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Quote of the Day: Denard Span will do his best to endure Ryan Zimmerman in left

Jun 3, 2014, 4:03 PM EDT

Ryan Zimmerman will be playing left field for the Nats for a while. Denard Span is good with that:

Gee, thanks for the vote of confidence, Denard.

  1. goskinsvt - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    I believe the last time Zimmerman did not play 3rd base was his MLB debut. Should be an adventure out there in left.

    • natstowngreg - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:23 PM

      Yup. When Zimmerman came up in late 2005, Frank Robinson said he thought the kid could play shortstop in the Majors.

      One game, couple of errors. End of shortstop experiment.

  2. zackd2 - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    I may be mistaken, but I think Span just violated an unwritten rule of baseball

  3. strictlythedanks - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Delmon Young is no doubt one of those bad outfielders

    • dluxxx - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      Josh Willingham, Ryan Doumit and Jason Kubel also come to mind as former Twins.

      • mikedi33 - Jun 3, 2014 at 5:30 PM

        Ben Revere was definitely one of them.

      • dluxxx - Jun 3, 2014 at 5:37 PM

        I’d argue he is a good fielder. He just has a noodle arm.

      • happytwinsfan - Jun 3, 2014 at 5:57 PM

        I think Kubel is good fielder, with limited range

      • Francisco (FC) - Jun 3, 2014 at 6:01 PM

        I don’t know, Ben’s speed really masks some horrible routes he takes to the balls.

  4. tbird05 - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Good job Denard…make the veteran look bad while you look like a jackass. Might need to take a step back and see who they like more in Washington…you or Zimmerman.

    • tmhofficial - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      Remember, this is the same Denard Span that compared the start of a long Baseball season to a military deployment. He’s not exactly a thoughtful guy before talking, but that’s why he’s a reporters dream come true for controversial/fun quotes.

      • tbird05 - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:42 PM

        This is true. Good point. On a different note…I wonder how much each team spends on player development when it comes to coaching for media relations. Some teams have their guys in an almost robotic formation, while others seem to allow a little more honesty. It would be cool to hear an insiders viewpoint on the topic…

  5. natstowngreg - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Denard could have phrased it a little more diplomatically. Instead of “bad,” he could have said “inexperienced.” Like Steve Lombardozzi the Younger, Tyler Moore and Kevin Frandsen, inexperienced left fielders for whom Span has had to cover.

    Or, he could have kept his thoughts to himself.

  6. tmhofficial - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    I have no doubt Jason Kubel and Josh Willingham were on his mind when he said this, and they’re both still playing OF in MN. Awesome, I love my Twins.

  7. 18thstreet - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Are we sure Span wasn’t making a joke?

    • jss1330 - Jun 3, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      Zimmerman is very droll so I’d expect the same from his teammates

    • chinahand11 - Jun 3, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      That was my thought; it looks like a joke tweet. Easily stir-things-up material, I suppose.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 3, 2014 at 5:44 PM

      “Baseball player busts chops of other baseball player, story at 11.”

      Meanwhile, RHB of the NL East rejoice!

    • danaking - Jun 3, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      That was the first thing that came to my mind. Sounds like the kind of thing a lot of guys would say about a buddy, busting ’em.

  8. Fr Joe R - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Bad hitter to great hitter. Guess who loses?

  9. shefsh19 - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Wow, thanks Chase Hughes for taking this quote completely out of context. I can’t recall the exact full quote, but basically Span said that he’s played with some bad outfielders, but Zim is so athletic that he won’t be one of them and so he’s not worried about having him in left. Not the rude quote that the tweet makes it seem.

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