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Nationals Journal: November 8, 2009 - November 14, 2009

Zimmerman hauling in more than hardware

Let's start this morning with some reading material, because there is plenty. Here is the news story I wrote for the dead-tree edition off the Riggleman presser, and here is Boswell's typically excellent column. We also have this poll running...

By Dave Sheinin  |  November 13, 2009; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (141)
 
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Rizzo and Riggleman

There were only two people on the stage in the interview room at Nationals Park on Thursday afternoon -- Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo and Manager Jim Riggleman. President Stan Kasten was in the room, as was principal owner...

By Dave Sheinin  |  November 12, 2009; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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Riggleman news conference

Click here for a live feed of the news conference at Nationals Park....

By Alexa Steele  |  November 12, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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As we await the Riggleman presser...

Well, folks, that right there is what we call a five-blog-post day. To recap the day's news: Jim Riggleman = manager of team Ryan Zimmerman = golden of glove Stephen Strasburg = healthy of neck Here is the dead-tree-edition story,...

By Dave Sheinin  |  November 12, 2009; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Riggleman named Nats' permanent manager

The Washington Nationals selected interim manager Jim Riggleman as their permanent manager on Wednesday, according to a source familiar with the deliberations, ending a short but wide-ranging search. Riggleman, who turned 57 this week, was informed of the decision some...

By Dave Sheinin  |  November 11, 2009; 7:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
 
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Strasburg to return to mound on Saturday

Right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals' No. 1 overall draft pick this June and the organization's top-rated prospect, is scheduled to make his next start in the Arizona Fall League on Saturday, the team said Wednesday. Strasburg, 21, had been...

By Dave Sheinin  |  November 11, 2009; 5:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Zimmerman Wins Gold Glove [Updated]

Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman won the first Gold Glove award of his career and the first in the Nationals' history on Wednesday. Zimmerman led all NL third basemen with 459 total chances and 325 assists and was a fixture...

By Dave Sheinin  |  November 11, 2009; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
 
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Rizzo: Manager announcement to come this week

Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said in a text message Wednesday that the team plans to announce its new manager "sometime late this week." Although Rizzo would not be more specific, MLB.com reported Tuesday evening that the announcement is "expected"...

By Dave Sheinin  |  November 11, 2009; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Will Zimmerman bring home the Gold?

Those of us fortunate enough to see Ryan Zimmerman play third base on a regular basis know how brilliant a defensive player he is. Not a game goes by, it seems, where he doesn't make some incredible, jaw-dropping play. Nobody...

By Dave Sheinin  |  November 11, 2009; 8:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
 
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The manager search nears resolution

Here's my story on the Nats' manager search from the dead-tree edition, in which I write that Bobby Valentine has emerged as "an intriguing possibility" and that Jim Riggleman represents a more "conservative" choice who has the backing of "many...

By Dave Sheinin  |  November 10, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
 
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Talking with Nats Veep Roy Clark

I had a great talk Friday afternoon with Roy Clark, the Nats' new vice president of player personnel. He went to Arizona last Monday to see the Baby Nats; all four pitchers plus Espinosa and Marrero had good outings that...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  November 9, 2009; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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