Small items

Richmond, Virginia has a new minor league club this year, the Flying Squirrels of the Eastern League.

The Squirrels are affiliated with the San Francisco Giants, and 2010 is the last year of that working agreement; it’s also the final year of the Nationals’ deal with Harrisburg.


It’s no secret that many in the Nats’ organization would like to see Richmond as Washington’s Double-A affiliate beginning in 2011.

After all, Richmond is in their marketing area - MASN is available in those parts - and it’s not much of a trek up I-95 to Nationals Park.

Nationals’ President Stan Kasten yesterday wouldn’t comment on the possibility, citing rules that prohibit talking about such a scenario. Once the minor league seasons are over in September substantive talks can begin.

I’m not crazy about their nickname, but Richmond makes a lot of sense to me.

Remember a couple of years ago when Bret Boone attempted a comeback with the Nats? It didn’t work out, though he did go to the miniors for a bit before hanging up the cleats and heading for the golf course.

Now Bret is back in baseball, this time as a manager. He’s been appointed skipper of the Victoria, B.C. Seals of the independent Golden Baseball League out west.

Boone was a 3-time All-Star as a player (1992-2005), and of course his dad, Bob Boone, is assistant General Manager and VP, Player Development, with the Nats.