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Tuesday, October 05, 2021

Alcides Escobar re-signs with Washington Nationals for 2022

hortstop Alcides Escobar agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract on Tuesday to stay with the Washington Nationals next season.

Escobar, who will turn 35 in December, batted .288 with 21 doubles, two triples, four homers and 28 RBIs in 75 games with the Nationals after signing with the club in July.

Before joining Washington, he hadn’t been in the major leagues since 2018.

Escobar has a career average of .259 with 245 doubles and 470 RBIs over a total of 12 seasons in the majors with three clubs. He was an AL All-Star for the Kansas City Royals in 2015.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 05, 2021 at 03:40 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: alcides escobar, nationals

Friday, October 01, 2021

Why Juan Soto should be the National League MVP

Since the all-star break, Soto’s on-base percentage is .535. It’s a number that should be stared at and marveled over. He has reached base in more than half of his plate appearances in what approaches half the season. Given that reaching base invariably helps your team — indeed, it is the base objective of any appearance in the batter’s box — that percentage is staggering. Then, add some context: According to baseball-reference.com, here are the hitters who have reached base at a higher clip in the second half of any season in history: Barry Bonds and Babe Ruth three times apiece, Ted Williams twice, and Rogers Hornsby once.

I did not realize how well he was doing in the second half.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: October 01, 2021 at 01:45 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: juan soto, nationals

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Anti-vax baseball coach from Miami files religious discrimination complaint against MLB team

Two minor league baseball coaches with the Washington Nationals — one of them from Florida — have filed religious discrimination complaints after they say they were fired for refusing to get COVID-19 vaccines.

Larry Pardo, of Miami, and Brad Holman, of Wichita, Kansas, filed complaints with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, alleging the baseball franchise violated “their rights to free expression and observation of their sincerely held religious beliefs.”

The EEOC complaints were filed Friday by their Miami attorney, Alexander Fox. The complaints are expected to lay the groundwork for a federal lawsuit.

The coaches are but two of a growing number of Americans who are seeking to obtain religious exemptions from getting the vaccines, as more governments and companies have begun to mandate inoculations.

The Nationals last week terminated the contracts of Holman, 53, who was a minor-league pitching coordinator, and Pardo, 55, who coached in the Florida Complex League, a rookie-level league affiliated with major-league clubs. Both men joined the Nationals in 2018.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 22, 2021 at 03:28 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: coronavirus, nationals

Monday, September 13, 2021

Who will be the first to wear a Rays, Marlins, or Nationals cap to Cooperstown?

The Montreal Expos had three players enter the Hall wearing their cap, but no one has gone in wearing the curly W since the franchise relocated and rebranded in 2005. There are a few former and current Nationals on track for Cooperstown, though. Bryce Harper is well on his way with 38.4 bWAR through his age-28 season, but at this point, it seems unlikely Harper would choose to wear a Nationals hat on his plaque. Two injury-marred seasons have derailed Stephen Strasburg’s chances, but he still has time to correct course.

Neither is as likely as Max Scherzer, though. Scherzer has already amassed 66.8 bWAR, and he’ll more than likely reach 3,000 strikeouts in his next start. He has three Cy Young Awards, eight All-Star appearances, and a World Series ring. He also shares the record for most strikeouts in a single game. The question isn’t whether Scherzer is a Hall of Famer. He most certainly is. It’s whether he’ll choose Washington.

Most of Scherzer’s best moments came with the Nationals, but he’s been with three other teams. He won one of his Cy Youngs with Detroit, and he also helped them to an American League pennant in 2012. His career isn’t close to over either. We don’t know what he’ll do with the Dodgers or whichever team signs him this winter. Spreading his rings and his accolades around could cause him to not choose any team like Greg Maddux.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 13, 2021 at 11:02 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, marlins, nationals, rays

Friday, August 13, 2021

The Nationals’ deadline fire sale unfolded in a matter of days. But it was years in the making.

Turner’s agents at CAA Sports talked to the Nationals multiple times during 2020 spring training. They exchanged at least three proposals, with the Nationals offering in the neighborhood of six years, $100 million, according to multiple people familiar with the situation.

