Results tagged ‘ Wil Nieves ’

Nationals Players & First Ladies at Capital Area Food Bank

Gonzo, Harris and Nieves.JPGNationals Players Willie Harris, Alberto Gonzalez, Wil Nieves and their wives–The First Ladies–volunteered at the Capital Area Food Bank yesterday. The players and First Ladies, along with members of the Nationals Communications and Community Relations staff, packed meals for the Capital Area Food Bank’s Weekend Bag program, a service that provides weekly bags of food for children who do not have access to school meals. At the Food Bank warehouse, the group was able to pack 640 bags to be delivered to community-based sites for distribution to area children.

Nieves and his wife, Yormarie, visited the Food Bank last year to pack meals for a similar program. Both were especially eager to return again this year to help out kids in need, as they are expecting their first child this summer.

“It’s surprising that most of the people that don’t have food are kids,” Nieves said. “I can’t imagine having my kid without food just for one day.”

Harris at the food shelf.jpgIn support of the Capital Area Food Bank’s efforts to end hunger in the DC Metro area, the Nationals are teaming up with them for the fifth consecutive year to host the Annual Food Drive at Nationals Park on May 22 and 23 when the Nationals take on the Baltimore Orioles. Fans may donate non-perishable food items and paper products (plates, cups, napkins, etc.) outside the Center Field Gate from the time gates open through the fourth inning. All items collected will benefit the Capital Area Food Bank and the 478,000-plus people they serve through 700 nonprofit partner agencies.

“We love what they do for the community here in Washington,” Nieves said. “It feels good that we just can help any way we can, just a little bit of our time, I know we’re going to make a difference.”

30 Players in 30 Days: Wil Nieves

Wil Nieves

Going into the 2009 season, Nieves was expected to fill his previous role as the Nationals’ backup catcher. When Jesus Flores went down with an injury 29 games into the season, Nieves’ role increased and he became a platoon catcher with teammate Josh Bard.

Prior to joining the Nationals, Nieves made his Major League debut with the San Diego Padres in 2002 and then later spent time as Jorge Posada’s backup on the New York Yankees. While he is regarded as a solid defensive catcher, his offensive numbers have kept him from becoming a starter.

042508-266 wil nieves c.JPGThough he finished this year with a .259 batting average, Nieves actually performed slightly better than his numbers suggest. His BAbip, or the batting average on balls in play, was .311. This shows that, when Nieves does make contact with the ball, he hits it well.

What Nieves can improve upon are his power numbers. Going into the 2010 season, he only has two career home runs–his first coming in the form of a walk-off winner to right field on April 25, 2008 against the Cubs at Nationals Park.

Nieves was slowed down at the end of the season by a pulled hamstring but is on the mend and preparing for 2010. With Flores expected to recover by next season, Nieves looks to return to his role as a veteran backstop. It’s a role he has flourished in.

Wil Nieves Final Stats





































Meet catcher Wil Nieves at the ESPN Zone tomorrow

nieves 1.jpgCome to the ESPN Zone in DC to ask Nationals catcher Wil Nieves a question and for a chance to win tickets to a Nationals game. The Nats continue their popular lunchtime question-and-answer series at ESPN Zone with Nieves tomorrow from noon to 1 p.m. Nationals Radio Broadcaster Charlie Slowes will moderate the Q&A as fans get to know the Nationals catcher in his second year with the ballclub. Fans in attendance will have the opportunity to win tickets to an upcoming Nationals game. Nationals players have participated in these Q&As since baseball returned to Washington in 2005.