Tidbits from Nationals Park

Right-hander Shairon Martis wasn’t promoted to the big leagues Tuesday because he reached his innings limit. He threw a combined 160 innings for Washington and Triple-A Syracuse.

General manager Mike Rizzo said Martis will get a chance to compete for a rotation spot  next year.

* I forgot to mention another promotion the Nationals made on Tuesday. They called up athletic trainer Beth Jarrett from Triple-A Syracuse. She is in her eighth season with the organization. 

Prior to joining Syracuse, she spent four consecutive seasons with Double-A Harrisburg as the team’s head athletic trainer. She also spent time with Class A Savannah and Clinton. 

* Marco Estrada will be the Nationals’ fifth starter and will pitch against the Marlins on Saturday. Left-hander Ross Detwiler will work out of the bullpen the rest of the season because he is close to his innings limit.

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I wonder if Walter Johnson ever had an innings limit and he pitched for 19 years in the Majors. More recently I wonder if Bob Feller, Allie Reynolds, Ed Lopat, Whitey Ford, Early Wynn, Greg Maddux, or other great pitchers of the past had an innings limit? Dibble says we’ll never see another 300 game winner, or probably even a 200 game winner, and almost no 20 game winners. Where has the game gone? Have they turned it into a game of Mamby Pambies? During my 34 year absense from the Sport, from this standpoint it has certainly gone downhill as a Sport. That said, I’m still a fanatical fan of the Nationals after seeing my team stolen from D.C. twice, and then starving for baseball for 34 years. I thank the Lerner’s every day for bring baseball, any kind of baseball, back to Washington. I wish we had a reporter who was dedicated to Washington like those of the old days, rather than one who yearns for the loss of Montreal however.

I do not yearn for the Expos. I want to see the Nationals win and like the direction they are going in. I’ve said that many times.
However, I’ve covered only two living legends and they came from Montreal — Frank Robinson and Vladdy. I enjoyed covering both of them. Anything wrong with that?

I do not yearn for the Expos. I want to see the Nationals win and like the direction they are going in. I’ve said that many times.
However, I’ve covered only two living legends and they came from Montreal — Frank Robinson and Vladdy. I enjoyed covering both of them. Anything wrong with that?

There’s plenty wrong with all the Montreal references. They are irrelevant to YOUR audience, the people YOU serve. The fans of the Washington Nationals largely live or have lived in the Washington area. For the sake of your career, you’d be better off playing to your audience, rather than to your personal choices. Why does this not make sense?

Well Mr. Ladson, I certainly didn’t expect a response from YOU. I guess the comments hit home from the sound of it, but erniek4567 said it best and said it all. There is hardly anything I can add to that, except to say it’s too bad you didn’t get to cover Harmon Killebrew, Don Lock, Pete Runnels, Bob Porterfield, Connie Marrero, Bucky Harris, Roy Sievers, Bob Lemon, Eddie Yost, Mickey Vernon, Early Wynn, Eddie Robinson and other former really good players who were in Washington before Calvin Griffith took the money and ran. But, you could read some books and look of some Washington history so you could be prepared to make some relevant comments to the real history of the Nationals. And by the way, the Nationals are called the Nationals because they were called the Nationals before they were ever called the Senators, and the Texas Rangers or the Minnesota Twins would be the good sports to give us our name back.

And I forgot to mention Camilo Pasqual

Sorry, I meant to say Texas or Minnesota would NOT be the good sports to give us our name back. I can’t remember which one of them owns the name; probably Texas.

erniek4567, it seems like you are threatening me, but that all right. You have no control over what’s on the site. All I can tell you is, the Nationals are going in the right direction.

erniek4567, it seems like you are threatening me, but that all right. You have no control over what’s on the site. All I can tell you is, the Nationals are going in the right direction.

sorry mr. ladson. it is not my intent to threaten anybody. my intent is simply to offer advice. the nats attendance is not where we’d like it. the tv and radio ratings are certainly not there either. i believe the biggest reason for this is the performance on the field, but not all of it. the direction the official media takes on the web, in print, and on broadcasts goes in the wrong direction, even if the nationals themselves are going in the right direction. in a nutshell, franchises are irrelevant to fans. the nationals will not get a foothold in the washington market dwelling on things that had to do with what went on in another city. plenty did go on in washington however. i was here and saw it. i believe the nats will put themselves in a far better position with their developing fan base by again, focusing on baseball heritage of washington. i don’t expect rob dibble and charlie slowes to broadcast in french. I don’t expect to hear everytime a nats player makes an accomplishment on the field to be reminded of some expo, who no doubt meant something to montreal fans, but is of little note here. i would think that the best move for the nats, and the people assigned to cover them, is to abide by one of the cardinal rules of media, to put the focus on the reader, viewer, listener. media people who don’t do that are seldom as successful as those who do.

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