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Feb 29, 2012, 2:39 PM EDT

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Bryce Harper has attempted to keep his profile low so far this spring.

VIERA, Fla. — This may qualify as the biggest news of Nationals camp so far: Bryce Harper has deleted his Twitter account.

OK, so perhaps that's not as significant as Ryan Zimmerman's $100 million contract extension or the open competition for roster spots. But given the attention Harper had been getting not only for his on-field performance but also for his online personality, it's sure to catch a few people by surprise.

Why did Harper delete the account last night?

"I just wanted to," the 19-year-old outfielder said. "I was done."

Harper wasn't interested in providing more details than that, though it's perhaps no coincidence he halted his tweeting less than 48 hours after the Nationals held a full-team meeting on PR and media relations,Read more ยป

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  1. Gonat - Feb 29, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Probably smart to do it but his sponsors have to be upset. His tweets about Under Armour and Eastbay had to have helped sales.If he followed Stephen Strasburg's model he would be fine.

  2. JamesFan - Feb 29, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Good move. Harper gets way too much attention for where he is in his career, and he was in serious danger of destroying his public image in Washington with his immature public comments. What a player says in public defines them and once spoken cannot be recovered. You can't be held accountable for what you don't say. Keep it to yourself and play baseball until you can prove yourself in the big leagues.

  3. Anonymous - Feb 29, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Two months at Syracuse will straighten this all out, and delay his putting on a Yankee uniform for another year.

  4. JaneB - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Smart. Grown up. Good for him.#making the team out if spring training.

  5. Anonymous - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Holy hashtag! No more Harper tweets!?Oh well, this kid is gonna do great things on the field and soon, whether or not he shares his thoughts via Twitter along the way. I am betting he reconsiders before season's end. We'll see.dfh21

  6. NatsJack in Florida - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    I never saw the first immature tweet from Bryce. Now Logan Morrison, not so much. Bryce has it all over him when it comes to maturity.Bryce's only problem was making statements that can look outrageous and immature when taken out of context. And todays press loves taking things out of context then watching them blow up in the blog world as the comment takes a life of it's own.

  7. LoveDaNats - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Good move. He's starting to mature. I'll miss his tweets. Hah!

  8. sm13 - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Our little boy is growing up — I'm so proud!

  9. NatsNuts - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    JamesFan said… Good move. Harper gets way too much attention for where he is in his career, and he was in serious danger of destroying his public image in Washington with his immature public comments. What a player says in public defines them and once spoken cannot be recovered. You can't be held accountable for what you don't say. Keep it to yourself and play baseball until you can prove yourself in the big leagues. February 29, 2012 9:50 AM Yah, kind of like Feel Wood and his Nazi comparisons yeaterday.A long time employee at ESPN lost his job recently for a Jeremy Lin comment and others who are too stupid to know that the spoken or written word can hurt even when its your 1st Amendment rights can have a lasting effect.Bryce Harper didn't realize how deep burgundy and gold is in Washington. He may have lost some fans but I give him a pass. He is 19. Feel Wood doesn't get a pass in my book.

  10. NatsNut - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    It's funny. It's like the public/media (myself included) were being a sort-of extension of the clubhouse when it came to following the unwritten rules. He was getting a public smackdown not just for the tweets themselves, but also for extending his public persona a little beyond his position. But he didn't seem to be getting the hint. Now that he's in camp and got the message from whoever (Rizzo, DJ, media consultant, players, whoever), he's listening. I'm so glad! He's got all kinds of time to reveal the real him.

  11. Tcostant - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Maybe Harper was just ahead of the curve and this is really the best way to see the real person. I rather he keep the twitter account and tell us how he is going to be a better person.

  12. MicheleS - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    First off, I will miss his tweets, I never saw any harm in them (but then again, I am not a Redskins fan). and NatsJack.. totally agree on Morrison.And BOYS, if you start on the Nazi comment, name calling, trash talking today, the Chicks will take over and start the clothing, facial hair choices, favorite movie stuff, and general stuff that we like (again) just to get you to stop.You have been warned. ;-)

  13. Theophilus - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Tweeting is narcissism for the masses, on a global. It's the last thing that ought to be on Harper's mind, let alone auto-inflating his ego. Glad he's done with it, hope it lasts a while. Let him concentrate on his next at bat, not his next bon mot.

