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Boone Update

I hesitate to interrupt the flow of news from Nats Land but wanted to bring you all some good news about Aaron Boone, courtesy the Houston Chronicle, plus a couple of other tidbits.

Wondering what Jose Rijo has been up to? The Wall Street Journal tells us.

This is way old, but it'll be Lannan vs. Nolasco on April 6.

By Tracee Hamilton  |  March 28, 2009; 1:31 PM ET
 
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If Lannan pitches opening day in Florida, does that mean that for Opening Day in Washington we get Daniel Cabrera?

What did we fans do to deserve that?

Posted by: AshburnVA | March 28, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

[Last(ings) posted:]

JayBee -- I trust that you've seen more of Milledge this spring than the rest of us. And I agree that last year, I saw the same sub-par fielder and bad base runner that you saw.

But Milledge is a 24-year-old CF who hit .299/.355/.448 in the second half of the season. By last year's numbers alone, he's already better than Melky Cabrera and Jacoby Ellsbury -- which isn't saying a lot, but it is saying he is a major league CF. Not a great CF, not even a good CF, but a major-league CF. They don't grow on trees. And again, most importanly, he's 24 years old. He's at the age that players often show significant improvement, just as Lastings did last season. At the very least, if he continues at this pace, the Nats will have a league-average starting CF under their control for the next few years. There is also the chance that they might have more than that.

Yes, they are "rewarding" Lastings the CF spot partly because his potential, but you can't ignore his performance at the plate. Playing at the MLB level is the only way he can realize his potential at this stage. If he regresses this season, then I would be concerned. But you can't make perfect the enemy of the good. He has plenty to improve on, but he has shown slow but steady improvement, and he's not very far from being a more-than-acceptable major league CF.

In short, I might advocate firing Manny if he WASN'T starting Lastings in CF.

Can we agree to disagree and revisit this topic at the end of June? I'd like to hear what you think of the 2B competition (Hernandez's glove versus Belliard's proven bat).

Posted by: NattyFan | March 28, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Tracee, neat article on the movie about the Dominican, but isn't it a bit misleading to suggest it provides a Rijo update? The film in the article was completed by January 2008, and although it isn't entirely clear, it seems that Rijo's involvement with the prospect was prior to that.

Posted by: wahoo2x | March 28, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

JayBeee. Faster than the newest post.

Posted by: AnAppallingLackOfBaseballKnowledge | March 28, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

buscón? ladrón? the nice man said that his 35% of the 1.4M was going to build a big house for orphans. so sue me for being a nice guy. neither barry, the prez, nor barry, the mayor for life, nor i are saps, tho. you can take that to the bank

no talk of raising the DR signing age to 18, please. we all know that high school is a waste of time, yes? we regret to inform you that a diploma will be necessary in order to admit you to our institution of higher learning. warmly, miami-dade community college.

“dominicans are not used to following rules.” now that is pure libel. they may not follow rules as well as, say, the cubans do, but their steroids are just as good as any steroids anywhere in the world. you say that smiley lugo was not 16? you’re right. he was 12. the steroids did their job, no?

estoy firmado! go away fbi! ymos jimb


Posted by: dhfrancoise | February 18, 2009 11:19 AM

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the english learning comment was perfect.

Posted by: nova_g_man | March 28, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Agreed. June it is then....

I love Henderson. As I have said before several times I would love to see them trade Guzman and Start Gonzalez and Henderson.....That would be the best defensive infield in the National League....Our young arms would really benefit from a Defense first approach 2nd, SS and CF....ops..is it June yet...

Posted by: JayBeee | March 28, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I love Henderson.

Who is Henderson? Hernandez? Convinced that Jay B is drunk. And BTW. Gonzalez plants deep in the hole and guns it incredibly well to first. As Chico noted, he also charges slow bouncers and throws all in one motion. Our Gold Glove SS of the future.

Posted by: nova_g_man | March 28, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Anderson Hernandez = Henderson

Posted by: JayBeee | March 28, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Harry and the Hendersons? Any 30 Rock fans?

Posted by: nova_g_man | March 28, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Gonzalez plants deep in the hole and guns it incredibly well to first. As Chico noted, he also charges slow bouncers and throws all in one motion. Our Gold Glove SS of the future.
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Good, because our SS of the present (Guz) has three errors already today!

Posted by: BGinVA | March 28, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Anderson Hernandez = Henderson

Jay B used to be dyslexic, but now he's kayo.

Posted by: nova_g_man | March 28, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

new post

Posted by: BGinVA | March 28, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Aaron Recoverin' Boone. I like the sound of that. Keep it up, AB.

Posted by: CEvansJr | March 28, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Thanks much for the Boone update, Tracee. Sounds like it's good that he underwent the surgery sooner rather than later. I'm rooting for a complete recovery and good health down the road.

The DR movie sounds interesting. Will watch for it in April.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 28, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

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