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has come out and said he wants to manage the Nationals. Please god no. He's just about as wrong a manager for the Nationals as one could imagine. The problem is that he is a future Hall of Fame Manager that has won 300 games with t...
has come out and said he wants to manage the Nationals. Please god no. He's just about as wrong a manager for the Nationals as one could imagine. The problem is that he is a future Hall of Fame Manager that has won 300 games with three different teams and has taken all of those teams to the playoffs in many of his seasons. In other words, his numbers may look appealing... but behind those numbers..... Personally, I take the Ripken gamble. The last time a Washington Team took a Hall of Fame player with no managerial experience it was a great success. Ted Williams took over a 96 loss team and saw their record improve by 20 games in his first season. The following year the owner forced some of the worst trades in the history of baseball with the net result that Williams went to war with no weapons. But Williams was the right answer at the time. And Ripken's got even a better sense of the game. But I would take almost anyone over baker... Poll Do We Want Baker? No Heck No God No Not in a million years I guess if a gun were put to my head 1 votes | Results
about 2 hours ago
With their roster’s talent and their ownership’s willingness to spend, the Nationals will have no shortage of qualified candidates lining up to replace Davey Johnson as their next manager. They added another big name to that list this we...
With their roster’s talent and their ownership’s willingness to spend, the Nationals will have no shortage of qualified candidates lining up to replace Davey Johnson as their next manager. They added another big name to that list this week. Longtime … Continue reading →
about 3 hours ago
Presumed Plan : Anthony Rendon will continue to serve as the Nats second baseman. Seems likely at this juncture that Steve Lombardozzi will be kept and serve as the MI back-up. Reasoning on Presumed Plan : Anthony Rendon performed adequ...
Presumed Plan : Anthony Rendon will continue to serve as the Nats second baseman. Seems likely at this juncture that Steve Lombardozzi will be kept and serve as the MI back-up. Reasoning on Presumed Plan : Anthony Rendon performed adequately at second base (.265 / .329 / .396) after taking the reins. While that's not a great line it would put him squarely in the middle for 2nd base production. He's also a decent to good fielder, whose current issues lie with errors, something potentially correctable. He was a top prospect putting up a .319 / .461 / .603 line in AA this year. Everything seems to suggest that he has upside to grow into a star at the position.There aren't really any good alternatives. The former second baseman Danny Espinosa, along with the Nationals organization, is having a problem perceiving reality. While common sense tells even the dullest of dullards that a player who put up remarkably consistent numbers for almost 4 years, through minors and majors, who suddenly became a different hitter right after he got injured is probably suffering from injury related issues, the Nats and/or Danny refuse to admit it. Instead he gets his swing tinkered with and continues to not hit in AAA. What a surprise. Great. I mean we should all be REALLY REALLY mad at this. Even if you didn't like Danny because you take offense to be 99% of a player's value, and take batting average and strikeouts to be 99% of offensive value*, he was still a commodity. He was something somebody would have given the Nats something for. The Nats basically burnt a $20 bill in front of your eyes.Steve Lombardozzi has his moments. But moments are like fish in the sea. There is a lot more water out there and the water says no patience, no power, not all that fast, average at best in the field. That's not a starter. But he can do other things. He plays adequately at SS and 3B, hits for .265 or so, and rarely strikes out. He's not all that slow so he can pinch run and he can bunt. Not quite a "jack of all trades", maybe an "8 of clubs of all trades", a smart manager can use a player like Lombo. Problems with Presumed Plan : A potential issue is that Rendon didn't really perform adequately. He performed great (.330 in June) then terrible (.187 in July) then ok (~.280 from then on out). So if the real Rendon is closer to July than anything else, the Nats will have a problem. He didn't hit all that well in AAA remember. The real problem though is that Rendon isn't Danny in the field. He can't run like Danny which is a small minus and he can't field like Danny which is a bigger one. Danny helped out the defense as a whole, especially, it seems, the aging LaRoche. Of course you can't bring Danny back if he's not hitting so it's something you just have to swallow. Another issue is that Rendon is a known injury risk. Bad ankles cost him time in college then most of his first year in the pros. Lombardozzi isn't a full-time player so do the Nats need someone better as a back-up? My take : Rendon is an easy call. His prospect status and his performance, especially the good enough last couple months, earned him a long leash for 2014. Maybe he can't be put in pen as the starter all year, but he'd have to slump all the way to the All-Star break to make me suggest a change. I don't think July Rendon is the real one (any more than I think June Rendon is) that's just something you have to accept when starting someone with little major league experience. The fielding issue? If he's good enough and LaRoche isn't the problem really isn't with Rendon, now is it?As for the injury risk, he's young enough I'm willing to take that chance. I really do like Lombo as the last guy on the bench. He can make contact and you need that kind of bat sometimes just like you need one that can put it over the fence. Granted you need the latter far more than the former, and you hope the former can be done by someone that can do the latter but you still need the former.Cano? It's an int
about 6 hours ago
At the end of spring training, my colleague Adam Kilgore wrote a “best and worst case scenario” post on the Nationals, the players and every unit. It is an exercise in doom and gloom, a moment to ponder the highs … Cont...
