This is what i'm talking about Nat fans! Youts! Young stars to mesh with an aging vet to make our pitching staff worthy of 80+ wins. Who that aging vet is ~ is a mystery to me at this point. This was a nice 2nd day of Spring training. Nats.com reports: "Right-handers Collin Balester, Jordan Zimmermann and Terrell Young pitched a combined six innings without giving up a run. They struck out five batters and walked two."
Monday, February 23, 2009
Skimming bonuses and a kid with a bonus who really isn't who he says he is! I'd say Old Jim Bow is destine for a release fairly soon. A poor first half and he's in palookaville. It'll take a Nats run like in the inaugural year to save Jim Bowden now. And even that may not keep the Feds from his door.
A snipet from Federal Baseball Blog (one of the best Nat blogs):
The SMILEYGATE scandal that broke last week was just the latest in a long line of disturbing events that are part of an FBI investigation (my lord, why am i writing about this?) into the activities of the then-Reds' GM Jim Bowden, Jose Rijo, (a former Reds' pitcher and assistant to Mr. Bowden with Washington), and David Wilder, a former Chicago White Sox' executive, who are all connected, Ms. Segura writes, by "Two sources inside baseball," to:
"... a long-time scout in Latin America, Jorge Oquendo, 47...who links the FBI's investigations of Bowden and his special assistant Jose Rijo to that of former Chicago White Sox senior director of player personnel David Wilder."
Mr. Wilder and "two Dominican-based scouts", Ms. Segura writes, were fired by the Chicago White Sox, "Last May...after allegations surfaced that they had pocketed money earmarked for player signing bonuses." MLB.com's Bill Ladson, in an article entitled, "Rijo takes leave of absence", reported on 2/21/09 on Jose Rijo's decision to "take a leave of absence" from the Nationals in the wake of the "Smiley" Gonzalez revelations. Rijo was Special Assistant to the DC GM Mr. Bowden, who, according to Mr. Ladson's article had been told not to talk to the media about the Esmailyn Gonzalez case by the Nationals' Team President Stan Kasten, though what, if any role Mr. Bowden played in either scandal has yet to be revealed.
Ms. Segura notes in the new SI.com article that the aformentioned Jorge Oquendo, "...distances himself from Jim Bowden, saying, 'He didn't even know who I was,'" though Oquendo, again, according to the article, worked for Mr. Bowden during two different periods of Bowden's tenure in Cincinnati.
Posted by Researcher at 9:13 PM
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Lannan and Olsen are (2) #2's in any one's rotation these days. Perhaps they are(2) 2 1/2s. Perez, and Cabrera eat innings. The dream is for Zimmerman to be the phenom late into September, Hill to be resurrected, Bergmann to be 15-10 and Balester to become the Patterson we never knew! The rotation lacks one thing....an ace. With an ace, the Nats become formidable and not potential. Add an old ace....Pedro...Petitte
Posted by Researcher at 6:40 PM
Friday, February 20, 2009
What in the name of Benjamin Button is going on here! A blood test would have given his age. Smiley ain't gonna be smil'n when he gives back the bonus money. 23 mean he is at the end of his rainbow. 19 would have made him a burgeoning star. This screws up the entire infield plan of the future, and another black mark on Bowden and Kasten. It reads like a bad immigration trial.
"But while the Nationals have been listing his date of birth as Sept. 21, 1989—which would make him 19 now—Kasten said Wednesday that a Major League Baseball investigation determined Gonzalez is actually Carlos David Alvarez Lugo, born in November 1985—meaning he is really 23."
Posted by Researcher at 7:15 AM
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
BRAWLING ON ICE! Teddy, mascot of the Nats and doomed last place finisher, accosted the Presidential entourage at the Cap game on PRESIDENT'S DAY! He drove Abe and Friend into the boards and attempted to brawl with our Founding Father GW! Yes, he was the originator of the "BULLY" Pulpit, but this was outrageous. Not to be deterred GW won the race on ice as Teddy feel like a fool into the Red Line! May TR be destined to another year of last place finishes as he sooooo unceremoniously aqcuitted himself to be put on ICE! ;)
Posted by Researcher at 7:36 AM
Monday, February 16, 2009
The Nats are going worst to first! Like the 1993 Phillies, The Nats will rebound strong in 2009. Scott Olsen was a great pickup. Lannan will mature....Hell, the whole staff/team will mature! Zimmerman...The Pitcher...may surprise! Look for Hernandez and Flores to add greatly to Zim, Guzie and Dunn. Wily Mo is healthy...PLEASE GOD! and Lastings Milledge and Elijah Dukes will need to make it count. Austin Kearns is still the glove to beat in the outfield. I'm excited as the weather will turn and so will the NATS! GO NATS!
Posted by Researcher at 5:48 PM