The Washington Times - September 4, 2011, 09:36PM

Livan Hernandez lost in his final start of the 2011 season. While it may very well not be the final one of his career, and I certainly don’t expect it to be, it could be his final one in a Nationals’ uniform.

Here’s some reaction from his teammates and manager Davey Johnson on Hernandez, his career, and his future.


Nationals manager Davey Johnson:

“He’s just a gamer. He’s a professional. A good athlete. Makes everything kind of look easy. For most of us it’s hard. Fielding his position, it’s almost nonchalant. He’s just really good at it. He knows how to pitch.”

Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond:

“He’s been like a big brother to me ever since I was a kid. I’ve got a special place in my heart for him… When I was a kid, he was taking care of me. Now I’ve matured a little bit, and he’s still the same guy towards me. He embraces young kids, and he talks to and respects older guys.”

“Everybody loves him. It’s hard not to. He’s a professional. He goes about his business. He’s the same guy, every day. He never comes in in a bad mood. He’s just Livo. He brightens places up. Guys on other teams, people at hotels that we go to, everyone knows him. Everyone knows Livo and the style of person he is. It’s kind of contagious.”

Nationals left-hander John Lannan:

“I don’t know what he’s thinking about, but I know what I’m thinking about. He’s not done. he’s definitely not done yet. He’s still going to pitch. It’s not like he’s hanging it up. He still loves the game, still loves pitching, if he doesn’t pitch here, he’ll pitch somewhere else.”

“Livo has done everything this organization has asked him to do. Once again he holds his head high and doesn’t let it get to him. He does his job and that’s it. He realizes that guys need a chance to prove themselves because he was once in that position and he’s handling it professionally and the way he’s supposed to do. It shows a lot of character and shows you the way it’s supposed to be done.”

“Livo is Livo. Guys feel lucky to play with him. If you don’t play with him, you don’t get an appreciation for what he’s done. Having him around is awesome.”

“Livo can do anything. He’s like a dad. When you’re younger, your dad is awesome at everything. I think that, anything he does, anything he wants to do, he can do it. It’s really impressive.”

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos:

“I’ve learned a lot (from him). He’s taught me a lot about game situations and I’m excited to learn from those guys, he’s got a lot of experience. I didn’t know that this is the last start for him this year. I saw him today, he worked pretty good, all year he worked hard. He do his best job. I’m excited for him to have had a good season.”

“I learn with him a lot because, you know, he pitches with a lot of experience. It’s hard to catch those guys because, you know, especially for me, this is my first year and I learned with him what pitches he controls, game situations, the pitch count, what they like to do, what they have to do in different situations. Very exciting to learn that.”

Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez:

“It’s tough (to transition to a mentor’s role). I’ve been there before and it’s tough when you play the game for so long and you’ve been in that role for so long and those things happen. I’m sure it’s going to be very hard for him but at the same time he’s very professional and he took it very professionally.”