At the end of spring training, my colleague Adam Kilgore wrote a “best and worst case scenario” post on the Nationals, the players and every unit. It is an exercise in doom and gloom, a moment to ponder the highs … Continue reading →
about 6 hours ago
I went 0 for 2 predicting games last night.  Oakland gets screwed on the disputed HR call, their bullpen falls apart and lets in 5 runs, and they can’t score after loading the bases with zero outs (that situation has an average run...
I went 0 for 2 predicting games last night.  Oakland gets screwed on the disputed HR call, their bullpen falls apart and lets in 5 runs, and they can’t score after loading the bases with zero outs (that situation has an average run expectancy of about 2.4 runs … they got zero).  Ball game.   Neither starter pitched badly (both went 6 innings and gave up 3 runs for the mediocre 4.50 ERA “quality start”).  But in the battle of the bullpens, Detroit pulled out its big gun in ace Scherzer and it almost cost them.  He somehow got out of the bases loaded jam with a couple of Ks (one where he got Donaldson to swing at a ball-4 change-up that was a foot inside) and then escaped when a rope to center was caught instead of falling in or sailing over Jackson. In the night cap I guess it isn’t entirely surprising that Boston won; they easily handled Tampa on the season series.  Their offense is best in the league and just has not been shut down yet.   I still see them as favorites to make the World Series; decent pitching and an offense that has scored 26 runs in 4 games against the very good Tampa pitching staff.  Phew. Tonight’s game could be one of the games of the post season.  Cole vs Wainwright.  Game 5 in St Louis, one of the best baseball towns in the game.   Cole is just a kid; conventional baseball wisdom says a rookie will wilt under playoff pressure.  But he sure didn’t do that in the previous game (holding the Cardinals to 1 run on two hits in 6 innings in game 2.  That one run was via a homer ..).   Can he do it twice in a row?  Same question goes for Wainwrigth; last post season he shutdown the Nats in game 1 and got trounced in game 5.  Can he hold down the Pirates two times in a row? I think in the end you have to go with St. Louis simply because they’re home, and because they’re the better hitting team.
about 8 hours ago
Matt Skole launched a two-run homer in Mesa’s five-run 8th as the Solar Sox and the Glendale Desert Dogs played to an 8-8 tie in 11 innings. Skole went 2-for-4 with a walk and run scored and three RBI total as the DH, where he̵...
Matt Skole launched a two-run homer in Mesa’s five-run 8th as the Solar Sox and the Glendale Desert Dogs played to an 8-8 tie in 11 innings. Skole went 2-for-4 with a walk and run scored and three RBI total as the DH, where he’s expected to remain for the time being, though MASN’s Byron Kerr noted that he’ll play more 3B than 1B when he returns to the field. It was the first live game action for the 24-year-old since injuring his left (non-throwing) elbow on April 5th in a collision at 1B that was initially described as a microfracture of the left wrist, but required Tommy John surgery and ended his 2013 regular season after just two games. Brian Goodwin also saw game action and went 2-for-5 with a walk while batting second and playing centerfield, where he made two putouts. Former National Alex Meyer picked off Goodwin in the 3rd, but was otherwise hammered for three runs on five hits over three innings. Neither Robert Benincasa nor Richie Mirowski were used in relief. Sammy Solis is scheduled to make the start today while Matt Purke is tabbed for tomorrow. Steven Souza Jr. will be eligible to play today and Saturday while Adrian Nieto awaits his chance behind the plate. Former Nationals backstop David Freitas went 0-for-4 at the plate and 1-for-4 in throwing out baserunners.
about 10 hours ago
Tigers rally past A’s 8-6 to force Game 5 in ALDS View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Washington Nationals News
Tigers rally past A’s 8-6 to force Game 5 in ALDS View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Washington Nationals News
about 19 hours ago
A combined .291/.426/.559 line between Low-A Hagerstown and High-A Potomac earned Matt Skole, who turned 23 on July 30, 2012, recognition as the Washington Nationals' Minor League Player of the Year for the '12 season. The Nats' 2011 5th...
