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Mike Rizzo looks like Eddie Guardado

(By Doug Benc - Getty)

It was picture day in Nats camp on Sunday, which sometimes makes for extremely awkward photos. Anyone remember all those images of the Nats looking for all the world like they were locked in the confessional booth? That was fun.

This year's gimmick seems slightly less quirky: players staring at the camera, with pitchers extending their grips and batters showing their bats. Above, you can see the results, starring Stephen Strasburg, whose hands are apparently larger than his head. Maybe that's how he throws so hard. Below, Toni L. Sandys captures a profile view of Ron Villone mugging for the camera. If only someone had snapped Toni snapping Ron posing for someone else's snap.

But my favorite part of reviewing some Nats images was realizing just how similar Mike Rizzo and Eddie Guardado look. I asked my wife, and she said she could have been convinced that these were the same person if she just glanced quickly. Today, marking the one-year anniversary of Jim Bowden's shocking resignation, seems an apt time to make the comparison. And if you want to try to convince me that Bowden and Dmitri Young are actually the same person, have at that, too.

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 1, 2010; 2:13 PM ET
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Posted by: peteywheatstraw | March 1, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

It's never good when a professional athlete looks like a guy who's sat behind a desk for years. I've seen some MLB players who must be the worst-conditioned athletes in all of sports. I always think, "If they're good enough to be in the pros like that, I wonder what they could be like if they took care of themselves." (See: Chad Cordero, Livan Hernandez, Eddie Guardado, et al.)

Posted by: Incredulous2 | March 2, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

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