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Riggleman’s message and live BP

Feb 26, 2010, 6:52 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Garrett Mock impressed today facing live hitters for the first time.

VIERA, Fla. — His entire roster together in camp for the first time this morning, Jim Riggleman decided to hold a full-squad meeting before taking the fields for a spirited workout. These meetings, usually held on the first day of full workouts, are common throughout baseball, but it's always interesting to hear what kind of message a manager tries to deliver.

In Riggleman's case, there were two main themes: 2009 is a thing of the past, and it's time to pay attention to details.

As for moving on from last year's troubles, Riggleman did make a point to mention all the good individual performances the Nats had in '09, from Ryan Zimmerman's Silver Slugger and Gold Glove awards to Adam Dunn's 38 homers and 105 RBI to John Lannan's consistency atop the rotation. And he made sure to thank his players for givingRead more »

  1. SpashCity - Feb 26, 2010 at 7:11 PM

    There may not be a better feeling in the world for a pitcher, than breaking a guy's bat. Here's hoping that is a sign of things to come from Olsen, it would be such a huge boost to the rotation is he could return to his 2006-2008 self.Also love to hear the pitcher/batter chatter between Mock and Dunn."Why's he calling me meat? I'm the one driving the Porsche."

  2. peric - Feb 26, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    It looks like of all the "young" pitchers they are mostly hoping Mock takes that next step. Might be some pressure on him especially if Olsen falters.

  3. Anonymous - Feb 26, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    Riggleman needs to learn to keep hos promises. He was suppose to be on the Sports Fix today (ESPN 980 noon to 2pm) and did not show. I did ear Mark Zuckerman there yesterday.Bottom line – you need these media outlets to promote the team – so if your say your going to go on, then go on the time you said you would.

  4. Anonymous - Feb 26, 2010 at 8:29 PM

    Awesome, I love the observations on the pitchers. I would love to see more of those if possible.

  5. JayB - Feb 26, 2010 at 8:57 PM

    Audio Files when the wind is still please?LOVE the message and follow through from Riggs and Rizzo….This is just what this team needs to hear and see…HIGH EXPECTATIONS and PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY mixed with Drilling on fundamentals…..Mark, at some point please give us your reflections of this camp verses past camps.

  6. natbiscuit - Feb 26, 2010 at 9:06 PM

    Mark, could you please put on your to-do list – a conversation with the new coaches – especially McLaren, but Raddison and Lett as well. I'd be interested in roles and responsibilities. Who's going to be positioning the outfielders, who's coaching the baserunners, and what is Lett's approach in the bullpen?

  7. Sunderland - Feb 26, 2010 at 11:00 PM

    Mark, great stuff. Every now and then, I let myself think that Olsen and Mock could both be solid performers this year, that Bruney and Burnett could dominate tight situations and that Capps could slam the door with consistency. But I'm afraid…..

  8. NatsNut - Feb 26, 2010 at 11:08 PM

    I love the back-and-forth trash talk between Mock and Dunn. How fun. Do they do live batting practice alot in ST?

  9. natscan reduxit - Feb 26, 2010 at 11:14 PM

    Hi Mark,… my question isn't really about Garrett Mock. I have a different question, and wonder if you have any idea about it. As I recall from reading Chico's swan song today, the Nats paid a signing bonus to Smiley Gonzalez, or whatever his name is, back in 2006. Something like 1.4 million, if I'm not mistaken. It would appear that bonus was received under false pretences, so is there any chance or any attempt to retrieve that money?





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