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Draft, rounds 2-6

Some parts of any draft -- in any sport -- are predictable to the point of comedy. It's a given, just about, that teams will mention how their second-round pick had "a first-round grade on him." In baseball, every pitcher has a "plus fastball" and "good make-up." "Upside" is everywhere. On draft day, the only thing without upside is the descriptive terminology, which instead is heavy with downside, and lots of repetition.

That said, I'll recount the Nats draft picks yesterday in rounds 2-6, along with (first, if available) some basic biographical info lifted from MLB.com, and (second) some comments from Nats scouts.

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Second round, 55th pick overall: Destin Hood, LF, St Pauls Episcopal HS (Ala.)

Comments from MLB.com: Prospects with the pure athletic ability of Hood will always attract interest. Hood has the potential to do it all, particularly hit with power and run. A shortstop in high school, he'll undoubtedly move to the outfield as a pro. He has some feel for the game, but overall is more projection right now. The big question is whether the team that drafts him will be able to sign him away from being a two-sport star at the University of Alabama.

Comments from Washington scout Ed Durkin: He's a future four-hole hitter. The team had a first-round grade on him. Indeed, the team will switch him to center field. "Right now we're not hitting well, but down the road he'll hit a lot of home runs and bring people to the ballpark." The team is confident he'll sign instead of heading to Alabama.

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Third round, 87th pick overall: Daniel Espinosa, SS, Cal State Long Beach

Comments from MLB.com: Yes, it's another shortstop courtesy of Long Beach State. This one doesn't have quite the offensive skill set that his predecessors had, but he can handle the bat a little bit. Defensively, he's got outstanding instincts and a plus arm. He may not go as high as Crosby, Tulo and Longoria did, but he's sure to garner plenty of interest.

Comments from Washington scout Kris Kline: "We see this kid as somebody who's gonna be an every day shortstop that hits second in the order." He's smooth-fielding, with a make-up similar to the shortstops (like Tulowitzki) who played at Long Beach before him.

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Fourth round, 121st pick overall: Graham Hicks, LHP, George Jenkins HS (Fla.)

Comments from MLB.com: none available

Comments from Washington scout Paul Tinnel: "He is a tall, lean, live-bodied pitcher. I'd say very similar to Bronson Arroyo at this stage. We see him as a definite starting candidate."

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Fifth round, 151st pick overall: Adrian Nieto, C, American Heritage School (Fla.)

Comments from MLB.com: Generally considered to be the second-best prep catcher in the Draft class, Nieto has a solid approach at the plate and a very strong arm behind it. However, an elbow injury last year has limited his time behind the plate and he struggled a bit defensively early this season. On the same team as top prospect Eric Hosmer, he'll get plenty of chances to show improvement in front of scouts this spring.

Comments from Durkin: He played on one of the top high school teams Durkin has every seen, probably among the five best. He was a teammate of the more celebrated Hosmer, but Nieto "handled the ballclub." He's a possible catcher for the future.

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Sixth round, 181st pick overall: Paul Demny, RHP, Blinn College (Texas)

Comments from MLB.com: none available

Assorted comments from several Washington scouts: He's intriguing because he's a junior college pitcher, but very young. He doesn't turn 19 until August. His best pitch is a 93-94 mph sinking fastball.

By Chico Harlan  |  June 6, 2008; 11:24 AM ET
 
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A nice touch: On the big screen last night, the Nats ran what appeared to be footage of a workout by Destin Hood at Nationals Park (in Nationals gear), including a shot that looked like it cleared the fence in center.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | June 6, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Reposting here, since it seems more appropriate.

Here's one for the "Lerner's are Cheap" crowd.

The word is that Destin Hood wants to be paid as a first rounder, or he might accept his scholarship to Bama in Fall.

So, if the Lerner's pay the man more than his "slot" says he is worth,

Does that make them cheap or not cheap?

Posted by: BofG | June 6, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

7th Round - C Dan Killian from Kellogg CC

From Nats Farm Authority through PGCC scouting: Killian's big tool is his arm strength, which measures up with any amateur level catcher in the country and regularly produces pop times in the 1.85-area despite Killian's size and length. The rest of his defensive package is solid, although still a bit raw. Killian's prospect status has always been held back by his bat"

Posted by: natsinthevalley | June 6, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

8th Round - LHP Ricardo Picina from the University of San Diego

Posted by: natsinthevalley | June 6, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

excuse me - Ricardo Pecina

Posted by: natsinthevalley | June 6, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Round 6 is where the Nats made their big McGeary splash...wonder if it will occur again this year. Lots of highly rated high school guys still available with big bonus demands.