A combined .291/.426/.559 line between Low-A Hagerstown and High-A Potomac earned Matt Skole, who turned 23 on July 30, 2012, recognition as the Washington Nationals' Minor League Player of the Year for the '12 season. The Nats' 2011 5th Round pick out of Georgia Tech University impressed this spring as well, in his first Spring Training with the Nationals, going 6 for 24 (.250/.406/.333), with two doubles, seven walks and eight Ks in 14 Grapefruit League games. "Showed me good command of the strike zone and he's got some pop and I like his approach, I like everything about him, make-up all the way down the line..." - Davey Johnson on Matt Skole this spring "Big swinging left-hander," Davey Johnson told MLB Network hosts Jim Duquette and Kevin Kennedy when asked if anyone in particular had impressed him this spring. "Has got good hands at third base. He can play third and first. Showed me good command of the strike zone and he's got some pop and I like his approach, I like everything about him, make-up all the way down the line." Skole's strong campaign in his first full season in the Nationals' system landed him 4th overall on Baseball America's list of the Nats' Top 10 prospects behind only 2011 1st Round pick Anthony Rendon amongst infielders in the organization. Since both of them started their 2013 campaigns at Double-A Harrisburg, and both of them were drafted as third baseman, the Nationals decided to have Skole shift over to the right side of the infield to play first occasionally with Rendon moving around and playing third, second and short. Two games in, however, Skole suffered a torn UCL in his left elbow on a defensive play at the new position. "Throw into the runner and the runner took his elbow and popped his UCL..." - Mike Rizzo on 106.7 the FAN in D.C. on Skole's injury "Throw into the runner and the runner took his elbow and popped his UCL," Nats' GM Mike Rizzo told 106.7 the FAN in D.C.'s Holden Kushner and Danny Rouhier this past April. Rizzo said then that he hoped Skole could return late this season or at least get some at bats in Winter League action, while adding that the injury was a big disappointment. "It was a shame," Rizzo said, "he had such a great Spring and he's got such a great future that he's going to have to waste a season." Nationals' Prospects In The AFL Photo © Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images Skole was able to work his way back in time to participate in the Arizona Fall League. It's his second go-round in the AFL. Playing for the Salt River Rafters last season, Skole was 18 for 59 (.305/.419/.525) with four doubles, three home runs, 14 walks and 18 Ks in 17 games. Skole started his 2013 AFL campaign tonight with a 2 for 3 game as the Mesa Solar Sox' DH, hitting a two-run home run and driving in three runs in what ended up an 8-8 tie with the Glendale Desert Dogs. Brian Goodwin, the Nats' 2011 1st Round pick, was 2 for 5 with a walk and a K. More from Federal Baseball: Arizona Fall League Preview: Nationals' Prospects In The AFL October 7, 1933: Senators Lose 4-3 To Giants; Drop World Series In Five Games Jayson Werth Named Nationals' Nominee For 2013 Hank Aaron Award Nationals' Manager Search: More Than One Hall Of Fame Infielder On Nats' Radar? Nationals Not Planning Big Changes: Are The Late-Season Nats The Real Nats?
about 20 hours ago
"With the depth that we have in our young starting pitching, we could certainly fill from within," Washington Nationals' general manager Mike Rizzo told reporters including NatsInsider.com's Mark Zuckerman two weeks back Arizona when ask...
"With the depth that we have in our young starting pitching, we could certainly fill from within," Washington Nationals' general manager Mike Rizzo told reporters including NatsInsider.com's Mark Zuckerman two weeks back Arizona when asked if the Nats would be in the market for pitching this winter. "I don’t think it’s a necessity to go outside the organization, either in the free agent market or in the trade market." "We've got guys in the minor leagues that are on the cusp and are ready to come... with Sam Solis and A.J. Cole, Robbie Ray." - Nats' GM Mike Rizzo on 106.7 the FAN in D.C. Assuming Ross Detwiler's healthy and able to stay on the mound after a lost season in 2012, and the Nationals don't bring in a veteran starter, the battle for the fifth spot in the rotation would likely be between Taylor Jordan and Tanner Roark. Both right-handers made their major league debuts in 2013. Jordan, a 24-year-old, 2009 9th Round pick in his first full year back following Tommy John surgery, made six starts for the Potomac Nationals to start the 2013 campaign, going (2-1) with a 1.24 ERA, a 2.46 FIP, one home