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Topic - Doug Harris
Mike Rizzo announced several changes to his front office, including promotions for top aides Doug Harris and Kris Kline.
Teams build their farm systems in order to develop players into major leaguers, and the main goal is to produce as much MLB-caliber talent as possible. It's how the success of any team's system is judged. What, then, should be made of the actual on-field success the Nationals' system has had this year?
As the rain pounded on the field at Space Coast Stadium Sunday afternoon, Rendon looked around the dugout. His eyes followed Davey Johnson as the Nationals' 70-year-old manager told starter after starter their day was done, shortened by the delay. Rendon quietly hoped he wouldn't get to him.
Two days after the Washington Nationals made the decision to send Bryce Harper to Triple-A Syracuse, ending his bid to make the major league team out of camp, general manager Mike Rizzo stood outside of the visitors' clubhouse in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and was asked a simple question.
"To get from the Dead Sea — below sea level — to going up Mount Everest, it's a long haul," Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner said of the team's farm system. "Doing it in just five years, patting ourselves on the back, it's pretty phenomenal."
Matt Purke felt relief the minute he became a member of the Washington Nationals.
As the Nationals have gone about developing their farm system, they've amassed an embarrassment of riches at catcher. They're also facing a crossroads with some of that depth.
There's a video on the Internet of Bryce Harper.
The storm had passed, so Chien-Ming Wang waited near a bog of mud and gravel that doubled as the right-field line.
The Washington Nationals' director of player development has clarified remarks in which he compared No. 1 draft pick Bryce Harper to Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson.
The rain has ended, but the flood of harsh words from the Washington Nationals, Potomac Nationals owner Art Silber and Prince William County hasn't stopped.
The front door of the cramped home clubhouse at 81-year-old Municipal Stadium opens directly into the main parking lot, where fans are free to wait for their heroes after Hagerstown Suns games. On Monday night, they congregated minutes after the final out and waited for one man.
It wasn’t quite Yankee Stadium or Nationals Park, but Chien-Ming Wang didn’t mind. He was just glad to be back on a pitcher’s mound Monday night.
Derek Norris sat in the visitor's dugout, staring at the ground with a grim look. As his teammates headed to the clubhouse, the Nationals' top catching prospect was joined by hitting coach Troy Gingrich of the Harrisburg Senators and the two sat in silence in a near-empty park.
Bryce Harper took an outside strike and shot a disapproving glance at the umpire.
"I think it speaks to depth in the system," Harris said of the affiliates' success this year. "I think it speaks to discipline in how they prepare and play the game and I also think it's a mindset. ... It's a fringe benefit, is what it is."
"We're never going to do that," Harris said. "Ever."