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It's A Blog!

The baseball staff at The Washington Post is pleased to announce the birth of its new blog, Baseball Insider, born this morning at 9 a.m. and weighing - well, let's just say it weighs less than Dmitri Young's pinkie. Both blog and parents are doing extremely well and looking forward to starting our new lives together.

We had always wrestled with the question of whether to have a blog, but we reached that time in our lives when all our friends were getting one, and our mothers were beginning to nag us about it, and we began to realize just how empty our lives were without one. (Now that this one is born, it is only a matter of time before our mothers start pestering us about when we're going to have a second!)

We hope you, our baseball-reader family, will join us in welcoming Baseball Insider into this world--no gifts please!--by stopping by here all day long, on your bosses' dime, for the latest news and analysis across the pennant races that are finishing up this week, and into the greatest month on the calendar, October.

This is who we are: I am Dave Sheinin, The Post's national baseball writer. I am the one who knows the layouts of the visting clubhouses at Nats Park and Camden Yards far better than the home clubhouses, the one who has mastered the ins and outs of every Marriott in the American and National Leagues, the one who keeps Boz (more on him later) from hyperventilating when the game just gets too good (or when the Nationals win or lose more than three in a row).

In this space, besides me, you will also hear from:

*The aforementioned Thomas Boswell, our esteemed baseball columnist (whom, of late, we have been loaning out to the NFL staff for a sizeable fee) and one of the greatest, most influential baseball writers on the planet,

*Young Chico Harlan, our Nationals beat writer, who this summer inherited a (so far) 99-loss team with virtually no marketable stars and has somehow, through his prose, made it sound fascinating,

*Marc Carig, our Orioles beat writer, who has admirably kept up the long tradition of Post staffers covering lousy Orioles teams,

*Tracee Hamilton, our baseball editor, who has already committed to memory the entire 2008 MLB postseason schedule--as well as United Airlines' master daily flight grid, the precise dollar figure (down to the cent) remaining in our baseball travel budget, each of our cell numbers, and some other things that I'm too afraid to mention here,

*Sports copy editor and card-carrying member of Red Sox Nation Tom Heleba, whose eagle eye and vast baseball knowledge has saved my rear end from many an embarrassing typo, brain cramp or just plane boneheaded mistake in print,

*And sports producer Cameron Smith, a veteran of two previous baseball blogs who once hit a walk-off double off Huston Street in fifth grade and who will be joining us soon after completing the Berlin Marathon.

(Young Chico, I should point out, is also in training for a marathon.... I, on the other hand, adhere strictly to the advice of Satchel Paige, who, among his rules for longevity, decreed, "Avoid running at all times.")

Soon, we will be fanning out across the country to bring you the best stories, the freshest news, the juiciest tidbits and (who knows?) perhaps some tales of the road that may test the vigiliance of The Post's blog-editing process.

As you probably already know, things tightened up considerably among two of the most heated remaining playoff races last night. In the AL Central, the amazing Twins beat the division-leading White Sox for the second straight game, pulling to within a half-game of the lead. The last game of that series is tonight, with Chicago's Gavin Floyd and Minnesota's Kevin Slowey facing off. The Twins are 7-1 against the White Sox at home this season.

And in the NL wild card race--which also ties into the NL East race--the Mets' horrid bullpen blew yet another big lead in a devastating loss to the Cubs, and Brett Myers and the Phillies were blown out by Atlanta. That allowed the Brewers to move into a tie with the Mets for the wild-card lead by beating Pittsburgh, with ace C.C. Sabathia, pitching on three days' rest for the second straight time, going seven strong innings.

Out west, the NL West division was just about put to rest when the Dodgers won and the Diamondbacks lost, stretching LA's lead to four games.

I should also point out a couple of stories that ran in our print edition yesterday, in case you missed them: Boz examined the Tampa Bay Rays' historic season, as only he can do, while I offered a slice of life in Wrigleyville in the midst of an exhilarating pennant race.

Between now and the final pitch of the World Series, we'll be updating this blog constantly (and, yes posting should continue in the winter), so stop by as often as you'd like. Just don't be shocked at what a mess the place is in the early-going, and don't be disappointed if the blog is napping at the precise moment you stop by. We'll try to wake it up for you, but you know how it is with a new blog.


