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Thursday, March 02, 2006

WaPo: The Future Is Now for Zimmerman, Nats (RR)

“If [Ryan Zimmerman]  doesn’t get off to a good start, maybe you have to start questioning if this jump is too much for him,” Manager Frank Robinson said. “We’re not going to let him stay here and drown, or get in a rut that he cannot come back from. But we’re also not going to have a quick trigger with him. He’s going to get a real good chance to play this year. So don’t look at him after a month, [even] if he’s hitting .080, to be out of the lineup.”
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If the Soriano affair is baseball at its most unseemly—a power struggle between player and team that threatens to plummet into uncharted, unimagined territory—then Zimmerman is baseball at its most romantic, an intersection of special player and special circumstance.

Just one..more…slot… 
“Damn you, guy in charge of the Nationals’ 2005 draft!  Damn you to hell!”
/channeling Planet-of-the-Apes-era Charlton Heston

NTNgod Posted: March 02, 2006 at 03:54 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. CraigK Posted: March 02, 2006 at 05:42 AM (#1880702)
Quiet, you; you've got Fielder, Weeks, Hardy, Hall, and Sheets; you don't get to complain. :)
   2. NTNgod Posted: March 02, 2006 at 05:47 AM (#1880705)
Hey, while 2005 pick Ryan Braun isn't chopped liver (he can hit, but can he field?), I was carping for Zimmerman even before the 2005 draft.

An infield of Fielder/Weeks/Hardy/Zimmerman (with Hall as a super-sub), THAT would have been to die for :P
   3. Foster Posted: March 02, 2006 at 06:03 AM (#1880711)
Aw, crap. I have Zimmerman cheap in my roto league and Frank's gonna mess him up.
   4. Steve Posted: March 02, 2006 at 01:50 PM (#1880809)
There is a way to read this without registration. Go to Google News advanced search here: http://news.google.com/advanced_news_search?hl=en&ned=us

Enter your search terms in the proper field. Lower down, where it says news source put in the name of the paper. I think it only works of a day or 2 after the article first appears but if you are on the ball it can be helpful.
   5. Moloka'i Three-Finger Brown (Declino DeShields) Posted: March 02, 2006 at 02:32 PM (#1880833)
3: I doubt it. Right now, the alternative at third base should Zimmerman stumble is Brendan Harris, and Team Bowden gives every indication of holding that guy in little regard. And Bowden got rid of the guy Frank liked, Castilla, so Zimmerman will certainly get a clean shot this season.

If anything messes up Zimmerman, it will be the home park or a low walk rate.
   6. Honkie Kong Posted: March 02, 2006 at 03:23 PM (#1880871)
If anything messes up Zimmerman, it will be the home park or a low walk rate.
Zimmerman doesn't profile as a big power hitter, so RFK shouldn't hurt him that much. If he is spraying line drives around the field, and lives upto his rep of super-glove, the gnats should be happy.
   7. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: March 02, 2006 at 03:47 PM (#1880897)
For what it's worth, I had a dream last night the Nats were starting Soriano at third base.

Of course, this was at Shea Stadium and I was sitting in bleachers that were between the pitchers mound and second base, so maybe it doesn't mean that much.

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