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Kearns, Flores, Belliard, Young: None Will Be Back in '08

Lots of news items tonight...

First of all, the Nats revealed today that four players -- Austin Kearns, Jesus Flores, Ronnie Belliard and Dmitri Young -- have been shut down for the season. (Their ailments, in order: left foot, sprained ankle, right groin and hip.) Of those players, Kearns is the only real surprise. He had hoped to make it back for the last week, trying to salvage something from a wretched season, but now... well, he's stuck with a .217 average in 313 AB.

GM Jim Bowden explained the rationale: "They're injured players, and by the time you start them up when they are healthy, it's not enough time to get ready to play and you're not going to risk an injury forcing a guy to play two or three games at the very end."


Beginning tomorrow, the Nats will begin their mad scramble to find a new Class AAA affiliate for 2009. As we know, the Clippers, the Nats' partner for the last two seasons, now has an all-but formal agreement with Cleveland -- just part of a merry-go-round of affiliation changes. Syracuse seems to be an available landing spot for the Nats, and perhaps the best available opportunity.

"We'd like to stay in the International League," one team source said today.

From a patchwork of various reports, it seems like the Marlins are moving from Albuquerque to New Orleans and the Dodgers are moving from Vegas to Albuquerque. The Indians have switched from Buffalo to Columbus, and the Mets seem bound for B'lo. Anyway...

Here are two links, for those interested in following the matter.

This Q&A, from the Syracuse Chiefs' Web site, explains some of the nuts-and-bolts of the affiliate-ML team negotiating process.

This site, courtesy of the Post-Standard in Syracuse, has some good running news on the goings-on with the Chiefs.


The Nats released their 2009 schedule today.

Link is here.

After a little studying, here are the high points:

* They open the season in Florida on April 6 (meaning they get the one Marlins game that people actually attend)

* The home opener is April 13 against Philadelphia (and that game begins a nine-game homestand)

* They have a three-game series at Tampa Bay June 12-14

* They have a three-game series at NYY June 16-18

* Toronto and Boston visit Nats Park June 19-21 and June 23-25

By Chico Harlan  |  September 17, 2008; 6:47 PM ET
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Cut Kearns loose after the season. He's owed the $9 million whether he plays or not and the Nats are better off without him.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

For DY, replace "hip" with "fat".

Posted by: Coverage is lacking | September 17, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Better the Boys from Syracuse than shuffled off to Buffalo...

Posted by: Sec. 3, My Couch | September 17, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

it's hip to be square.
round, not so much

Posted by: Huey Lewis | September 17, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Awww, c'mon, they couldn't be "day-to-day" for another 2 weeks?

Posted by: s3mc | September 17, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Well that answered my question even more.

Posted by: BF | September 17, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Huey, have we now moved on to 1980s hits that can be applied? If so I am better equipped to participate withoug having to look stuff up.

Also, I thought this was funny:


SF Fan, please do not use ellipses. They make some people paranoid.

Posted by: Capitol Hill | September 17, 2008 5:40 PM

Posted by: Bob L. Head | September 17, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, I seem to have invented a new word, "withoug." Might be useful. Thing = thin. Wing it - Win it.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | September 17, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Put Bergy back in the rotation! Get thee to the bullpen young Shairon!!

Posted by: Steven on Capitol Hill | September 17, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

If the Mets win, does that mean that the baseball Gods are no longer angry with them for whatever transgressions their club has incurred last year?

Posted by: SF Fan | September 17, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Why can't the AAA team be in Richmond? The Braves are moving to an Atlanta suburb.

Posted by: sid bluntley | September 17, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Sid: The Braves are packing up the entire franchise and moving it down to Georgia, so there will no longer be a franchise in Richmond to afilliate with. Syracuse has an existing franchise. Also, the city needs a new stadium and there are no plans for such in the works.

Posted by: BSG | September 17, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

What was AG thinking????

Posted by: BSG | September 17, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Any Nats Message Boards now that Dugout/Baseball Guys is no more?


Posted by: FredD | September 17, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Carpy = Captain Obvious?

Also, Dukes !

Posted by: Bob L. Head | September 17, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Alas, the costs of being young and eager. Corey and Angel could've made it 8-5 right not. But this team can com back, GOOOOOOOO ELIJAH!!!!

Posted by: flynnie | September 17, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

If Dukes can stay healthy and out of trouble next year he can be an All Star.

Please tell me he isn't going back to Tampa for the off-season, maybe winter ball in Australia would keep him out of trouble...

Posted by: estuartj | September 17, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Flynnie was it not you who called for a come from behind victory tonight? What better than an appearance by The Opener for such purpose? Go Nats.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | September 17, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: natsfan1a | September 17, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Frickin' Bob Carpenter: THAT BALL IS HIT HARD TO CENTER FIELD!!! HOW FAR???....not far enough...

Posted by: BSG | September 17, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Crud. If only we could have come back against Ayala (or any of the others). Oh well.

Posted by: natsfan1a | September 17, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Dude, the issue isn't that you have a different interpretation than *me*. The issue is that you have a different interpretation than everyone else. Your interpretation is not plausible. If you say that in your opinion the sky is yellow, that doesn't make it plausible just because you say so.

"On second thought, don't bother. I'm out on this one."

Good to see that you are finally cutting your losses. You should have stopped several posts ago.

Posted by: Lerners ARE Cheap | September 17, 2008 5:20 PM


Wow, it must be a real bundle of laughs whenever Lerners ARE Cheap is sitting with the Lerners in the Presidents Box.

Posted by: or is that why those seats are so empty all the time? | September 17, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Please let the Nats end up with Syracuse. Until Richmond becomes a viable AAA market again, it's the best alternative out there.

Posted by: Vincent | September 17, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

The missing link in the shuffle scenario posted here would have Toronto switching from Syracuse to Las Vegas.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Nats are back home for July 4th. I vote for making that a yearly event.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | September 18, 2008 12:26 AM | Report abuse

The good thing about the Syracuse Chiefs is that it would be a fitting place for Cordero to work himself back into shape.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | September 18, 2008 12:28 AM | Report abuse

Baseball gods will never, ever forgive two baserunning mistakes. And they're not smiling on the Mets, Philly won, 6-1.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | September 18, 2008 7:30 AM | Report abuse

Hey Chico, your chats are pretty one dimensional. You seem to duck any questions that involve stats like revenue. Yesterday's chat came on the day boz talked to Lerner and the topic was around payroll figures, revenue, etc.. And I asked a legitimate, topical question about it and you ignored it. I've visited my last chat. Same old Qs and As. Take on some Qs with legitimate substance and not just more opinions. You know what they say about opinions - they are like noses. Everybody has one and they all smell.

Posted by: Nat's Chats | September 18, 2008 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Now they are "the lowly Nationals" in the hometown paper? Unbelieveable. Chico, please tell Marc Carig to suck it. Better yet, invite him to the next NJ get-together and I'm sure some of us will be happy to tell him ourselves.

Posted by: Coverage is lacking | September 18, 2008 8:26 AM | Report abuse

New post.

Posted by: natsfan1a | September 18, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Don't suppose that the fact that Jagelar was once a Skychief broadcaster would have any bearing? :D Don't suppose so.

Posted by: natsfan1a | September 18, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Oops, Jageler.

Posted by: natsfan1a | September 18, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

# of "Injuries" DY had this year vs. # of games he played. Equal?

UUGH, Coach, I don't feel so good. Ouch! Owie! Groan, cough, Ugh.

Posted by: Curious Chris | September 19, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

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