In my story in today’s Post, Jayson Werth mentions longevity as one of the reasons for optimism that 2011 will be a blip, not the start of the long slide. “I got six more years on this contract,” he said, “and I plan on playing after this contract.”
Werth will be 39 when his current contract ends, but it was not the first time Werth had brought up his desire to play a long career. Last year, in early August, Werth sat his locker in Colorado and explained his future plans. He anticipates remaining a regular starter for the duration of this deal. Even if not, Werth said, he believes he will hang as a bench player.
And he has family experience to draw from.
“My grandfather [Ducky Schofield] played 19 years in the big leagues,” Werth said. “I’ve always planned to have that same career. I’ve always wanted to play a long time. Like, as a little kid, I thought that was pretty interesting.
“My uncle [Dick Schofield] , he played 13 years and once he became a bench player, he retired. I was like, ‘I don’t know if I would do that. They would have to make me go away.’ I’ve always felt I’ll be an everyday player for a long time. But then I’ll probably hang out for a while.”
FROM THE POST
Having made the Washington area home, Jayson Werth dismisses his disappointing first year with the Nationals.
Sunday, Marc Fisher examined the impact Nationals Park has had in Southeast and what comes next.
Sheinin writes the balance of baseball power has shifted.
FROM YESTERDAY’S JOURNAL