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The Nationals chose this year's honorees at the championship picnic/golf outing on Sunday afternoon. Current and former players were eligible to vote. MVP: Mark Van Hart Veteran of the Year: Chris Marks Harvey Kuenn Batting Champ: Mike Czarnecki Dave Kuhnke Pitching Champ: Nick Kibler Rookie of the Year: Chris Kaebisch Jeff Neibauer Spirit: Jake Koutnik Laura Zimmer Congratulations to all who participated in and/or supported the franchise during its finest season ever.
UPDATE: August 20, 2001 Though fugitive canine handler Andy Butorac remains at-large, Butorac copycatters are appearing throughtout West Allis. Such copycatters typically are not violent. Rather they seek public affirmation. Regardless, they are to be approached with caution, as they are often sociopaths. The Butorac copycatter to the right is James Herkowski. A background investigation revealed a history of neurotic episodes. On one occaision, Herkowski abandoned his team only to be rejected during a casting call for "Dawson's Creek." A narcissist with meglamaniacal tendencies, Herkowski regularly seeks the spotlight. He prefers to hit in the leadoff spot and ritualistically washes his hands to maintain his perceived screen image. This Butorac copycat episode is Herkowski's most successful effort yet, and certainly won't be his last.
Always Johnny-on-the-spot, umpire Lee Hardee watches a pick-off attempt at first base. Brian Gibson assists Lee with the call. When asked to evaluate his performace on the play, the game, and the series, the coy Hardee replied, "If you looked this good in an umpires uniform, would you retire?" "Actually, Bobby, I feel I have a lot to offer this up-and-coming generation of zebras-that's umpire-speak, son. Means umpire. Anyway, where was I Louie? Oh yeah, these whippersnappers need to understand that we are the reason that the fans come out to the ballpark. Without us there would be no game." Enlightening words indeed.
Who holds the highest Batting Average in Franchise History? How do the current players compare the Hall of Famers? For answers to these questions and more please go to our "Lifetime Stats" page and view fully updated statistics (2001 now included) Joe Reisinger added on 8-18.
The Nationals successfully defended their Milwaukee County Minor League Title in 2001 with 4 impressive playoff triumphs. On August 4 the Nats defeated their cross town rivals, the White Sox, in the Division Championship Series. Jimmy Dettman, Nick Kibler, and Tim Spata allowed a total of only 2 runs during the evening as the Nationals won by scores of 8-2 and 11-0. On August 11 the Nats faced a rematch with the North Division champion Dodgers. Again the team was up for the challenge defeating the Dodgers by scores of 2-0 and 15-7. Jimmy Dettman's two hit shutout in game one will be remembered as one of the finest big game performances in franchise history.