By Dave Sheinin  |  September 25, 2008; 9:00 AM ET
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Posted by: ChrisDC | September 25, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

A new beginning...the gods of baseball have answered the prayers of the fans.

Posted by: SC Nats Fan | September 25, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

terrific news on the blog!

Posted by: Cabraman | September 25, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Shiner, what's the over/under on how many days until the Post kills this. Or will this eventually become another way to cover the Redskins?

Seriously, it's September 25th, there's like 4 regular season games left.

Dinners on me for all 7 folks listed here if this blog is still going strong when Nats Spring Training camp officially opens.

Posted by: Sec 114, Row E | September 25, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

This will be great, but please do not stop after "the final pitch of the World Series".

Please join us around the hot stove all winter long with the latest news, gossip and opinions.

Posted by: Sec 222, Nationals Park | September 25, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Bring it on guys. Looking forward to it.

Posted by: Pitch Inside | September 25, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for finally doing this. It's way overdue, given that Maske has been posting NFL nuggets daily for several seasons now.

Posted by: Cosmo | September 25, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for finally doing this. It's way overdue, given that Maske has been posting NFL nuggets daily for several seasons now.

Posted by: Cosmo | September 25, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: natsfan1a | September 25, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

The blog is just beautiful.

Posted by: Patty | September 25, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Happy to see the new blog come forth, and I second the plea for hot-stove discussion.

What marathon is Chico training for? If it's local, everyone should get together and try to run with him. (Though I'm sure his miles are faster than mine.)

Posted by: Lindemann | September 25, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Maybe that Svrluga guy can pitch in too? Doesn't seem like Cindy Boren has had much for him to do.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Woo hoo!

Posted by: Tim Watson | September 25, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Why'd you guys wait till the end of the season? I so could have used this in, say, July!

Posted by: EmGusk | September 25, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Thrilled w/ the new blog. Step in the right direction for the Post's baseball coverage. Now, just get one of those 19 guys covering the Skins as a 2nd Nats reporter and/or let Baltimore's paper cover their own team and we're set. You have AP reports on the Ravens, why a dedicated beat writer for the O's? We have a team now, so let it go w/ the O's.

Sorry, couldn't resist. Amen to hot stove league.

Posted by: Avar | September 25, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Fabulous! I look forward to discussing draft picks and scouting reports, trade rumors and the like! A great way to kick off an offseason after an off season.

Posted by: NatsWin! | September 25, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

This offseason might be a more important time to keep an active blog. I believe, in the terms of To Tell The Truth, this will be when the real Washington Nationals answer the call to "please stand up."

Posted by: Steve | September 25, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

You gotta see the blog. You gotta see the blog!

Posted by: Seinfeld | September 25, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Hey, hey, hey! Great to see the WAPO is finally going to give us "SeamHeads" are due. Now if we could only help them figure out that the Redskins only play 16 games a year all will be forgiven! Oh yeah please tell us again that Stan Kastenet is not happy in Natsville, I'm looking forward to Mark Lerner taking over as Excutive Director for Baseball Operations.

Posted by: Tippy Canoe | September 25, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Great news on the blog, but please don't listen to those Baltimore-haters who want you to elininate O's coverage. I rooted for the Orioles ever since the Senators left, and while I'm warming to the Nats, I can't drop Baltimore cold turkey. I just cancelled the worthless Baltimore Sun, so I'm now totally dependent on the Post. I don't ask for equal coverage. Just the basics will do. Thanks

Posted by: Don | September 25, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

This is great news. I guess you guys had to let your lungs recover from Beijing before starting this up.

You might want to have a guest columnist occasionally post, like alumnus Kilgore, who has a sweet job now. Also maybe a conversation with LaVelle Neal on how the heck the Twins are contending.

Looking forward to a post on the pythagorean records of the contenders! Hooray Pythagoras!

Posted by: PTBNL | September 25, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse


Dave's initial post apparently left the impression that this blog would shut down at the end of the World Series. Sorry about that -- we know that baseball goes on all year, and so will this blog. We're not sure what form it will take when games are not being played, but we'll figure it out.