Turner was then one of MLB’s more productive shortstops, but not necessarily an elite one. From 2017 to 2019, seven shortstops accumulated more FanGraphs WAR than Turner, including then-Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor and Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who signed a six-year deal worth $120 million before the 2020 season.

When the coronavirus pandemic hit, the sides stopped negotiating and lost momentum. And a year after helping the Nationals to a title, Turner took a star turn. He hit .335 in 59 games in 2020. His strikeout rate plummeted. He tied for fourth in stolen bases and hit 12 homers, a relative power surge that left him trailing slugging shortstops Fernando Tatis Jr. and Corey Seager for the lead at that position.

Trea Turner’s strikeout rate plummeted in 2020. He tied for fourth in stolen bases during that season and hit 12 homers. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)
All the while, Turner said he would be open to talking to the Nationals about a long-term deal. Rizzo said that he and Turner’s agents planned to speak more. But by spring of 2021, shortstops were the focus of the baseball world. A massive class was set to hit the market after that season, meaning Turner would likely have a better sense of what he might command when reaching free agency a year later.

When Cleveland sent Lindor to the New York Mets, Turner’s representatives began hammering the favorable comparisons between the two, arguing that whatever Lindor got in an extension would probably be a fitting number for Turner, too. The Mets gave Lindor 10 years and $341 million. To Turner and his team, the landscape had changed, something they communicated to the Nationals and others in the aftermath.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 13, 2021 at 03:25 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: max scherzer, nationals, trea turner

Saturday, August 07, 2021

Trea Turner, new Dodgers second baseman, says he ‘would have loved to stay’ with the Nationals


Then came Saturday and his first news conference as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The lines came with a twist of frustration. Naturally, Turner, 28, was asked about being traded by the Nationals instead of agreeing to a contract extension before reaching free agency. Specifically, he was pressed on General Manager Mike Rizzo’s comments that Turner and his agents wanted to table discussions until the shortstop market shook out.

“I’ve been pretty honest,” Turner said from Dodger Stadium, where he was set to bat leadoff and play second base against the Los Angeles Angels. “I said I would talk about an extension whenever and waited for that to happen, and it didn’t happen. So I’ve been told a lot of things over the last two years and, for me, actions speak louder than words. That’s kind of in the past now, it’s over with, and excited to start a new chapter….

“When I was with the Nationals, I thought I’d play there 20 years,” Turner said, speaking in the past tense about a team he helped win the World Series in 2019. “The organizations I’ve been a part of, I’ve liked. I liked the people there. I would have loved to stay there. These last two weeks have been weird because I go back and forth like, ‘Oh, they’re not going to trade me’ ... and, ‘Oh, yep, they are.’ ”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2021 at 08:33 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, trea turner

Friday, July 30, 2021

Washington Nationals’ Starlin Castro suspended 30 games for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy

Washington Nationals infielder Starlin Castro has been suspended for 30 games without pay and fined an undisclosed amount for violating Major League Baseball’s policy on domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.

Shortly after MLB announced the penalty Friday, the Nationals said they would release Castro when the ban concludes.

Castro will be ineligible for the postseason under the terms of the suspension and will be required to undergo evaluation and treatment, MLB said.

“Having reviewed all the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Castro violated our policy and that discipline is appropriate,” baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said earlier this month, while MLB was investigating allegations against Castro, that he didn’t plan on having him back with the team this season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 30, 2021 at 01:11 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: domestic violence, nationals, starlin catro

Padres Acquire Daniel Hudson From Nationals

The Padres have acquired one of the top relievers on the trade market. San Diego announced a deal with the Nationals to add Daniel Hudson to the late-inning mix. Two prospects — pitcher Mason Thompson and infielder Jordy Barley — are expected to head to Washington in return.

Hudson becomes the latest player out the door as part of the Nationals broader sell-off. Washington is finalizing a deal to send Trea Turner and Max Scherzer to the Dodgers and has already announced agreements to move Brad Hand and Kyle Schwarber. Once GM Mike Rizzo and his staff embarked on the teardown, a Hudson deal became increasingly likely given his impending free agency.

