Ron Washington learned the ropes early.
Back in 1977, when he was a cub infielder trying to break into the majors with an absolutely loaded Los Angeles Dodgers club that would win the NL pennant, Washington took it all in, picking up every bit of advice he could. So it was one day when a parched Washington sent the clubhouse boy for a bottle of water.
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BOHLS’ MLB PICKS
How does Kirk Bohls see this season shaking out?
Division champions: Rangers, AL West; Tigers, AL Central; Blue Jays, AL East; Giants, NL West; Reds, NL Central; Nationals, NL East
Wild cards: Rays and Royals, AL; Braves and Cardinals, NL
World Series: Detroit Tigers over Atlanta Braves
MVPs: Angels OF Mike Trout (AL), Nationals OF Bryce Harper (NL)
Cy Youngs: Rays’ David Price (AL), Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg (NL)
Breakout players: Royals C Salvador Perez (AL), Giants 1B Brandon Belt (NL), Rays OF Wil Myers (AL rookie of the year), Cardinals OF Oscar Taveras (NL rookie of the year)
Breakdown players: Yankees SS Derek Jeter (AL), Braves C Brian McCann (NL)