Posted by: Los Doce Ocho | June 6, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

From the AL Press-Register, via NFA:

A gathering of family and friends spent four hours with Destin Hood in front of a large-screen television in the lobby of the Wingate Hotel on Thursday, ready to roar when his name was listed as a selection in Major League Baseball's first-year player draft.

But when the moment the St. Paul's standout will remember for the rest of his life finally came, it was a relatively quiet one. The first round and supplemental picks had come and gone, the ESPN2 broadcast of the event had ended and Hood stood with his father in front of a computer in a back office of the hotel.

"Do it. Do it. Pull the trigger," Hood said quietly as the Washington Nationals went on the clock with the 55th overall pick.

And then, as though obeying the command, the screen showed that the moment had come -- the Nationals chose him with their second-round selection.

"Yes! Yes! Yes!" Hood exclaimed upon seeing the pick, giving his father, Dewayne, a high-five before heading back into the lobby to share the good news.

"I've been on pins and needles for three days," Hood said later. "We were never promised the first round or supplemental round. We just knew we weren't going to fall into the teen rounds. The Nationals are a good team. They say when you're ready, they pull you up."

Hood was one of two Alabama high school stars to be selected in the second round -- 2008 Mr. Baseball Tyler Stovall, a pitcher for 3A state champion Hokes Bluff, went to the Atlanta Braves with the 64th pick. Another former local standout, Mississippi State and former Fairhope pitcher Aaron Weatherford, went in the third round to the Colorado Rockies with the 103rd pick.

Hood hit .485 with eight home runs, 32 RBIs and 17 stolen bases as a shortstop at St. Paul's this season, although he will almost assuredly be moved to the outfield in the pros. He had worked out in Washington just last weekend, knocking nine balls out of Nationals Park.

"He was the best bat up there and they knew it; they spoke of it," Dewayne Hood said of his son's workout with the Nationals. "A lot of teams talk good, but in the end it's what comes across the screen."

Hood, a University of Alabama football signee, said he feels confident he will sign with the Nationals as his advisor, Larry Reynolds of Reynolds Sports Management, has told him the team's offer should be "in the ballpark" of the first-round money he wants.

"This is just the beginning; I've got work to do," Hood said. "It's going to be a big step in my life and I'm ready to take it on."


Posted by: Bob L. Head | June 6, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

9th Round - LF John Higley from Sacramento CC in Cali

Posted by: natsinthevalley | June 6, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Great find, Bob L.

It's hard to pry an in-state kid away from Alabama football, but it sounds like he's ready to sign. Hopefully his bat is as good as it's made out to be.

Posted by: Section 408 | June 6, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Higley might have made his mark on the draft a year ago had he not blown out his knee just prior to the 2007 season, causing him to sit out the year. Though he has the speed (6.7 seconds in the 60) to play center field and the arm strength for right, Higley returned to the lineup this season as a first baseman because his power is suited to that position and Sac City was flush in outfield talent. He had a solid freshman season, hitting .324-9-41 and showing impressive plate discipline with 42 walks and only 18 strikeouts.

Posted by: natsinthevalley | June 6, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Round 10 - LHP Tom Milone from USC (Cal)

Posted by: natsinthevalley | June 6, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Our reaction watching the day game of the double header yesterday: "We don't have a chance."

Hood's reaction: "Yes, this is my chance!"

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | June 6, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Reposting (I was a little bit late on that pitch)

The problem with using Hood as a test case is that we all know that the Bama boosters could pay him more than even the most generous MLB owners could afford :)
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The word is that Destin Hood wants to be paid as a first rounder, or he might accept his scholarship to Bama in Fall.
So, if the Lerner's pay the man more than his "slot" says he is worth,
Does that make cheap or not cheap?
Posted by: BofG | June 6, 2008 11:32 AM

Posted by: lowcountry | June 6, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

They didn't have a problem paying above slot last year, what makes you think they would change that this year?
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Here's one for the "Lerner's are Cheap" crowd.

