Batista is a real Renaissance man

Nats relief pitcher Miguel Batista has written two books - one book of poetry and a crime novel. He breeds horses and plays the saxophone.

Batista often finds time on the road to play his sax, and he has even met Kenny G, who willingly gave him some helpful tips on playing the saxophone.

Most importantly Batista is a humanitarian who is committed to making a difference in the lives of those in need. He teamed up with fellow major leaguer Julio Lugo to help hurricane victims in Haiti through the medicine through humanity program. The program also helped distribute more than 500 wheelchairs to the needy, along with 25 respiratory machines.

He also teamed up in Arizona with Joe Garagiola to help build a library on an Indian reservation.

Batista describes himself as a “strange cat” who likes to explore places you wouldn’t typically find a professional ballplayer. On the road he often visits libraries and museums. In Philadelphia earlier this season, he took in the Picasso exhibit. He used to keep a quote from Albert Einstein in his locker for inspiration. It pertained to how important the imagination is and how it’s better than talent.

In his line of work, Miguel said he uses his imagination in predicting scenarios regarding his pitching. He also used his imagination in publishing his book, Through the Eyes of the Law, a crime novel.

While Miguel’s personal interests vary, his professional interests have also been wide open. He has done everything as a pitcher that you could do: he’s been a starter, middle reliever and closer. His value to the Nationals is big.

Nats skipper Jim Riggleman describes the veteran as a man with an old school baseball approach but a new school approach on life. He certainly appreciates Batista’s versatility and his willingness to lend a hand, both on the field and off.