In the Nationals Front Office's quest to sign as many has beens to Minor League contracts, a new name is added to the stable of Nationals All-Stars in the year 1999!
Tony Batista, of awkward batting stance fame, is now a Washington National.
What does this mean for the Nationals? Well, if Ryan Zimmerman either gets elected to President in the next year or implodes, it means little. IF, and that's a sizeable if, Batista breaks camp with the big team, he'll get minimal playing time because in is first full year, Zimmerman was fairly bulletproof.
What does this mean for Tony? Money? He parlayed a decent Carribean Series into a Minor League Contract, so good for him in that regard. Here are his credentials:
# 2-time AL All-Star (2000 & 2002)
# 20-Home Run Seasons: 6 (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 & 2004)
# 30-Home Run Seasons: 3 (1999, 2000 & 2002)
# 40-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2000)
# 100-RBI Seasons: 3 (1999, 2000 & 2004)
Notice anything about those awards? Last time he did anything of note, the Mission was Accomplished in Iraq.
But, as I'll say a lot during Spring Training, when you have one starting pitcher, nothing will surprise me.
Oh, and we also picked up a girlfriend beater. I would have preferred Daryl Ward over Dimitri. I mean....Ward is a beast!