Now, please resume your Post-bashing below ... :)

Jon DeNunzio
Sports editor,

Posted by: Jon DeNunzio | September 25, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Bash! Bang! Zoom!

Posted by: Batman and Robin | September 25, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

A Washington National's Fan's Creed:
Even if the Title and REgistration has the Lerner's name on it - we are the owner's of the franchise! We expect the franchise to operate honorably and with class in all their dealings. We want to be proud of our franchise, and not hear that we are haggling over a gross of paperclips! This includes the owners, the GM, the coach, players and stadium emoloyees. We do not expect PR gaffe's or leaks of embarrasing information/conversations. We do not expect our franchise to be embarrassed within MLB by ownership. We expect our players to be treated fairly and not disrespected publicly. We expect an honest effort from those plyers in return. We expect good soldiers to be rewarded accordingly, and not forced to be compensated fairly elsewhere. We do not expect ownership to spend like NY or Boston, but at the same time, we are not paupers. We expect first class treatment in our house, Nationals Park. We expect cutting edge technology at the park, we expect Major League talent. We expect and deserve cutting edge ideas in all aspects of the franchise, including ticket plans and promotions. We don't want to feel we are getting gouged at every turn (like Daniel Snyder). We expect to see and hear from Ownership on a regular basis, informing us and updating us on all matters of the franchise. We do not need to feel that hearing from owneership is like arranging for a papal visit! This communication needs to go both ways! We are not on a "need to know basis". I know many of you have voiced these concerns over and over in various form and forums. I enjoy sitting at the park watching our team, and am tired of these embarrassing miscues. I want to be proud of the product on the field (win/loss record is not as important as the hustle and hard work) AND the manner in which our business is conducted! I want us to be successful in every facet of the product "The Wshington Nationals".

Posted by: An old Senators Fan | September 25, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse


No marketable stars? What do you consider Marketable? If you mean, getting rid of any stars, no, we won't do that. However, our A league Minor league Team just won the Carolina League Championship! So the future looks bright!



Posted by: CALSGR8 | September 25, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Second the motion on Nats Minor League coverage. Yay P-Nats!

Posted by: natsfan1a | September 25, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Nice! One more thing to distract me during the work day! :-)

Posted by: Juan-John | September 25, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

yeah i was gonna say, yet another interwebz work distraction lol. welcome and looking forward to it...

Posted by: bms | September 25, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Ummm, no, you're not. You're customers.
And speaking of embarrassing miscues, get a spellchecker, and proofread before you post once in a while, willya please?

A Washington National's Fan's Creed:
Even if the Title and REgistration has the Lerner's name on it - we are the owner's of the franchise!
I enjoy sitting at the park watching our team, and am tired of these embarrassing miscues. I want to be proud of the product on the field (win/loss record is not as important as the hustle and hard work) AND the manner in which our business is conducted! I want us to be successful in every facet of the product "The Wshington Nationals".

Posted by: An old Senators Fan | September 25, 2008 1:31 PM

Posted by: sect. 3, my couch, evidently grumpy from the weather | September 25, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

in theory, this is great because it will complement chico's blog, right? looking forward to reading lotsa stuff during the postseason and throughout the winter. i'd still like to see more baseball in the dead-tree edition.

Posted by: natsscribe | September 25, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Awww, the blog looks just like you guys! It's got Dave's wry sense of humor, Boz's snark and Chico's misplaced optimism. I have no idea where it got that nose, however.

Posted by: John Dugan | September 25, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

(whistles nonchalantly while sidling towards exit)

Posted by: The mailman | September 25, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean that I won't have to worry about who will take over NJ, over the winter?

Also, are you all planning a piece on Mickey Vernon (of blessed memory)? I actually have his picture on my office wall.

Posted by: Catcher50 | September 25, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

great news!

count me i

Posted by: jeff | September 25, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

The D'backs are out.

Posted by: natsfan1a | September 25, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Teixeria(sp) & Sabbathea(sp) to the Nationals in '09?

Posted by: Charley | September 29, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

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