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Nationals Journal: November 30, 2008 - December 6, 2008

Nats Catcher Makes Topps Team

Nats minor league catcher Derek Norris was named to the Topps Short-Season/Rookie All-Star Team. Norris led the Class A New York-Penn League with a Vermont franchise-record 63 walks and a .444 on-base percentage and threw out a league-best 47 percent...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  December 5, 2008; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
 
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Nats Fill Out Staff

The Nats on Thursday named John Philbin as strength and conditioning coach and Elizabeth Wheeler as physical therapist. Philbin has 29 years of fitness experience, including eight (1992-2000) as a strength coach with the Washington Redskins. Since his days with...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  December 4, 2008; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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One Free Agent the Nats Would Be Fools to Pass Up

I'm talking about Frank Howard --"Hondo," "The Washington Monument," "The Capital Punisher," the most important living figure in Washington's baseball history. It's time to bring him back into the fold. At 72 years old, Howard is, in fact, a free...

By Dave Sheinin  |  December 4, 2008; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
 
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A Different Tex Take

Some of you may have seen this story about Mark Teixeira by Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated. Good read, and Jenkins is one of the best....

By Tracee Hamilton  |  December 4, 2008; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Nats Release Spring Schedule [Updated]

The Nats have released their spring training schedule. I am hoping this is readable enough to get you by until we can get one all gussied up on the website. Click here for a gussied-up chart listing all the games....

By Tracee Hamilton  |  December 3, 2008; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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On Teixeira, Tangentially

Tracee astutely linked to the MLB.com story below about the Angels, with quotes from GM Tony Reagins saying Mark Teixeira is still their top target and shooting down reports that his team had moved on from Teixeira and begun focusing...

By Dave Sheinin  |  December 3, 2008; 10:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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Is There An Echo In Here?

Stop me if you've heard this -- no developments on the Teixeira front. Let's hope the free agency news picks up at the winter meetings because there isn't much happening at the moment. There are a few Teixeira tidbits below,...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  December 3, 2008; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Why Adam Dunn Just Became Much More Appealing

A couple of fascinating developments at last night's deadline for offering arbitration to free-agency-eligible players. One of them does not affect the Nationals in the least: the Yankees' surprising decision not to offer arbitration to right fielder Bobby Abreu, which...

By Dave Sheinin  |  December 2, 2008; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
 
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