The word is that Destin Hood wants to be paid as a first rounder, or he might accept his scholarship to Bama in Fall.

So, if the Lerner's pay the man more than his "slot" says he is worth,

Does that make them cheap or not cheap?

Posted by: BofG | June 6, 2008 11:40 AM

Posted by: Section 138 | June 6, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Reposting here -

No I will only be happy once I hear that the Lerners have stopped "nickling and diming" DC. You get a free stadium in a rush effort, but then you ask that DC pay for uniforms and other miscellaneous expenses. You then seek 100K in daily penalties, etc, etc... while fielding a bad team with no pop. Just shameless, really shameless.

However, I am pleased that the Lerners are building a farm system after MLB gutted it. My concern is that the Lerners will never take it to the next level. Leonsis went thru a rebuild too, but you always knew that Leonsis would take it to the next level when the time was right.

Bottomline is that I want to be wrong here. We will see next offseason as Boswell says.

Posted by: Count Demoney | June 6, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Bob L. - great article - thanks for posting. He sounds like a nice kid too.

Posted by: Patty | June 6, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Out of our first 6 picks today 3 of them have been LHP. We just drafted another out of USC (South Carolina).

Posted by: natsinthevalley | June 6, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

If Pedro Alvarez is to serve as an example, it's penny-wise to come up with the scratch when the kid is coming out of high school. According to an article in Sunday's NYTimes, The Red Sox drafted him in a low round (14th), because everyone thought he was headed to Vandy. They eventually got up to a $1 million bonus offer, but it wasn't enough to peel him away from Vandy. The Vanderbilt coach told Alvarez he would be one of the top three picks after his junior year. The kid went with the school, and his coach became a prophet. And, he's going to sign for a lot more than just the $1 million. If the Nats want Hood, they should be generous -- they'll still be getting him more cheaply than they could in 3 years.

I can see an outfield with Dukes, Burgess and Hood, backed up by J Max and maybe Daniel, in 3-4 years -- and being the envy of the other 29 teams...

Posted by: Fisch Fry | June 6, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Wait, how did we know Leonosis would do it? It didn't start until he fired the coach half way into the season.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | June 6, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

What up with McGeary? Is he really going to go to 4 years of college?

Posted by: ?? | June 6, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

The Nats are drafting a lot of college players now. Seems like they're going more conservative, rather than shell out above slot for HS guys.

Posted by: Observer | June 6, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Leonsis had spent (perhaps wasted - Jagr for example) big bucks in the past and was willing to spend big bucks to keep Ovechkin.

Posted by: Count Demoney | June 6, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Jagr was a waste. Ted learned the hardway to do what the Lerners have started off doing.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | June 6, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for getting it right natsinthevalley!
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Out of our first 6 picks today 3 of them have been LHP. We just drafted another out of USC (South Carolina).
Posted by: natsinthevalley | June 6, 2008 12:23 PM

Posted by: lowcountry | June 6, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure if you are swanni reincarnated, but Leonsis' spending spree (built around Jagr) in the early 2000's should be a prime example of how not to build a team.

Only after gutting the team of overpriced and unproductive veteran players were the Caps able to build a playoff caliber team. Subsequently, there were 3 years of cellar dwelling, high draft picks and long term deals to young stars.

Doesnt happen overnight.

Posted by: Los Doce Ocho | June 6, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

From SI's Jon Heyman, today:

"There are rumblings Jim Bowden, GM of the Nats, could be in trouble."

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/jon_heyman/06/06/heyman.bruce/1.html

Posted by: Please go into more excrutiating detail, please | June 6, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I sent a reasoned message urging more Nats coverage to Emilio.

http://projects.washingtonpost.com/staff/email/emilio+garcia-ruiz/

CiL is right, this is getting a bit ridiculous.

Posted by: SF Fan | June 6, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

"I sent a reasoned message urging more Nats coverage to Emilio."

You do realize, of course, that neither he nor anyone else in the Post's decision-making chain will give a damn, don't you?

Now if you send a reasoned message urging more Orioles coverage to him, that will be printed as a Letter to the Editor. (Although it probably won't result in any more Orioles coverage.)

Really, the only solution to the paucity of Nats coverage in the Post would be for them to fire Emilio.

