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Bergmann answers your questions

Feb 27, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

VIERA, Fla. — Nationals right-hander Jason Bergmann was kind enough to take your submitted questions earlier this week … then took four days to get around to actually answer them. Obviously, this guy knows nothing about reporter deadlines. He wouldn't last a day in this business!

But seriously, folks, Jason has always been one of the most media-friendly and fan-friendly members of the Nats organization, and he remains the only guy along with Ryan Zimmerman to have appeared in at least one game every season since the franchise arrived in D.C. (Fun fact: Did you know Bergmann is the Nats' all-time leader in strikeouts with 297? Livan Hernandez is hot on his tail at 263.)

With that, here are Jason's unfiltered answers to your questions. Thanks to everyone who participated, and thanks to Jason for being a good sport … and having an impressive grasp of grammar, spelling and punctuation skills for a guy who didn't go to journalism school! …

JayB: How is this year's camp different from each of your past six, is it not? That covers Frank, Manny and Jim. Reflecting back on past spring training camps from 2005-2006 to 2007-2009 to present day 2010, how does this roster stack up to the past years?
Jason Bergmann: This year's camp is, by far, the most veteran-laden. There are so many guys in camp with us that have done so much for other teams. This camp is also the first in the last threeRead more »

  1. gus - Feb 27, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    Mark and Jason,I really enjoyed this blog interview process and found each and every question/response to be thoughtful and insightful. Digital media truly presents a new model for fans, players and journalists to interact. Also, from a team/ownership perspective, plays such as Jason generate tremendous "Nats" brand value by participating in this way. I know Stan spoke to team and warned them about living in a new media age of gotcha. I wonder how he views Jasons (and other players, like Bally) venturing further out into this arena. I would hope he encourages it, but wonder if he's more of a conservative throw back legal mind who would want to vet each and every "word". Anyway, thanks again Mark and Jason!Gus

  2. natsfan1a - Feb 27, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    Thanks to Jason for taking all of the questions, and to Mark for making it possible.To follow up on the comments by Gus, I also wonder about the possibility of repetitive stress injuries due to frequent computer use. I've had a few in my day because my work involves constant keyboard use.It wasn't computers per se, but remember when Detroit pitcher Joel Zumaya missed several games due to an injury that turned out to be due to (if memory serves) frequent video game use? Just a thought.

  3. natsone_va - Feb 27, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    A little off the topic here, but, Mark, what's the deal with Adam Kennedy wearing number 20? It's the first time since Frank left that someone has worn it.

  4. Uncle Atom - Feb 27, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    Thanks Jason for taking the time on this. Mark, I hope you can make these Q&As a regular feature. A couple questions I'd like answered have to do with base running and pitchers bunting. Last year there were a lot of instances of regular players making bad base running decisions, and it appeared that many running mistakes were due to the runner not watching the third base coach. How much attention is that getting in spring training, and is it enough? Jason's answer on pitchers taking regular bunting practice was good to hear, but specifically, is there individual instruction going on? Some pitchers seem very adept at laying down a bunt, while others get up there and appear to see it as an easier way to strike out. How much bunting technique is getting covered in spring training, and then during the season? How much situational review of bunting strategy based on the ball/strike count is done with pitchers? In a battle for a pitching slot on the team, if all things are pretty even on defense, then attention and practice in the batter's role ought to count for something in the front office's decision on who to keep and who to send down to the minors.

  5. Mark Zuckerman - Feb 27, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    Natsone_Va: Yes, Adam Kennedy is wearing No. 20 and is the first National since Frank Robinson to do so. The number was never officially retired by the club, but it was sort of held by clubhouse manager Mike Wallace out of respect for Frank. When Kennedy signed, he asked to wear No. 20. Wallace checked with the proper authorities to make sure it was OK, and he was given the green light.Trivia question: Do you know the only two numbers that haven't been worn by any Nat since they arrived in town (among the traditional baseball numbers, I mean, not like 93 or something ridiculous)? And what's the reason neither number has ever been given out?

  6. peric - Feb 27, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    Thank you Jason! How about a photo of the "beat reporters" plus Jason Bergmann? #10 – Le Grand Red.#10 – Andre Dawson.These I knew the others you can find but there are actually 3!Both Raines and Carter retired 30 and 8.





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