The right-hander has long been a productive reliever, but he’s taken his game to a new level this year. The 34-year-old has a career-low 2.20 ERA across 32 2/3 innings, striking out an elite 37.8% of opposing hitters against a tidy 5.5% walk rate. There’s little question he’s capable of stepping into high-leverage innings for the Padres, who are amidst a three-way battle in the NL West. That won’t be the case immediately, though, as Hudson landed on the COVID-19 injured list this morning as the virus spread throughout Washington’s clubhouse.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 30, 2021 at 10:14 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel hudson, nationals, padres

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Los Angeles Dodgers finalizing deal to acquire stars Max Scherzer and Trea Turner from Washington Nationals, sources say

The Los Angeles Dodgers are finalizing a deal to acquire star right-hander Max Scherzer and star shortstop Trea Turner from the Washington Nationals for a massive prospect haul, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Thursday.

The Dodgers will currently send the Nationals four prospects, a source confirmed to Passan: Right-handed pitcher Josiah Gray, catcher Keibert Ruiz, right-handed pitcher Gerardo Carrillo and outfielder Donovan Casey.

Gray and Ruiz were rated by ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel as the Dodgers’ top two prospects entering the season.

Gray was ranked No. 36 among the top 100 prospects in MLB entering the season, according to McDaniel. Ruiz was ranked No. 74.

Scherzer is 8-4 with a 2.76 ERA in 19 starts this season. The three-time Cy Young Award winner is scheduled to become a free agent after 2021.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 29, 2021 at 11:19 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, max scherzer, nationals, trea turner

Toronto Blue Jays address bullpen issues by acquiring closer Brad Hand from Washington Nationals

The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired three-time All-Star closer Brad Hand from the Washington Nationals for minor league catcher Riley Adams, the teams announced Thursday.

Hand is 5-5 with a 3.59 ERA and 21 saves this season.

Hand signed a one-year, $10.5 million contract with the Nats this past offseason. He was coming off another solid season as the closer for the Cleveland Indians in 2020, leading the major leagues with 16 saves, but was a victim of the team’s salary purge heading into 2021.

The Blue Jays have had a multitude of injuries in their bullpen, beginning with the team losing Kirby Yates to Tommy John surgery to start the season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 29, 2021 at 01:00 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, brad hand, nationals

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Police say 3 people were wounded in a shooting outside Nationals Park that sent players and fans scrambling during a game

Three people were injured in a shooting Saturday night outside Nationals Park in Washington, DC, sending baseball fans and players scrambling during a game, police said.

A fan outside of the stadium was one of three people wounded, according to Ashan Benedict, executive assistant chief of police for DC’s Metropolitan Police Department.
The fan who was shot, a woman, is expected to recover, Benedict said. Police initially said in statements posted on Twitter that four people were shot.
The two other people wounded in the shooting were associated with a recovered vehicle and are now in the hospital being questioned by police, according to Benedict. It’s unclear what their exact involvement was in the incident. Benedict also said those individuals were known to law enforcement….

“I just want to assure the public that at no time during this incident were individuals inside the stadium attending the game in any kind of danger. This was not an active shooter incident and it’s not being investigated as such. Everything took place outside the stadium,” he said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 18, 2021 at 05:00 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Davey Martinez and the Nationals would have loved to take part in the All-Star Game. No one asked

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The moment the Nationals won Game 4 over St. Louis to secure the NL pennant, manager Davey Martinez and his staff had locked up another long-cherished honor: managing the All-Star Game.

At least, that was the plan. Ever since 1934 — the second All-Star Game ever — when the Senators’ Joe Cronin faced off against Bill Terry of the New York Giants, the Midsummer Classic has been a managerial rematch of the previous year’s World Series. Except there was no All-Star Game last year, meaning Martinez and the Nationals have been overlooked.

Martinez told The Athletic Monday he has not been asked to participate in this year’s All-Star Game, as part of Dodgers manager Dave Roberts’ staff or otherwise. It’s disappointing, particularly given that his AL counterpart from that season — former Astros manager A.J. Hinch — was suspended for the 2020 season and stripped of the honor. (It was announced last January before the game was canceled that Astros manager Dusty Baker would have managed the American League team.)

