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Pokey Reese

The former Gold Glover joins the Columbus Clippers.

Pete Orr has gone on the disabled list, and the Clippers need some infield depth. Pokey is noteworthy, though, not just because of his reputation as a slick fielder. Last time he had any involvement with a major league team was 2006, in spring training with the Marlins. According to reports at the time, Reese left the team without ever providing an explanation. The team later released him.

By Chico Harlan  |  May 24, 2008; 7:27 PM ET
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Pokey Reese had his best moments as a Pittsburgh Pirate. Wait a second, so did Rob Mackowiak. What's goin' on here? Are the Nats going to sign Al Martin next?

Posted by: 15227 | May 24, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and FIRST!!!

Posted by: 15227 | May 24, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm rooting for Pokey. Just a tremendous glove. Hope whatever personal problems he's had are by gones. Very popular with RSN/ EE#4 fans.

Posted by: PTBNL | May 24, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Lastings Milledge goes yard!

Posted by: Jason | May 24, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Lets see if Dukes tries to steal, but probably not with the ankle

Posted by: Jason | May 24, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Rally Killer Felipe Lopez, this idiot looked at 3 straight strikes. You are a donkey.

Posted by: Jason | May 24, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Another Cincinnati Red, circa 1999. My memory of Pokey Reese is that he was good friends w/ Dmitri Young on the Reds, and both complained a lot when Griffey arrived, because Griffey was getting all the media attention.

Oh yeah, Pokey can't hit either.

Posted by: Ray | May 24, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

"Keep in mind the Forbes numbers out a few months ago that had the Nats at the top of the profitability ranking last it seems you can make money and be a bad team."

jayb, my point was more of a 'long-term' thing. the nats haven't been around long enough to have a long-term yet. as someone else pointed out as well, the article left out a lot of important facts, it was just about one set of raw numbers taken in a vacuum.

but if you look at perennial losers, you will find teams that struggle to make money. tampa, pittsburgh, texas, kc all come to mind.

your example of the marlins doesn't fit the pattern because they've won two WS in the past 10 seasons (97 and 2003). and they look like they're on the way back to contending for the WS again.

Posted by: 231 | May 24, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

oddly, i've enjoyed listening to loduca in the booth tonight. rijo is interesting at times, but that's a rough accent.

Posted by: 231 | May 24, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

I enjoyed listening to Lo Duca and Rijos as well but I do hate it when they talk all the way through an inning and ignore a play such as when Lannan balked. No explanation was made of how Lannan balked because that would have gotten in way of the jabbering in booth. It reminds me (in a negative way) of when Debbi Taylor interviews some lady doing a charity promotion and talks through the first two outs of the inning. Someone needs to remind the MASN telecasters that the game is more important than they are.

Posted by: Dale | May 24, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Good for Pokey. If nothing else, he would give the Nats a solid glove up the middle if he can get in playing shape.

Oh, and RotoWorld is reporting that the Rangers have released Patterson. Doesn't look like he's going to pitch anywhere this year.

Posted by: LA Nats | May 24, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

"Patterson released

The Rangers released right-hander John Patterson, who was recently shut down after he aggravated a nerve injury. The Rangers signed the native Texan late in spring training after he was released by the Washington Nationals."

Posted by: 100% Healthy, eh? | May 25, 2008 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Get well Don Sutton, but must say that I dug Lo Duca's and Rijo's rap.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 25, 2008 4:32 AM | Report abuse

Also, give them some credit for at least adhering to one of their commitments - signing something like their top 17 draft choices and spending the second most in bonuses on the draft. They said they'd build throught he farm system and there's no evidence they are not doing so.

Posted by: PTBNL | May 24, 2008 8:55 PM

My view is not that the Lerners are always cheap, but rather they have made some poor decisions about spending now or later and that they have made a very poor decision about Jimbo. Keep in mind that the amount of bonus cash spent on draft last year was a drop in the bucket compared to the $30 Million they cut in MLB salary. It was a great move and they should do it every year (sign hard to sign talent that others pass on) but not really a counter balance to lack of MLB spending at all.

I enjoyed Lo Duca and Rijo. I was a big fan of Rijo on the mound and know I can see why hitters did not like him much. I thought we got a lot of first hand opinion about the farm system and that was refreshing. Hearing Bob and Don talk about prospects they have not seen gets old. How many Spring Training games did they broadcast?

