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Nationals Journal: October 11, 2009 - October 17, 2009

Play-By-Play of Strasburg's AFL Debut

If you do a Google News search for "Stephen Strasburg," the top headlines vary only in their verbs. "Strasburg wins his professional debut." "Strasburg dazzles in professional debut." "Strasburg shines in pro debut in Arizona Fall League." "Strasburg pitches the...

By Chico Harlan  |  October 17, 2009; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (151)
 
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Espinosa Working on Cutting Strikeouts

Shortstop Danny Espinosa knows exactly what he needs to work on during the six-week Arizona Fall League: cutting down on strikeouts. "At end of the season I went back to my old hitting style and things worked out well," Espinosa...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  October 16, 2009; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Storen Picking Up Speed

Drew Storen was happy to get his first save of the Arizona Fall League under his belt Wednesday night in Mesa, although the inning started with a double that just dropped into shallow left field. Storen got the next three...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  October 16, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Strasburg Q and A

Here is the promised Q and A with Strasburg. He sat in the dugout and took questions wearing a Nats jersey, jeans and UnderArmour shoes (I think; I'm no shoe expert). There were maybe 10 journalists asking questions. There are...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  October 16, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Front Office Moves ... And The Decision That Follows

In the first 1-1/2 weeks that followed the conclusion of the Washington Nationals' season, General Manager Mike Rizzo had one priority: Restocking the front office. "Well you know," Rizzo said, "you're only as good as the lieutenants around you." As...

By Chico Harlan  |  October 15, 2009; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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And on Day 2 ... [Updated]

The final here was Desert Dogs 4, Solar Sox 2. Chris Marrero had a double and a single, drove in a run, was left on base twice, and played flawlessly at first. Drew Storen pitched the ninth. He gave up...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  October 15, 2009; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
 
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Nats Hire New Point Man For Dominican

The Washington Nationals hired Johnny DiPuglia as their new Latin American operations director on Wednesday, charging him with the substantial task of rebuilding the team's international scouting system. DiPuglia's hiring, first reported by SI.com, represents a small coup for General...

By Chico Harlan  |  October 14, 2009; 8:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Nats Bolster Front Office

The Washington Nationals have made significant progress in restocking their depleted front office, hiring Roy Clark as their new assistant general manager and promoting Kris Kline as their new scouting director, according to a source. The team could make the...

By Chico Harlan  |  October 14, 2009; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Thoughts from Day 1 in AZ

Random thoughts after one day at the Arizona Fall League: * I found out there is no clubhouse access. That hurt. Never occurred to me access would be different than it is at the ML level. I figured it would...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  October 14, 2009; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Marrero Not Thinking Ahead

If plans -- or The Plan -- goes according to form, some of the seven Nationals playing in the Arizona Fall League could be part of the big league club's nucleus by 2011. Chris Marrero, whose name has long been...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  October 13, 2009; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Hello and Welcome to Opening Day!

Well, it's always Opening Day somewhere, isn't it? No, wait, that's Happy Hour. I'm in the press box at Phoenix Muni Stadium, Stunningly, it's sunny and warm. I think the forecast is for 85 today. (They're saying Saturday will be...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  October 13, 2009; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Brown Discusses Departure From Nats

Sunday night, Dana Brown decided to take a new job, departing the Washington Nationals -- where he served as scouting director -- for a higher-level front-office position with the Toronto Blue Jays. Brown agonized over the decision, in part because...

By Chico Harlan  |  October 12, 2009; 7:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Raise Your Hand If ....

... you're going to be in Phoenix this week for the Arizona Fall League. Because I've elbowed aside Boz, Chico and Dave and am heading west this afternoon. If any of you will be in attendance, please let me know!...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  October 12, 2009; 8:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
 
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