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Friday, April 14, 2006

Nats - Demoted Watson

Washington Nationals - Optioned OF Brandon Watson and C Wiki Gonzalez to New Orleans; recalled OF Ryan Church and IF Brendan Harris.

You gotta love Jim Bowden - every series of transactions he makes opens you up for a fun game of Which Move Is Dumbest?  In this case, the contestants are:

1) Optioning Ryan Church to the minors in the first place.
2) Giving Church’s job to an empty BA speedster based solely on a good spring.
3) After coming to the decisions above based on your “good” judgment, using 29 plate appearances as the basis to come to a new decision.

Matt LeCroy will be the primary backup for the time being.  Honestly, I don’t have a problem with these kinds of moves - nobody’s asking the LeCroy/Fick/Munson guys to do a lot of catching, just fake it enough for the bat to have value.  If Schneider goes out injured for any period of time, they’re not going to have to start LeCroy, they just need to recall Wiki from the swamp.

Dan Szymborski Posted: April 14, 2006 at 03:29 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Sean McNally Posted: April 14, 2006 at 03:56 PM (#1962786)
I'll accept Mr. High Standards apology whenever he's ready to give it.
   2. RP Posted: April 14, 2006 at 03:59 PM (#1962791)
3) After coming to the decisions above based on your “good” judgment, using 29 plate appearances as the basis to come to a new decision.

Is this really all that dumb? I understand sample size and all that, but isn't it better to recognize you made a mistake quickly and make a change instead of letting the problem fester for another month?
   3. Hungry Hungry Hipolito Pichardo Posted: April 14, 2006 at 04:14 PM (#1962811)
It's dumb on one end or the other. Either he quickly recognized his mistake and admits his spring training move was idiotic, or he really thinks Watson's better and is an idiot for letting a small number of ABs change his mind.
   4. Dan Szymborski Posted: April 14, 2006 at 04:15 PM (#1962817)
I understand sample size and all that, but isn't it better to recognize you made a mistake quickly and make a change instead of letting the problem fester for another month?

Jim Bowden's mind doesn't usually work that way - he's not correcting a mistake, he likely thinks that Brandon Watson was just a better player 2 weeks ago and Ryan Church is a better player now.
   5. RP Posted: April 14, 2006 at 04:36 PM (#1962851)
Jim Bowden's mind doesn't usually work that way - he's not correcting a mistake, he likely thinks that Brandon Watson was just a better player 2 weeks ago and Ryan Church is a better player now.

Touche...
   6. Bob Koo Posted: April 14, 2006 at 04:37 PM (#1962852)
As a Mets fan, I'd like to thank Mr. Bowden for six games worth of Brandon Watson. They were quite delightful to watch as a fan of the opposing team.
   7. Dan Szymborski Posted: April 14, 2006 at 05:07 PM (#1962901)
Just as an example, a few years after that trade, Bowden was still defending the Wells/Goodwin trade, saying Wells was simply a journeyman at the time and you can't pass up the opportunity to get a true leadoff hitter.
   8. Grunthos Posted: April 14, 2006 at 08:27 PM (#1963207)
Boswell states in today's chat that he believes the Malek group would retain Bowden (along with Taveras and Robinson) and give them "a full chance." I don't find Boz to be a particularly reliable inside source, but it's a disturbing claim. If true, everybody who doesn't actively detest the Nats should be crossing their fingers in hope of a Lerner/Kasten sale, since it is reasonable to assume Kasten would have the sense to bring in his own people.
   9. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: April 14, 2006 at 08:55 PM (#1963254)
I'll accept Mr. High Standards apology whenever he's ready to give it.

Don't hold your breath.
   10. Chris Needham Posted: April 14, 2006 at 09:09 PM (#1963285)
I certainly agree with everything stated here, but I don't think the Nats demoted Watson so much for the results as his approach. He looked terrible at the plate, and clueless in the field.

I suspect that two flyballs he didn't wander near in Wednesday's game had as much to do his demotion as anything.

They probably just waited the extra day so as to not have Ryan Church fly from NO to DC then to Florida the next day.

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