A few high notes from the past two games......Milledge called a ball Friday Night and hit a home run last night......not bad for 40 games. Dukes was out at second by a mile if the 2B caught the ball but still I like his speed, arm, instincts in the field and his idea at the plate seems to be coming around.

Posted by: JayB | May 25, 2008 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Well the weather is heating up and the balls are starting to fly out of Nationals Park. OK, so maybe it's mostly the other team's fly balls so far, but maybe there is hope. And Dukes finally hit the ball!

Some other items for the pro-Plan folks:

Buster Olney says Santana is already in decline here:

The Sun Times says the Cubs are winning in part due to contributions from five rookies:,CST-SPT-gordo23.article

(Now, I will grant you, the Cubs did it backwards and signed the free agents first.)

Posted by: Bob L. Head | May 25, 2008 7:49 AM | Report abuse

I enjoyed LoDuca and Rijo too - I think they were reluctant to criticize, thus no balk call. And it looked like WMP poorly played the double in the corner allowing the run to score - true, or that's just who he is? Again, no comments from the booth.

Posted by: Geezer | May 25, 2008 8:26 AM | Report abuse

If the answer is "Pokey Reese," what in Jesus (Flores) name is the question?

Posted by: Bob L. Head | May 25, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

With the Brett Boone retiring...again...they had to sign Pokey Reese...ex-Red to boot.

Posted by: SC Nats Fan | May 25, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Why Pokey Reese?

My guess is that it may be to fill a minor league slot, since I can not imagine him in the major leagues.

Why not play Aaron Boone at first and have Young come in to pinch hit?

Why do we have Mackowiac pinch hit for anyone? Odalis Perez would have had a better at bat last night than Mackowiac.
Surely there is someone in the minors that can hit better than Mackowiac.

The umpire last night seemed to be fantasizing what a strike zone was. He was horribly inconsistent.

Posted by: Dale | May 25, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Just some random thoughts on Pokey, together they lead nowhere but maybe one is correct......

Jimbo loves ex Reds and is always willing to give them one more chance, makes him look good if like Young they do make a come back.

Farm is so weak in at the SS/2B position that last year they signed several 33-37 year old types just to fill a gaping void.....time face facts Jimbo sucks at drafting Middle Infield.......

Jimbo is getting ready to sell Guz and Lopez to the highest bidder.....which may not be much but this would be the most welcome move he could make at this point of a lost season because neither are part of any solution here next year. Lopez just sucks and Guz has no range.

Pokey has some dirt on Jimbo......

Posted by: JayB | May 25, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Bowdens motto: No Former Red Unemployed

Posted by: leetee1955 | May 25, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sure that it's possible to suck at drafting middle infield compared to other positions. You're either good at drafting or bad at drafting. The prospects you select may or may not work out, regardless of position. That's why in baseball, you always draft for best talent, not for need (i.e., positional need).

Also, I think Guzman will have pretty considerable trade value at the deadline, if we choose to go that route. At this point, however, even if he is a "coaster" in 506 terminology, he's one of the better bats on the team (as always, who'da thunk it) and has value to us as well, so keeping him for next year or beyond on a reasonable contract wouldn't bother me until we get some younger middle-infield help.

Posted by: faNATic | May 25, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

It is a cheap shot to say that Bowden stinks at drafting middle infielders. The team has taken the best player available with their drafts, and no college middle infielder meet that criterion early in the first 3 years. Some of the middle infielders they did draft are performing pretty well.

There will be 2 worthy MIs in the top 10 (the Georgia Beckhams) this year, but they are not likely to still be around when the Nats pick at #9. Drafting for need doesn't seem a good way to proceed, so we will get good middle infielders if we are lucky early, or we will have to wait for the younger kids to develop.

The parade of former Reds is silly, and will have to stop soon because of the age of people Bowden was affiliated with back then. However, we sure could use a slick fielder.

Posted by: Positively Half St. | May 25, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Good morning! I'm up.

Posted by: New post | May 25, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I Desmond, King, Smiley, Jack S, and a few others.....Jimbo draft or $1 Million signings.....all have very little promise as MLB SS for the can defend Jimbo all you want but the facts are the facts....We have nothing in the pipeline that could be a MLB SS.....

Posted by: JayB | May 25, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

I think this signing just indicates that they'll be shopping Guzzie pretty hard around the trade deadline.

Posted by: John | May 25, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

I've been several times new posted by now, but I'm curious: who called whom? Was this Bowden's idea, and he talked Reese into coming back, or did Pokey call him and make a case for a job?

Posted by: CE | May 25, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

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