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Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 02/16/2011

Roger Bernadina is jacked

By Adam Kilgore

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Roger Bernadina arrived today, and he is probably the leader in clubhouse for Best Shape of His Lifeiest player here. He looked more like a strong safety than a left fielder. Bernadina took some batting practice with coaches the other Nationals players who have gotten in early, and many of them joked with him about how much muscle he's put on.

Bernadina spent most of his offseason in the Netherlands, where he spent much of his youth and where he now lives. He worked out with a trainer who he's known for a few years, sometimes lifting weights twice a day. He said he ended last year at 192 pounds, and he packed on more than 10 pounds.

Bernadina, who will compete with Rick Ankiel and Michael Morse for the starting left field spot this spring, said his offseason training was motivated by the end of his 2010 season. He wore down physically and mentally, he said, and it showed in his performance. He went 15 for 97 with three extra-base hits and 11 walks from Aug. 31 on. After his rookie season, Bernadina feels like he'll be more prepared to handle the rigors of a full year in the majors.

"In August, I was fine," Bernadina said. "In September, I ran out of gas a little bit. It's that mental grind. For next time, I'll know it. It is definitely a long season. But it's no excuse. What happened, I can only learn from it."

Photo by Jonathan Newton.

By Adam Kilgore  | February 16, 2011; 12:48 PM ET
 
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Comments

Hope the bulk doesn't slow him down.

Posted by: tgerbracht | February 16, 2011 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Dude looks like he could take down Big Ben(Steelers)with no problem and how does Ankiel fit into this mix?(Bernadina&Morse)he just got here and from where i sit he's a benchwarmer unless somebody gets hurt.

Posted by: dargregmag | February 16, 2011 1:04 PM | Report abuse

On the section talking about his late season stats last year, did you mean "from Aug. 31" instead of "from Sept. 31"?

Posted by: Dougmacintyre | February 16, 2011 1:07 PM | Report abuse

When I came back from the Netherlands, I had a drug addiction and hepatitis C.

Posted by: pearlbullets | February 16, 2011 1:08 PM | Report abuse

So if he was mentally drained in September, shouldn't he have excercised his mind instead of his body?

Posted by: whatsaNATaU | February 16, 2011 1:09 PM | Report abuse

(1) Hope he tests negative.
(2) Adam, there is no September 31st.

Posted by: scottamoros | February 16, 2011 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Good to see so many motivated players. It can only help.


Sec 204 Row H Seat 7

Posted by: adhardwick | February 16, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Bernadina is obviously on HGH, the juice, roids, etc. No question.

Being big and strong still isn't gonna help him actually hit the ball or throw the ball to the right base.

You could run Macho Man Randy Savage out there and probably get better production.

But of course Natinal fans, in their infinite baseball wisdom, love this guy.........

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | February 16, 2011 1:29 PM | Report abuse

This is really going to help his bat speed. Good to see he's stepping up

Posted by: tengoalyrunr30 | February 16, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

He's just filling in for the departed Josh Willingham as "guy with the biggest arms" on the team.

Posted by: PattyinSJ | February 16, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Interesting post Poopy, you like those manly men....

Posted by: bromisky | February 16, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Wow, he looks like a completely different dude... but, hey, it is great to see him trying to cease the opportunity that appears to be there for him. Good for him, go Bernie... would love to see you get a lot of time in LF/CF.

I wonder if Mr. Morgan worked this hard over the winter months? Because he could be in some serious trouble if he doesn't show something in ST...

Posted by: Ghost7 | February 16, 2011 1:54 PM | Report abuse

So pitchers and catchers report today. Everybody else reports the 21st. First Spring Training game is the 28th. When are the drug tests administered?

Posted by: CapsNut | February 16, 2011 1:58 PM | Report abuse

One poster noted Bernadina's added strength won't help him hit better!!! No, but when he makes contact it will help him hit the ball FARTHER, which is easy to figure out...

Also like his attitude and potential, Ankiel can spell both Bernadina and Morse as they compete for the LF position...Nice to have those options...

Also hope Riggleman will have some players on a short leash...we have seen what they can do from last year, pitchers included, and if they are not improved or regressing, then give someone else a chance to stick...

Posted by: pentagon40 | February 16, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Actually Pooper-Scooper, Randy Poffo played in the Cardinals, Reds, and White Sox systems before following his father and brother into professional wrestling.

Posted by: CapsNut | February 16, 2011 2:04 PM | Report abuse

For days and days nobody has been talking to the troll, then you guys have to start it up again. Not cool, CapsNut and Bromisky.

Posted by: NatsFly | February 16, 2011 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Ignore the Dipsh*t/Troll. Please.

