Since Mr. Bowden has come to Washington he has made many moves that have raised many eye-brows. He has led the Nationals with an iron-fisted fortitude but without any clear direction. One thing has been for sure however, since 2005, Jim Bowden has been in charge.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
"The Nationals, according to multiple industry sources, are strongly considering firing general manager Jim Bowden and replacing him with Blue Jays assistant GM Tony LaCava.Bowden has been implicated in a bonus skimming scandal in the Dominican Republic and is reportedly being investigated by the FBI. Jose Rijo, the former major-league pitcher and a special assistant to Bowden, has taken leave of absence in wake of the allegations.LaCava is highly regarded inside the game and has interviewed for GM jobs with Pirates and Mariners in the last year-and-a-half. Commissioner Bud Selig reportedly has given Nationals president Stan Kasten permission to hire LaCava without interviewing minority candidates because of the special circumstances of a change of GM being necessitated after spring training has started."
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I think Nats fans have come to accept the idea that the first five spots of the Nationals lineup for 2009 are set in stone. Manager Manny Acta hasn't commented on any possible change from last season other than of course the addition of Adam Dunn, and the lineup in place at the end of the season seemed to work pretty well.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Well..Kasten must read The Nats Blog because the day after we blasted him for his handling of the problems in spring training he at least did something. It was reported today that the Nationals have officially released starting pitcher Odalis Perez for refusing to report to training camp. It was a good call...and it's not too clear what Perez will do now. He might be managed even worse than the Nats front office.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
"I don't know where the origins of this thing are. It seems to me this thing is much too complicated and involved for a 19 - or 20-year-old from an impoverished neighborhood to pull off. He may have been duped himself.""He sounded remorseful," King said (of Gonzalez). "He sounded contrite, He sounded relieved, as if this weight had been lifted off of him."
'What is most troubling for MLB's office in the Dominican Republic is that Lugo(Gonzalez), according to Vizcaino, passed the age investigation requests of at least three teams -- the Nationals, the Yankees, and the Redsox. Two baseball sources said that the Redsox and Yankees received reports from MLB that confirmed that the player was 16 in 2006.Vizcaino said in each instance baseball investigators, who are sub-contracted by MLB visited the player's supposed hospital of birth, the player's supposed school and his hometown of Bani to interview people and to review documents. Each time the player's identity was confirmed, though major league officials were skeptical.'
"The Nationals don't win ballgames, they don't fill their new park (apparently they don't even pay the rent on their new ballpark), they accessorize their roster with misfits and then they don't avoid some very humiliating episodes. What they really need is stability, followed someday by credibility."
Saturday, February 21, 2009
"What follows are a handful of players - curiously concentrated among a small number of teams - whom PECOTA sees as excellent breakout candidates at the major league level this year, with Breakout Rates of at least 33 percent. Each is forecast for at least 400 plate appearances, a .275 Equivalent Average, and a 2.5 WARP(Wins above replacement player). "
Thursday, February 19, 2009
With the arrival of big name free agent Adam Dunn, Lastings Milledge reached out and made a gesture. The young center fielder deferred to his elder Dunn and gave up his number 44 jersey. Dunn had worn 44 all his career in Cincinnati and Milledge didn't even have to be asked.
"I'm not exactly sure how to refer to him, so for now I'll just call him 'the Player to Be Named Later."
"An elaborate scheme.""I'm angry. I'm very angry. We've been defrauded. And make no mistake: This wasn't a college kid with a fake ID. This was a deliberate, premeditated fraud, that involved bribes, along with falsified hospital and school records."
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Gonzalez's current agent, Stanley King, said early Wednesday morning he was shocked by the revelations."I hope this is a mistake," King said via telephone. "I was at his house this winter and he answered by his [baseball name]. I will look into this."
"I saw (Gonzalez) for 2 1/2 years (before he signed with the Nationals)," Rijo said, "In the Dominican, you never know anymore. It has been going on so long."
Monday, February 16, 2009
Here is a look at the pitchers the Nats invited to Viera this spring:
63 Bobby Brownlie-A former first round pick for the Chicago Cubs and standout at Rutgers, Brownlie (28) rose to the top of the Cubs system after going 14-12 with a 3.25 ERA in his first two years in professional ball. Brownlie however struggled in 2006 and never seemed to recover. He was released in 2007 and to this day is still trying to reach his first round potential as a major league starter/reliever. Here is scout.com's rendition of What's Easting Bobby Brownlie?
Saturday, February 14, 2009
"...and now Adam Dunn has joined the Washington Reds for $20 million over two years. This is a classic Jim Bowden move - acquire a former top prospect that he's already acquired previously, especially if he doesn't really have room for them on his roster. If Bowden were a general contractor, he'd build houses with nine bedrooms, six garages, no bathrooms, and half a roof. "
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
"In papers filed in state and federal court, Dall said Alomar finally got tested in January 2006 while suffering from a cough, fatigue and shingles.
"The test results of him being HIV-positive was given to him and the plaintiff on or about Feb.6, 2006," the $15 million negligence suit says.
Nine days later, the couple went to see a disease specialist who discovered a mass in the retired second baseman's chest, the court papers say.Alomar's skin had turned purple, he was foaming at the mouth and a spinal tap "showed he had full-blown AIDS," the suit says."
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
ESPN.com reported that Bud Selig 'earned' a salary of $17.5 million in 2007.