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Morning Reading

The Mike-Phil Rizzo story from the fishwrap edition.

The Washington Times takes an interesting look at the team's middle infield situation, noting how the trade of Emilio Bonifacio and the, um, rapid aging of Carlos Alvarez weakens an already-suspect group. Still, the additions of Anderson Hernandez and Alberto Gonzalez leave the Nats better off than they were a calendar year ago.

Boz was chatting yesterday. Here's the wrap-up of what he said; in one answer, he elaborated on some of the tension between Jim Bowden and Manny Acta, reporting that Acta felt the GM had burdened him with too many bad seeds.

The latest from Stephen Strasburg: 8 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 18 K

Keith Law chatted yesterday. He took some questions on Jimbo, and later one on Jordan Zimmermann. (Negative and positive answers ensued, in predictable order.)

I have an O's link here only because of its connection to the Nats. Here's an update on Brian Matusz, the only pitcher drafted ahead of Aaron Crow last June. The two, by most accounts, were comparable in big-league readiness and potential. Speaking of O's-Nats connections... the two teams play today in Fort Lauderdale. Daniel Cabrera goes against his old mates.

By Chico Harlan  |  March 6, 2009; 7:06 AM ET
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Stephen Strasburg if he was in last years Draft would have been the first pitcher taken. Brian Matusz is a good pitcher and glad for that reference back to Crow (NOT!) and I am only interested in pitchers chosen after Crow for a comparison on what the Nats missed (NOT!). Seems like Crow's name just won't go away...

Now, we all have to hope that San Diego State doesn't push Strasburg too much and jeopardize his future. The boxscores are impressive but these aren't MLB games so while I am excited the bigger picture is keeping him healthy so he can be a great MLB pitcher for the Nats.

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | March 6, 2009 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Reposts from yesterday afternoon regarding Stan's mom:

A better link until something official comes along:

Posted by: dmacman88 | March 5, 2009 1:54 PM

I went to Cheryl Stevens to get the official word from Stan.

From Cheryl: Stan would like people to give donations to the Alzheimer’s association in their local area or in Atlanta GA.

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | March 5, 2009 3:05 PM

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | March 6, 2009 8:14 AM | Report abuse

i think tony gwynn is taking care of strasburg. he knows he has a special player on hand and won't abuse him. tony's reputation is safe so he shouldn't have to grind through young players to forward his own career. we'll see soon enough.

i'm mostly interestd in our 10th pick this year vs Crow. those two will always be compared, especially if they are both college pitchers.

Posted by: longterm | March 6, 2009 8:24 AM | Report abuse

After reading about highlights of yesterday's game between the Phillies and Team USA, it occurs to me that Antonio Bastardo should be qualified to play for Team Italy from a vowel standpoint if for no other reason. Come on, give him a cup of cappuccino, paisans.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 6, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

For those who, like me, couldn't stay up to watch Adam Dunn and others do the top 10 list on Letterman last night:

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 6, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

The head writer for the Letterman Show is a huge sports fan so he always has good sports pieces during the show, and he knows what is relevant in the news. Dunn did good!

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | March 6, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

new post

Posted by: estuartj | March 6, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Regarding Crow, I wonder if the fact that Bowden is now gone might open up the possibility of us drafting him again this year. As I understand it, he would have to give his permission for that to happen, but most of the bad blood may have been between he (or his agents) and Bowden....

Posted by: brewer1 | March 6, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

for more on Strasburg's performance, Federal Baseball has a great write-up from a San Diego state student who is doing a review of each of Strasburg's games for them.

Posted by: bottomfeeders10 | March 6, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

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