Posted by: Section505203 | February 16, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I've had hope for RB ever since he came up and especially after those two bombs at citi-field early last season. I hope the extra off-season conditioning leads to more consistent production at the plate. Not worried about his glove, thats already a proven commodity. GO NATS

Posted by: cokedispatch | February 16, 2011 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I hope that Bernadina is out there every day so that we don't get stuck with Mike Morse in some aweful platoon situation

Posted by: Capitalist-1 | February 16, 2011 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Actually, if he is juiced (and he sure looks like it), it will help him hit the ball better (not just farther). Other players have spoken about "cat-like" reflexes when they're "juiced". And it's clear how precipitously averages have dropped after players get caught and presumably stop using (see Ramirez, Manny or Giambi, Jason).

Posted by: kerewin1971 | February 16, 2011 3:22 PM | Report abuse

in 1974 Randy "Savage" Poffo played for the Reds' Florida State League affiliate, the Sarasota Reds and had a career year in power though his OBP and average fell significantly. He batted .232/~.309/.358 in 131 games, mostly at DH and occasionally in the outfield or first base. He finished third in the league in RBI (66) and tied for fifth in home runs (9), only three less than Eddie Murray hit as a full-time player in the FSL that year. Only Gary Roenicke and Billy Baldwin drove in more runners in the FSL; Murray trailed Poffo by 3.

Posted by: MrDumberton | February 16, 2011 3:24 PM | Report abuse

My bad. I don't over here that often and didn't know about the ignore protocol on this side.

I know better than to feed the trolls and just thought it would be relevant to point out that Randy Poffo (Randy Savage's real name) had once been a professional baseball player.

Posted by: CapsNut | February 16, 2011 3:27 PM | Report abuse

First off why can't a guy just lift weight's? first thing out of some of your pie holes is he's "juicin","roided up" damn, i told all of you that's why the troll loves to post on this blog because some of you give him plenty of ammo. I said the same thing to some of you about Nyjer; before first pitch is thrown the Nyjer bashing has already begun for the love of Chuck Hinton can you show some support? trust me they'll be plenty of time to cheer, curse,or whatever.

Posted by: dargregmag | February 16, 2011 3:54 PM | Report abuse

he needs to talk to andray blatche

Posted by: bford1kb | February 16, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse

"in 1974 Randy "Savage" Poffo played for the Reds' Florida State League affiliate, the Sarasota Reds and had a career year in power though his OBP and average fell significantly."

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The Reds affiliate in the FSL in 1974 was the Tampa Tarpons.

Posted by: ouvan59 | February 16, 2011 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I realize that in this day and age, "juiced" is the word that inevitably comes to mind when you see a picture like that.

But he would be INCREDIBLY dumb to be doing that, and even last year people said he had the most ripped body on the team. Not it's not impossible to believe that he just pumped it up a bit.

I wouldn't be unhappy to see him give Morgan a run for the CF job, either.

Posted by: Meridian1 | February 16, 2011 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Hey Nats Fans! LOL, big biceps look good, and are needed for bodybuilding, but, bicep strength dosen't really transfer to a whole lot of sports. Like tgerbracht inferred, the bulk may actually get in the way. Regardless, if we can hit, and look good, I'm all in! LOL, Go Nats!

Posted by: patsgrill4U | February 16, 2011 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Bicep strength helps on inside pitches, right? But I agree, he looks more like a bodybuilder than a baseball player. From what I understand it's legs, core, shoulders, wrists that give you batting power.

Posted by: 202character | February 16, 2011 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Hey Nats Fans! Big Biceps are great for some things; arm wrestling, stabilize the arms for lowering a bench press, stabilize the arms for pulling deadlifts, or really, any heavy pulling motion, and looking good! Not much of anything for baseball, I don't think throwing muscles can be improved greatly with typical weight traning. LOL, remember, you do curls for the girls!

Go Nats!

Posted by: patsgrill4U | February 16, 2011 11:22 PM | Report abuse

I realize that in this day and age, "juiced" is the word that inevitably comes to mind when you see a picture like that.

But he would be INCREDIBLY dumb to be doing that, and even last year people said he had the most ripped body on the team. Not it's not impossible to believe that he just pumped it up a bit.

I wouldn't be unhappy to see him give Morgan a run for the CF job, either.

Posted by: Meridian1 | February 16, 2011 4:55 PM |
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He put on 10 or more pounds of muscle in a few months? He had help from a bottle. Not sure why you're saying it's dumb. If he develops more power, he will be handsomely rewarded. Also, he might get to start regularly in the major leagues, realizing his dream for his life. You mean he might get caught? If it's a steroid, depends on when he cycled. If its HGH, they're not even testing for that.

Personally, I'd love to see him displace Nyjer. Go, Roger.

Posted by: fischy | February 17, 2011 8:33 AM | Report abuse

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