  14. Theophilus - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    "global scale."

  15. Muddy Ruel - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Maybe the Yankees asked him to, probably said when he gets there he can tweet.

  16. Anonymous - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Who cares?

  17. NatsBrat - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    This has nothing to do with maturity, per se. And said discussions are tedious.Harp is merely a typical member of his generation, that is far more communicative than past generations. Having said that, Harp also realizes that he's here to play baseball, and anything else is a distraction–including tweets. His tweets were fine; it was the media that tried to make more out of them than was necessary–and hence the distraction. Maybe a lot of other people should 'grow up' first, and set the example for Bryce Harper.

  18. Rabbit - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Good. Harper is now showing he is no fool or loser by getting off the Twit.

  19. Bryce Harper - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    I decided I didn't want to be an annoying, narcissistic jock my entire life.

  20. markfd - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    No Nats are tweeting at all now after the Davey speech, Mark can you ask Storen, Clippard, Jackson, Strasburg, et al why they stopped tweeting too (although they have not deleted their accounts like Bryce).

  21. MicheleS - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Just saw Mark's tweet.. Werth out again today.. ugh.. let's hope this doesn't linger

  22. natsfan1a - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    Is there such a thing as context with "Tweeter"? I'm thinking not so much. Seems like a wise decision to me. MichelleS, I can take one for the team and discuss Nats fashion if needed, but no pink hats for me. Could also discuss sappy baseball flicks. :-)

  23. N. Cognito - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    NatsNuts said… "Yah, kind of like Feel Wood and his Nazi comparisons yeaterday."Let it go. It was a failed attempt at a humorous analogy.

  24. N. Cognito - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    MicheleS said… "Just saw Mark's tweet.. Werth out again today.. ugh.. let's hope this doesn't linger."Must've been one hell of a bender.

  25. bdrube - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    @Theophilus – spot on. The problem with Twitter is people just write down and send whatever pops into their head without reflecting first upon how it comes off. Someone mentioned the tweets being taken out of context–well, it is pretty hard to provide any context whatsoever when there are such a tiny number of characters available for any given thought. I'm glad Harper is off of it, because it was probably just a matter of time before he said something truly embarrassing and career damaging, like so many other people (and not just 19-year-old athletes) have already.

  26. Cease the Opportunity - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Someone here I believe made this suggestion. If Harper wants to be on the opening 25 man roster going north, negotiate a 2 or three year extension if possible. This could be a win-win for both sides…

  27. Mick - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Every thing is breaking right for Nats, it is kinda of scary. However, it would be about fing time that DC has some good times, lol

  28. Mick - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Help me out gang, if Ryan Z is eventually moved to 1st base and Rendon is in the lineup, fill in the rest and where does it leave LaRouche?

  29. Mick - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    How about Desmond in CF, if he becomes a good lead off??

  30. Mick - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    and Lombardozii?/ this is mind wrenching, ,lol

  31. Bozo - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Johnson should put a sledgehammer to all the little Star Trek phones.Also, hopefully Harper will be disappointed twice a year when the Redskins whip up on the Cowgirls.

  32. NatsJack in Florida - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    My reference to context was for interviews, not tweets. It would be something in his interviews that would hit the blog world and take on a life of it's own. His tweets were fine.

  33. Lancelot Lamar - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    bdrube, perhaps most people only have enough thought to fill up one tweet.

  34. TBD - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Mick: If / when Ryan Z is moved to 1B, LaRoche by then is no longer a Nat.And Rendon ain't gonna be in a Curly-W soon enough that it makes any sense to speculate on a lineup with him. If Desmond is a good lead off hitter, why would moving him to CF make any sense? To make room for Rendon? That cart is way ahead of the horse. How about making room for Brian Goodwin?

  35. MicheleS - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Mick.. LaRoche is only under contract this through this year (he has an option for next year), So there is not a log jam at 1B or at least until they figure out what to do with CF and the impact that has on Morse.

  36. jd - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Mick, Rendon isn't coming to the majors for at least a year and a half and by then LaRoche will be long gone. Best case scenario: by July 2013 Rendon is a huge prospect almost major league ready and the Nats trade him for a big star (last piece of the puzzle) because the star's team is out of it and they are rebuilding.

