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Ryan Zimmerman vows to be more careful running the bases in 2012.
Hope everyone out there had an enjoyable and safe New Year's. And I presume plenty of you have already declared your personal resolutions for 2012.
You probably won't be surprised to learn that several members of the Nationals organization made their own New Year's resolutions. You may, however, be surprised to learn I managed to get my hands on them all and now present them for your amusement...
2012 NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS
STEPHEN STRASBURG: Keep the ball down in the zone, the pitch counts low and save enough bullets for September (or perhaps October).
BRYCE HARPER: Make the decision Mike Rizzo and Davey Johnson will face at the end of spring training as difficult as possible. Oh, and try not to post anything on Twitter that will get me in trouble.
RYAN ZIMMERMAN: Stop sliding headfirst, especially when there isn't even a play being made. And put together the kind of monster season that convinces everyone it's time to sign a long-term extension.
JORDAN ZIMMERMANN: Don't ease off the gas pedal until recording the final out of each start.
JAYSON WERTH: Take the bat off my shoulder with two strikes with a little more regularity.
MICHAEL MORSE: Get off to a hot start and erase any questions about last year being a fluke.
ADAM LaROCHE: Show everyone why Mike Rizzo gave me $16 million in the first place.
WILSON RAMOS: Give mom a hug every chance I get.
GIO GONZALEZ: Pick up the pace now that I'm in the National League.
STEVE McCATTY: Make sure Gio picks up the pace now that he's in the National League.
MIKE RIZZO: Avoid the temptation to do something bold just for the sake of doing something bold. Make all decisions for sound baseball reasons and only for sound baseball reasons.
TED LERNER: See above.
CHARLIE SLOWES: Don't use up all that "A" material on early-season dramatics. Save the best calls for those late-September games that might really mean something at long last.
IAN DESMOND: Take a pitch. Or two. Or three. Embrace the importance of on-base percentage.
HENRY RODRIGUEZ: Faced with the option of throwing the ball all the way to the backstop or not throwing the ball all the way to the backstop, go with NOT throwing the ball all the way to the backstop.
JOHN LANNAN: Stop being fazed at the prospect of facing a Phillies lineup that was at best average in 2011.
DREW STOREN: Get that Stanford degree some day.
TYLER CLIPPARD: Make Storen put that Stanford education to good use and build a robot that will keep our apartment spotless.
DAVEY JOHNSON: Don't be afraid to bunt every once in a while if the situation calls for it.
NATS MARKETING DEPT.: Take note of the awful state of D.C. sports and embrace the idea of selling this club as the best thing this town has going for it right now.
TEDDY ROOSEVELT: Put an end to this tired loser shtick once and for all and just win one race!
NATS FANS: Don't go into hiding every time the Phillies come to town. Take back Nationals Park.
MARK ZUCKERMAN: Do a better job coming up with story ideas so I don't have to resort to writing another lame New Year's resolutions post in 2013.