“It’s unfortunate,” said Martinez, who said he has a lot of respect for Roberts and the Dodgers. “When I go back and think about the whole All-Star Game and everything, I think about the people who were affected by the (COVID-19) pandemic. For me, it would have been nice to be the manager. I would have loved it. But it was more to be with my coaching staff there as well. More power to everyone going to the All-Star Game this year. I would love to be there, but I would love to be there with my coaching staff.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 29, 2021 at 11:38 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, dave martinez, nationals

Sunday, May 09, 2021

Nationals broadcaster F.P. Santangelo accused of sexual assault, pulled from games

A 31-year-old woman told The Athletic that Santangelo made unwanted advances and sexually assaulted her several years ago, all while ignoring her repeatedly telling him to stop.

The woman, who spoke to The Athletic on the condition of anonymity, first accused Santangelo in an anonymous Instagram post — which the Nationals and MASN saw. She then detailed the encounter to The Athletic.

The woman said that Santangelo sent her “angry text messages” and even blocked her on all social media after their one in-person interaction. She said she is not seeking a formal complaint or any compensation. She is not an employee of the Nationals, MASN or the Baltimore Orioles — which holds the majority ownership of the network.

“If I never saw him again, I’d be perfectly happy,” she said, via The Athletic. “But he’s well known and it is bothersome to see someone in his private life not be respectful of people. I don’t have any motives behind this other than I wanted to avoid this happening to other women.”

Santangelo has worked as the Nationals’ color commentator since 2011. He was hired by MASN, but the team approves those hires. He was taken off the air last weekend for the Nationals’ series against Miami, a move that was reportedly unplanned. He then was pulled at the last minute from Thursday’s game against the Braves. Santangelo did call Friday’s game against the Yankees, however, and worked Wednesday’s game too.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 09, 2021 at 03:53 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: f.p. santangelo, nationals

Thursday, May 06, 2021

Immaculate outing from Finnegan vs. Braves

Reliever Kyle Finnegan threw the fifth immaculate inning in Nationals team history on Wednesday against the Braves. By definition, that is recording three strikeouts on nine pitches.

The right-hander retired Austin Riley, Dansby Swanson and William Contreras in the sixth inning of Washington’s 5-3 loss to Atlanta.

Finnegan joined Stephen Strasburg (June 3, 2019 vs. Marlins), Max Scherzer (June 5, 2018 vs. Rays and May 14, 2017 vs. Phillies) and Jordan Zimmermann (May 6, 2011 vs. Marlins) as the only Nationals pitchers to accomplish the feat. The last Major League player to do so was Zach Plesac with the Indians on Sept. 18, 2020, vs. the Tigers.

Here’s how Finnegan got it done:
Vs. Riley: 94.7 mph sinker, called strike; 96.2 mph sinker, foul tip; 89.2 mph slider, swinging strike
Vs. Swanson: 96.1 mph sinker, called strike; 88.4 mph splitter, foul; 92.6 mph sinker, swinging strike
Vs. Contreras: 95.9 mph sinker, called strike; 95.1 mph sinker, foul tip; 95.0 mph sinker, called strike

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 06, 2021 at 12:32 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: immaculate inning, kyle finnegan, nationals

Monday, May 03, 2021

Scherzer Delivers Gem, Rushes to Help Wife Deliver Third Child

“It almost comes down to, [in] some of these outings, he finds these new motivations,” catcher Yan Gomes said. “Obviously from the broken nose thing [in 2019], he found a new motivation for that, just came out and dealt, and today after the game we talked a little bit. He was like: ‘Having the baby tonight. Might as well pitch like that, or pitch like a man’ — in the words of Max.”


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Beasley: Bryce Harper “can handle” starting season with Nationals

Beasley: Bryceslist: Killer job.

New Triple-A Syracuse manager Tony Beasley believes Harper could use some more seasoning but has also demonstrated hints of the complete package
.
“I would hate to see him come all the way through the system quickly, skip levels and then get the major league level and really skid,” Beasley said. “The thing he has that is special, and I have talked to him about it, is his mindset - the way he believes and the level of confidence he has and his ability to play the game of baseball. I don’t think you want to shake that, especially at this age. I don’t think you want to take the chance of shaking that.”

