Category Archives: Wilson Ramos

Wilson Ramos Hurt His Hand, Which Doesn’t Hurt That Bad


Nats starting catcher and Opening Day cleanup hitter Wilson Ramos reportedly fractured his left hand today on a foul tip, which is a very Wilson Ramos thing to do. (He’s only played more than 78 games in a season just once.)

We don’t know how serious it is or how long he’ll be out, but here’s a quick crack at what it could mean:

*In 231 career games with the Nats, Ramos’ Baseball Reference WAR is 4.9. It’s 5.3 on Fangraphs.

*Assuming Ramos misses two months or about 40 games, that’s a dropoff of about 0.9 WAR, so long as we also assume his replacement plays at replacement level.

*The replacement is Jose Lobaton, who posted a 1.5/1.4 WAR last season in 100 games with Tampa.

Meaning, while it stinks to lose Ramos at all, this shouldn’t hurt the Nats too bad. Maybe a game or less in the standings. And oh yeah, they won in 10 today.

Also, I know very little about WAR specifically and fancy stats in general. We may be doomed.

DMV: The Wilson Ramos Story

Thomas Lake is on a roll, and here’s his latest, a long, well-reported and -written look at the Wilson Ramos kidnapping saga in Venezuela. [SI]

You know, Jayson Werth can bounce back, you guys. [Baseball Nation]

Livan Hernandez signs with Houston. Miss you, Livo. [Nats Journal]

Bryce Harper has poor taste in teams. The poorest taste. [Nats Enquirer]

Nats release bobblehead sched. Want: Morse bobblehead. [Bog]

Strasburg on rehab, pitching in 2012 and Bryce Harper. [SDUT]

Dave McKenna speaks! On Dan Snyder, leaving the City Paper, etc. [Gelf]

#FireDannySmith Senior Bowl edition. [Trail of Burgundy Tears]

The Caps lose in OT at Tampa Bay, pick up a point. [Japers’ Rink]

Great nickname for new Caps enforcer: The Recker. [Russian Machine]

John Wall takes a lot of charges. The rest of Wiz take few. [NBC4]

JMU’s band plays JMU’s new official anthem. [JMU Sports Blog]

New ramen noodle spot to open on 18th St. in AdMo. [PoP]

Wil Ramos Kidnapping Updates

Our coverage of the Wilson Ramos kidnapping started last night, but we want to freshen it up with a new post. As of right now, 10 a.m. ET, there’s still no word from the kidnappers, but their vehicle has been found one hour from where he was taken. We’ll update this post with more as we have it.

Update: The kidnapping seems to be getting short shrift from ESPN.

Update 2: The kidnappers have still not made contact with the family.

Update 3: MLB Department of Investigation is working with officials in Venezuela.

Update 4: Ramos is still alive, according to Venezuelan police.

Update 5: Nats release a statement on the kidnapping.

Wil Ramos Reportedly Kidnapped

Nationals catcher and top NL rookie Wilson Ramos was reportedly kidnapped in his native Venezuela today. The 24-year-old was spending the offseason there and planned to play ball with Tigres de Aragua.

This sort of kidnapping is a plague in Venezuela, and it’s often motivated by money, of course. In 2011 Ramos earned MLB’s minimum salary, $414,000.

Here’s to him getting released soon. More as we have it.

Update: Nats Insider Mark Zuckerman tweeted additional details:

Acc to El Nacional, 4 gunmen approached Ramos near his home and took him away. Family contacted police, has not heard from kidnappers yet.

Update No. 2: Not really an update so much as background info. The Examiner wrote about Ramos’ offseason plans a month ago. He had this to say about Venezuelan winter ball:

“The fans in the stands, there are a lot of good ones. A lot of them understand that it’s a sport. But during the game when they drink and they get drunk they forget everything — they boo you if you’re not hitting, or make errors. Everybody wants to kill you.”

Update No. 3: Fellow Nats Jesus Flores and Henry Rodriguez are also in Venezuela right now.

Update No. 4: Adam Kilgore has added details, including that the men took Ramos from inside his family’s house before driving off in a green car.

Update No. 5: Still no word out of Venezuela from Ramos’ kidnappers as of 8 a.m. ET Thursday. Here’s Kilgore’s story for the dead-tree edition though.

