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Nats Have New Medical Director

The Nationals have a new medical director -- Dr. Wiemi Douoguih, whose name is perhaps familiar (and certainly distinct) for local sports fans. Douoguih, who replaces Dr. Ben Shaffer, is also the assistant team physician for the Washington Redskins, a consulting surgeon for the Baltimore Ravens, and an associate team physician for the University of Maryland. Oh, and he's also the team physician for USA Judo.

Douoguih runs a sports medicine practice at the Washington Hospital Center.

In 2005, the first year the Nats were in the District, Douoguih did some baseball-related work, too. He was the team's orthopedic physician that year.

By Chico Harlan  |  October 27, 2008; 2:26 PM ET
 
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Sweet. Now if the Nats hire Jim Zorn, too, we might have enough Redskins-related staff to appear in the newspaper in some sort of article about major post-season moves!

Posted by: Section506 | October 27, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

That first name might sound like someone Nick Johnson could relate to; is it pronounced "Why me?"

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | October 27, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

So how do you pronounce that last name?

Posted by: shepdave2003 | October 27, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

So now we know about the new coaching staff and the new medical director? Where's the new strength and conditioning coach?

Posted by: shepdave2003 | October 27, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Now we know about all the new coaching staff and the new medical director. Where's the new strength and conditioning coach?

Posted by: shepdave2003 | October 27, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

His last name is pronounced Doo-oh-gee. He is a tremendous surgeon. He operated on my knee and my mother's shoulder. He is both honest and kind in his surgery and post-treatment. I recommend his services to everyone I know.

Posted by: thebashin | October 27, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

With a name like that, I feel like a kindred spirit...

Lets hope he spends a lot of time sitting in his box seats and not in the clubhouse.

Posted by: wigi | October 27, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

More offseason progress. First we paid the stadium bill and secured a plan to complete construction. Then we put together a coaching staff and signed a new team doctor. Now if we could just get a major league baseball team, we'd be all set.

Posted by: BobLHead | October 27, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

On a different topic, ESPN.com is reporting that Willie Randolph was never offered a coaching job with the Nats.

"Former New York Mets Willie Randolph refuted a weekend report in Newsday that said he declined a chance to join the Nationals' staff either as bench coach or third base coach.


"There are [stories] out there that I turned down the Washington [third base] coaching job," Randolph said, according to the New York Post. "That's not true. [General manager] Jim [Bowden] and I spoke and he knew that I was looking for an opportunity to manage and he said he would get back to me. It was never offered, so there was nothing to turn down."

Randolph, former Arizona Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly and former Oakland Athletics manager Ken Macha are the finalists in Milwaukee to succeed interim manager Dale Sveum.

The Nationals announced on Friday the hiring of five new coaches, including Jim Riggleman as bench coach and Pat Listach as third base coach."

Posted by: TomServo | October 27, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

One really good doctor for another really good doctor. Where's the story?

Posted by: tomfoc31 | October 27, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

The ESPN-Randolph explanation sounds a lot more likely than the prior Newsday fantasy.

BobLHead, who do you like for us to trade for or buy to lift us out of AAAA status?

Posted by: Traveler8 | October 27, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Finally! I've been calling for Dr. Douoguih for years, here.
And I second thebashin's remarks. This guy's good.
And rumors that Bowden was holding out for a toolsy chiropractor are totally unfounded.

Posted by: CEvansJr | October 28, 2008 1:21 AM | Report abuse

On a different topic - Japanese FAs this offseason, here is a write up I clipped from the "Buzz" list on Boston.com's EE#4 (2008 evilness stats) on one of the Chunichi Dragon's top starters. They compare him to Kuroda, which would be nice. Since he is available without a posting fee, he might be a nice target to build a bit of a rep in Japan. That'd help down the line.

"Kenshin Kawakami, a 33-year-old righthanded pitcher, is most likely going to make a jump to the major leagues for the 2009 season as a free agent. Sports Nippon is reporting that the Red Sox [EE#4] are one of the teams that is interested in his services [JCA/PTBNL note - I think this might be BS; Sox are likely aiming higher - Peavy or Burnett]. As an ace of the Chunichi Dragons, he went 9-5 with 2.30 ERA last season and also pitched in the Beijing Olympics for the Japanese team. His career record is 112-72 with 3.22 ERA in 257 games during his 11 seasons with the Dragons and he was a major contributor when the Dragons won Japan Series in 2007. Kawakami's best pitch is cut-fastball and is comparable to Hiroki Kuroda of the Dodgers. "

By the way, in the previous post, I linked to a Nippon Baseball blog that lists potential FAs, if you want to see more write ups.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | October 28, 2008 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Hi. Just checking out the new login system. Wish there were more news. When are the winter meetings?

