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Going Upstate’s My Destination

Posted By Ryan Moore On Apr 14 2009 @ 11:12 pm In Washington Nationals | No Comments

The Nationals took my advice, and Lastings Milledge is headed upstate.

It was only a day ago that I offered the Nationals some distinctly unsolicited advice regarding the outfield.  Put Elijah Dukes in center, I said, and the Devil take the hindmost!  I use pretentious oaths like that.

Today the Nats totally listened to me [1].

Dissatisfied with his production and tired of waiting for it, the Washington Nationals today optioned Lastings Milledge to Class AAA Syracuse, indicating to their center fielder that long-term potential does not guarantee a short-term job.

Well that's refreshing, seeing as how it makes perfect sense and all.  Dukes is now the everyday CF.  That's not ideal, but Washington doesn't have a true centerfielder on the roster, so it's not like we're downgrading.  It's not like it could get any worse, right?

It's probably the best thing for Milledge.  He shouldn't be playing every day at the major league level, and playing regularly in AAA will probably be better for him than sitting his ass down next to Josh Willingham in Washington every night.

And really, this could be exactly the kick in the hindmost that Milledge needs.  Everywhere he's been, he's been dogged by complaints about his work ethic and dedication.  I can't imagine that handing over a major league helped that. There's nothing like an exile to upstate New York to force a guy to get his stuff in order.

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