3 games in, that thought is being reaffirmed, especially in left field, where Rick Ankiel, Roger Bernadina and Michael Morse are vying for Jim Riggleman’s affections. The 3 LF amigos are a combined 10-for-19 with 4 home runs and 9 RBI. In fact, the LF trio has combined on 4 of Washington’s 5 home runs to date. All 3 gentlemen look comfortable at the plate, so let’s look for more of the same type of production in the coming week…

 

*This weekend’s 2 contests—Sat. at NYY and Sun. vs. ATL—will offer stiff tests for Rick Eckstein’s battalion of bats. Why? Washington will be opposed by C.C. Sabathia and Tommy Hanson. Not-so subtle reminder that you can watch Sunday’s action on MASN as your Nationals host the Braves from Space Coast Stadium. Ross Detwiler will get the starting nod. He will throw the first pitch at 1:05 p.m.

 

*Let’s play the name game. The following is a list of actual first names of Nationals players, but these same guys “go” by other names. Follow?

Example would be Edwin was Duke Snider’s actual first name. Or Larry is Chipper Jones’ first name. So, let’s ramp up the Nationals fun below:

 

1B Robert (Michael) Aubrey

OF Rogearvin (Roger) Bernadina

RHP Justin (Todd) Coffey

INF Jose (Alex) Cora

RHP Eisler (Livan) Hernandez

1B David (Adam) LaRoche

RHP John (J.D.) Martin…middle name: Dale

RHP Olise (Cla) Meredith…middle name: Claibourne

 

*A few defensive nuggets… Chris Marrero made a few nice scoops, and in the process showed some solid footwork around the bag, in Tue.’s home opener vs. NYM… this is a strong statement, but Yunesky Maya is a Grade A fielder… his skills are akin to those of his big brother (not literally) Livan Hernandez… both our Cuban starters act almost insulted a batter would have the audacity to drive a grounder up-the-middle for a single… that is fun to watch.

 

*BTW, best of luck Cla Meredith, who had Tommy John surgery yesterday. A resident of Richmond, VA, Cla was excited at the prospect of pitching for his hometown team. He won’t pitch this season, so that hope will have to be shelved for now. That said, I would not bet against Cla Meredith…

 

Thanks for your time and interest in the Nationals. Let’s be in touch again soon.

 

Nationals trade Justin Maxwell

The Nationals traded Maryland native Justin Maxwell to the Yankees in return for Minor League right-handed pitcher Adam Olbrychowski

 

Maxwell was designated for assignment last Thursday to create an extra space on the 40-man roster and the Nats had 10 days to trade Maxwell, reassign him to the Minor Leagues or release him. They traded him.

 

Maxwell was always a hometown favorite but he never was able to transform his talent into consistent play at the Major League level. He spent time between the Minors and Majors the last two seasons and batted .201 with nine homers and 26 RBI in 122 games over three seasons (2007, 2009-10) with Washington.

 

Olbrychowski went 3-2 with four holds, one save and a 3.90 ERA in 32 games (one start) last season with Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. During the last two seasons (2009-10), the 24-year-old is a combined 6-4 with seven holds, one save and a 3.31 ERA in 65 games/three starts at Single-A and Double-A. He was selected by the Yankees in the fifth round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of Pepperdine University.

 

In other news, the Nats outrighted right-handed pitcher Shairon Martis to Triple-A Syracuse. Martis will be a non-roster invitee at Big League Spring Training.

 

They also agreed to terms with right-handed reliever Cla Meredith and infielder Alex Cora on Minor League contracts that include Spring Training invitations.

 

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