On the field, Jose Rijo was most remembered for winning two games and earning Most Valuable Player honors in the 1990 World Series.
Off the field, Rijo’s most valuable work may be what he’s doing for the Nationals organization currently.
Friday’s Washington Post featured an article about the Nationals’ ongoing attempts to bring Dominican Republic ballplayers into the organization. Click here it’s worth a read.
The main thing I get from this story is the following: Jose Rijo has been quite valuable to the Nationals with his popularity in the Dominican and his baseball academy. His presence has given the Nationals an inside edge in establishing a foundation in the Dominican. The Esamilyn Gonzalez signing last year was a crucial one because it showed the Nationals were serious about signing talent in the country.
If I lived near Viera, Florida, I would be excited that Spring Training tickets went on sale this morning. I do not so I will be content to read box scores or see the occasional spring training game on MASN.