  37. jd - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Mick, My gut feeling is that Morse will be the 1st baseman once LaRoche departs making room for Harper in the outfield still leaving us a center fielder short of a total lineup.

  38. Mick - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    great feedback guys, I really appreciate it, forgot that LaRouche contract was up

  39. Mick - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    My point on Desmond is if he hits, you have to have a spot for him and with his speed, why not CF?

  40. NatsJack in Florida - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Rendon will be in Harrisburg and a September call up. Sorry jd.And what do you not understand about Werth moving to CF when Bryce gets called up the end of April?

  41. NatsJack in Florida - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Mick…… ummmmm, he's never played there.

  42. Mick - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    platoon Werth and Desmond in CF if needed. Look, i would love to see Werth play a solid CF and hit above 250

  43. Mick - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    NatsJack: I know that but he is the type of athlete that could play CF, that is my point.

  44. NatsJack in Florida - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Moving Desmond to CF constitutes an experiment and this club is well beyond having to experiment now. If they even had a thought about such aove (and if you've listened to Davey, they haven't) it would have started well before now.

  45. NatsJack in Florida - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    a move.

  46. Feel Wood - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Mick said… NatsJack: I know that but he is the type of athlete that could play CF, that is my point.You apparently missed Riggleman's Desmond in right field experiment. It wasn't pretty. (Although it was better than his Guzman in right field experiment, but that ain't sayin' much.)

  47. TBD - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Platoon Werth and Desmond in CF…Mick – stop – please

  48. N. Cognito - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    TBD said… "Platoon Werth and Desmond in CF…Mick – stop – please"THIS

  49. Anonymous - Feb 29, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    I never saw the first immature tweet from Bryce. Now Logan Morrison, not so much. Bryce has it all over him when it comes to maturity.LoMo? Actually David Price is pretty funny in the way he responds to fans but have to admit where LoMo is patronizing and at times obnoxious Price is always upbeat and positive. Honestly, it looks to me like its mostly women trying to jump a major league ballplayer … ~laughing~ … onecan only imagine what Harper was getting …All I know is that I follow his brother and sister as well. They are a great family and I agree I haven't seen one tweet from Harper that was worth any of this hoopla! Totally solid upbringing and loving family … hopefully he doesn't lose that when he gets under the major league lights. His family is well worth more than 1,000,000 Yankee games in right field … ~laughing~ he should be commended and congratulated for that …

  50. Anonymous - Feb 29, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    They should just put him under Tyler Moore and Corey Brown's wing those two use twitter … barely … ;)

  51. Just sayin' - Feb 29, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Feel Wood @ 11:37,And don't forget LoDuca in LF … when, after an inning or two, he appeared to fake a pulled muscle while jogging out to take his spot so that he could avoid any further embarrassment…

  52. Anonymous - Feb 29, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Desmond to CF? Not gonna ever happen.People hate the Desmond bashing in here, but the reality is that this nice, hard-working guy with big talent has real holes in his game and he has real problems in terms of his viabilaity as a MLB player.CF? Unless Ian can hit a lot better than he has to date, he's not a guy who can play any position but SS (need power for a corner, generally need OBP skills in CF, not to mention the glove work in CF being very important — he has no experience in CF and among the worst OBP skills in baseball). In order to play SS (2B might be an option, but not for the Nats as that is treading water to move him there now) he needs to make the plays with the glove at SS. Desmond has never been great with the glove, and he has been awful at times, and he has only had moments of brilliance with the bat. He can survive as a glove first SS in MLB, but he needs to find the glove consistently in order to do that. I am not sure that he can do it as he's had a lot of opportunity and it has not happened yet. The Nats are nearing the end of the line with Demsond unless he shows up and wows them from day 1 in 2012. They have other options and now that they are looking to win so they will have to go to Plan B if Ian does not perform.

  53. Cease the Opportunity - Feb 29, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Anonymous said… 12:09 PMWould starting 2012 All Star Game help Desmond? Because that's what is going to happen…

  54. Anonymous - Feb 29, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Desmond to CF? Not gonna ever happen.If he doesn't hit he could end up as the UTL with Lombardozzi starting. And then there's Rendon + (Rice college teammate) Hague + Kobernus all three at Harrisburg this season at some point.There is depth Keith Law … perhaps not as much as there was in terms of starting pitching but positionally its better than it has been since the Nats moved to town.

