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Wilson Ramos, Ivan Rodriguez to alternate games

Manager Jim Riggleman has said rookie call-up Wilson Ramos and Hall of Famer-in-winter Ivan Rodriguez will split time in the final portion of the season. A pattern has recently emerged as to how he'll divvy the time, with Ramos playing one day, Rodriguez the next. Riggleman said today that's how it will go from here on out.

The Nationals planned for Rodriguez to catch 100 games when they signed him this winter. Rodirguez has started 92 games behind the plate, putting him on almost perfect pace to catch 100 if starts nine of the final 18 games starting tonight.

"We're going to get a good look at Wilson Ramos while also letting Pudge continue on to finish out the year in a manner that he deserves," Manager Jim Riggleman said. "He's been a gamer back there for us all year. He's a big part of our future for next year. We'll keep them both busy."

The Ramos-Rodriguez platoon is a likely preview of what the Nationals will employ next season, when Ramos will be in his first full major league season and Rodriguez will be in the second year of a two-year contract.

By Adam Kilgore  |  September 14, 2010; 5:45 PM ET
 
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>The Nationals planned for Rodriguez to catch 100 games when they signed him this winter. Rodirguez has started 92 games behind the plate, putting him on almost perfect pace to catch 100 if starts nine of the final 18 games starting tonight.

They're letting the inmates run the asylum. If it was me, I could care less if Pudge got his feelings hurt. If he didn't like not playing, he could take his double-play machine self to the end of the bench and cry. They have all these artificial goals. Who cares if he started 100 games? He can barely lift a bat up and swing it anymore. He's gone from 'experienced' to 'utterly useless' in just a few short months. And he'll be even worse next year, and they'll keep running him out there. If they can't start Ramos every single game when they're mired in last place, how much do you think they'll get him on the field when it actually matters?

But then again, maybe they don't want to overexpose him so they can sell him as a big bat in the future. Yeah, that must be it. The guy was hitting .240 at AAA after all. If it was me, I'd run Ramos out there every day and let him take his lumps in last place when it doesn't matter. But that would be too obvious. It is truly painful to watch how incompetent this organization is. They should hire me.

Posted by: Brue | September 14, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Pudge is one of the few pros on this team. I wish the others would follow his lead.

Posted by: swanni | September 14, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Why? When was the last time you had a good post in here--late June?


kidding...

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 14, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

oh, and Sofa's intercepted by Swanni ...

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 14, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

He hits into too many dps but this team does not hit in the clutch well.

You all act like he is hitting 240. His start had a lot to do with the Nats good start which allows them a better record than last year.

Posted by: golo1 | September 14, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Brue:
If you look at Pudge's numbers from last year, I think the Nationals are getting pretty much what they hoped for from him offensively (no big dropoffs). I'd also think that the SB% & Error counts from the CA position are improved over 2009 as well, and that's why they signed him.

Pudge has been a net positive for the team since they announced the signing - Why so much anger?

Posted by: BinM | September 14, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

>Pudge has been a net positive for the team since they announced the signing - Why so much anger?

Posted by: BinM

Artificial goals, once again. Just because you predict barely mediocre, and it comes true doesn't make it a success. It simply indicts those with the expectations in that range. Says nothing about actually winning. Yeah he's a net positive alright - his offensive skills are in massive decline, he's almost 39, and he actually thinks he deserves to catch every day. They picked the right guy because he's as delusional as the people that run the show. The guy's an albatross, because he's gonna demand playing time next year and because the team is bad - ex-stars always think of themselves before the team. So, he has an even worse offensive year next year, and now he's turning 40. What good is the guy? All you have to do is look up the deterioration of players after 35, that will give you pause. Then look up CATCHERS after 35, and it will take your breath away how far they fall. He's not gonna help you win anything, and he shouldn't be on the field. Let Ramos play, warts and all. All it takes is some stones. It's pretty simple.

Posted by: Brue | September 14, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Hard to argue with Brue here! Guys, just because you are Nats fans, doesn't mean you have to blindly follow the jokers who run the club and bring in the players. Try to think for yourselves and stop acting like door men. Nice posts Brue!

Posted by: jwing14 | September 14, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

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