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Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 02/18/2011

Long Toss: Flores or Ramos the future at catcher?

By Washington Post sports editors

As Adam Kilgore told us earlier today, Jesus Flores and Wilson Ramos will be competing this spring to earn the right to back up Ivan Rodriguez as the Nationals' catcher.

Whom do you see as the catcher of the future for the Nats? Will this be a position of strength when the Nats are ready to contend?

By Washington Post sports editors  | February 18, 2011; 12:05 PM ET
Categories:  Wilson Ramos  
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We're all glad to have Flores back in the fold, but do we seriously expect the guy to step in as our #2 catcher this year? Looking beyond that it has to be Ramos pencilled in until Flores shows he's not only heath, but productive, and it's unrealistic IMO to expect that before Pudge's contract ends anyway.

Now is Flores or Ramos the eventual #2 catcher behind Norris? Another interesting question...

Posted by: estuartj | February 18, 2011 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Well for 2011 neither is the future catcher since the brainstrust that is the Natinals front-office thinks that a 400 year old, off-steroids, Pudge is a better option than either Flores or Ramos.

And what does it say about the development of both Flores or Ramos if they're willing to let the 400 year old, off-steroids Pudge start most of the games? Doesn't speak too highly about either of the other 2 catchers now does it?

But that's life for the Natinals and THEIR (did I use it right there?) fans.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | February 18, 2011 12:46 PM | Report abuse

The way I see it, they're going to try and get everything they possibly can out of Pudge, and if he has an outstanding year, they trade him near the deadline and implement Flores or Ramos as the starting catcher with the other playing backup. If he fails to produce, then I think he becomes the backup behind either Flores or Ramos.

Posted by: registration | February 18, 2011 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Pooper, you got it right, but you keep misspelling Nationals.
Flores, assuming he is healed, looks like the better hitter, so I would think he is the better choice.

Posted by: Donkeyfarmer | February 18, 2011 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Unless Ramos or Flores ever discover what a "walk" is, the future catcher should be Derek Norris.

Though now a few minor leagues prognosticators think he'll switch to LF or 1b.

Posted by: VladiHondo | February 18, 2011 1:08 PM | Report abuse

What exactly did we give up Matt Capps for?
Just wondering.
And as far as DoubleSwitch goes. He has done the impossible--Make Manny Acta look downright managerial.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | February 18, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I would like to see the Long Toss feature removed. It doesn't really contribute to the blog. Sorry.

Once upon a time it might have been useful, but the comments section of this blog ain't very good anymore. It was once civil and somewhat interesting. Those days are long gone.

Posted by: cassander | February 18, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Saw this today from Boz:

"The Orioles had the kind of exception off-season that the Nats wish they'd had. Hats off to Andy McPhail and to Peter What's-His-Name for letting him do it. Vlad was just the (big) cherry on top. If somebody would give me 5-to-1 odds, I'd bet a buck that the Orioles would edge the Yanks in wins this year __84-to-83."

"The O's...actually look like an A.L. Beast lineup."

"The Nats subtracted...oh, what was that 275-pound guy's name, the one who hit 38-40 homers every year."


Of course Natinal fans will somehow make Boz out to be a bad guy, even though he knows more about baseball than all Natinal fans and most people in the Natinals front-office.


O's will dominate in 2011 while the Natinals will dominate the toilet of the NL East.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | February 18, 2011 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I agree with cassender's comments.
With morons like poopy.... (and brue and some others on this blog come close), this blog has become extremely irritating and not fun anymore. To think that these jokers have nothing better to do with their time than to write blogs commenting on a baseball team that isnt even theirs... Wow. Talk about losers. Like politics, the crazies take up way too much of the airwaves and spotlight.

Posted by: hersheyman | February 18, 2011 1:53 PM | Report abuse

It was sad when Flores suffered the shoulder setback a couple seasons ago. I still think he is young enough to command attention and his work ethic in getting back should not be ignored. He's gone through some trials and tribulations health wise and if he is healthy once again deserves a solid shot to make this team. We know what we have in him and while Ramos has potential marked all over his bio, I'll give the nod to Jeses until Ramos proves worthier.

Posted by: cokedispatch | February 19, 2011 9:54 AM | Report abuse

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