Posted by: Ray King's Gut Feeling | June 6, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Well, done SF Fan. And no, RKGF, his email won't have any impact. But if a dozen of us send emails, someone just might listen. If you were disgusted when you picked up (clicked to?) the sports section this morning, please take five minutes to write Emilio a few sentences. It can't hurt.

Posted by: coverage definitely lacked today | June 6, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Good, comprehensive draft story in today's Fredericksburg paper:

http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2008/062008/06062008/385473

Posted by: Coverage isn't lacking elsewhere | June 6, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't read too much into the JimBo rumors, at least not without some substantiation. Most of the country has no earthly idea what's going on with the Nats, so conventional wisdom runs something like gee, they traded for Pena and Dukes and Milledge and they're in last place, so it must be time to fire the GM.

As the die-hards here know, while the team would presumably prefer not to be in last place with half of the OD starters on the DL, they're simply not trying to win this season. The performance of the major league club is a secondary concern to the development of the organzation as a whole.

JimBo is a slave to The Plan. He can't sign any big ticket FAs, or trade prospects for veterans in an effort to improve the major league product in the short term. All he's allowed to do is to draft, sign picks over slot, trade veterans for prospects and generally wheel and deal for enough replacement-level players to keep the Nationals afloat until some kids arrive, hopefully in 2009-2010 but possibly not until 2011-2012.

We know that Stan told the Lerners that they would be called cheap if they followed The Plan. He might well have told JimBo that the GM job was his, but only if he agreed to play a reduced/specialized role dictated by The Plan, one that would have bloggers and media-types calling for his head.

My sense is that whether or not this is the management team, or the baseball team, we would like to have, these are the teams we got. I think both teams are going to stay with us for at least 2-3 more years, at which point we'll have a better idea as to whether The Plan is working or not working.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | June 6, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Jimbo in trouble?

What is Nick Saban coming after him for taking his guy?

Posted by: Corey | June 6, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

"He can't sign any big ticket FAs, or trade prospects for veterans in an effort to improve the major league product in the short term. All he's allowed to do is to draft, sign picks over slot, trade veterans for prospects and generally wheel and deal for enough replacement-level players to keep the Nationals afloat until some kids arrive, hopefully in 2009-2010 but possibly not until 2011-2012."

Bob, after reading your job description for him, I bet JimBo is jumping with glee. This is exactly what he loves to do.

Which makes me think GM will be the first big contract signed when the Nats are ready to win.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | June 6, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

[quote]From SI's Jon Heyman, today:

"There are rumblings Jim Bowden, GM of the Nats, could be in trouble."

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/jon_heyman/06/06/heyman.bruce/1.html [/quote]

There's really no need to provide a link when you quote the entire relevant text of what the link points to, you know. Internet traffic is slow enough as it is without people clicking to links needlessly. Keep the lines open for pop-up ads and spam.

But as to this rumor, I'm sure all that's going on with it is that SoCH has been bombarding Jon Heyman with anti-Bowden e-mails, changing the name each time. Ever wonder what he does when he's not bombarding NJ with the same? Now you know!

Posted by: Ray King's Gut Feeling | June 6, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

506, I think that's exactly why they decided to keep him on. He has one job, Rizzo and the scouts have the other. And we have to sit here and wait. Hence, we are split into the glass half-full Planistas and the glass half-empty pitchfork wielders. And, of course, the coverage haters and the sauerkraut seekers and the other various subdivisions of Natsurbia. I wonder if we will still be arguing over coverage and firing Bowden in 2010? I'd like to think not, but you know what, I'm not sure I see much changing on either front between now and then.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | June 6, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see you've got your shift key back, Bob L.

Posted by: :) | June 6, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

GHF: If the Nats continue to not do great, season tickets may be cheaper next year!

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | June 6, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Bob L. hit it on the nose. Bowden won't be jettisoned until The Plan matures more. Those "rumblings" are likely nothing more than someone else in another front office saying that he think Bowden *should* be in trouble.

Though his unexplainable allegiance to "Master of Mendozas" Lenny Harris is puzzling.

Posted by: Section 408 | June 6, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Hey, post enough, sometimes you hit one out. From the reverse the karma string (overanalysis and underperformance):

"iN ORDER TO BREAK THE BAD KARMA, WE SHOULD POST IN CAPS LOCK. sTILL USE THE SHIFT FOR NEW SENTENCES.

