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Archived reading, upcoming instruction

Flying into Atlanta is always kind of a mess, even in the best of circumstances, which is why you've got to pick a way (or two) to salvage a little enjoyment. For me, the on-flight tomato juice is always a good start. Then, there's always the chance for some quality reading. For today's travel time, I printed out a few classic Sports Illustrated baseball stories from years back...'s Web site recently opened its archives to feature every last article that's ever appeared in the mag. So basically, you've got a treasure chest.

Here were today's picks.

This, from my favorite series of all time. (I recorded game 7 on my parents' VCR, and re-watched until the tape un-spooled.)

This, from one of my favorite writers, who masters his subjects as well as his words.

Now, for more business-like reportage...

The Nats today announced the 47 players who will participate in the Instructional League, a 25-day routine of games and workouts. If you're interested in the full roster, click here. If you just want the abridged version -- a few names, for the MTV generation -- I'll pick out three of four of the most notable.

* Esmailyn Gonzalez, who this year won the Gulf Coast League batting title

* Class A Potomac IB Chris Marrero, the Nats' top pick in '06

* OF Destin Hood and SS Danny Espinosa, this year's second- and third-round draft picks

* Class A Potomac OF Michael Burgess, who was tossed in the 9th inning of last night's playoff game, a 15-inning bender that the P-Nats won, 2-1.

By Chico Harlan  |  September 4, 2008; 3:20 PM ET
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Chico --

Lastings, miked-up last night, referred to Zim as "the reverend" after he hit his dinger. Any insight?

Posted by: Bob L. Head | September 4, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

506 - I'm with you on going for an FA bat rather than a pitcher, if we have to pick one. There are very few FA pitchers who work out for the length of their contracts, even fewer that sign > 3 years like most of the top tier do now. I would want our crack medical staff to talk to Rizzo before we take on anyone just to identify the injury risk for any pitcher, and then do the opposite of what they recommend.

As for lefty vs. righty bat, I'm still naively hoping that our LH bat is Nick, so I think I'm looking for OF/1b flexibility rather than handedness. I'm off the Raul Ibanez bandwagon if he projects as a type A, which is what that Tigers blog says. Casey Blake is intriguing. He could probably play 2d if we were fortunate to be overwhelmed with healthy and effective corner infield and outfield players.

Posted by: PTBNL | September 4, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I think I can sign onto all of that.

Is it ridiculous to think that with the 16-15 record since after the trade deadline Teixeira might take a more serious look at Washington?

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | September 4, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how McGeary worked it out with Stanford to participate in the IL.

Posted by: NatsNut | September 4, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Texeira would be a perfect fit, and I suspect that the Lerners would be willing to pay a reasonable amount for him. Here's the problem...He is also a perfect fit for the Yankees and they would, in all likelihood pay A-Rod numbers or such. I'm sure that this will cause all of the Lerner haters to blow a gasket, but there is a reasonable limit to how much anyone should pay for a corner infielder.

BTW, Let's not think that either the Nats or Birds will get a "Hometown discount." This will be a money deal, period.

Posted by: Catcher50 | September 4, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

whos pitchin today, bergman or martis. and who is martis.

Posted by: dk | September 4, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Please, let's not go the FA route. FA's are nearly always overpaid.

Follow the Arizona model . . . homegrown talent supplemented by trading for arbitration-eligible stars who are too expensive for small market teams.

FA's are the last resort . . . those last few wins between 85 and 90 are real expensive.

Posted by: Gal Revels in Pee | September 4, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Martis today, Bergmann tomorrow.

Posted by: Section 138 | September 4, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Martis was born March 30, 1987 in Curacao, the very same Netherlands governed island that Andruw Jones and our own Roger Bernadina are from. That makes him a Dutch citizen, and 21 years old. He started last year in Potomac (high A ball) and posted a record of 14-8 with a 1.34 WHIP. He got the bump to AA Harrisburg this year, and after going 4-4 with a 3.98 ERA and 1.35 WHIP was promoted to AAA Columbus.
Did I mention that he threw a no-hitter in the World Baseball Classic in 2006?
Martis was also selected to the All-Star Futures game in Yankee Stadium this year, and threw a perfect 9th inning against the US team to get the save.