Posted by: NatsNut | October 28, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Winter meetings are Dec 8-11 in Vegas (baby).

Handy link to handy MLB dates: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/schedule/important_dates.jsp

Posted by: OldDude | October 28, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Cue Bowden gambling jokes

Posted by: Section506 | October 28, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

When is the date that Free Agent Signings can begin? That is when the real action should begin.

BTW, what about going after Micah Hoffpauir who is stuck behind Derrick Lee in the Cubs org? He is a 28 year old on their 40 man roster, but his hitting numbers are impressive. Is he piece that might be had as part of a trade?

Posted by: NatsWin | October 28, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

"Red Sox [EE#4]"

I presume the Yankees are EE#1. Who are EE#2 and EE#3, and why? If you're going to continue to use this notation, you need to explain it for those of us who don't know what the f*** you're talking about.

Posted by: annominous | October 28, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Mr. A. I explained it back in April, and thought others knew here. It's based on the payroll as of the start of the season. A lot had been made about the Red Sox becoming a clone of the NYY, spending like crazy, etc..., so when the list came out and they were #4 instead of #2 (as they were in 2007), I redesginated them. Mets and Tigers were #2 & #3. Angels were #5. I'll repost the list. IIRC, ##2-4 were in the high $130 million range, and about 8 teams were in the $117 - $132 m range.

This is relevant to figuring out a reasonable budget for the Nats. A top 10 market in size, better in income, would suggest they could afford a $100 million payroll, but the TV ratings and attendance suggests they should set their sights lower. Along these lines, I think Boz pointed out they start with $55 million before they sell a ticket. MLB revenue from TV and merchandise, and $25 million from MASN (less, I suppose, a share of the losses).

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | October 28, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

I assumed Galactic was in there somewhere.

Posted by: Section506 | October 28, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Here's that post from *BARRY's* offday thread on 4/1. Two things to note about money and wins this past year - Phils are middle of the pack, TB 2d from last, but 5 of 8 playoff teams were in the 8 team cluster behind the NYY.

"Headlines (with apologies to Bob L.)

Mets, Tigers move up on Evil Empire list

Below is a complete list of team opening day salaries mentioned in the Notebook piece in the Post today. Lots of movement among the Evil Empire ranks this year. The World Champions, formerly EE#2, drop to 4th. Interesting to note that (1) the 8 teams behind the NYY all cluster between $118 million and $138 million; (2) median team payroll is around $80 million, and (3) Nats, of course, are near the back of the pack.

N.Y. Yankees -- $209,081,579
Detroit -- 138,685,197
New York Mets -- 138,293,378
Boston -- 133,440,037
Chicago White Sox -- 121,152,667
Los Angeles Angels -- 119,216,333
Chicago Cubs -- 118,595,833
Los Angeles Dodgers -- 118,536,038
Seattle -- 117,993,982
Atlanta -- 102,424,018
St. Louis -- 100,624,450
Toronto -- 98,641,957
Philadelphia -- 98,269,881
Houston -- 88,930,415
Milwaukee -- 81,004,167
Cleveland -- 78,970,067
San Francisco -- 76,904,500
Cincinnati -- 74,277,695
San Diego -- 73,677,617
Colorado -- 68,655,500
Texas -- 68,239,551
Baltimore -- 67,196,248
Arizona -- 66,202,713
Minnesota -- 62,182,767
Kansas City -- 58,245,500
Washington -- 54,961,000
Pittsburgh -- 49,365,283
Oakland -- 47,967,126
Tampa Bay -- 43,820,598
Florida -- 21,836,500

*****
Posted by: PTBNL | April 2, 2008 9:51 AM "

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | October 28, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Increase payroll!

Posted by: Section506 | October 28, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

"Increase payroll!
Posted by: Section506 | October 28, 2008 1:48 PM"
____
Yeah, good luck with that.

(in the old days I could have signed this:)
-- Yankees, Mets, Seattle, Atlanta, St. Louis, Toronto ...

Posted by: CEvansJr | October 28, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

So jca-CrystalCity, I take it that you are PTBNL (but that you are now named)? If so, good to see you back!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | October 28, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

So jca-CrystalCity, I take it that you are PTBNL (but that you are now named)? If so, good to see you back!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | October 28, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Dang, did it again...

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | October 28, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Natsfan1a1 - I'll never completely admit to that because my boss will say, "so, about all those posts during the work day. Lots of good research into WHIP and HR/9. What exactly do you do for us?"

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | October 28, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Say no more, say no more. :-)

Also, new post up. Yay!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | October 28, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Trying to post this once more. I can't seem to log in or post to this blog half the time.

Say no more, say no more. ;-)

Also, new post up.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | October 28, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Trying to post this once more. I can't seem to log in or post to this blog half the time.

Say no more, say no more. ;-)

Also, new post up.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | October 28, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

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