. . .

fOR FUN - WHY NOT FLIP-FLOP dUKES AND fLIPPIE? fLIPPIE IS COLD AS ICE, AND dUKES HAS BEEN GETTING ON LATELY (SINCE THE START OF THE LAST HOMESTAND) AND RUNS.

Posted by: PTBNL | May 30, 2008 4:13 PM "

Posted by: PTBNL | June 6, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

PTBNL for GM!

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | June 6, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

My shift key returned with Dukes and the offense in the nightcap. And I'm happy with the draft -- the best RHP, a high-upside CF prospect with one of the best bats, a well-respected college shortstop, and a surprise switch-hitting, power-hitting catcher in the fifth round. As to the rest, who knows? But how can you not be optimistic on draft day? Hence, the return of the shift key. I'm done being disappointed with this team, it is what it is. Being disappointed in them is like being disappointed that my 1976 Plymouth Duster with the snakeskin roof isn't a Corvette or a Hummer. If all we get out of this entire season is Dukes as a #2 hitting RF (or something equivalent), I'd be happy with that.

And, good call, PTBNL!

Posted by: Bob L. Head | June 6, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Also, Flynnie, I loved the line last night about there being more ups and downs than a caffeinated kangaroo. Hilarious. I'm stealing that.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | June 6, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

The draft is all fine and good, but how would WaPo readers know that fans saw this at last night's Nationals game:
C. Guzman- 4 for 6 (2 2B), 3 runs, 1 RBI
E. Dukes- 4 for 6 (1 3B, 1 HR), 3 runs, 3 RBI
A. Boone- 3 for 4 (1 2B), 2 runs, 2 RBI
K. Casto- 3 for 4 (1 2B), 2 RBI
if they did not happen to look at the box score? I agree with Coverage is lacking (sent to Mr. Garcia-Ruiz as well).

Posted by: Walk off | June 6, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

May 19, 2008 - the start of a new era.

Dukes since then:
40 ABs/50 PAs, .300/ .431/ .450, with 3 SBs. That .431 is 12th among all NL OFs in that time, 9th among those with 25 PAs. A 4 for 6 game can do that to an average over a a short time, and a 6 for 11 double header can do that to OBP.

Milledge has cooled a bit the first few gaems of the month, but over 62 ABs (65 PAs): .258/.319/ .419, 7 SBs.

Posted by: PTBNL | June 6, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

It's not far fetched to speculate on JimBo's job security. If the FO feels the need to sacrifice something to placate the masses for what is turning into something like a disaster (in terms of attendance and won/lost record) it would almost have to be Bowden.

It won't be Manny. That much is certain. There aren't a lot of players you can blame either. Bowden the obvious target and he wasn't hired by the present owners either.

Posted by: Gal Revels in Pee | June 6, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

GRPee, he wasn't hired, but he was retained. He evidently has a good relationship with the family. He'll be around for awhile.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | June 6, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I don't see Bowden going until it's time to make a real run at things. For one thing, he seems to be fairly good at his job, which is to use the major leagues as a AAAA to try to see if we can't snatch some good, overlooked young players or retreads that will be here in a few years or can garner more prospects.

If you don't like that, that's more of a Stan issue than a Bowden issue.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | June 6, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

I still think some of you are a bit harsh when it comes to the coverage - yesterday there was a double-header plus the draft. One man can only do so much - but maybe that is the issue.

Posted by: Patty | June 6, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm inclined to agree with Bobble and 506 about JimBow's immediate future - I did think it curious, however, that in yesterday's press release about Crow they thought it was necessary to state that the choice was unanimous.

It suggests to me that either there was some real friction about the draft or that they have been reading entirely too much Nats Journal.

Posted by: lowcountry | June 6, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

The point isn't whether YOU (pl.) foresee Bowden being canned or not. There are these people called journalists who actually talk to people in the baseball business. Granted, it was a rumor and as always, the source of these things seems suspect.

People on this NJ pass their opinions as fact as if THEY were the journalists is ludicrous.


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GRPee, he wasn't hired, but he was retained. He evidently has a good relationship with the family. He'll be around for awhile.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | June 6, 2008 3:06 PM

Posted by: Yo mamma | June 6, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

"I still think some of you are a bit harsh when it comes to the coverage - yesterday there was a double-header plus the draft. One man can only do so much - but maybe that is the issue."

