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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #425: February 09, 2024, 05:11:15 PM »
The Buffalo went 2-4 last night.  Hitting over .500 in the series.  His team in the championship game.  I watched Escobar crush a homer to dead center the other night in Marlins Park.  Unbelievable.  Drug test needed. 

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #426: February 12, 2024, 11:15:36 PM »
mlb.com projects Reynaldo Lopez as the fifth starter in the Braves rotation.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #427: February 13, 2024, 09:08:33 AM »
Jim Hannan and Brant Alyea have died. Hannan was a young hopeful for the expansion Senators. He was a solid starter for the Nats until Bob Short traded him, Joe Coleman, Aurelio Rodriguez, and Eddie Brinkman for Denny McLain.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/mlb/10-year-mlb-veteran-pitcher-dies-at-85/ar-BB1i3XWV?ocid=weather-verthp-feeds

Brant Alyea was a slugger that we hoped would grow into the RF to match Frank Howard in left. He was pretty good, but never quite became a regular Nat.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/02/brant-alyea-passes-away.html

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #428: February 13, 2024, 03:00:00 PM »
Sean Grogan writes, on Washington DC Baseball Facebook:

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I'm sorry to learn that, in the past week, we've lost two of the Expansion Senators, Brant Alyea and Jim Hannan.
 
1965 was my first year as a fan, and by September I had absorbed so much about the game. Also in September, Brant Alyea was sent up as a pinch-hitter for his first Major League at-bat. He wasted no time, hitting a very young Rudy May's first pitch into the left field bullpen. I still remember my brother describing it to me.
 
My Jim Hannan memory is a little different. I remember sitting in the box seats down the right field line, and seeing Hannan in the passenger seat of the Lustine Chevrolet Corvette as he was being driven in for a relief appearance.

I actually got to meet Hannan in 2018 at an event before the All Star Game. He was a very nice guy.
 
Jim and Brant, thanks for providing us with wonderful memories, and just the memories of baseball in Washington.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #429: February 13, 2024, 07:51:14 PM »
Sean Grogan writes, on Washington DC Baseball Facebook:


Nice detail on the Lustine Chevrolet Corvette pitcher’s cart. If you’re gonna tear up the turf, might as well be a Corvette.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #430: February 13, 2024, 09:34:49 PM »
Jim Hannan was a very nice guy. I sat next to him at a Notre Dame football rally.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #431: February 14, 2024, 01:17:13 PM »
Jim Hannan was a very nice guy. I sat next to him at a Notre Dame football rally.

I think he was one of the former players who was at Washington baseball historical society events

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #433: February 19, 2024, 02:35:52 PM »
I agree with Grant Paulson's take on this: Fine when you are hitting, not fine when you have been a black hole in the lineup and are making a ton of money:

Anthony Rendon:

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #434: February 19, 2024, 02:39:23 PM »
The Angels are a joke anyway.  They should pay him extra for defecting attention away from the incompetent folks running the team. 

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #435: February 19, 2024, 02:48:47 PM »
I agree with Grant Paulson's take on this: Fine when you are hitting, not fine when you have been a black hole in the lineup and are making a ton of money:

Anthony Rendon:
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I am 100% ok with him saying faith and family are his priorities, and that the fact that he's at camp shows he's committed to playing for the Angels. It's a job to him, but that doesn't mean he's dogging things just to get a check. An honest man puts in an honest effort at his job, and Rendon's bluntness shows he's honest, I/M/O. The "I don't want to talk to you at 7 AM" is a bit of his humor / blunt truth. He was always like that.

Am I the last person who doesn't have a dislike for him?

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« Reply #436: February 19, 2024, 02:50:11 PM »
I am 100% ok with him saying faith and family are his priorities, and that the fact that he's at camp shows he's committed to playing for the Angels. It's a job to him, but that doesn't mean he's dogging things just to get a check. An honest man puts in an honest effort at his job, and Rendon's bluntness shows he's honest, I/M/O.
I am sure many players think like that.  They just don’t say it. I mean he smiles when he plays so must be enjoying it. 

