Richmond baseball: Affiliation update

It’s been an interesting week at the Diamond.

In the last 48 hours, Washington Nationals president Stan Kasten and San Francisco Giants CEO William Neukom have made official visits to Richmond.

Neukom has made it clear that the Giants would gladly sign a renewal with the Flying Squirrels right now.

The Squirrels are saying “not so fast”.  So you have to wonder.  Although the Nationals technically can’t talk affiliation with Richmond until after the season, just what did Stan Kasten come to town to discuss?  Hmmmm……

I suspect that you can read into the Squirrels’ non-renewal decision exactly what it appears to be – they want to hear what the Nationals have to say when the Nationals are free to say it.

If anything, I’m now more convinced that unless the Nationals bungle this badly, the Squirrels will be the double-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals in 2011.

If that happens, and if the Nats get the kid signed, we’ll get a quick look at catcher-to-be-converted-to-outfielder Bryce Harper (2010 #1 overall pick) sometime in 2011.  It’ll be interesting, to say the least, as Harper got his GED as a high-school sophomore and is currently a 17-year-old who just finished his freshman season at the College of Southern Nevada, specifically so he’d be eligible for the draft as early as possible.   Not that the kid may be a big deal, but someone has done a Chuck Norris-style “facts” site on Harper.  Enjoy.


Author: Rob Hoffmann

Occasional blogger, slightly less occasional improv player/ref/tech, full-time computer techie, radio producer (basketball, mostly), generally nice person (if you ask me).

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