Thursday, November 02, 2006

And Then Some Other Boring Stuff Happened

No news is good news?

The World Famous Trent Jewett interviewed for the Nats job yesterday. Jewett has been the AAA manager for the Pirates, and has had a fair amount of success in the minors.

At this point, I don't really care who they pick. I bet as each day goes on and the names get more and more obscure, Frank Robinson smiles a bit wider.

The Winter Meetings start in a month; that's the date that Bowden has said he'll have a manager by.

OMG points out that Mr. Jewett looks like he'd be a blogger, and is optimistic that the Nats have had a plan in place for the managing job, and aren't just flailing around aimlessly.

OMG also, in a different post, observes why the decision to offer Mitchell Paige and Randy Knorr minor league jobs is a good thing, especially for everyone's egos.

--Except for Tony Beasley, that is. Cementing his status as a major-league Ahole (big time!), Bowden offered Beasley a job in the minors, only to yank it away from him when he didn't immediately accept. He said/she said, and Bowden has another enemy.

This isn't the first time that Bowden has pulled that stunt. He once offered Ron Oester the Reds' managing job, only to pull it (and offer it to Bob Boone) when Oester wanted some time to think (and counter-offer with a higher salary). All this prompted Oester to call Bowden, "one of the worst people in the world." It's hard to disagree with that!

--Ramon Ortiz filed for Free Agency, and seems like he's eager to come back. As painful as the Ramon Ortiz Cy Young Express was to watch, he's an innings-eater. Offer him arbitration, if he accepts, great. If he declines and goes elsewhere, even better. He's a Type B Free Agent, and would get us a sandwich pick. Yay.

--Think the Lerners like sticking it to the DC Gov't? They stick it to Brevard County too, getting them to pay up and make $2.6 million in improvements to Space Coast Stadium. (The comments in the sidebar indicate that the natives are restless!) Thanks to NFA for the link.

--Proving that Teh Internets suck, The Internet Baseball Awards are in, and Ryan Zimmerman ain't the Rookie of the Year. He finished third.

Not to steal his thunder, but the giant multi-national conglomerate that Federal Baseball belongs to also did voting, and Ryan Zimmerman finished second there, despite appearing on more ballots than anyone. (This particular author has one of the more interesting ballots I've seen!)

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