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #437: February 19, 2024, 02:55:16 PM »
I am sure many players think like that.  They just don’t say it. I mean he smiles when he plays so must be enjoying it. 
tbh, I think he likes baseball but, if there's anything he dislikes, it's the ancillary things that pros go through. Not that those are unimportant, not that fans don't think they are entitled to professions of love and attention from the millionaires that wear the local laundry, it's just they are ancillary to hits, runs, and errors, which are the things that Rendon did as well as anyone for about a 4 or 5 year stretch.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #438: February 19, 2024, 04:42:02 PM »
I think this is a big FU to Angels fans. Rendon is saying that the team means a lot more to the fans than it does to him. He’s entitled to his feelings, but why say it? Just keep your mouth shut instead of telling the fans who love baseball and who love the Angels that he doesn’t really care.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #439: February 19, 2024, 04:54:35 PM »
It seems obvious he doesn’t love baseball or care about winning. It’s just a job.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #440: February 19, 2024, 05:07:26 PM »
The only thing that stops me from actively disliking Rendon was because he played such a huge role in winning the World Series in 2019.  I get that maybe he's lost whatever passion he's had for the game, but you'd think he stocks shelves for a living with how he talks about baseball.  Rendon is living the dream and yet all he does is seemingly complain about the job and play like crap whenever he actually clocks in.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #441: February 19, 2024, 05:37:43 PM »
The one thing that sticks out to me is that he made a pro/con list about staying in the game back in 2014.  That seems very unusual and a pretty strong indication that he just sort of half-heartedly plays baseball.

That's fine and all - he doesn't have to like it.  He just comes across as fairly out of touch when he complains about the length of the season considering he's going to be able to retire fairly soon having made millions, while a lot of people have to grind at a 9-5 until they're 70 just to eke out a survivable retirement.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #442: February 19, 2024, 05:50:08 PM »
The one pro on his last was making an insane amount of money for playing a game. 

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #443: February 19, 2024, 06:06:02 PM »
He hasn't played more than 60 games in a season since coming to the Angels.  Wouldn't be surprised if he came up with an injury that would allow him to stay home a good part of this season.

His negotiations with the Nats fell apart over deferrals, because he wouldn't accept any.  Instead of embarrassing themselves with the Strasburg situation, they should be overjoyed Rendon didn't sign. 

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #444: February 19, 2024, 06:16:24 PM »
I am sure many players think like that.  They just don’t say it. I mean he smiles when he plays so must be enjoying it.

We wouldn't know if he still smiles when he plays because he rarely plays.

For the kind of money he's making part of the deal is putting up with the fans he cussed out and the reporters who want to ask him questions. Also, not alienate the fans who pay good money to see him sit on the bench. I remember last year when Ohtani didn't even want to sit next to him.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #445: February 20, 2024, 08:08:54 AM »
Rendon is simply not good at speaking to the press or dealing with hostile fans. He'd be doing himself a huge favor by hiring himself a PR team, though it's probably too late for that to do much good, and he doesn't seem to care what anyone who isn't God or his family thinks of him.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #446: February 20, 2024, 09:35:39 AM »
Reminds me of Zack Greinke in his interpersonal skills.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #447: February 20, 2024, 05:30:03 PM »
I saw the interview with Rendon. When they asked him if he wanted to be there playing baseball for the Angels all he had to say is yes he's looking forward to the Angels having a successful season. He is the very definition of a jerk. He goes out of his way to show what a jerk he is.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #448: February 20, 2024, 05:51:55 PM »
I saw the interview with Rendon. When they asked him if he wanted to be there playing baseball for the Angels all he had to say is yes he's looking forward to the Angels having a successful season. He is the very definition of a jerk. He goes out of his way to show what a jerk he is.

A very rich jerk...

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #449: February 21, 2024, 10:18:35 AM »
Reminds me of Zack Greinke in his interpersonal skills.

I listen to Greinke and I think "spectrum." Tony, not so much.