Matt Skole homers in AFL debut
The Arizona Fall League is underway and the eight Washington National prospects are assigned to the Mesa Solar Sox. In the season opener, Mesa and Glendale went 11 innings and ended the game in an 8-8 tie.
Nats prospect Matt Skole went 2 for 4 and his his first home run for Mesa. He scored and a run and drove in three runs. Brian Goodwin was 2 for 5 with a walk.
Skole is coming off Tommy John surgery that cost him his entire 2013 season. This is his second trip in the AFL, having played last season for the Nats with Salt River Rafters. With the Rafters, Skole was 18 for 59 (.305) and posted a .419 on base percentage and a .525 slugging percentage. Skole had four doubles and three home runs.
Washington Post reported yesterday that Cal Ripken, Jr. responded to Nats’ OF Jayson Werth on prospect of Ripken managing the Nationals next season. Werth was clear over the weekend that his number one choice for manager would be Ripken.
“Well, I mean, it’s kind of funny where I sit,” Ripken began, after another laugh. “I have said that at some point I’d like to come back to baseball. And most recently, I said that I’m starting to get an itch to do that. But I’d have to look hard at any opportunity, and so far, I haven’t been asked to do anything. So it’s very flattering that people think of me that way, and I have thought about how cool it would be to manage.
“And even Donny Mattingly got me thinking about this a little bit more,” Ripken continued. “He said there’s nothing like being a player, and coaching is pretty good because you help other people do what it is that they do. But managing is the closest thing to being a player. And I’ve always thought that, anyway, internally. Now I’m starting to think about that a little bit more. So far I’ve got nothing new to report, but that’s been the consistency, that I’ve made those statements. And I am getting a feeling that maybe I’d like to get back in.”