Washington Nationals Newsbeat
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
If your hire isn’t worth market rate, maybe something needs to be reevaluated:
Five days after the Washington Nationals picked veteran Bud Black to be their next manager, the team did not announce a hiring Monday because contract talks crumbled over the weekend, according to people familiar with the situation. The deal wasn’t expected to be announced until after a contract was signed and after the World Series. But the playoffs ended Sunday and there was still no public word from the team Monday, a sign that a deal between the two was in jeopardy.
And according to a CBS Sports report late Monday night, the Nationals have even circled back to the other finalist, Dusty Baker, the veteran who last managed in 2013 with the Cincinnati Reds, and intend to offer him the job. Messages for Black, Baker and Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo were not immediately returned.
The Nationals chose Black on Wednesday, but the terms had to be ironed out. According to another person familiar with the situation, Black was “deeply offended” by the Nationals’ first offer and the talks didn’t get back on track after that. The high point of negotiations for the Nationals, despite a $165 million player payroll, was believed to be a two-year deal and team options for Black, according to another person familiar with the deal. USA Today reported the offer was for less than $2 million.
Okay, what the hell is actually going on here?
In a stunning twist, the Nationals manager job isn’t completely settled, and word is, the club has reached out to Dusty Baker, and will offer him the job.
While it has been widely reported that Black was the guy, Baker is now very likely to be the one to succeed Matt Williams as Nats manager.
Posted: November 03, 2015 at 06:06 AM | 4 comment(s)
Monday, October 05, 2015
Bernanke loves baseball for the same reason he chose economics as his profession: the power and clarity of numbers.
“The numbers are so concrete,” he says in a conversation in the Nats press box before a game against the Miami Marlins on a sunny afternoon last month. “In baseball, you’ve got all the data going back to the 1880s for all the players, and if you understand how to use numbers, it makes it come alive.”
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Drew Storen, the Nats’ closer until his demotion to setup guy when, in a midsummer deal, the club picked up the fabled ex-Red Sox, ex-Phillies Jonathan Papelbon, was the main perpetrator and victim of the above-cited Biblical largesse. He presented a red beard and an aura of near-clinical anxiety. Matt Williams, his manager, brought him back again last night, no doubt as a statement of trust, to face Cespedes, who hit the go-ahead (and winning, it turned out) two-run homer on Storen’s second pitch. Storen, one understands, will remember all this for the rest of his life. So will I.
Papelbon (with that irritating Tik-Tok of Oz stare-in and arm-drop now copied by ten thousand kid pitchers) lost the middle game on a pinch-hit home run by Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
Manager Williams made all the available moves but never the right one. Everything Mets skipper Terry Collins tried seemed to work out, including his decision to keep the rookie outfielder Michael Conforto in left in the eighth on Wednesday night, where he made a skidding, breathless late grab to save the day and the joy. Has Collins used up the Mets’ seasonal quota of magic with such prodigality?
Hmm. Only Mets fans ask questions like this.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
The Phillies have levied some complaints about the division rival Nationals, but they don’t have to do with anything done during a game. Rather, they feel that they are afforded less time for on-field batting practice at Nationals Park compared to other road parks, and they’re unhappy with the music selection as well, which has included Linda Rondstadt, Patrick Swayze, and Starland Vocal Band.
Some Roberta Flack might be in order the next time the Phillies visit.
Some notice being taken:
Some perspective is in order here: Harper is nine months younger than Kris Bryantand six months younger than Joc Pederson, the early frontrunners for National League Rookie of the Year. He will still be 22 years old when the Nationals play their regular-season finale against the Mets in early October. Of the 29 MLB Rookies of the Year since 2000 (not including Harper, who captured the honor in 2012), 20 were older than Harper will be at the end of this season, after four years of service time.
. . .
The early numbers are staggering. Barely past the season’s quarter mark, Harper leads the major leagues in runs (39), extra base hits (26), walks (40), OPS (1.198), isolated power (.393) and Wins Above Replacement (4.1). He’s even wielding some serious leather. According to Baseball Info Solutions, Harper leads big league right fielders with 10 Defensive Runs Saved. St. Louis’ Jason Heyward, the confirmed gold standard at the position, has four DRS.
On pace for 14+ WAR this season. Is that good?
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