Posted by: Section 138 | September 4, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

McGeary's name jumped out at me too, NN. I'm all for it, as long as he doesn't neglect his studies. A fellow needs something to fall back on.

Posted by: Scooter | September 4, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I think all of the key young guys are on the lists. Some others of note: Smoker, Colton Willems, Graham Hicks, Adrian Nieto, Stephen King, Jake Smolinski, Stephen Englund, J.P. Ramirez and a rehabbing Justin Maxwell.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | September 4, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

>Martis was born March 30, 1987 in Curacao,

i had a stopover there once on one of my scuba diving trips to bonaire. looked like a nice little dutch isle. bonaire was also real sweet.
now carry on.

Posted by: dk | September 4, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Chico, same question here. How is McGeary still playing this September and has something changed with school? Thanks!

Posted by: G-town | September 4, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Why are you worried about how the Lerners spend their money? And given Teixeira's relatively young age, if he gives the team 5 extra wins a year (using your analysis for argument sake), why the preference for adding someone else later over adding him now? You still need to add the other pieces either way.

Let's look at it this way: if Teixeira was home-grown and eligible for free agency this offseason, would you say the Nats shouldn't sign him because he would be too expensive and the Nats are not at the "last resort" step yet? If not, what's the difference? A second-round draft pick?
Please, let's not go the FA route. FA's are nearly always overpaid.

Follow the Arizona model . . . homegrown talent supplemented by trading for arbitration-eligible stars who are too expensive for small market teams.

FA's are the last resort . . . those last few wins between 85 and 90 are real expensive.

Posted by: Gal Revels in Pee | September 4, 2008 4:22 PM

Posted by: Coverage is lacking | September 4, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse


1991? shocked. not 1992? do you have nightmares of francisco cabrera, sid bream, and barry bonds sitting around laughing at the local bar?

Posted by: theraph | September 4, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: stupid browser | September 4, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

On Tex - I'm not 100% sure the NYY will go after him in an A-Rod fashion. Yes, they'll have so much money next year the Federal Reserve will look to them for bailouts, but they may have a Jorge Posada who cannot catch, a useful offensive player in "He who Looks like Jesus, Acts like Judas, Throws Like Mary," and Godzilla all under contract even they let Giambino walk. They all should be DH/1B. It'd take some [fortitude] to bench one of those guys. Given the doubts about Melky, CF and maybe catcher are bigger needs to fill. CC or Sheets - sure; Tex - not so much. My guess is he goes elsewhere. Cabrera back to LF, or Guillen to LF and Cabrera to 3d? They can drop Renteria and Sheffield, so they have the cash.

Posted by: PTBNL | September 4, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

PTBNL, i don't think we should even thing the position 2B in connection with the name blake. he's played 1 inning there in his entire career (this season in LA (and, shockingly, 2 innings at SS this year with cleveland)). he's a corner IF/OF guy (1B/3B/LF/RF).

but hey, if he ends up as a flexible utility guy at the end of his contract, backing up 4 positions (a la willie harris) would still be useful and could make sure he gets 400+ ABs a season.

Posted by: 231 | September 4, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

The Autumn Quarter at Stanford doesn't begin classes until Sept. 22. According to their calendar, one can add and drop classes through Oct. 11-19. Maybe McGeary will be showing up a little late.

Posted by: cat daddy | September 4, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Anybody notice that Detwiler is not an invitee to the IL? Is he still a potential call-up for the Nats?

Posted by: Call me Ross | September 4, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Hey, if we ever called up catcher Devin Ivany, we could bat him right after Bonifacio (7th and 8th maybe). And they could play that song. You know it.

E-Boni and I-vany ...


Posted by: Bob L. Head | September 4, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

with what i said above, i'm in favor of looking at someone like black to fill our 1B problem for next year. if NJ is health (and zimm is), he can play the other corner opposite dukes.

Posted by: 231 | September 4, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I believe that Detwiler is slated to pitch for the P-Nats in Game 3 of the division series.

Posted by: natsfan1a | September 4, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

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