Nationals News: National Media Blitz Day 2/2

SECAUCUS, NJ - JUNE 07: Team representative of the Washington Nationals Davey Johnson and Pat Corrales decide on the first overall pick during the MLB First Year Player Draft on June 7, 2010 held in Studio 42 at the MLB Network in Secaucus, New Jersey. Washington National have the first overall pick. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

  Bryce Harper's coach expects him to sign, and his family would like to get the signing ordeal over with.

  Mark Zuckerman has collected some front office quotes about Bryce Harper. His path to the majors is greatly accelerated by moving to the outfield, according to Stan Kasten. We could see him as early as 2013.

  Stephen Strasburg wanted to make the big league team out of Spring Training, but knew he wouldn't be given a chance.

  D.C. has had more number one draft picks than any other city in the last decade.

  In an effort to thwart fans (like me) who planned on standing in the lower bowl of Nationals Park, the Nationals have announced that they'll be selling 2,000 standing-room-only tickets for tonight's game.

  Adam Dunn would not like to bat against Stephen Strasburg because he's "done with challenging" himself.

  Pudge Rodriguez played a rehab game with the Potomac Nationals yesterday, and will catch Stephen Strasburg in his debut. Not surprisingly, Strasburg jerseys are already being heavily marketed by the Nationals.

  There is a lot of exciting news coming from Natstown, but Mark Zuckerman reminds us that we're still a long way away from seeing Bryce Harper at Nationals Park.

  Ken Burns says that Stephen Strasburg's time in the minors has been unique because of total media saturation.

  The Pirates are excited to have the first crack at Stephen Strasburg.

  Former Nationals stud (and Federal Baseball favorite) Nick Johnson reminisces about the 2005 Nationals.

Around the league...

  Commissioner Bud Selig said that he is "very comfortable" with his decision to not award Armando Galarraga a perfect game. He also said that he does not see a lot of support for an expanded instant replay system.

  The Baseball Hall of Fame will be receiving the first base bag, Armando Galarraga's spikes and a ball from Galarraga's near-perfect game.

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