  55. Anonymous - Feb 29, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Would starting 2012 All Star Game help Desmond? Because that's what is going to happen…Or Desmond could 'CEASE His opportunity' and just fail?

  56. Sunderland - Feb 29, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Not a chance, not one, not a single chance in this universe, that Desmond wins the popularity contest know as starting an All Star game in 2012.

  57. N. Cognito - Feb 29, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Cease the Opportunity said… "Would starting 2012 All Star Game help Desmond? Because that's what is going to happen…"Put down the crack pipe.

  58. 320R2S15 - Feb 29, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    CTO-REALLY

  59. MicheleS - Feb 29, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Good to see some kool aid today…but as Sunderland said, not a chance Desi wins a Popularity contest.

  60. Feel Wood - Feb 29, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    And don't forget LoDuca in LFIt was Acta who did that, not Riggleman. And the reason was to get both LoDuca's and Flores's bats in the lineup at a time when the offense was decimated by injury. Also, LoDuca had played left field before in his career, multiple times. This is a far cry from what Riggleman did with Desmond and Guzman, basically having a "brainstorm" and then throwing it against the wall to see if it would stick. Yet another reason Davey is a better manager than Riggleman. Davey would never set a player up for failure like Riggleman did.

  61. Wally - Feb 29, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    I'll bet Harper got the message that to make the club, Rizzo will look at on the field and off the field behavior. So he decided to quit 'Tweeter' to take away one reason for the Nats to start him in AAA, not really because he saw the light in the PR briefing. I am just guessing, obviously, but if he renews it once he is sent down, it might have some legs as a theory.I think Werth will do fine as a CF. I worry about whether all the extra running a CF does will cause him to wear down or maybe get injured more easily, but if he does it for only 1/2 a season or so, he should be fine.

  62. Anonymous - Feb 29, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Sunderland: Desmond would have to perform very well AND win the All Star popularity contest (against Tulo, Reyes, Rollins, Castro, Dee Gordon, etc.), neither is looking likey. Let's be frank — he's just not a good player.In fact, he's arguably the worst everyday SS in the NL. He's an anchor for the club and not in the good way. Nats Insiders can hate on this comment all they want but Desmond is the glaring weak link on this club and Rizzo needs to dump him sooner than later. Comack and Zuckerman can gush all they want about Ian being a club darling. The stats over this kind of sample size do not lie. He stinks in most facets of the game and there is really no good reason anyone should expect him to do anything else but continue to stink.

  63. Mark'd - Feb 29, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    An outfielder of Morse, Werth and Harper could 75+ home runs.

  64. jd - Feb 29, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    NatsJack,'Rendon will be in Harrisburg and a September call up. Sorry jd.And what do you not understand about Werth moving to CF when Bryce gets called up the end of April?' I disagree. I think Rendon starts in Potomac and does not come up this year. It took Ackley 2 years and he's no worse than Rendon. I also don't love the idea of a 33 year old corner outfielder as the solution to the CF problem and I think an outfield of Morse,Werth and Harper is weak defensively.

  65. jd - Feb 29, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Rendon at 2nd – brilliant idea. Let's take a kid who has never played on the right side but has had a history of ankle injuries and put him in position for every aggressive player trying to break up a double play slide into those ankles.

  66. Anonymous - Feb 29, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Zim's a 1B sooner than later anyway. He can't even throw overhand.

  67. Sunderland - Feb 29, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Zim's throwing issues most likely are behind him. They stemmed from his abdominal injury and recovery. You can't presume his throwing woes are with him forever any more than I can presume he'll hit 78 HR's this year.

  68. N. Cognito - Feb 29, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Your tweets have narcissist written on them. You'll never make it to the bigs with narcissistic tweets. Think classy, you'll be classy. If you hit 20 homeruns in the show, you can bring back the narcissistic tweets and the press'll think you're colorful. Until you hit 20 in the show, however, it means you are a narcissist.

  69. N. Cognito - Feb 29, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Why do so many posters want to solve tomorrow's problems today? The Rendon position situation will work itself out.

