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Pudge, Ramos will share job for now

Apr 2, 2011, 5:24 PM EDT

The Nationals, as has been expected since the end of last season, are transitioning Wilson Ramos into a starting role behind the plate. Ramos is starting today against the Braves, and manager Jim Riggleman said the rookie will share the job with Ivan Rodriguez 50-50 for the immediate future, with neither designated as the No. 1 catcher.

“I think we literally kind of have two No. 1’s there,” Riggleman said before today’s game against the Braves. “Right now, I think we’re going to move towards that.”

Over time, the Nationals hope Ramos ascends to the leading role, a scenario that would force Rodriguez to the bench more regularly and could create a sticky situation for the club and one of the greatest catchers in baseball history.

Riggleman, though, made a preemptive move in talking to Rodriguez Friday, a meeting the manager called “one of the best conversations I’ve ever had with a ballplayer since I’ve been managing.”

Read my full story, with quotes from Pudge and Ramos, on CSNwashington.com.

  1. JaneB - Apr 2, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    I love Pudge. WHat a class act. And loving Ramos too — here, he comes behind Joe Mauer and now Pudge Rodriquez. I love that WE have him and someone else doesn't.No longer whining about Ankiel, either.

  2. Joe Seamhead - Apr 2, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    Hey, Jane, did anyone in the stadium see Ankiel's suicide bunt coming?Ramos had a great day behind the plate and at bat. Folks, we got ourselves a pretty darn good team. Spread the word! We need fannies in the seats.

  3. Mr. Doggett - Apr 2, 2011 at 11:54 PM

    I know you can't really tell much from only a couple games, but this team is doing things that we haven't seen since the team arrived here. Defense and pitching? What's that?

  4. JaneB - Apr 3, 2011 at 1:12 AM

    I don't think anyone ANYWHERE saw it coming!

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