Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ron Villone's Memorable Story

Hearing the word late this afternoon that Our Washington Nationals re-signed lefty reliever Ron Villone to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training IMMEDIATELY brought back memories of a conversation we had together last year. Without a doubt, one of best told stories by any player to Nats320 since baseball returned to Washington in 2005.

Ron Villone's first day as a Washington National was memorable.

Good Story. Great Attitude. Worth Re-telling.

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And here is the complete press release from the team on Ron's return:


The Washington Nationals today agreed to terms with left-handed pitcher Ron Villone on a minor-league contract that includes a Spring Training invitation. Nationals Senior Vice President & General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Villone went 5-6 with seven holds, one save and a 4.25 ERA in a team-leading 63 appearances for the Nationals in 2009.

Villone, who signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals on April 11, 2009, paced the Nationals with five relief wins. On 23 occasions, he pitched on zero days’ rest and recorded a 2.81 ERA in those contests.

The 40 year-old Villone is 61-65 with 92 holds and a 4.73 ERA (614 ER/1168.0 IP) in 717 games (93 starts) spanning 15 seasons with Seattle, San Diego, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Colorado, Houston, Pittsburgh, Florida, New York (AL), St. Louis and Washington.

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