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Ball-Wonk Returns

As a space filler while I drive to D.C. United training, let me note that Ball-Wonk has returned. And in the best possible manner; refusing even to acknowledge its disappearance of five months, and immediately jumping into the fray by noting the following:

Speaking before a joint session of Congress at the end of the Nationals Caravan, President Stan W. Kasten took responsibility for the lack of progress in the last year and announced a new strategy for Nationals efforts in 2007.

Saying the key to future stability was restoring order to the rotation, Kasten announced plans to 'surge' 21,500 reinforcements into the starting rotation when Spring Training opens on Feb. 13. Some of the surge will come from pitchers who were scheduled to leave the big leagues but will now stay on through Spring Training, such as Jerome Williams and Brandon Claussen, while the bulk will be fresh reinforcements. These include 13 minor league pitchers offered contracts as well as the entire male populations of seven cities in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Panama.

Since I've already gotten several excited missives about BW's return, and since I'm new to the whole Nats' blogging world, could someone please tell me: is BW the Wizznutzz of Nats' blogs, disappearing to Finland or whatever during the offseason and then returning to much acclaim and weirdness? Or how exactly does that work? Are there t-shirts involved? Will BW ever link to my humble site? Actually, there are so many Nats blogs who engage in so much blog-on-blog rage-spitting dialogue that I sometimes get confused. Could someone kindly post a summary of who exactly does what in Nats blogland, a division-of-labor kind of thing? I already know that Screech's Best Friend posts eight billion-word interviews with major team execs, and that Miss Chatter asks pro athletes silly questions, and that Capitol Punishment translates the collected works of Stan Kasten, annotated, and that District of Baseball does what I do, except better, and earlier in the morning, and with less hand-wringing.

Thanks.

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 1, 2007; 12:29 PM ET
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