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Spotlight: Ronnie Belliard

By Jonathan Forsythe  |  March 7, 2008; 10:26 AM ET
 
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So their up to 120% effort now, huh?

Posted by: Baseball Cliches | March 7, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Folks are right that the arm strength of the LoDuca/Estrada combo is a downgrade. However, cutting off the running game is 50% catching and 50% pitching. In addition SBs are one of the more overrated statistics. 70% - 75% is break even for the offense. I am much more concerned about the new catchers' ability to frame pitches, block balls in the dirt, and call a good game. That will make much more of a difference than a few more SBs. Schneider was very good at all four and was consequently a top flight defender. I'll be eager to see LoDuca and Estrada over an extended period to evaluate how they stack up. From the limited exposure I've had, I'm not hopeful.

Posted by: #4 | March 7, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the new spotlight Jonathan. I love Belliard. He always seems like the most loose and casual of all of 'em.

You ever get the fingernail question answered about Dmitri??

Posted by: NatsNut | March 7, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

agreed. throwing out runners is the least important part of a catcher's job (unless they're so bad people can run at will, but we don't have that guy on our team any more, so frank doesn't need to cry about it any more).

Posted by: 231 | March 7, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I heard from a photographer while down at Spring Training that supposedly Dmitri had a dream one night and awoke with the mission to paint his fingernails black - sort of on a whim, i guess. At least that's what da meat hook told the photographer...

Posted by: Forsythe | March 7, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

4,
good points. i am not suggesting that sbs are a major problem to worry about, just saying that the team will be bad at it. its a byproduct of poor defense, as the other qualities you brought up can not be defined by numbers, so to speak.

as far as my outlook on the catching situation, im not hopeful either. that is the one position on the diamond where defense abilities should always trump a flashy average.

at least lo duca seems to hustle - which is a good thing.

Posted by: theraph | March 7, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Picking up on another commercial idea expressed in the last post, what if, after Screech was repeatedly outclassed in the outfield, they cut to the three guys eating wings at the new centerfield restaurant. One of them goes "Hey, what happened to Screech?" Another responds, "I heard he got cut." Then a waiter shows up with two giant wings, and the three Nats look at each other in shock ...

Posted by: Bob L. Head | March 7, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Fade to black, then the following words appear on the screen:

There's a little Screech in all of us.

Posted by: John in Mpls | March 7, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Also, I think PTBNL is an inspired handle (I suggest a slight modification to read "Poster to be Named Later"), but it's well conceived.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | March 7, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

"Picking up on another commercial idea expressed in the last post, what if, after Screech was repeatedly outclassed in the outfield, they cut to the three guys eating wings at the new centerfield restaurant. One of them goes "Hey, what happened to Screech?" Another responds, "I heard he got cut." Then a waiter shows up with two giant wings, and the three Nats look at each other in shock ..."

And cut to a shot of Clint wiping a bead of sweat off his brow while thinking in voice-over "Boy, am I glad cannibalism is illegal!"

Posted by: Section 419+1 | March 7, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

One more --

Screech and Clint on the field at the new park looking silly. Suddenly they are covered by a giant, quickly moving shadow. A huge, majestic bald eagle swoops down, picks them up, flies out over the Anacostia, and drops them in the drink from a significant altitude. Then the eagle returns in a large, swooping arc and takes its perch atop the press box. The announcer: "Find YOUR perch at NEW NATIONALS PARK."

Posted by: Bob L. Head | March 7, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Love the Screech ideas from all. I also think that PTBNL is an inspired handle (Crash, is that you?).

Posted by: natsfan1a | March 7, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Off topic...

I just got an email from MASN stating "MASN at Orioles FanFest 2008: During Orioles FanFest on Saturday, March 29th, visit us in the Championship Cafe located in the warehouse at Camden Yards for your opportunity to Grin & Grab the 1983 Baltimore Orioles World Series trophy and get your photo taken between 10:00am - noon and again from 1:00pm -3:00pm. When you get home, visit MASNSPORTS.COM and print out your complimentary picture courtesy of MASN."

Wouldn't it be a great idea for the Nats to have an open house while the team is on the road and invite the public to see the new Nationals Park for free? They could even have the concession stands open and make a buck or two selling curly W pretzels.

Posted by: Twinbrook | March 7, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Cupcake is my favorite player...thanks for the interview.

Posted by: Dave | March 7, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

New (Play Ball!) Post

Posted by: OldGuy | March 7, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

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