  70. #4 - Feb 29, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    "In fact, he's arguably the worst everyday SS in the NL. He's an anchor for the club and not in the good way."To add a little statistical information to the Desmond discussion – in 2011, his worst season offensively of his two+ in the big leagues, Desmond ranked 8th among NL shortstops in OPS. Is he great? No. Is he "the worst everyday SS in the NL." Clearly no as well.Eye balling his defense I would put his glove in the middle of the group as well – good range and arm, too many careless mistakes. I for one am hopelessly "old school" in my rejection of the advanced defensive stats.

  71. NatsJack in Florida - Feb 29, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    jd…. it's not what you and I think. It's what Rizzo, Davey, Roy Clark and Bob Boone think.They see Rendon as AAA ready but are starting him at Harrisburg.And Davey is working with him at second base, the last position Rendon played in the field in college.

  72. Sec 3, My Sofa - Feb 29, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    An outfield of Morse, Werth and Harper could 75+ home runs.An outfield of Barry Morse, Mary Worth (sorry), and Bryce Harper could hit 75. Maybe not this year, but still.And am I the only one who finds the juxtaposition of "my first dead-ball era game" reminiscences with "Hey, you kids, get off teh Tweeter!" funny?

  73. jd - Feb 29, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    N.Cognito,I agree but the reason I think it's significant now is that in my opinion if you put Rendon at 2nd and start him in Harrisburg he will make tons of erros (new position), possibly reinjure his ankle.If he struggles in the field he is more than likely going to struggle at the plate. I think that if the Nats want to build his value for themselves or as a trade chip their best bet is to let him play his natural position (he is a very good defensive 3rd baseman) and to start him at a level where he is likely to have success; you can always move him up if he is dominating at a given level. You never want to have to move someone down because they are over matched.

  74. jd - Feb 29, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    NatsJack, You are right; we are having a moot argument and we'll see how things shake out.

  75. NatsJack in Florida - Feb 29, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    I'm with you on that. The brain trust and situations that develope will detrrmine how it all works out.

  76. Anonymous - Feb 29, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    "You can't presume his throwing woes are with him forever any more than I can presume he'll hit 78 HR's this year."Zim has had throwing problems and not just last year (and even when he was back from injury and supoosedly healthy he was still tossing moon balls across the diamond), but Zim has never hit 78 HR's in a year, of course, so we can make the former presumpiton a little easier than the latter.Seriously, can he throw overhand? If not, then he's a 1B.

  77. Sec 3, My Sofa - Feb 29, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Wait a minute–something just occurred to me–if Harper really has stopped tweeting, and not just changed accounts to something less public, all that conversation has to go somewhere. Are we about to gain a new Anon with great inside information? Watch the skies!

  78. Anonymous - Feb 29, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    +4:Don't make me open up the can of nasty Ian Desmond stats and stink up the blog.Nats management is delusional. He needs to be in the minors figuring out how to hit and field and recognize pitches. Even then he would not be a star in AA ball. He's bad, objectively bad.

  79. Anonymous - Feb 29, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    NatsJack in Florida said… jd…. it's not what you and I think. It's what Rizzo, Davey, Roy Clark and Bob Boone think. Jack, why do you keep saying things like this? Isn't anyone allowed to express a strong opinion or make a criticism here without being reminded like a school child that what they say will actually have no effect on what happens on the field? Everyone knows that. So what? Your reports and commentary from Viera are welcome, but lots of us don't appreciate the holier (and smarter) than thou attitude. Just because you are down there doesn't give you the right to dismiss anyone you disagree with.

  80. Sec 3, My Sofa - Feb 29, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    I think NatsJack's making the central point, and a valuable contribution of valid information. I could argue moving Zimmerman to center field, and maybe enjoy doing it, but it would be silly. If you're going to make a serious, if academic, suggestion, it should be based on facts, not fantasy, and the #1 fact is, the club makes those decisions, and no amount of anything in here has any actual effect on the field. He's not dismissing anyone, he's just pointing out facts to support his assertions. I value them, speaking strictly for me.

