Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Bye Bye Barry

DCRTV hears that Washington Post sports writer Barry Svrluga will be jumping to the paper's Washington Redskins coverage team. Meanwhile, the Post is looking for someone to replace Svrluga on the Washington Nationals beat. In addition to the Skins, Svrluga will also cover the 2008 Olympics for the Post

Good for him. More important beat in this city, with a much less demanding schedule.

But it sucks for us.

  • WFY links to the FishbowlDC post that has more information.

    There's been no replacement named yet. And some poor sap named Marc Carig takes over the Orioles beat. HAHA.

    I just want to know when they're going to get a baseball columnist who follows the Nats. It's been years since they've had one.


    • Do they always move somebody over for a job like this, or do they ever go outside?

      By Blogger Ironic Goat, at 1/22/2008 1:13 PM  

    • I hear they'll be moving Eli Saslow over from the Phillies' locker room to take Barry's job.

      Just kidding there, folks.

      I hope.

      By Blogger An Briosca Mor, at 1/22/2008 1:20 PM  

    • On a side note, it is stunning that Octavio Dotel is worth $11m/2yrs, whereas Rauch is worth between $1.1-1.4m for 1 year. I understand that the Nats have control over him, but still...

      By Blogger OleShu, at 1/22/2008 1:23 PM  

    • Rauch is 'worth' that much. It's solely that control issue. In a few years, when he's a free agent, assuming his arm doesn't blow out, he's going to get a contract bigger than that.

      By Blogger Chris Needham, at 1/22/2008 1:25 PM  

    • That news does suck for us.

      Chris, you could apply..

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/22/2008 1:59 PM  

    • They can't afford me!

      By Blogger Chris Needham, at 1/22/2008 2:00 PM  

    • Plus there's the whole "fitting through the clubhouse door" issue. Not sure they let beat writers use the Burger King-Meat Hook Memorial Side Entrance.

      By Blogger Nate, at 1/22/2008 2:12 PM  

    • Good riddance. Overrated.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/22/2008 2:31 PM  

    • wonder if someone is leaving the 'skins beat... what a sad day.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/22/2008 3:07 PM  

    • "wonder if someone is leaving the 'skins beat... what a sad day."

      Perhaps Boswell? His stint as a Gibbsologist certainly wasn't a feather in his cap, now was it?

      By Blogger An Briosca Mor, at 1/22/2008 3:14 PM  

    • Barry's transfer is a routine move, one that he foresaw as long ago as 2006 right after his book had been published.

      It's not without precedent; recall that Jason La Canfora used to be the Caps beatwriter.

      Of course, they have to go outside sometimes. I don't remember seeing Tarik El-Bashir or Ivan Carter's bylines before they took on their respective beats with the Caps and Wizards. (Wouldn't mind seeing Tarik or Steve Yanda have a go at the Nats beat.)

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/22/2008 3:43 PM  

    • Definitely a sad day for Nats fans. As someone who read 95% of the Nats gamers in the post, I really appreciated Barry's good writing (and his extra posts in his blog).

      I thought Amy Shipley did great fill in duty for Barry, but she's got her own gig down in Florida. I really hope that they don't give the gig to Steve Yanda. Frankly, I thought his gamers were not ready for the big stage.

      By Blogger Unknown, at 1/22/2008 4:24 PM  

    • I liked Barry. If Barry is moving on to the Skins, is Jason LaConfora leaving the Post or is there a chance that he get moved to the Nats beat?


      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/22/2008 5:41 PM  

    • Given the major labor problems ongoing at the Post, get used to these games of musical chairs. As good as Barry was, this move (like everything else in the newspaper biz these days) is about saving bucks. The Post has been nickel-diming their reporters ever since the Evening Star closed in 1981. Back then it was printing money and not sharing it with their scribes. Now that their profits are down -- the biggest source of income for the Post Corporation is its Kaplan textbook division, not its newspaper unit -- they're trying to squeeze even further. So get used to a lot of 20-something guys and gals working for peanuts while padding their resume for a gig at the NY Times or elsewhere. The days of a Mike Wise or Kornheiser emigrating from the NY Times to the Post are over. Except for the greenest of rookies, anybody who joins the Post nowadays is just a damn fool.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/22/2008 8:39 PM  

    • Can't say I'm sorry to say "g'bye Barry!"
      Altho' I've always regarded Barry as a top rate sports reporter, I never got the feeling that he really understood the fan-joy so many area fans feel about baseball finally returning to D.C.
      Let BS take the easy-up (Redskins)...and instead give us a true baseball reporter who wants most to ignite the Nat's semi-dormant fanbase.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/22/2008 10:24 PM  

    • Re: El-Bashir -- I think he grew up around here. He was the Islanders beat writer for one of the NY papers. I think he is pretty specifically a "hockey writer."

      By Blogger WFY, at 1/23/2008 7:55 AM  

    • So, have you put your app in yet Chris?

      By Blogger Michael Taylor, at 1/23/2008 2:41 PM  

    • Why do we need Svulga or anyone else to cover the Nats? There hasn't been any noteworthy Nats news in more than a month. Svulga must have felt line the Maytag repair man. Since this is a Redskins town, I am sure he welcomes the change.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/23/2008 3:40 PM  

    • Who's going to be our DH this year?


      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/23/2008 5:25 PM  

    • I ran into Tarik when I was doing a story at an old job. Apparently, Tarik was a Post Sports general assignment reporter before taking the Caps beat. He went from the Islanders to GA because he wanted to move back to DC. Surprisingly enough, he's also a big NASCAR guy.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/24/2008 3:12 PM  

    • Be careful what you wish for, Chris (in re a colyumnist who covers the Nats): We could end up with Mike Wise, the cliche generator.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/24/2008 3:21 PM  

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