Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Spring training begins

Spring training starts today. The Post is chock full of articles today, mainly thanks to Barry Svrluga (I wonder if he gets any sleep). First, they point out how the team and the city still don't really know each other yet. To get to know them, they offer a list of 10 Nats to watch. The one Nat everyone should know is Frank Robinson, who is "ready for the long run".

Svrluga even does a profile on the Nats Fan Club, saying primarily that, while many of the members know very little about their team, they are nonetheless extremely happy to have them.

Apparently, Svrluga was slacking off, because it took a second reporter to cover another potential ownership group.

But wait, the Post has still more Nats content: Boswell welcomes spring training. And, they have a 'capsule' look at every team in baseball coming into spring training, broken into spring training league. Here's the grapefruit capsule and the cactus capsule.

PS: See if you can decipher the notation in this image from the Post (click for larger image):


At 10:52 AM, Blogger Basil said...

Bluish marker means MLB roster. Red marker means minor league invitee?

At 11:02 AM, Blogger Basil said...

Or are you talking about the notations next to the left-handed hitters/pitchers?

At 11:40 AM, Blogger Basil said...

And, to finish the discussion with myself, as Chris pointed out at Capitol Punishment, those are of course the # and * symbols, though I can barely make out the # because the hitters are farther to the right, where the board "flattens out."

At 1:10 PM, Blogger John said...

Blue is 40 man, yes. Then there was * for lefty and # for switch hitters. Also, there's a clear deliniation of who is in competition for spots on the 25-man roster, and who is not. For instance, nobody in the left column of pitchers will make the cut.

At 2:57 PM, Blogger Sam said...

But some of the pitchers in the left column are themselves blue?

And am I right that Chavez is set to start and Termel Sledge is our fourth outfielder (and did everyone know that already anyways)?

At 2:58 PM, Blogger Sam said...

Oh -- blue is the 40 man, and left is "not in competition for the 25 man". All clear.

At 5:58 PM, Blogger Chris Needham said...

I didn't even notice you picked up on the dry erase board too! That's kinda bizarre.

I just wish we knew how old it was and how important it actually is.

At 10:39 AM, Blogger Brian said...

No Alex Escobar on the board, so it's before this past weekend.

At 10:54 AM, Blogger John said...

Unfortunately, Chavez has long been reported as the default for a starter spot. Probably making it worse is that Wilkerson has said he doesn't want to switch positions throughout the course of the year.

I think there's a good chance that either Sledge or Escobar will push out Chavez, if he continues to not get on base. The guy to pity is J.J. Davis, who apparently was the favorite for the 5th outfield slot, and is now a dark horse at best.


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