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Chris Marrero Sticking Around, Tyler Moore Demoted to AAA

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It looks like Nene has bleached his skin and cut his hair.

After a series of moves this weekend, the Nationals have called up and decided to stick with Chris Marrero, while also deciding to send Tyler Moore down to AAA.

It’s an abrupt cancellation for the once merry Tyler Moore Show, which had become very un-merry with a terrible performance this season. It had reached its peak with a well written RBI hit in the NLDS last season, but this season had just been full of disappointment. I don’t know what changed, whether it was a new writing staff or what. But he’s jumped the Shark, who is also experiencing a lousily written season.

Chris Marrero is the closest thing anyone has to Eli Marrero and that’s good enough for a roster spot. Nepotism is a powerful force in the game of baseball. So powerful that somehow that local kid Jack is on my son’s little league team just because his dad is the manager, DESPITE only 2 hits all season. What a useless 6 year old.

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2012 Nationals Player Profile: Chris Marrero

Chris Marrero is on the lookout for his uncle.

Baseball families are not an uncommon occurence in the MLB. From dynasties like Ray, Bob, Aaron and Brett Boone and Sammy, Jerry, Jerry Jr. and Scott Hairston to father-son combos like Ken Griffey Senior and Jr., Steve Lombardozzi and identically-named son, and Jackie Robinson and Matt Stairs (no one knows about this except Matt Stairs’ mother…not even Matt Stairs. so sssssh) What is less common is a family in which just an uncle and a nephew make it to the big leagues. That is the case for the Marrero family, however. Chris Marrero was the Nationals’ first round pick in 2006 and finally made it to the Show as a September call up last year, while his uncle Eli Marrero had a ten year career of backup catching for the Cardinals and then various other teams who quickly stopped wanting him. Eli is perhaps most famous for having Catcher +8 on his 2000 MLB Showdown Pennant Run card.

Eli takes his uncling duties very seriously. He has always viewed it as his responsibility to mold Chris into the successful major leaguer that he never really was and knew he never could be. Eli thought the best way to do this was to toughen Chris up. So, every year on July 2 (Chris’ birthday), Eli, in lieu of sending a birthday present, arranges an increasingly dangerous scenario for Chris to overcome.   Continue reading

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