Tuesday, November 27, 2007

I've Got Nuttin'

Some days I've got enough crap (besides the usual BS) floating around my brain to write 10 posts. Other days, like the last few, I've got nothing. I hesitate to call it the creative process, because it's really more of a leaching process (insert your own septic tank joke). And with the team making almost no news, (OK, it's no news at all) there's nuttin' for the lazy blogger to write. /navelgazing -- ooh! lint!

  • Si sez that the Mets are sniffing around Brian Schneider. This follows up a brief rumor from a week ago that they were talking about Schneider and Church. Where's there's smoke, there's usually a fire, although most fires are put out before they burn the city down.

    Would you do Schneider/Church/mid-level arm for Estrada/Milledge? I'd think about it. Not sure if the Mets would be that enamored of it. Still, it indicates that Schneider's valued by some teams. If the Mets are going to dump him, you'd think it'd be as part of a package for a true difference maker.

  • I'm surprised we haven't heard anything about the Nats making a move for Carlos Quentin, who really doesn't have a position to play in AZ anymore.

  • The Nationals don't give a rat's ass about ticket scalpers selling their entire season's worth of tickets online. Hey, as long as they get their money, what do they care?

  • Bill Ladson is back with another mailsack bursting with goodness.

    Sweet music: "If he remains a member of the Nationals, Logan will be no more than a backup outfielder. The only way he plays on a regular basis is if somebody is hurt and he improves his on-base percentage dramatically."

    He also responds to a question about Marrero, who slumped at the end of the year: "While it is true that Marrero slumped badly at the end of the season, I was told by assistant general manager Bob Boone, pitcher Ross Detwiler and Maxwell that Marrero hit the ball hard, but it was hit right at somebody."

    I like to check these things. Here're Marrero's splits for his time in Potomac. He hit just 0.220 0.311 0.418 in August, way down from previous months, but he hit line drives at about the same rate as he did on the season and his batting average on balls in play was a season-low .246. So Boone, Detwiler and Maxwell were right. He was hitting 'em where they were. Had he had a BABIP of .333 (which was what he hit in his next 'worst' month, he'd have had 10 extra hits and the resulting .329 batting average wouldn't have looked so bad.

    IOW, don't worry about the 'slump'. He was unlucky for a month.


    • Between Maxwell, Marrero, and Burgess, it looks like our club might not need to aquire another young OF. I don't see any reason to trade Church until we see what he can do playing everyday in the new stadium. And Schneider I think has a lot of value as a mentor and platoon partner for Flores until Jesus is ready to go everyday. (yeah it's that 'intangible' leadership quality that can't be measured by stats, but whatev...)

      Off-Topic: RIP #21. You will be missed. This is a sad day for all sports.

      By Blogger Rob B, at 11/27/2007 10:29 AM  

    • The BPG thread about StubHub seems like much ado about nothing. If you give a crap, you are assuming that the seller in question will actually find a buyer for the full season tickets at $13.5K. And frankly, anyone stupid enough to pay that much deserves what they get.

      By Blogger Carl, at 11/27/2007 11:08 AM  

    • "The Nationals don't give a rat's ass about ticket scalpers selling their entire season's worth of tickets online. Hey, as long as they get their money, what do they care?"

      This whole brouhaha about a pair of season tickets being offered on StubHub is pointless. Why should the Nationals care about this? Someone is offering for sale two items that he/she will not have in hand until March (when game tickets are distributed to STHers)in order to deliver them to any fool who is crazy enough to buy them. Not only that, the price they are being offered for is $13,500 per ticket, which works out to $166 per game. That's more than the cost of a PNC(tm) Diamond Box seat, which also comes with food and parking that the season tickets being sold on StubHub don't. PNC(tm) Diamond Box seats are readily available directly from the Nationals, so you'd have to be a real sucker to buy this guy's tickets off StubHub. (But perhaps P.T. Barnum was right, and there's one born every minute.) But again, why should the Nats bother investigating situations like this? Does the Borough of Brooklyn get involved when some bozo sticks the Brooklyn Bridge up for sale on eBay?

      Same goes for those hundreds of tickets for a March 30 opener that hasn't even been announced yet which are also out there on StubHub. Who cares? That bozo or bozos on Ballpark Guys who are badgering the Nationals over this really need to get a life. Their ranting and raving would be much better served at trying to get the team to dump FLop.

      By Blogger An Briosca Mor, at 11/27/2007 11:09 AM  

    • If the Nationals could land Milledge for Schneider/Church I think they should run, not walk, to the phone to accept.

      I like Church, but for a team that is at least 1-2 years away from competing I'm not sure how much value a good but not great 29 yo corner OF with limited power has.

      I'd much rather see the Nationals overpay for Milledge and let him play CF than overpay for Andruw Jones.

      By Blogger RPS, at 11/27/2007 11:15 AM  

    • "The Nationals don't give a rat's ass about ticket scalpers selling their entire season's worth of tickets online. Hey, as long as they get their money, what do they care?"

      And nor should they. Let the market work.

      By Blogger RPS, at 11/27/2007 11:26 AM  

    • I have to think if Church plays every day in Nationals Park, he's going to pull a ton of home runs.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/27/2007 11:58 AM  

    • Considering that I'm extremely cheap, the only thing I can really say to ticket scalpers is, "thank you." Considering the Nats' current level of performance, it would not at all surprise me to find some of these tickets available for less than the mlb.com posted prices.

      I certainly can't imagine that anyone is actually making a profit off scalping Nats tickets anyway, except maybe for selected games.

      By Blogger Michael Taylor, at 11/27/2007 3:58 PM  

    • http://dugout.progressiveboink.com/archive/dugout1-17-06.htm


      I kid, of course. Personally, I'm a big fan of Brian, and I'd hate to see him go. But, well, I'd also really hate to watch another three seasons of poor-to-mediocre baseball. So. There's that

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/27/2007 4:44 PM  

    • chris - great analysis on marrero's splits. i always like numbers to back up happy talk, especially when it comes from jim bowden!

      By Blogger DCPowerGator, at 11/27/2007 5:28 PM  

    • Here is a little tidbit on Ray King in the offseason:


      By Blogger Positively Half St., at 11/28/2007 9:00 AM  

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