  81. Sec 3, My Sofa - Feb 29, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Here's a moved-around lineup. I stayed with positions that have been suggested in here by someone at some time.Desmond CFWerth LFZimmerman 1BMorse SSHarper CEspinoza 3BRendon 2BBernadina RFAnkiel P

  82. Cease the Opportunity - Feb 29, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Anonymous said… 1:43 PMAs it has been said, this is Desmond's make or break season. I say Desmond will have a .400 OBP as lead off leading into the All Star game, make and start in the 2012 All Star Game. I didn't say he would be voted in by the fans. And things happen to the starters before All Star games that allow non-voted starters to start. Wait n' see. I've never been wrong…

  83. blovy8 - Feb 29, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    That works sec 3, because it won't matter what the defense is since Ankiel can't throw strikes.

  84. blovy8 - Feb 29, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Is Desmond going to use the Ron Hunt method and get beaned a couple of dozen times? I don't see how he could get to .400 any other way.

  85. NatsLady - Feb 29, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    OK, I don't care what we have to give up for McCutchen. Gotta get him. Guy can SING!!!

  86. NatsJack on Florida - Feb 29, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Sec3……thanks but the Desmond to CF thing got me going when it's been stated by Davey himself that that is not going to happen. The mere fact that Desmond hasn't so much as shagged flies in the outfield…..and I mean ever…..in ST….should account for something.And you're right about making the central point. I'm not shy and don't mind asking these guys questions down here and when I ask something that's even a slight bit off the teams program I get an earfull and it's not fun. But I take it and go back to quietly observing until I see something else that arouses my curiosity. I'll ask another question when the opportunity arises and if what I ask indicates a prudent observation I get confiming dialogue. If not I get another scathing retort.I don't take it personally. After all this is a lifetime proffession for these guys and I'm merely feeding my passion for the game of baseball. I guess what I'm trying to say, if anyone thinks I'm opinionated, then they need to talk to the guys whose opinions really matter.

  87. John C. - Feb 29, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    I agree that an OF of Morse/Werth/Harper would be below average defensively. The only recent MLB OF I can think of that was worse might have been the Cardinals OF in 2011 (Matt Holliday, John Jay, Lance Berkman). They were pretty bloody awful. No wonder that team never went anywhere!

  88. Cease the Opportunity - Feb 29, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    blovy8 said… Is Desmond going to use the Ron Hunt method and get beaned a couple of dozen times? I don't see how he could get to .400 any other way.Are you familiar with Malcolm X?

  89. NatsJack in Florida - Feb 29, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Watch out John C……some stat guy is going to post the combined UZR for that trio that unequivocally shows them to be the greatest defensive outfield of all time.

  90. blovy8 - Feb 29, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Are you referring to roosting of some sort?

  91. blovy8 - Feb 29, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    You can be sure that Carpenter will say of that OF – they may not have range, but they usually catch what they can reach.

  92. blovy8 - Feb 29, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    More back spasms for Werth: it can't be from carrying this team…

  93. Anonymous - Feb 29, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Anonymous said… ….lots of us don't appreciate the holier (and smarter) than thou attitude. FWIW, that's the reason I post as anonymous and not under my sign on most of the time. The times I do post under my name I have been told why my opinions are wrong and made to feel sort of stupid. Many of you on this board do act like Anonymous 1:45 says. I value many of your opinions including Nats Jack and Steve M. I always love how Jane B and Michele S are always so upbeat and positive. But sometimes you guys can get a little ugly and cruel to people. And regardless if you agree or not with someone, it's their opinion and doesn't make it wrong, no matter what you think. Even JayB. No one here is any better than the next person. Just because you are a season ticket holder, you are no more a fan than I am who only goes to one or two games a year. This is the best site for the Nationals online due to Mark and most of you. Sorry off my soapbox now.

  94. Cease the Opportunity - Feb 29, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Anonymous said… 2:48 PMIt helps to have tough skin on blogs like this. It also helps not to take yourself too seriously even when the name calling brews up. It's unnecessary to name call, but I don't mind being called stupid. We are human being and emotions can run high sometimes, but overall, to every man, woman, and child who have posted here, I would say more than anywhere else, we have been very civil to each other and I commend everyone, ANON & ANON trolls for their civility…

  95. blovy8 - Feb 29, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Rosenthal says 2nd wildcard will be announced soon. Time to spend a smidgen more on the offense so 90 wins can happen.

