Notes: Logan promises improvements
Center fielder working on hitting during offseason
WASHINGTON -- Earlier this month, manager Manny Acta announced that switch-hitter Nook Logan would be the everyday center fielder entering Spring Training because of his defense.
But there are still questions about Logan's hitting. Most scouts consider him a Major League hitter from the right side but feel that he has limitations from the left. Logan is a good bunter from the left side, but has problems hitting offspeed pitches.
Logan insists there will be improvements from the left side. This offseason, he often talks with hitting coach Mitchell Page, and works with Sid Hollins, a hitting coach in Houston area. It was Devil Rays outfielder Carl Crawford who recommended Hollins to Logan.
"I feel better at this stage than I've been all of my career," Logan said. "There are minor adjustments. It's about staying back and let the ball travel to me. I've been switch-hitting since I was 21. I've been hitting right-handed all my life. Naturally, I'm going to be better right-handed. I'm a work in progress from the left side."
Football time: Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and catcher Brian Schneider are going to the Super Bowl to see the Colts face the Bears on Sunday. Zimmerman believes it will be a close game but feels that field-goal kicker Adam Vinatieri could be the difference.
"I think Indy might win," Zimmerman said. "It all depends on [whether Bears quarterback] Rex Grossman shows up or if Indy's defense shows up. It could be really high scoring or low scoring."
It's all good: The Nationals' weeklong caravan proved to be a success, according Alphonso Maldon Jr., the team's senior vice president of external affairs. Maldon was pleasantly surprised to see the large turnouts in such places as Richmond and Virginia Beach, Va.
"It exceeded all of my expectations in terms of what I expected," Maldon said. "We wanted to make sure that we connected with our fans. It was our intention to get out and see what the fans were thinking. It [was] great everywhere we went."
Asked if there will be a fanfest next year, Maldon said, "I think it will be something we will talk about. I heard from some of the fans that they want to see it. We are going to be looking into it and talking about it. I haven't had those conversations with management. It's something we want to do, for sure."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.