...But all you can go on is what you have seen and Beasley believes in what Harper has produced in one season. He believes it is a very positive sign for what lies ahead for the Nationals and their top prospect.

“I think so far he has done outstanding. That is the tough call for general manager Mike Rizzo and manager Davey Johnson (to make). All we can do as a minor league field staff is to prepare him as best we can for on and off field situations. I think so far he is way, way ahead of his years and he gets it. I think (Harper) really understands it,” Beasley said.

So, is Harper ready?

“If he gets the call out of spring training this year,” Beasley said, “I have a feeling that he can handle it.”

Repoz Posted: January 21, 2012 at 11:03 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, nationals, prospect reports, scouting

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Kilgore: The Nationals look like Prince Fielder favorites

Prince busters…going one step beyond?

And if the Rangers aren’t going to sign Fielder, the Nationals have to be considered the frontrunner now. Who else is there? Any team planning to make a stealth run at him probably would not have risked waiting until late January to make its move. The Brewers and Mariners have been on the periphery, but not as involved as the Nationals. You never know, but it looks like the Fielder sweepstakes is the Nationals’ to lose.

The process has been fascinating, and it looks for now as if the Nationals have played it perfectly. They held firm at their price for Fielder, and with the apparent (and stunning) relative lack of interest in one of baseball’s great sluggers, the market has come to them. They let agent Scott Boras dictate the terms of the Jayson Werth negotiations last winter. The Lerners struck back this time. Or at least that’s the appearance right now.

In the background of their discussions with Fielder lies the Nationals’ under-construction television deal with MASN. Like the Rangers, the Nationals could soon be expecting more cash from their rights fees. The details are few, but the stakes are explained in the story from today’s paper, with help from Chuck Greenberg, an architect of the Rangers’ massive TV deal.

The Nationals, experts say, can expect enough new revenue from their renegotiated rights fees to pay for Fielder’s potential contract – and then some. Andrew Zimbalist, an economics professor and sports business expert, said signing Fielder could enhance the Nationals’ argument for higher rights fees from MASN.

“I think it would,” Zimbalist said. “Somebody like Fielder offers the possibility of not only the team being more competitive, but generating excitement in his own right.”

Repoz Posted: January 19, 2012 at 01:50 PM | 87 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, nationals

Sunday, January 15, 2012

MLB Trade Rumors: Bartolo Colon Agrees to Sign With Unknown Team

Bartolo Colon has agreed to a deal with an unknown club reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter). The right-hander wouldn’t divulge the team because he has not yet passed his physical.

Pretty sure it’s either the All-Stars or the Champs.


Thursday, January 05, 2012

Bob Carpenter to return to MASN as voice of Nats

and Face Palm Santangelo to return as the facepalm of Nats.

Late last year, it appeared Carpenter would not return to the booth after the Nats didn’t pick up his option last August, but both sides managed to come to terms recently. Calls to Carpenter were not returned.

It will mark Carpenter’s seventh season in the broadcast booth for MASN. He is known for the catch phrase, “See you later,” whenever a Nationals player hits a home run.

F.P. Santangelo will continue to be Carpenter’s broadcast partner. Santangelo is the fifth TV partner for Carpenter, who has worked with Tom Paciorek, Don Sutton, Rob Dibble and Ray Knight.

Repoz Posted: January 05, 2012 at 03:52 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, business, media, nationals

Former Major Leaguer Howie Koplitz passes away at 73

What is there to say…

Howie Koplitz

Repoz Posted: January 05, 2012 at 05:43 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, obituaries, tigers

Thursday, December 29, 2011

WTOP.com | Nationals signs Mark DeRosa to a 1-year contract

The Washington Nationals have signed free-agent utility player Mark DeRosa to a one-year contact.

Mark DeRosa

Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: December 29, 2011 at 06:51 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Report: Gio Gonzalez traded to the Nats for four top prospects

here were multiple reports in the past hour or so that the Athletics were moving close to trading Gio Gonzalez, with most suggesting the Nationals as the most likely destination and some random Red Sox speculation.  Now Keith Law reports that a deal has been struck:  Gonzalez to the Nationals for four prospects: A.J. Cole, Brad Peacock, Derek Norris, and Tom Milone.