  96. Feel Wood - Feb 29, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    The mere fact that Desmond hasn't so much as shagged flies in the outfield…..and I mean ever…..in ST….should account for something.Sure doesn't account for why Riggleman threw hin into the outfield in games that count, does it?

  97. SFNats - Feb 29, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    You know, it's probably a good thing that Rickey Henderson didn't have the Tweeter back in the day. As for Desi and Espi, Comack has a good ST happy-talk story in the Times about Desi's weight, and Mark's last post was the second time I've seen the hamate as a rationale for Espi's problems hitting left handed last year. We'll see about Desi — I agree with others who said this is a make or break year. But I'm rooting for the guy and I hope the weight issue along with a permanent spot at the top of the order does the trick.As for Espi, I'm buying the hamate explanation and moving him up a couple rounds on my fantasy cheat sheet. If the healing bone was preventing him from driving the ball with authority from the left side, which is certainly plausible, then we could be looking at 30HRs.

  98. Unkyd - Feb 29, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    FWIW…. It looks to me like Rendon's bat is the kind you don't trade for ANYthing, unless you're a tiny market club. I'm sure by the middle of '13, he'll have carved out a spot for himself, whether it's MI, with Desi or Espy in another town, or third, with Zim on the other corner, or manning 1st, himself. The point being, in the pie-in-the-sky possibility of having to many legit starting position players, it just leads to trades that restock the system. But I don't think you can trade THIS bat…

  99. JoeHardy - Feb 29, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    More Offense needed? Go rent Johnny Damon until Harper is called up.

  100. Anonymous - Feb 29, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Riggleman threw Desi into the OF in call up games when the Nats were 25 games out and it was never CF, as if it matters.Desmond's cast iron glove might account for some of the extra lbs. Dude cannot field, dude cannot hit well enough to make up for the bad glove — no matter how much Comack loves him.

  101. NatsJack on Florida - Feb 29, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Unkyd…..Rendon is a much better bat at this stage of his career than Zimmerman was and Zimmerman was in DC at the time.He is NOT a trade piece.

  102. Anonymous - Feb 29, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    The comment from NatsJack that I objected to had nothing to do with Desi playing CF. Rather, it was in response to jd @1:06 and 1:11, who opined that Rendon would start at Potomac, not Harrisburg, and that it would be a very bad idea to move Rendon to 2B because of an increased chance of injury. Instead of just disagreeing, or providing additional facts based on his conversations with the brain trust, NatsJack played the "your opinion doesn't matter because Davey, Rizzo, Roy Clark, and Bob Boone will decide" card. That was just unnecessary. Sure, you should have a thick skin when you comment here, but some people, and not just the Anons, engage in gratuitous insults of commenters who have something to contribute even if they aren't as expert as others. It's what leads to some people commenting anonymously, as Anon@2:48 pointed out, and, on a daily basis it seems, to MichelleS threatening to instigate a discussion of hairstyles. Spare us please!

  103. Another_Sam - Feb 29, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    This twitter newby unfollowed Bryce after about a day; he was tweeting every 20 minutes or so, trying to attract 20K followers. After me, he needed 20,001 I guess.

  104. NatsJack in Florida - Feb 29, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Wow Peric……lighten up. My Desi comment was directed at Mick.

  105. Anonymous - Feb 29, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    I'm not Peric, but whatever.

  106. NatsJack in Florida - Feb 29, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Re: jd and Rendon…sorry. I was at a traffic lite and in a hurry to repond. And what I said was OUR opinions didn't matter. And in a later post I said that the brain trust and situations would dictate where Rendon ended up.But still…. lighten up.

  107. Theophilus - Feb 29, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Then please sign "Anonymous (Not Peric)

  108. Ztown17 - Mar 1, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    Can't wait to watch Livo carve up harper at the plate! Does anyone else sense a hat trick coming- or perhaps a golden sombrero??

  109. Ztown17 - Mar 1, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    Can't wait to watch Livo carve up harper at the plate! Does anyone else sense a hat trick coming- or perhaps a golden sombrero??

  110. Anonymous - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:51 AM

    Lol your a tool Yankee comment lol you can't buy everyone anymore wrong Steinbrenner is in charge now haha

  111. Stephan White - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Good move. He's starting to mature. I'll miss his tweets. Glyn Willmoth

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