August 27, 2011 |
CINCINNATI — Chris Marrero settled into his position at first base Saturday night, the moment for which he had waited five years. Marrero envisioned a rapid path to the major leagues when the Washington Nationals drafted him as a 17-year-old with the 15th overall pick in 2006. That was before he switched positions twice, before he broke his leg and before played at every level minor league level. "Not everybody takes as long as they imagine," he said. When Marrero dreamed about...
April 17, 2012 |
CHICAGO — Nolan Reimold admitted his uneasiness in stepping into the leadoff spot in the Baltimore Orioles batting order — unsure how he'd be able to adapt in an unfamiliar role — but over the past few games, he certainly seems more than comfortable there. Over his past four games, the 28-year-old Reimold has sparked the Orioles offense — hitting home runs in each of those games — his latest a two-run shot that broke a scoreless tie in the sixth Tuesday and helped the Orioles to...
September 14, 2011 |
NEW YORK — When Brad Peacock began this season at Class AA, he assumed he would not pitch in the majors this year, an attitude conditioned by his unconventional career path. Peacock played third base growing up and pitched only eight innings in high school. The Washington Nationals selected him in the 41st round of the 2006 draft. Expectation was a foreign thing. The latest evidence of Peacock's altered, elevated status arrived Wednesday night at Citi Field, when he made...
February 5, 2013 |
Something was amiss with Eric Kressin's swing. The baseball was squirting off the bat, not flying off of it. Watching, Steve Lombardozzi Jr. stood behind the black netting of the batting cage, arms at his side. Kressin, a junior, took hacks in the auxiliary gym at Good Counsel High during an open gym session last week with fellow prospective baseball players. Steve Lombardozzi Sr., the school's new baseball coach , sauntered over and...
March 20, 2012 |
Furman Bisher, an Atlanta sports columnist for 59 years who wrote evocatively about golf, car racing, college football and the sad fate of baseball's "Shoeless" Joe Jackson , died March 18 at his home in Fayetteville, Ga. He was 93. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where Mr. Bisher spent most of his career, reported that he had suffered a heart attack. Mr. Bisher was a constant presence for decades at the major events of the sports calendar — the Kentucky Derby, the Super Bowl, the Masters...
June 4, 2011 |
Nearly six decades after he broke the color barrier for the Cincinnati Reds in 1954, Charles B. "Chuck" Harmon , 87, cheered from the stands in Washington on Saturday, rooting for his great-granddaughter's Little League team on Capitol Hill. The old ballplayer laughed and played the curmudgeon when asked about the skills of his young relation, Mitchell Edmond, 7. "Well, she's not too bad, as the saying goes — for a girl," Harmon joked, before turning serious. "I've always said, if you can play, you can play.