This is a huge haul for Gonzalez, it seems to me. According to John Sickels, these guys rank as the Nationals’ third, fourth, sixth and ninth best prospects.  And given how good the Nationals’ number one and number two prospects are — Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon — you could easily move all of those numbers up if they had come from other organizations.

Thanks to Chet.

Repoz Posted: December 22, 2011 at 09:22 PM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, nationals

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Grantland (Rany J): The MLB Prospect Bubble

In 21st-century baseball, when teams do overpay in prospects, it’s usually for stars. Most famously, in 2007 the Braves gave up Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, Matt Harrison, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia (who started to find himself this season after a trade to Boston) — but at least they traded for Mark Teixeira, an acknowledged superstar.

The blowback from the Teixeira trade seems to have made teams even more conservative about trading prospects, even for elite major league talent. As a result, for perhaps the first time in baseball history, minor league prospects seem to be overvalued by MLB front offices. ...

To put this in terms that Billy Beane can understand: We’ve reached a point where trading away prospects is the new market inefficiency. ...

For that reason, an ambitious team with a deep farm system — the Royals, for instance, or the Nationals — should take advantage of MLB general managers’ prospect fetish to cash in some of their lottery tickets for established players who might help them win in 2012.

Rany makes some excellent points here. Prospects can serve two purposes for an organization - building blocks on the parent club or trade chits for the pieces that will get you over the hump - and teams seem to be more inclined these days to use them for the first purpose without giving enough thought to using them for the second purpose.

Mike Emeigh Posted: December 20, 2011 at 08:30 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, nationals, prospect reports, royals

Steinberg: Jim Riggleman intends to manage in the big leagues again

Illusions in a twisted mind to save from self-destruction…hmm, it’s the Riggle room. (Hey Porter)

But Riggleman would not agree. In fact, he told Jim Bowden and Casey Stern of SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio that his explicit goal is another crack at an MLB job.

...“I don’t look at it as I HAVE to go back there, I look at it as it’s a pleasure to go back there. You know, you don’t want to get stagnant, you don’t want to say this is where I’m at, this is where I’m gonna be. I have every intention of managing in the big leagues again, and if general managers are afraid of me, then they have to look at that list of people who have also resigned. And I’m not gonna name names, but there are some pretty good Major League managers — a couple of them are going to go to the Hall of Fame — who have resigned during their time in baseball.”

Of course, most of the interview was focused on that decision Riggleman made to resign, and he seemed willing to admit that probably it wasn’t the most career-savvy thing to do.

“The way I’ve explained it to people, I think I did the right thing, probably not the smart thing,” Riggleman said. “You know, sometimes there is a difference. And I think for my own situation I did do the right thing, but certainly it’s not a smart thing to do to give up a Major League managing job….

“Because people are not gonna have all the information. And I certainly am moving on and am not really gonna disclose information, because I have great respect for the Nationals and what they have achieved and what they will continue to achieve. But when all the information isn’t out there, there’s gonna be a lot of people who think how dare you do that! And believe me, I would probably be one of those people who would be thinking that way.”

Repoz Posted: December 20, 2011 at 10:58 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, nationals

Rosenthal: Nats working hard to land Gio Gonzalez

Ibanez GIO! Oh, wait…that’s Philly.

The Nationals, continuing their quest to add a left-handed starting pitcher, are pushing hard to land the Athletics’ Gio Gonzalez, according to major-league sources.

...To acquire Gonzalez, who is under club control for four more years, the Nats likely would need to part with at least one of their young starting pitchers, perhaps right-hander Brad Peacock or lefty Ross Detwiler. The team also is deep at catcher.

The Athletics earlier this month traded right-hander Trevor Cahill and lefty reliever Craig Breslow for three young players — right-hander Jarrod Parker, outfielder Colin Cowgill and reliever Ryan Cook.

The team is entertaining offers for closer Andrew Bailey as well as Bailey, trying to collect as much young talent as possible as it prepares for a possible move to a new ballpark in San Jose.

Repoz Posted: December 20, 2011 at 02:04 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, nationals

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