run (0.25 HR/9), six walks (1.49 BB/9) and 29 Ks (7.18 K/9) in 36 1/3 IP. At Double-A Harrisburg, before he was called up to make his debut, Jordan was (7-0) record with a 0.83 ERA, a 2.39 FIP, nine walks (1.50 BB/9) and 43 Ks (7.17 K/9) in 54 IP for the Senators in which no one took a pitch out of the park. In nine starts with Washington, Jordan posted a 3.66 ERA and a 3.49 FIP, walked 11 (1.92 BB/9) and struck out 29 (5.05 K/9) in 51 2/3 IP over which he gave up just three home runs (0.52 HR/9). Nationals' Prospects In The AFL Photo © Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images Tanner Roark, 26, was (9-3) with two saves, a 3.15 ERA, a 3.00 FIP, 20 walks (1.70 BB/9) and 84 Ks (7.15 K/9) in 33 games, 11 starts and 105 2/3 IP at Triple-A Syracuse before he was called up to make his MLB debut. With the Nats, Roark finished (7-1) with a 1.51 ERA, a 2.41 FIP, 11 walks (1.84 BB/9) and 40 Ks (6.71 K/9) in 53 2/3 IP. "We've seen the emergence of Taylor Jordan," the Nats' GM told 106.7 the FAN in D.C.'s Holden Kushner and Bill Rohland in September. "We've seen the emergence of Tanner Roark. We've got guys in the minor leagues that are on the cusp and are ready to come... with Sam Solis and A.J. Cole, Robbie Ray." Your browser does not support iframes. Solis, 25, the 51st pick of the 2010 Draft, threw 57 2/3 innings for the Potomac Nationals in his first year back from Tommy John surgery. The 6'5'' lefty was (2-1) with a 3.43 ERA, 3.48 FIP, 19 walks (2.97 BB/9) and 3 HRs (0.47 HR/9) allowed in 13 games and 12 starts in which he had 40 Ks (6.24 K/9). Robbie Ray, 22, split his 2013 campaign between Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg. A 2010 12th Round pick out of high school in Tennessee, Ray, in his fourth major league season, had a (6-3) record with a 3.11 ERA and a 3.82 FIP in 16 starts and 84 IP with the P-Nats, walking 41 (4.39 BB/9) and striking out 100 (10.71 K/9) before joining the Senators. In his first 11 starts and 58 IP at Double-A, Ray was (5-2) with a 3.72 ERA, a 3.42 FIP, 21 walks (3.26 BB/9) and 60 Ks (9.31 K/9). "... particularly sharp late in the year. A big league trial sometime in 2014 is possible." - Minor League Ball's John Sickels on A.J. Cole A.J. Cole, who'll turn 22 in January, bounced back from a rough 2012 season in the Oakland A's system after being traded back to the Nationals this winter. The 2010 4th Round pick was dealt to the Athletics in the Gio Gonzalez deal and reacquired from Oakland in the three-team trade that sent Mike Morse to Seattle. At Potomac, Cole was (6-3) with a 4.25 ERA, a 3.54 FIP, 23 walks (2.13 BB/9) and 102 Ks (9.43 K/9) in 18 starts and 97 1/3 IP. Cole moved up to Double-A for the first time and made seven starts with Harrisburg to end the season, over which he was (4-2) with a 2.18 ERA, a 2.56 FIP, 10 walks (1.99 BB/9) and 49 Ks (9.73 K
about 20 hours ago
Next Game Boston Red Sox @ Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013, 8:37 PM EDT Tropicana Field Jeremy Hellickson vs Jake Peavy . Game time temperature around 70°, it's indoors. • FEDERAL BASEBALL NATIONALS LINKS: ...
Next Game Boston Red Sox @ Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013, 8:37 PM EDT Tropicana Field Jeremy Hellickson vs Jake Peavy . Game time temperature around 70°, it's indoors. • FEDERAL BASEBALL NATIONALS LINKS: Arizona Fall League Preview: Nationals' Prospects In The AFL posted by Patrick Reddington about 6 hours ago 5 comments | 0 recs October 7, 1933: Senators Lose 4-3 To Giants; Drop World Series In Five Games posted by Patrick Reddington about 17 hours ago 1 comment | 0 recs Jayson Werth Named Nationals' Nominee For 2013 Hank Aaron Award posted by Patrick Reddington about 21 hours ago 0 comments | 0 recs Complete Coverage > Jeremy Hellickson #58 / Pitcher / Tampa Bay Rays Height: 6-1 Weight: 190 Bats: R Throws: R Born: Apr 08, 1987 W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP 2013 - Jeremy Hellickson 12-10 32 31 0 0 0 0 174.0 185 103 100 24 50 135 5.17 1.35 Jake Peavy #44 / Pitcher / Boston Red Sox Height: 6-1 Weight: 195 Bats: R Throws: R Born: May 31, 1981 W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP 2013 - Jake Peavy 4-1 10 10 1 0 0 0 64.2 56 29 29 6 19 45 4.04 1.16 • ALDS Game 4 - Jose Lobaton's walk-off home run last night gave the Tampa Bay Rays a chance to play another day. Can they avoid elimination again and tie things up in their five-game series with the Red Sox? Jeremy Hellickson, 26, throws for the Rays tonight in Tropicana Field against 32-year-old right-hander Jake Peavy as the Sox get a second chance at eliminating their AL East rivals. Can the Rays do it again? Game Time - 8:30 PM EDT from Tampa Bay...
about 22 hours ago