RFK a hitter's park?Baseball Prospectus has some analysis on RFK as a baseball park (check out the bottom question). Basically, the last time the Senators played there, it was a pitchers park, but it will depend on the way it's configured. The original dimensions were more or less neutral. I actually found an article today that thinks the weather will make RFK a hitters park. The author's thesis involves the fact that the Senators sucked, and that part I have a hard time with, since park factor calculations take that into account as best as possible by factoring in both what the team did elsewhere and what other teams did at RFK. The summer heat can help the ball carry, but the humidity has got to have a counteracting effect, at least to some degree. I'll try to keep tabs on this as the season progresses.
The way it sounds by reading ESPN's Jason Stark, the Nationals name is a done deal. There are an awful lot of people listing it as a rumor that's probably true, but Stark represents it as fact, despite significant circumstantial evidence for the Grays, such as the New Era information and the fact that MLB's dcbaseball.com uses the colors of the Homestead Grays as its color scheme (blue and gray).