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Versatile Hairston has come to accept role

Mar 10, 2011, 5:54 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Jerry Hairston has enjoyed a lengthy career because of his versatility in the field.

While everyone down in Viera waits for the rain to pass — today’s first split-squad game against the Mets has been delayed until 2 p.m. — here’s a story on Jerry Hairston I just wrote for

A decade ago, Hairston was supposed to be the Orioles’ long-term answer at second base. Injuries and the emergence of Brian Roberts changed those plans, but Hairston wound up enjoying a nice career as a utilityman.

Now he hopes to impart the lessons he learned from guys like Cal Ripken and Mike Bordick to a Nationals clubhouse that features several energetic, young position players not all that unlike Hairston used to be.

  1. Jerry H - Mar 10, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    I'll hold down shortstop while Dessie goes to Syracuse to learn to play the position.

  2. rmoore446 - Mar 10, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    I think Willie Harris, the guy Jerry is replacing on the Nats roster, broke into the big leagues on that same Oriole team.

  3. Theophilus - Mar 10, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    Pretty sure Willie Harris came up w/ the White Sox.



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