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Anthony Rendon the Second Baseman

There is a scene in the movie Moneyball where manager Art Howe refuses toplay Scott Hatteberg at first base because he has a first baseman in Carlos Pena and Hatteberg is not a first baseman. Anthony  Rendon is not a second baseman and the Nats have a natural second baseman in Steve  Lombardozzi . The chances that the Nats situation goes the way of the A's situation is unlikely as Rizzo and Davey have often been in step when it comes to moves. There have been some recent signs that maybe Davey isn't too keen on the new guys. In a recent interview about the Nats bench struggles Davey Johnson said he was going to keep using the guys he saw do it last year over the new guys like Eury  Perez

or Jeff  Kobernus , and just this past weekend in Atlanta Davey Johnson used Henry Rodriguez

over the recently called up Erik  Davis in the 10th inning of a tie game, and the very next day, when down by one, called on Zach  Duke again over Erik Davis.  

Davey Johnson was going to use the guys he had and he was going to favor the guys that helped him win 98 games last season. Mike Rizzo has since removed three of those guys with Henry Rodriguez and Zach Duke being designated and Danny  Espinosa being placed on the disabled list. In Espinosa's place Anthony Rendon was recalled from the minors. He didn't start last night and at second was natural second baseman Steve Lombardozzi who hit the walk-off sac fly in the bottom of the ninth. With Bryce Harper still hurt it is possible to play both Lombardozzi and Rendon and then decide from there who should play second, but the decision of the front office is already obvious. Anthony Rendon wasn't called up to sit, and after just three games at second in the minors the Nationals are ready for him to be their everyday second baseman.

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