Category Archives: Personnel

Trade Deadline Post Mortem

I am not a GM, nor do I play one on television… so I don’t have (an informed) opinion about how the Nationals did leading up to the trade deadline. Certainly the two trades the Nationals made make a lot of sense, and in terms of Matt Capps for Wilson Ramos, I think it was [...] Continue reading

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(Next) Spring is in the Air…

This isn’t much fun for me.
Back in 2006, when Jim Bowden was shopping around Alfonso Soriano, we watched and waited every day… waiting for news… waiting to hear about the trade that would send our reason to come to the ballpark off to a contender, in exchange for prospects. Soriano smiled and worked hard, swiped [...] Continue reading

Posted in Alfonso Soriano, Fan Experience, Jim Bowden, Matt Capps, Mike Rizzo, Personnel, Players, adam dunn | Comments Off

Remind You of 2005?

It shouldn’t.
The Nationals of 2005 were a very different animal than the Nationals of 2010. In many ways, it feels the same, and Mark Zuckerman wrote today of the last time that the Nationals were four games above .500. But on September 18, 2005, the Nationals were riding the escalator down, while our 2010 Nationals [...] Continue reading

Posted in Chien-Ming Wang, Cristian Guzman, Drew Storen, Elijah Dukes, Jim Bowden, Justin Maxwell, Mike Rizzo, Omar Minaya, Personnel, Players, Roger Bernadina, Ross Detwiler, Teams, Willie Harris, Willy Taveras, jason marquis, stephen strasburg | Comments Off

A few words with Stan Kasten

Lets have a little contest. Without doing the research I had to do to compile these stats, tell me which set of statistics belongs to which season – the first eleven games of 2009, or the first eleven games of 2010:

 
Year A
Year B

Runs Scored
54
53

Runs Allowed
75
66

Team Batting Average
.268
.250

Team OPS
.755
.770

Errors
13
9

Team ERA
6.38
5.91

They seem pretty comparable, don’t they? One set of [...] Continue reading

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Will History Repeat Itself?

I make an effort not to put myself in the position to be an armchair General Manager. I figure that there are probably fifty people in the world who are qualified to be a Major League GM, and I am not one of them. For me to comment would be a little like me commenting [...] Continue reading

Posted in Albert Pujols, Cristtian Guzman, Drew Storen, Ian Desmond, Jason Bergmann, Jesus Flores, Lastings Milledge, Mike Rizzo, Personnel, Players, Teams, stephen strasburg | Comments Off

O-Dog

There are some deals that you just feel bad about when they don’t happen, but for me, the Orlando Hudson deal wasn’t one of them. Not that I am the first to say this, but there are reasons that Hudson isn’t with the Dodgers, and there are reasons that the Dodgers acquired Ronnie Belliard last season. [...] Continue reading

Posted in Cristian Guzman, Felipe Lopez, Ian Desmond, Jose Vidro, Mike Rizzo, Orlando Hudson, Personnel, Ronnie Belliard | Comments Off

The Intangible Value of Stephen Strasburg

What are you doing Saturday afternoon?
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’ll be watching the Desert Dogs – Javalinas game on television*.
And for that, you have Stephen Strasburg to thank.
The Nationals are pretty psyched about it too, I bet. After all, here it is just a week before Thanksgiving, and quite a few [...] Continue reading

Posted in Arizona Fall League, Chris Marrero, Drew Storen, Expos, Jeff Mandel, Josh Wilkie, Organization, Personnel, Phoenix Desert Dogs, Players, Sean Rooney, danny espinosa, stephen strasburg | Comments Off

Christmas in November

Nationals fans got some of their Christmas presents early this week, with the announcements that Ryan Zimmerman was honored with both the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards for his amazing play in 2009. Add to that the announcement that Jim Riggleman has been chosen as the permanent manager for the Nationals, and you’d be [...] Continue reading

Posted in Cristian Guzman, Drew Storen, Ian Desmond, Injuries, Jordan Zimmermann, Organization, Personnel, Players, Scott Olsen, jim riggleman, ryan zimmerman | Comments Off

Reminiscing…

I was reading Tom Boswell’s piece in The Post today, and it got me thinking about the Nationals, and their first year in Washington. The return of baseball to Washington had captivated me – as a native Washingtonian and childhood fan of the Senators, I made the trip back to DC for Opening Day – [...] Continue reading

Posted in Cristian Guzman, Elijah Dukes, Endy Chavez, Fan Experience, Games, Ian Desmond, Injuries, Jesus Flores, Josh Willingham, Personnel, Players, Teams, adam dunn, ryan zimmerman | Comments Off