Nationals top draft pick and pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg is living up to lofty expectations while dominating Class AA batters and getting a taste of the life of a professional baseball player in Harrisburg. Here is a video that captures Strasburg-mania and a link to Part 1 of Dave Sheinin's...
Bobby Valentine is committed to his ESPN job, but hasn't ruled out a return to managing given the right situation.
He may not be a movie star yet, but Nyjer Morgan has stolen the hearts of Nats fans everywhere. And with the air time he's getting on this celebratory jump on Sunday, is there any reason he can't do some cinematic work in the offseason? We say no. What say you?
Stephen Strasburg wasn't the only first round draft pick to leave it until late to sign his first professional deal yesterday. A host of teams closed on their opening picks from the 2009 entry draft, with No. 2 and 3 overall picks Dustin Ackley (Mariners) and Donovan Tate (Padres) also agreeing to deals within the final two hours of Monday evening.
Just wanted to drop out a quick line about two different baseball chats we have going on today at the site.
Jordan Zimmermann has made a career out of coming out of nowhere. He was lightly recruited out of Auberndale (Wisc.) High, developed into a top prospect at Division III Wisconsin-Stevens Point, then blitzed through the Washington Nationals' farm system in a mere 22 months from the time he was drafted (second round in June 2007) to his big league debut this April 20. In other words, the past, say, six years has been a series of rapid-fire "clicks." What was the most critical stage in his development? He says it was the transition from high school to college.