Patty, I don't think anyone is blaming the coverage problems on Chico. In fact, a lot of people have congratulated him for the job that he did covering all of yesterday's events. (My personal favorite was the copious NJ updates.)

I don't know how these things work, but my assumption was that the Post editors only gave Chico the space to write one article (a gamer) and he squeezed into that space two games and a draft. Pretty impressive, IMHO.

Posted by: Jake | June 6, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

"One man can only do so much - but maybe that is the issue."

BINGO!

Posted by: Ray King's Gut Feeling | June 6, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I still think some of you are a bit harsh when it comes to the coverage - yesterday there was a double-header plus the draft. One man can only do so much - but maybe that is the issue.

Posted by: Patty | June 6, 2008 3:29 PM

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It's a fair comment, Patty. I, for one, love Chico's coverage. Although Barry did always tell us what our favorite players were thinking at any given moment, Chico has added new zeal and flair in his coverage. Barry was getting a bit burnt out, by which I meant he was only blogging, reporting, showing up on video, and stalking people, not doing the podcast, too.

In this case, the problem was that there was a normal day's coverage for two games, a possible injury to Flores, and the amateur draft. To his credit, the sports editor wrote me back and said we should have had two articles and it was his mistake. Hope the Post makes up for it by having a big write-up after the draft is complete of who the Nats picks are.

Sunday baseball spread?

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | June 6, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

"There are these people called journalists who actually talk to people in the baseball business."

Let's not get too carried away here, we're talking about John Heyman.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | June 6, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Sec. 506: Good work!

Posted by: JohnR(VA) | June 6, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

As a long time defender of the Post and it's writers, I have to weigh in on the side of grossly inadequate coverage of yesterday's happenings. 2 games, 6 draft picks, 1 article -- not nearly enough. No column on the decision to go with a Pitcher over a Hitter - or any other aspect of the draft. Granted MLB does not rival the NFL or even NBA for draft day hype, but good lord. One article? One writer assigned? Instead they devote a feature piece to the Redskins. I would have expected 2 gamers (there were 2 admission fees) plus at leastone draft article.

As I mentioned, I am a big fan of the Post sports coverage but no interviews with the drafted players, their coaches, league sources, etc.... No contrast/comparison with other teams. These are not difficult things to get.

And while I'm ranting, what about the failure of the Nationals to stock draft beer on the upper level last night. No Micro-brews on tap at 4 of 5 stands I checked - they ran out. I asked one concessionaire about it and she said the Nationals had failed to order enough and that the guy who normally does it was on vacation. Also I had to look in 5 napkin dispensors before I found a napkin. My fan experience was not very good last night.


Posted by: NatBisquit | June 6, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I can take credit for the offensive outburst, can't I? Never mind the fact that there's a decent chance the Nats get no-hit tonight against Lincecum.

Posted by: Lenny Harris | June 6, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

No, no credit when 10 of the 16 hits and 8 of the 10 runs came off the same wretched starting pitcher in the first 4 innings. That means 4 hits and 2 runs over the remaining 6 innings.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | June 6, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

@Natbisquit - Napkins are expensive and the Lerners dont charge for them. Be realistic in your expectations.

Running out of beer - now that's surprising - unless they were trying to push you into buying something more expensive.

Posted by: Count Demoney | June 6, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I had a draft beer at yesterday's day game, a game that made the thought "So this is why God invented alcohol!" I forget the name. It should have been called Asswasser. I recommend the Miller Lite at NatsPark.

WaPo's coverage put me in mind of a Simpsons' episode where Homer, when confronted with the meager crops growing in the ancestral fields says, "But Marge, I'm only one man!"

Posted by: flynnie | June 6, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Retained is a long way from hired by.

My point was the current owners aren't invested in JimBo as much as they are invested in Manny. And, should they feel the need to change for changes sake, I hope JimBo's on a month to month.

Now, in order for me to continue to parry the blows from the "lerner's are cheap" crowd, let's get most of these picks signed.

Posted by: Gal Revels in Pee | June 6, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Is this the best the Post can cover the MLB draft? Weak!

Posted by: Tim | June 6, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

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