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Mike Rizzo's new blog

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo announced today that he would be blogging this year for

"The way we communicate with our fans is changing and I'm excited to lead the way," Rizzo said in the release announcing the blog's birth. "This is a really great opportunity to interact with our fans, to consider their questions, to explain how we reach decisions as a franchise and even to hear alternative ideas and perspectives."

Look, I love the fact that Rizzo will be available on the Internet. I love the fact that he's associating himself with the word "blog." He promises to do a weekly Q&A with fans, and the blog will eventually include video elements as well. But his first entry is a Q&A with MASN beat writer Ben Goessling, and while I love Ben and his work, there's nothing different between this and a Q&A session with reporters. It's just transcribed on a Web page.

Contrast that with Paul DePodesta's first entry from his now-defunct blog:

Hopefully you'll find it useful to have some unfiltered access to our internal conversations and feelings. We'll have to figure out the rules as we go since I won't be able to share everything, but I think it's important to open this avenue right now.

So, I'm here, and I'd like to be a part of the conversation. I'll do my best to reply to comments/questions, though I can't promise punctual responses or regular posts. After all, just like everyone else out there, I already have a job. :-)

Hit me with whatever you have and let's get out of this slump together.

It reads, in other words, like a blog. Soon, he was posting 1,100-word essays on speed vs. power and speed's contribution to defense in baseball, mixed in with photos of his daughter.

So here's hoping that Rizzo takes off the gloves and actually gets to spitting out some blogfire.

(As for Rizzo's first entry, here's the best answer to my eyes, concerning Adam Dunn's contract extension:

I can't say there's been a lot of progress. We have had discussions. We've had further discussions since spring training started. I've met with his representative - and you guys didn't even know about it (laughs).

I hate to put any date restrictions on anything, because I don't want to rush anything. I don't want him to feel rushed, and we don't want to feel rushed. If there's a deal to be done here, we certainly have both sides that are willing participants.

When you start typing these yourself, sir, you can substitute "LOL!" for "(laughs)."

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 18, 2010; 4:26 PM ET
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Were you the best at this when you first started?

It takes time

Posted by: Bious | March 18, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

i found the Q&A format with a team (MASN) paid reporter (albeit a very good one) less than a blog myself.

c'mon Mr. Rizzo, tell us what you're really thinking :-)

Posted by: bottomfeeders10 | March 19, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

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