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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

MASN: Returning to Nats, Carroll has an eye on his future

Wuh? Taking over Micah’s Korban cult ain’t enough!

“Well, I’m 5-9 on a good day,” he says with a laugh in the home clubhouse at Space Coast Stadium. “Hopefully pushing 170 in weight. I don’t run the best, I don’t have the best arm in the world. So I had to find a way to compete and stay at this level and I understand that. I’ve had to do whatever I can and I think, for me, there had to be something that’s going to help me stay on a ballclub and be a reason for a ballclub to keep me. Guys are bigger, faster, stronger. But I also love the game, I enjoy it. I try to use whatever I can to compete at that level and help the team win.”

...Making the Nats is the focus right now, but he’s not oblivious to Father Time.

“Now, at this stage of my career, you start trying to come up with a plan for what the next chapter is,” Carroll says. “And I’m not na├»ve to the situation. I understand that sooner or later that other life’s going to come, and you plan. You plan for everything else. You plan for your road trip, you plan for your dinner at night. You plan, and I’m not afraid of that.”

...This isn’t the first time he’s pondered the question.

“Everybody’s ready to put a fungo in my hand,” he smiles. “I’ve looked at it this way: I’ve played with a lot of good coaches, from managers to infield coordinators, and I think I’ve learned a lot that would be tough to go home and sit on. But at the same time, I do have a family - twins that are 6 years old - and that might be the perfect time to go and be a dad. It depends. It depends on what the situation is. But it’s intriguing, definitely.”

Repoz Posted: March 18, 2014 at 09:21 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DL from MN Posted: March 18, 2014 at 10:08 AM (#4673242)
He seems like a future college coach to me.
   2. just plain joe Posted: March 18, 2014 at 10:44 AM (#4673268)
He seems like a future college coach to me.

His brother, Wes, is head baseball coach at the University of Evansville.
   3. The elusive Robert Denby Posted: March 18, 2014 at 12:24 PM (#4673345)
I watched a Nats game earlier in the spring, and at first I thought the announcer called it "Space Ghost Stadium." Later I saw a sign with the correct name, but chose to ignore it.
   4. jingoist Posted: March 18, 2014 at 05:38 PM (#4673593)
I remember Jamey from his first pass through DC back in 2005 when the expos first came to town.

If I was a career 85 OPS+ guy and 40 years old, I would be having those thoughts as well, only I would have been having those thoughts starting at age 30, not 40. Perhaps he has.

He's made $18M as AAAA value player over these past 12 years; that speaks volumes about the money in baseball these days.

That said, I wish him well, but I think the Nat's can construct a better bench than one containing Jamey.
   5. Tom Nawrocki Posted: March 18, 2014 at 06:00 PM (#4673599)
Carroll is about as valuable as a 85 OPS+ guy can be without being a Gold Glove shortstop. He can play anywhere, his OPS+ is OBP-heavy (he has no power at all but has always been willing to take a walk), he can run, he can bunt, he is by all accounts an outstanding teammate. He's just about the perfect 24th or 25th man on a roster.
   6. jingoist Posted: March 19, 2014 at 09:56 AM (#4673833)
Todays Washington Post has an article that intimates that the decision on who takes the last bench seat is coming down to Jamey or Tyler Moore.

I do not disagree with your assessment as to Jamey's value but I'd rather have Tyler for the long run.

I don't know but Jamey is probably out of minors options where Tyler isn't; perhaps the Nats are seeing what you stated above, will send Tyler down knowing they might well need Tyler for an OF/1B role should an injury occur during the season.
   7. Bote Man Posted: March 19, 2014 at 02:19 PM (#4674061)
Jamey Carroll doesn't have to worry, he lets someone else dictate his moves.

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