- The Washington Times - Monday, February 21, 2005

VIERA, Fla. — Frank Robinson’s home run power didn’t come from weightlifting. Yesterday the Washington Nationals manager revealed how he was able to blast 586 career homers as a Hall of Fame player: pushups.

“I was up to about 300,” Robinson said. Three hundred at a time? “Yeah.”

Don Buford, Robinson’s former teammate with the Orioles and now the Nationals’ first-base coach, doubted that.

“He couldn’t do 300,” Buford countered. “Maybe over the course of the year.” …

Florida might not be thought of as a prime whale-watching spot, but anyone who happened to be strolling along Satellite Beach late Saturday afternoon was greeted by the thrilling sight of a family of northern right whales not more than 200 feet off the coast.

It turns out the 50-foot-long black creatures, who make their home off the Canadian coast most of the year, head south every winter to give birth. This time of year, members of the endangered species (less than 1,000 are known to exist) can be seen almost daily flapping their large tails and spewing plumes of water high into the air.

THE BUZZ

DOWN — POSITION PLAYERS

Yesterday was reporting day. So where were all of them?

UP — TURNING 30

Livan Hernandez celebrates the big 3-0 (If you believe his bio).

DOWN — TEAL SEATS

Note to Space Coast Stadium manager: The Marlins don’t play here anymore.

SIDEWAYS — BRAD WILKERSON: LEFT FIELDER

Robinson says Wilkerson wants to play at the same position every day. We’ll believe it when we see it.

BY THE NUMBERS

6 MAJOR LEAGUE UNIFORMS WORN BY OUTFIELDER JEFFREY HAMMONDS (ORIOLES, REDS, ROCKIES, BREWERS, GIANTS, NATIONALS).

9 CAREER HOME RUNS AT RFK STADIUM BY FRANK ROBINSON (INCLUDING THE LAST GRAND SLAM HIT IN THE BALLPARK).

OVERHEARD

“MIGHT AS WELL GIVE IT TO THEM NOW BEFORE THEY START RIPPING US.”

— Interim GM Jim Bowden, suggesting he give media members complimentary Nationals batting-practice caps.

SCHEDULE

TODAY: Position players physicals.

TOMORROW: First full-squad workout, 9 a.m.

WEDNESDAY: Full-squad workout, 9 a.m.

THURSDAY: Full-squad workout, 9 a.m.

FRIDAY: Full-squad workout, 9 a.m.

SATURDAY: Full-squad workout, 9 a.m.

SUNDAY: Full-squad workout, 9 a.m.

MARCH 2: First exhibition game, vs. Mets, 1 p.m.

How to get to Space Coast Stadium

From Orlando/North: Take Rte. 528 East (Bee Line Expressway) 25 miles to I-95 South. Exit I-95 South at Fiske Blvd. (Exit 195). Proceed south on Fiske Blvd./Stadium Parkway to the stadium. Approx. time: 45 minutes.

From Melbourne/South: Take I-95 North to Wickham Rd. (Exit 191) and turn left. Turn right on Lake Andrew Dr. and follow to the stadium. Approx. time: 20 minutes.

TODAY’S WEATHER

Washington: Rain, 57 degrees

Viera: Partly cloudy, 77 degrees.

Mark Zuckerman and Ken Wright

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