February 16, 2010 |
Last season, Ron Villone was a central figure in the Washington Nationals' bullpen, first stabilizing it in May, largely destabilizing it thereafter. The lefty didn't allow a run during his first 20 appearances. After June 11, Villone had a 6.54 ERA. Washington's continued reliance on Villone underscored the team's lack of veteran depth. This year, the bullpen is improved, and Villone will have a tougher time cracking the roster. But he'll at least receive a shot. Wednesday, the Nationals signed Villone, 40, to a minor league...
September 6, 2009 |
Don't give up on Liván Hernández. Baseball almost has. But the Nationals shouldn't. Sometimes, the bargain, the steal, a key piece, is hiding in plain sight. That's probably Liván right now. He's dragging a 5.26 ERA behind him, as well as a pink slip from the Mets last month. The phone didn't ring after he was released until the Nats called. The message was clear: Hello, scrap heap. But large Liván isn't ready to be junked for parts. It's far more likely that his next few seasons will resemble his last several --...
August 25, 2011
Mike Flanagan, a Baltimore Orioles pitcher who won the Cy Young Award in 1979 and later served as the team's general manager, pitching coach and a TV broadcaster, died Aug. 24 at his home north of Baltimore. He was 59. His body was found Wednesday afternoon about 250 feet behind his home in the Sparks community of Baltimore County. The Maryland medical examiner ruled Thursday that Mr. Flanagan died of a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head. Police said he had been upset about...
June 7, 2008 |
Former Navy pitcher Mitch Harris's uncertain future gained a little more focus yesterday afternoon. The St. Louis Cardinals selected the 6-foot-4 right-hander in the 13th round, 395th overall, during the second and final day of the first-year player draft. He became the second-highest draft selection in Midshipmen history, behind pitcher Matt Foster, who was taken 380th by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2003. "My reaction was relief," Harris said. "Finally, to have the first step over with.
June 11, 2009 |
Branden Kline's cellphone first rang around 10 a.m. yesterday, when a scout from the Boston Red Sox inquired how the All-Met pitcher from Thomas Johnson High was feeling as baseball's amateur draft entered its second day. A few hours later, that same scout was phoning to say that the Red Sox had drafted Kline in the sixth round. "I thought that it was a cool situation that I could be drafted and now that I have been drafted I'm even more excited because I didn't think it could happen," Kline said as he enjoyed...
February 18, 2010 |
VIERA, FLA. -- Let's be honest here: Matt Chico looked like death warmed over Wednesday morning. The bloodshot eyes. The raccoon rings. The slow, zombie shuffle. Anyone who has been a parent would recognize the look. Indeed, the nights are long and ugly at the Chico household here, not far from the Washington Nationals' spring training complex: Sydnie, 16 months, is teething. Parker, eight weeks, is colicky. One or both of them is up every hour or two. All night, every night. "When spring training starts, I'm...