Thursday, August 03, 2006

Fouled-Off Bunts: From The Hot Afternoon Edition

It's miserably hot outside. I have a headache from the heat. And I really don't feel like working on this speech that I should be working on. Instead, I'm munching on my turkey sandwich while listening to Paul Desmond. All I need is a kiddy pool under my desk (to dip my feet in), and perhaps a frosty mug of beer. Man, I need a vacation!

Here's a bunch of crap that I don't feel like writing much about.

  • Fick went on the DL after Monday's game. The Nats called up Brandon Harper, one of the formerly three-headed catching monster from New Orleans. Harper was having a hot month, scorching the crap out of the ball in July, but any offense we get from him is gravy.

  • Gimpy waste of money, Jose Vidro is eligible to come off the DL, but he's hanging out in DC, and won't be activated til the team returns. (Notice how much more smooth Marlon Anderson is in the field?)

  • Michael O'Connor was diagnosed with a mild flexor tendon strain in his elbow. That would prevent him from getting much spin on his curve. His 'stuff', which he always certainly had a tenuous control of, did sort of disappear. Maybe that's the explanation for his struggles. A few weeks off should heal it, but it's also the kind of injury that could pop up later.

  • Frank continues his winning ways with young players (I should make this a running series, huh?):
    I've seen the guy what, three innings maybe? How am I supposed to know what his problem was? . . . All I know is he threw two balls pretty far today.

  • Meanwhile, friend to bloggers everywhere, Bill Ladson says that the players want Frank back. He quotes Ryan Zimmerman extensively, but it boils down to Ryan liking how Frank leaves him the hell alone.

  • The most worthwhile piece is Todd Jacobson's interview with the new scouting director, Mike Rizzo. He thinks he can turn the farm system around by year 5.

  • There's something about parking here, but you don't really care, do you?

  • More TradeGate roundups...

    --The Rotoworld Guy gives Bowden the benefit of the doubt, and he brings up a good point that I had crawling around my peabrain, but never articulated fully. If Soriano does walk for draft picks, Dana Brown and Mike Rizzo have an EXCELLENT track record of converting picks into players. Brown's last three first-rounders (excluding this season, of course) are already in the majors. And Rizzo's D-Backs farm system is bursting with talent. With competent guys in charge (and with Bowden far away), those first-round picks have more value to the Nats than to the Pirates.

    --A Fox Sports columnist, whose mugshot makes him highly probably to have been the victim of a swirlie, says that Bowden is worse than Stalin. His column is certainly the most reasonable anti-non-trade position that I've seen, and is worth the quick skim.

    --At Double Play Depth, Benjamin Kabak pans the non-move, but I think he makes the same mistake some others have made. He doesn't consider what was actually on the table for Soriano. It's easy to say that Bowden should've traded him for prospects. It's far harder to point to who those prospects actually are. Trades require two partners; they don't exist in a vacuum.

    --Banks of the Anacostia surrounds himself with words of other Bowden-haters. Check out his post for more.

  • NFA finds an article from god knows where that talks about the Nats wanting to be big players in the International Market. In the Dominican, especially, they needed to (and have!) made a big splash. Flash often wins out.

  • I'm done with my sandwich. Back to work!


    • Parking? Did someone say 'parking?'

      So this was the first showing of the beef. Ghandi, 7/5, said Miller's plan, endorsed by Mayor Tony won't work. Zoning Commission, 7/6, with three members appointed by the Mayor, approves Miller's plan. Lerner et al, 7/7, whined about it, said we want aboveground parking in easybake garages. The WashPost, that liberal rag, 7/8, ran an editiorial that said it likely could not get done, but maybe it could. A British politico, 7/9, gets his froat cut in front of Miller's house. The DC Council, 7/12, approves Miller's plan.

      The Sports & Entertainment Commission, 8/2, finally got a look at Miller's actual plan, three weeks later.

      Interestingly enough, Lemke in the WashTimes, that heroic bastion of truth, reports that for another $44 million, they could finish underground parking in time. I thought that dog couldn't hunt.

      By Blogger Ben Folsom, at 8/03/2006 4:14 PM  

    • I also came away from that "players want Robinson back" article with the knowledge that Zimmerman ("one of the few rookies whose vote counts" or however that was worded) liked Robinson because he doesn't yell at him when he makes mistakes in the field.

      By Blogger Soji Slade, at 8/03/2006 4:36 PM  

    • MB, so you're saying Robinson is a 'players coach.' Like Jim Lynam?

      PS on parking: we're talking about 1200 spots here. Much ado about 20% of the final tally, and spots us peons will never get anyway. Gotta love DC politics.

      By Blogger Ben Folsom, at 8/03/2006 4:40 PM  

    • Speaking of the three headed catching monster from NOLA reminded me of the four headed back up catching monster in Viera during spring training. I then wondered what happened to ciggy butt burner, Mike DiFelice. I did some research and found out he is the first string catcher for the Binghamtom Mets of the AA Eastern League. He is hittng in the 280s.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/04/2006 7:57 AM  

    • BF - I don't know. Church and the like would probably have a different take on manager Robinson.

      By Blogger Soji Slade, at 8/04/2006 9:03 AM  

    • Speaking of spinning, how many ways can the 'mainstream' media rehash the Soriano story? How many can keep restraining themselves before calling Bowden like they see him?

      Swirlieman writes as though he was recently a blogger. Given that his regular beat is in the Detroit Free Press, likely very few read him before the Tigers' recent winning ways.

      Keep up the good work, Mr. Needham. You - and most if not all of the Natosphere - can hold your heads up when compared to the non-blog writers.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/04/2006 9:09 AM  

    • Jeeeebus! That article NFA found about the Dominican effort is muy promising. (I didn't know negative ERAs were possible.) We've got two teams down there, but do we actually have control of the players on them? And what's usually the turnaround time for players like these to get to the majors? 3 years? 4?

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/04/2006 9:45 AM  

    • Depends on what you mean by "fans." Casual fans proabably didn't know who Sori was before he got here. And those same fans probably won't follow the FA market closely (those that do however, can see that like you said, Esteban's asking price was worth giving up for the draft pick).

      I think what will turn them off is seeing bad pitching, though. We've got a pretty decent core offensively. Unfortunately that doesn't mean much now. But if Bowden gets lucky again in the off-season and snags the next Loaiza or Carraso, the fans base will be fine.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/04/2006 11:37 AM  

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