Back by popular demand, The Nationals Enquirer answers the mailbag for MLB.com's Nationals beat writer Bill Ladson. Bill already provided his answers earlier today. We'll take our best shot at it here. Read on:
I think adding Davey Lopes and Mitchell Page to the coaching staff are excellent moves. Do you think they will change Alfonso Soriano's mind about playing the outfield? -- T. W., Alexandria, Va.
T.W., we don't think Lopes or Page can do much to change Alfonso's mind, but we believe that Frank Robinson and a Louisville Slugger can.
It's obvious that Soriano does not want to play the outfield. Has any Major Leaguer ever flat out refused to play a position? -- D.C., North Hero, Vt.
While he didn't refuse to play last season, it could be argued that Cristian Guzman might have had a more successful season last year had he refused to play and not shown up at all. But that doesn't really answer your question. Did we mention that we think Guzman is going to have a big year? Stop laughing! We're serious!
The Nationals used 55 players last year, an unheard of amount. What are they doing to upgrade their conditioning and preventing these injuries in the future? -- M.Z., Utica, N.Y.
In one of their more underrated moves of the offseason, the Nats purchased a new Tony Little Gazelle Plus for the clubhouse!
What is Tony Blanco's future with the Nationals? -- A.C., Montreal
What was the reason why the Nationals signed Nick Johnson to only a one-year deal? -- K. F., McLean, Va.
What is the Nationals' stance on video scouting? It is my understanding that when they were in Montreal, they spent less than $10,000 on video equipment and personnel, which most probably had a lot to do with their misfortunes at the plate. -- A. O., Montreal
Yes, and what's worse is that it was $10,000 CANADIAN, which means something like $750 AMERICAN. To add insult to injury, the equipment was seized by U.S. Customs when the team moved out of Montreal and tried to get over the border.
Since Bowden believes in second chances, would he give Rafael Palmeiro a chance? -- R.F., Waynesboro, Va.
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(all questions swiped from The Washington Nationals Official Website; please don't sue us. Thank you)