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Since there was some discussion in one of yesterday's comment threads re: who reads the game stories online, I thought I'd make sure you guys knew that this gamer is a web-only version, filed by Chico after the newspaper's final deadline. It has postgame quotes you will not find in the loose change edition ... scintillating quotes, too, such as

"Absolutely," Hill said.

By Jon DeNunzio  |  May 28, 2008; 11:17 AM ET
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"Bob L - In a sense, we have many offensive pieces for the future. It's just we don't have many players capable of producing runs when we are at bat.

Actually, the Reese signing may not be completely irrelevant to the future. If his focus is on the game, he can be a short-term glove first SS. With Johnson signed for one more year, in 2009 you could have 3 top-tier defensive infielders in Zimmerman, Reese, and Johnson, and perhaps an average or better 2d base glove if Lopez is resigned (or Belliard can hold the job). Again, you really need offense out of the OF to make that work well, but a Reese /Zimmerman left side of the infield would prevent a lot of runs.

I still prefer a better all around player than Reese as an every day guy, but I think the AAA contract is more to see if his head is together than to serve as roster filler for Columbus.

Posted by: PTBNL | May 28, 2008 11:25 AM "

Posted by: PTBNL | May 28, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

he he. helping us get the gamer site visits up. thanks Jon. ;)

Posted by: NatsNut | May 28, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Anonymous | May 28, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Hey Jon, how about this for a working thesis:

Baseball fans are more likely to be print subscribers because (i) Senators-turned-Nationals fans tilt the fanbase to the older portion of your demographic, which (I assume) is more likely to subscribe to the dead trees edition; and (ii) we're nerds that like to scour the boxscores from around the league, and it's easier look at them all in one place in the paper than to click on multiple places online.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | May 28, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Well, seeing as how we're discussing coverage anyway, I was a bit taken aback to see the Nats mentioned in the context of Post employee buyouts. I would think that the decline in subscriptions would be more of a factor than the expense of covering the home team.

"The economics of the Web, for now, won't support a staff that can hold public officials accountable across the region and still cover every Nationals game."

Posted by: natsfan1a | May 28, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Glass half full: West coast road trips should bump up the online gamer hits, since those of us who usually read the dead-tree edition will stop in to check them out the next day.

Posted by: natsfan1a | May 28, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I read the online gamers exclusively, whether they be the ones immediately filed after the game, or the one posted later with player quotes.

The only time I read the paper version is if it happens to be in the men's room.

Posted by: Juan-John | May 29, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

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