Update No. 6: I didn’t realize that “Ramos is believed to be the first active major-league player kidnapped.”

DMV: Strasburg As Papa Smurf, Wil Ramos As Smurfette

The Nats made their young bucks dress up like Smurfs. Strasburg was Papa Smurf, but Wil Ramos stole the show as Smurfette. [Bog, @NationalsPR]

Strasburg allowed one R over three IP in a Nats win. [CSN Washington]

Jayson Werth isn’t even close to being the worst $100M player. [Nats Blog]

Lombardozzi, Peacock are the Nats’ top minor leaguers of 2011. [Nats Blog]

Dan Snyder dropped that stupid City Paper lawsuit, finally. [City Desk]

This story about Snyder’s courtship of Shanahan is amazing. [Mike Wise]

Five observations from the Redskins’ victory over NY. [The Insider]

Rex Grossman leapfrogged Anthony Armstrong in the end zone. [Bog]

The Skins are practicing today because the players wanted to. [The Insider]

Seventh-round NT Chris Neild had an awesome NFL debut. [The Insider]

Cooley set a new Redskins team record for catches by a TE. [The Insider]

Andray Blatche stars in a kids book about being healthy. [Bullets Forever]

Weird, shirtless pics from John Wall’s b-day part. [Fuck Yeah John Wall]

Words and pics from JMU’s first game at its expanded stadium. [JMUSB]

DMV: Nats Win on Batshit-Crazy Suicide

Ryan Zimmerman and Danny Espinosa homered, but the Nats game-winning play came on the strangest suicide squeeze you’ll see. Two pitches after missing the sign and taking a full cut as Mike Morse was barreling down the third-base line, Wil Ramos laid down a perfect bunt to push the go-ahead run across in the bottom of the seventh. Sometimes, according to Davey Johnson, “You’ve got to open up the Cracker Jack box.” [WaPo, Goessling]

Update: Big League Stew has a nice post on the squeeze play, w/ video.

Update No. 2: SB Nation brilliantly dubbed this the “homicide squeeze.”

Racing Presidents, Mr. Walk-Off join the “Vote Morse” movement. [Bog, NE]

A good look at Jayson Werth’s miserable, miserable slump. [Nats Journal]

The D.C. area will have two Werth bobblehead giveaways in July. [Bog]

Danny Espinosa got a nice hug from Michelle Obama on Tuesday. [Bog]

Updates on four top Nats prospects down on the farm. [Nats Blog]

The O’s lost 13-5 to Rangers, completing the sweep. [The Sun]

The O’s are sinking, have dropped 17 of their last 23. [O’s Insider]

Art Monk almost went to Maryland (bonus: awesome pic). [Redskins Blog]

A fun look back at Mark Moseley’s improbable 1982 NFL MVP. [Grantland]

Joe Gibbs was depicted in a Marvel Comic back in the day. [Redskins Blog]

Albert Haynesworth is ranked as a top-three DT, still. [Capital Games]

Caps signed new wing Troy Brouwer for two years, $4.7M. [Caps Insider]

Saying goodbye to Caps cult hero Matt Bradley. [Bog]

Maryland’s Justin Lewis allegedly punched a guy at Bentley’s. [Dr. Saturday]

Pe’Shon Howard highlights from Goodman League play. [Testudo Times]

DMV: Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos Show That Taunting Is a Nats Thing

Bryce Harper blew a kiss to the pitcher after homering. [NQ, Bog, BLS]

Wilson Ramos also took his time rounding the bases on Sunday. [Bog, Bog]

The Nats are giddy with last night’s first three draft picks. [Nats Journal]

The Nats have been getting all the luck with their first overall picks. [FJB]

The O’s took HS flamethrower Dylan Bundy at No. 4. [Krem’s Sports]

UVA pitcher and St. Alban’s grad Danny Hultzen went No. 2. [WaPo]

Nats blew a lead to San Fran, and the O’s beat the A’s. [WaPo, The Sun]

Mystery solved: new party-style decks are coming to FedEx. [Redskins Blog]

Fun with old Skins nicknames, including Theismann’s, Captain Bubbly. [Bog]

Towson now has one of those weird Oregon-style courts. [The Dagger]