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Ribbon Helps Tie Together Main Logo For Nationals

By Thomas Heath and Barry Svrluga
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, November 21, 2004; Page E08

The primary logo for the soon-to-be-named Washington Nationals will feature "Washington" in a ribbon that rests atop of a rectangle that contains the word "Nationals." Below is a baseball ringed with stars.

There are several versions of the logo, according to a preview of the team marks that were viewed by The Post. All the marks -- variations of the logos that will appear on the team's uniforms, caps and other merchandise -- will be done in the team colors of red, white and blue.


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MLB and District officials have scheduled a news conference for noon tomorrow at Union Station to unveil the logos.

Some do not include the baseball, and simply have "Washington Nationals." The team logo on the cap will be a curving "W," on a blue background and on a red background, presumably for home and away games.

Home team logos, which likely will grace the front of the team uniform, include "Nationals" in blue with red trim, and "Nationals" in plain red. Some blue lettering will have gold trim.

The away logos will include "Washington" in plain red and "Washington" in blue with red trim. Some logos will feature "DC" on red and on blue backgrounds, respectively. Other variations include gold trim surrounding a blue "Nationals" or blue "Washington," and some logos will be simply black and white.

Also yesterday, General Manager Jim Bowden announced that several members of Manager Frank Robinson's staff would return, though Bowden still needs to interview candidates for two openings.

Pitching coach Randy St. Claire will retain his post. Three others -- hitting coach Tom McCraw, catching and bullpen coach Bob Natal and bench coach Eddie Rodriguez -- will be back as well, but their positions won't be determined until Bowden hires replacements for Manny Acta, who accepted a job with the New York Mets, and Jerry Morales, who retired. Bowden said he had not made a decision on whether to retain roving coach Claude Raymond.

"We need a pitcher who can work in the bullpen with our young staff," Bowden said last night, "and we need someone who can work with our speed guys, [center fielder] Endy Chavez and [shortstop] Cristian Guzman, at bunting and slapping the ball through the infield."

Bowden said he will interview former major league pitcher Jose Rijo for a coaching position on Dec. 9. Rijo spent the majority of his 14-year career with the Cincinnati Reds, where Bowden was the GM.

"We could use him in the bullpen," Bowden said. "There's lots of ways he could help our club."

Bowden also shuffled the scouting and administration departments, naming Dana Brown director of amateur, professional and international scouting -- essentially bringing the entire scouting department under Brown's jurisdiction. Lee MacPhail IV, passed over for a scouting director job with the Baltimore Orioles, was named director of baseball administration.


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