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October 27th, 2011

2011 Washington Nationals:Review of My Pre-Season Predictions

In January, I wrote a pre-season analysis of the 2011 Nationals roster at that time. Because of a crazy-busy work and home life, it also was my last post on this blog — until now.

January 22nd, 2011

Hot Stove Wonderings: The Washington Nationals in 2011 and Beyond — Patience, Hope, and Joy

For the first time since major league baseball returned to Washington, D.C., Nationals fans have reasonable grounds for hope. Thanks to Mike Rizzo’s whirlwind of moves the past two seasons, the team has a promising mix of veterans and youngsters. Veterans Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, free agent blockbuster Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche are proven veterans. Paired with high-potential youngsters like Wilson Ramos, Danny Espinosa, Ian Desmond, and Roger Bernadina, the Nationals look like a bona fide professional club. The pitching, a perennial weaknesses since fans closed out 2005 with a standing ovation for Frank Robinson’s boys, finally has credible starters like Livan Hernandez, Tom Gorzelanny, Jason Marquis, and John Lannan. Unlike 2005, Rizzo has also added depth with Yunesky Maya, Ross Detwiler, Chien-Ming Wang, and Rule 5 pick Brian Broderick, with 2nd round pick Sammy Solis waiting in the wings.

September 17th, 2010

The Late, Great Ron Menchine

Ron Menchine, a long-time presence on the Washington area sports scene and the last voice heard on the Washington Senators radio network on WWDC, died on September 11, 2010 at the age of 76.

January 30th, 2010

SABR Bob Davids Chapter — My Presentation Data

On Saturday, January 30, National SABR Day, I presented at the Bob Davids Chapter (Washington and Baltimore areas combined) Winter Meeting in Rosalyn, Virginia.

November 9th, 2009

A Whole New Ballgame: Youtube Segment of my Appearance on SportsTalk with Glenn Harris

Awhile back, I appeared with Glenn Harris on NewsChannel 8′s SportsTalk to discuss my book “A Whole New Ballgame: The 1969 Washington Senators”. The segment includes footage of Frank Howard at the 1969 All-Star game at RFK, and his upper deck home run.

July 30th, 2009

SABR39 Presentation Data: Frank Howard in 1969: Can an Old Dog Learn New Tricks to Get on Base

Below, are the data I used for my research presentation at the SABR National Convention at the J.W. Marriott in Washington, D.C, on July 30, 2009. This year marks the 39th SABR National and my first convention. If you would like a PDF file of my presentation, please let me know via including your email address in a comment to this post.

July 6th, 2009

More Coverage of “A Whole New Ballgame”

I wanted to let everyone know that the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Catholic Review profiled “A Whole New Ballgame: The 1969 Washington Senators” along with five other books written by members of the archdiocese. I guess we might have the beginnings of a Catholic literati!

July 6th, 2009

A Review, A Recap, An Update, and a Thank You

My long-time friend and devoted Washington baseball fan David Gough penned a brief review of my book “A Whole New Ballgame: The 1969 Washington Senators.” I’m posting it here with a lot of gratefulness. Dave is an author of two fine books himself (“They’ve Stolen Our Team” – a story of the 1960 Senators and “Lil’ Nel” a biography he co-wrote with Jim Bard on Nellie Fox, the ’69 Senators first base coach and Hall of Fame member). Dave provided inspiration and mentoring for me as I developed the ideas and path for “A Whole New Ballgame.”

June 29th, 2009

Steve Walker to Appear on SportsTalk, News Channel 8, July 3, 8 p.m.

I will be appearing on WJLA’s News Channel 8 this Friday evening, July 3 (8-9 p.m.) on their SportsTalk show with Glenn Harris. The information to call or send email questions is below. If you can watch and call in, please do. If not, please email a question. It’d be great if the show gets more questions about the book than they have time for me to answer.

June 8th, 2009

My 1969 Senators Book: Three Upcoming Appearances

I am thrilled to announce that I will be making three appearances to sign and discuss my book, A Whole New Ballgame: The 1969 Washington Senators. Here’s the information and links. Mark your calendars!

May 14th, 2009

July 11, 2009: I Speak on “A Whole New Ballgame”

In April, Pocol Press published my first book, “A Whole New Ballgame: The 1969 Washington Senators.” So far, I have one confirmed appearance to speak about and sign books. As part of the local chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), termed the Bob Davids chapter in honor of SABR’s first and one of its finest founding members, I will appear at Brighton Gardens  at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 11, 2009. Here is a link to the notice:

April 24th, 2009

My Book is Now in Print!

My book, “A Whole New Ballgame: The 1969 Washington Senators” is now in print and available for purchase! The ISBN number is 978-1-929763-38-2

March 29th, 2009

My Book — A Whole New Ballgame: The 1969 Washington Senators — Has Gone to Press!

The publisher, Pocol Press informed me today, that my book “A Whole New Ballgame: The 1969 Washington Senators” has been sent to the printer. It should be available in three weeks. If you would like to read an insightful, heartwarming remembrance of the best baseball team to grace Washington, D.C. for the past 50 years, you’ll enjoy this book.  Feel free to spread the word!

February 12th, 2009

Frank Howard 2.0

The announcement today that the Nationals signed free agent Adam Dunn to a 2-year contract evoked a variety of responses. Here’s the two expressed most often:

February 3rd, 2009

Do Washington Baseball Fan’s Lack Passion? Please.

The president of the Washington Nationals Fan Club quotes ESPN’s Bill Simmons as saying “”People in DC do not
care about that team. At all.”

January 30th, 2009

My 1969 Senators Book – Coming Soon

This spring, Pocol Press ( will publish my book on the 1969 Senators. The title is “A Whole New Ballgame: The 1969 Washington Senators”. Below is information if you would like to pre-order.

January 24th, 2009

My SABR Presentation — 1969 Senators and Orioles Hitter – Pitcher Match-Ups

I love retrosheet’s ( feature that shows how a hitter performed against every pitcher they faced in their career and vice-versa. I wanted to see how some well-known players from our two nearby major league baseball teams performed against other players, each other, and each other’s teams in 1969, my favorite baseball season, mainly because of the Senators’ unlikely and wonderful 86-win season.

January 11th, 2009

These NFL Play-Offs are for the Birds

I much prefer watching, following and discussing baseball to football (I am a Redskins fan suffering under our current Synderian reign of incompetence), but I’ve recognized an unmistakable trend in this season’s NFL Play-offs. Have you?

December 21st, 2008

Walker Family Christmas Letter Pictures

Here’s some details on the pictures on the 2nd page of our annual family Christmas letter:

Column 1 (from top to bottom on the page):

September 5th, 2008

Christian Guzman and Hank Allen, 1969 Senators

The past week, Christian Guzman earned National League co-player of the week honors for his amazing display of hitting that led the Washington Nationals to an 8-1 home stand. Guzman turned in multi-hit games for seven consecutive contests.  The last baseball player in Washington to achieve that feat? Hank Allen, April 15 to April 26, 1969. You can look it up on the wonderful site