Is Chad Cordero throwing out a World Series first pitch?

Chris Lingebach
October 21, 2019 - 7:47 pm

Former Nationals closer Chad Cordero says he will likely be in attendance for multiple Nats World Series games, although he was noncommittal about whether he will be involved in any pre-game ceremonies.

Cordero appeared with 106.7 The Fan's Chad Dukes on Monday and was asked if he'd like to throw out the first pitch for one of the games at Nats Park.

"That would be amazing," Cordero said. "If I were to get the invite, I would clear my entire schedule and make sure that I was gonna be out there. I would never miss that."

"You had 47 saves for this team in one season," Dukes followed up. "It seems like you would be qualified."

"You would think," Cordero said. "I'll keep my fingers crossed."

'The Chief' saved 47 games for the Nationals in their inaugural 2005 – an All-Star effort – and still holds the team record with 113 total saves. Jeff Reardon is the franchise saves leader with 152 for the Expos between 1981-86. Cordero recorded 128 total saves for the franchise, including 15 saves with the Expos. By comparison, Drew Storen's 95 saves rank second in Nationals team history and Sean Doolittle's 75, third.

Cordero added to the intrigue with his answer to whether or not he would be attending the World Series.

"There's something in the works, yes, right now," he said. "It's not 100 percent sure, but there is about a 95 percent chance that I will be there for a couple of games."

"You and a bunch of guys?" Dukes asked.

"To be honest, I don't even know what they're really planning," Cordero said. "I know that there's something in the works. I know that they've contacted a few guys. So it'll be interesting to see exactly what they're gonna do. But I know they're trying to plan something. It's not set in stone."

Right then, Cordero's phone dropped off.

Cordero was also asked if not him, then who should throw out the first pitch.

"If Frank Robinson was still alive, I would love to see him throw that first pitch," he said. "He was with the team from the get-go, and to have a Hall of Famer do that, who helped bring baseball back to D.C., if he was still here, I would have loved to have seen that."

Robinson – the Nats' first manager in Washington – died in February of this year at 83.

"But probably Frank Howard," Cordero went on to suggest. "I mean, if they were to bring in Frank Howard – I know he's in his eighties now – but if they were to bring him back and just honor him before the game, I think that would be a cool thing to see."

Howard, 83, was a revered slugger for the Washington Senators, stroking 237 home runs between 1965 and 1971, the franchise's final season in Washington. Gifted with extraordinary power, Howard once hit a homer 500 feet, and became so synonymous with long fly balls, the Senators began marking their landing spots at RFK Stadium by painting the gold seats white.

The full interview with Cordero begins at the 20-minute mark below.

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