Spring Postcard: Nationals turning to bevy of young pitchers
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"It's a distraction to fans, for sure, a distraction to me for all the things you know and all the things you don't know," said Kasten, who gestured toward his players engaged in fielding drills and continued. "Not one of these guys cares. It doesn't affect them at all. With all due respect, they're not reading your stuff. They're not reading the
"And it's a real distraction to you guys [reporters] -- a real distraction to you guys. I can't get you guys to talk about baseball, and that's a real problem for me. But it is not a distraction out there [on the field]. It's why steroids are always, always an offseason story. Ever notice that once the games start, we don't see steroids stories any more?"
That was the word by used a Nationals media relations official to describe the 24-year-old, 6'5" lefthander, an 11th-round pick in 2005 out of Siena College. He began 2007 in High A ball and finished it by making six starts with the big-league club. Last year he took 31 turns in the rotation, went 9-15 with a 3.91 ERA and, with
It's a point that Kasten has emphasized. "You can't buy a rotation," said Kasten, president of the Braves for 17 years, a period that included the development of
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Nationals assistant general manager
In meeting with reporters after Friday's game with the Astros -- a 2-0 Washington win, for what it's worth -- Rizzo shared details from his work the previous three days in the Dominican Republic. Rizzo completed a whirlwind itinerary in which he, on behalf of the club, terminated operations for the baseball academy at the training facility owned by former special assistant to the GM,
The Nationals are moving from that site in San Cristobal, which was distant from the majority of major-league team's academies in Santo Domingo, to Boca Chica, which is only a few miles away. Also present were
It's an important, quick, and complete step forward for the club, which, as Kasten promised, would be more hands-on in its supervision of the D.R. academy.