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A few takes, and some queries, from a neophyte

Hey people, I'm pretty new to baseball. I've always "rooted" for the Nats, but never really watched them until last year. Truthfully, I could never really get into baseball. Now I'm hooked.

I'll admit right up front - the intrigue of Strasburg and Harper really drew me in. But thats not what kept me. Very quickly, Adam Laroche has become one of my favorite professional athletes. I've never seen a guy more laid back at work without a chair to lean back and some sort of Hostess-product crumbs running down his shirt. Laroche scoops up those throws from third like he's grabbing a beer from the bar. Personally, I'd like to ask his wife (or girlfriend?) if he ever, EVER gets excited.

I was surprised to find out that Rick Ankiel failed as a pitcher. That guy, to me, just exudes confidence. Was shocked he missed that ball in CF last night. Not that I FAULT him, I had just come to expect him to pull off whatever's asked of him.

Which leads me to my questions. I'm still trying to understand this shuffling of players thing. Bare with me here. Like I said, still new to this. But I don't understand why a guy like Ankiel isn't considered an everyday player, but Espinosa is? Is it an outfielder v. infielder thing? Espinosa is a young guy, and has promise, so I get that. But what about Bernadina? He seems to give the team some real speed around the bases. Basically, what I'm asking, is why wouldn't Harper, Ankiel, and Bernadina be your "everyday" outfielders? I understand Werth taking Bernadina's spot when he returns but, in the meantime? I just don't get why Nady gets any real PT, outside of being a late game sub.

My next question is about Morse. Last year he was on first, but I'm guessing there's no chance he unseats Laroche, so where does he go? Another outfielder? I'm fine pushing Nady further down the chart, but I'm guessing it significantly shrinks Ankiel and Bernadina's PT as well, right?

Ok, last question. Ryan Zimmerman. I KNOW I'm gonna get killed for this, but should HE be an "everyday player"? There's no doubt he's a tremendous player. And I know he can't be replaced. But he seems to get dinged up quite a bit. I know it's because of his style of play, but is that just the nature of the beast for 3rd basers? At least the good ones?

Alright, that's it. Hopefully enough of you are still reading to this point to drop a few helpful nuggets into the comments section. If not, I'm gonna hafta get my baseball questions answered by Chad Douche and Lurch.

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