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Nats Journal faithful: I seem to remember a debate on this blog a while back about whether non-Nationals baseball content belonged here. Well, it took us a while to really commit, but we made a decision, and the rest of the majors now have a blog home on

Baseball Insider

Dave Sheinin and Tom Boswell already have posts up, but several other key members of The Post/'s team will contribute. It's all detailed in Dave's initial post.

Anyway, check it out, let us know what you think, and enjoy ...

Jon DeNunzio
Sports editor,

By Jon DeNunzio  |  September 25, 2008; 11:58 AM ET
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Carrying forward:

Will look forward to reading coverage of postseason games there. (go Rays!)

Posted by: natsfan1a | September 25, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Andruw Jones would have started this new blog sooner.

Posted by: ntr Boz | September 25, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

will be interesting to see which one gets more traffic.

does this mean "O's Exec" is banned from nats Journal? :-)

Posted by: Dave at Bottomfeeder Baseball | September 25, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

One can only hope.

Posted by: Nats Exec | September 25, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Will anyone cover the Lerners' destruction of what could have been a great baseball franchise?

Posted by: ohplease | September 25, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Will anyone cover minor league baseball? Either local teams or teams with a local connection because of their affiliation? I'm asking because if you couldn't even bother to send a reporter to cover a championship game being played locally by a local team I have my qualms about your commitment to covering baseball.

I'm not talking about assigning someone to a full-time minor league beat. I'm asking whether or not The Post's sports desk has any general assignment reporters who could have been sent to cover one game played by the Potomac Nationals earlier this month.

Posted by: And While You're At It | September 25, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone see that Baseball America named Josh Whitesell as the 1B on its AAA all-star team?

Yep, the same Whitesell that we gave away for free. The same guy that could have been out starter there instead of Belly/Casto/ Effin-Boone after the Nick/Meat debacle.

Josh's line - .328/.425/.568 with 26 HRs and 110 RBI's (which is a Tucson franchise record)

Also, on the AAA allstar team is Chris Carter. He was the guy we acquired from AZ to send to BoSox for Wiffy Mo Pena...

THIS is why we as fans should be pissed.

A couple grand for a 40 game package in 09 when I cant even give them away now? Not. A. Chance. I'll walk up to the window.

Posted by: Angry in Alexandria | September 25, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

>Will anyone cover the Lerners' destruction of what could have been a great baseball franchise?<

They haven't done it so far, why would anything change? It's ironic that Sheinin and Boswell show up at the END of the regular season. I don't get it. Are we supposed to talk about the teams in the playoffs like we're on ESPN or something?
Here's something you'd never see in the Post:

From the Sporting News

Trouble in D.C.

The shotgun marriage of Washington Nationals president Stan Kasten and general manager Jim Bowden should end soon.

According to several major league officials, Kasten wanted to fire a member of the Nationals' scouting staff for an embarrassing display in the press box before a game at Colorado. The scout loudly and profanely criticized the Rockies' player-development operation. Bowden convinced ownership to keep the scout in question.

That showed Kasten that he lacked the authority to do the job as he did with Atlanta. As Braves president, Kasten was an unheralded hero for the manner in which he brought order to the organization and allowed the baseball operation to do its job without outside interference.

The Nationals desperately needed the same type of leadership. If Kasten leaves, as expected, it will be a huge setback for an organization mired in chaos. That seems to be Bowden's preferred manner of operation.

Posted by: Brue | September 25, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Will the chat be rescheduled?

What of the article on the official site about Kasten announcing he's not upset and will stay with the team? Can we get a follow-up on his reported state of disgruntlement?

The end may have been in sight for a long time, but the season ain't over until Sunday afternoon.

And I'm gettin' lonesome over here...

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

Don't you think "destruction" is just the teensiest bit shrill?

I finally got around to reading the Loverro piece on Ted L., and I don't see what all the fuss is about. Plenty of posters in here have written the same things, and better, except maybe without the Bud interview.

Will anyone cover the Lerners' destruction of what could have been a great baseball franchise?
Posted by: ohplease | September 25, 2008 1:37 PM

Posted by: ce | September 25, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Jon--Does this mean Grounds Crew is officially dead?

Posted by: Ed Ramras | September 25, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

At least Steinblog hasn't given up on Nats reporting:

Posted by: John in Mpls | September 25, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Something tells me that next week will be newsworthy in NatsLand.

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

Tonight is Fans Appreciation Night...Mother Nature apparently appreciates the fans even more by delivering enough rain to prevent the fans from watching the Nats' 100th loss in person.

Posted by: ohplease | September 25, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Would also be interested in knowing whether the Nats chat might be rescheduled.

I'm with JiM - it ain't over 'til it's over, and the Nats may yet have a say in who heads into the playoffs.

Posted by: natsfan1a | September 25, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Washington Nationals
MVP: Cristian Guzman. Not the sexiest team MVP in this column, but Guzman does have the 10th-best batting average in baseball (.312). He also recorded the first hit in Nationals Park and became the second National to hit for the cycle. (Work with me here, people.)
LVP: Wily Mo Pena. Although he played just 65 games before season-ending surgery, I can't get over that .267 slugging percentage. Where's the beef?

Posted by: CNNSI | September 25, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Lower attendance tonight=increased chance of winning one of the many door prizes. At least that'll keep fans' minds off the rain while Clint pulls names out of a hat. Ever watch fireworks in the rain?

Posted by: 419E | September 25, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

There is no way WMP should get the LVP ahead of Kearns. WMP was trying to play on a shredded shoulder. Kearns was supposedly healthy in between his injuries.

Posted by: Arlington Nats Fan | September 25, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

My vote for LVP would have to go to FLop. Just as in making MVP selections, we shouldn't discount the intangibles.

Posted by: CapPeterson | September 25, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I have watched fireworks in the rain, and it was rather eerily beautiful.

Posted by: natsfan1a | September 25, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Lineups up.

Posted by: natsfan1a | September 25, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I think it's a little pre-mature to start trashing the Lerners. I would wait and see what reaction there is from this season and what moves they make (which they have to make) during the offseason in the area of free-agents. They absolutely cannot go another year without signing a couple of decent players...

Posted by: Esteban | September 26, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

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