Nationals hire Devon White
Remember Devon White, who used to pick it with the best of them in center field for the Angels and Blue Jays (and later the Marlins, Dodgers and Brewers)? He would be the Nationals' new roving outfield instructor. White hasn't been in baseball since retiring after the 2001 season, so this could be a nice re-entry.
Here's the canned quote from the Naitonals' release from Bobby Williams, the guy who oversees the administrative part of player development.
"We are thrilled to add Devon White and his expertise that comes with 17 big league seasons, seven Gold Gloves, five post-seasons, three World Series rings and three All-Star Games to our player development system," said Williams. "His knowledge will benefit our young outfielders and make us a stronger organization from top to bottom."
Also, just heard from GM Jim Bowden, who said this doesn't mean that Jose Cardenal, who helped Nats minor league outfielders (including Chris Marrero) in the past, is out of a job. He's still a special advisor to the GM and could be used in a host of capacities.
All this reminds me that I spoke with Bob Boone the other day about the minor league contracts offered to those 19 dudes earlier in the week. I'll get you some of those thoughts at some point. (I've been sucked into a Sean Taylor story for the weekend so have been sidetracked a bit.)
And a note on the winter meetings: Sheinin and I both head to Nashville on Sunday, and we'll bring you double-barreled coverage on the Journal and in the $.35-edition from down there. Should be fun. Hope there's lots about which to write.
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