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Foli to Manage Syracuse

Tim Foli will return as the manager of the Nats' Class AAA Syracuse Chiefs.

Steve McCatty will be the pitching coach, Darnell Coles will be the hitting coach and Mike Quinn will be the head athletic trainer.

Foli has managed Washington's top affiliate in three of the past four seasons, serving with Columbus (2008) of the International League and New Orleans (2005-06) of the Pacific Coast League. Foli was the Nationals' minor league field coordinator during the 2007 campaign.

By Tracee Hamilton  |  November 18, 2008; 2:48 PM ET
 
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Added to my belated thanks for Dave, thank you Tracee for keeping us updated on all the goings on.

Posted by: Section506 | November 18, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Truly... thanks for the updates... even if they did feel like getting punched in the gut.

Posted by: RicketyCricket | November 18, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

The Nats will come in with a 10yr/$150m offer to Tex the day after he signs for 10/$200 with the Angels.

Posted by: Zornado | November 18, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Stay medium, Zornado.

Posted by: Section506 | November 18, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Teixeira-Nationals Update:

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2008/11/kasten-no-offer.html

Posted by: Section506 | November 18, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

"I just want the argument why--based on things that the Lerners/Kasten have actually done--I should be hopeful about the future, and be assured that they are really committed to trying to turn things around."

You have every bit as much reason to be hopeful about the team as you do to be miserable about it. Which is to say you have no reason at all to be either way, hopeful or miserable. Yet you choose to be miserable about outcomes that haven't even occurred yet. Why is that? Why not just wait and see how things play out before you decide how you feel? It will all play out soon enough.

"Because I haven't seen it, and I haven't seen an indication that they care very much about how bad things are. "

What exactly do you need to see to know how they feel about the way things are? If they came out and said they feel bad, you'd just scoff anyway. Since the season ended, they have taken steps to show that they're not just maintaining the status quo for next year. They've jettisoned coaches and players, they've made a trade, they've lowered some ticket prices and raised no prices. (Not like other teams like Detroit that were also major disappointments but have raised their ticket prices anyway.) No one has said that they're done yet in making changes. Why isn't that indication enough?

"On the other hand, comments about not having "unrealistic expectations" just reinforce how miserable we already feel about this team."

Sheinin didn't report that Kasten shot down reports that they're after Teixeira. He didn't report that Kasten said they would not make a competitive offer once the market value is set. He shot down the specific report of a 10-year $200-$250 million contract that was recently floated. What he's saying there is that they are not going to pre-emptively set the market price as the Yankees would do. And why should they do that anyway? Let the other teams start the bidding and set the market level, then respond to that. That's my interpretation of Sheinin's interpretation of Kasten's comments, and I see nothing wrong with that approach. The Nats are in the hunt for Teixeira, and that's reason to be hopeful, not miserable.

Posted by: nunof1 | November 18, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Dude, if you want to answer my questions, go for it. But don't impugn my motives or question the sincerity of my feelings about the Nats by asking stupid questions in response to my genuine ones that many Nats fans are asking themselves. You're a tired act, even if you have a new incarnation.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | November 18, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Many thanks to Dave and Tracee for the Tex update, even if reading it did further dim my already-dim hopes.

I polled my season ticket group yesterday to gauge interest in renewing. So far, they're dropping like flies. What to do, what to do......?

Posted by: ArlingtonNatsFan1 | November 18, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Hey, if you want to go around being miserable, CoverageisLacking, go around being miserable. Don't let me stop you. But don't accuse me of impugning your motives or questioning your sincerity just because I ask you why you want to be that way. Really, I don't understand. Tell me. Why? Are you a Debbie Downer everywhere else in your life, or just when it comes to baseball?

Posted by: nunof1 | November 18, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I'd really be okay with negative and positive takes on everything, as long as we all admit that we won't know until it happens. MLB is run like a banana republic: based on patronage, back-stabbing, and complete opacity.

Posted by: Section506 | November 18, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

nunof1, your feigned expression of interest and professed lack of understanding is truly endearing. Have you read all the comments on this blog, or just mine? If not, you should read them. Most fans are voicing serious frustration about the Nats, whether you want to characterize that as "miserable" or not. Go to half a dozen other Nats blogs or message boards--which we know you do when you post under your other pseudonyms--and you will see the same thing. Maybe all of those people are just delusional, since you profess not to understand them. I'm sure they all--like me--"want to be that way."

But you know, if you are really happy about how things are going for the Nats, then more power to you. I am happy for you, and wouldn't want to spoil it.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | November 18, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

CIL.....he's back just ignore him.

Posted by: JayBeee | November 18, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

I don't want to impugn anyone's motives, but I agree that the FO has taken a bunch of solid steps to improve things next year. They have only so much to work with. I personally wd send flowers or champagne or whatever to Tiexiera if I thought it wd make him more inclined to sign with us in this BEAUTIFUL IMPORTANT LIVELY CITY, Mr. Tiexiera, that wd totally appreciate you. Back to my original point, my not wanting to impugn motives includes the motives of the FO. They'd be nuts not to want the team to improve every bit as much as we do.

Posted by: Section109 | November 18, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Except in our franchise, you get leather pants instead of flat-front chinos.

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MLB is run like a banana republic

Posted by: JohninMpls | November 18, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Also, this has to be the most times the word "impugn" has been typed in one day.

Posted by: JohninMpls | November 18, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Thanks JiM, I'll take any opportunity I can get to inject a ten-cent word or two into the discussion, so I appear to be more intelligent than I really are. Maybe we need to go back to haiku or something. (By the way, nice to see you playing along with my little poetry joke on the other blog.)

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | November 18, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

JayB: Thanks, agreed.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | November 18, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Well, you went right on to "feign," CiL, so you're about to corner the market on words with a silent G.

I'd also say "impugn" is worth at least a quarter.

I just received the MLB Holiday catalog. Depressing. Nats are nowhere to be found, except on the custom t-shirt page.

At first, I thought it'd be tempting fate to get a Teixeira 25 shirt, but then I came to the conclusion that it would probably be even more fitting when he signs with the Angels...

Posted by: JohninMpls | November 18, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Since he was the starting shortstop for the very first team I truly followed, I hope Tim Foli progresses to the MLB staff one day.

I have no idea if Tim Foli is a solid manager, but any shortstop who had to wear bifocals to play must have an above average baseball IQ.

Also, if anyone missed mjames' 10 item manifesto from the last post, I'd encourage all to read. Or re-read. I laughed while reading it, but still find myself thinking 6 of the 10 points could happen. I interpret a tilt in mjames' posts, but also see how many of his/her proclamations impugn (yes!) multiple aspects three years into The Plan.

Posted by: LosDoceOcho | November 18, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

A question from this morning--Section 506 or anyone else who knows--what is The Fix? Thanks.
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There was a great debate about the Howell piece going on over at The Fix a few days ago. If you're interested in that topic, I encourage you to come over and check it out.

Posted by: Section506 | November 18, 2008 10:08 AM

Posted by: Section109 | November 18, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

The Fix is a WP political blog and Howell is probably the WP ombudsman, Deborah Howell. .

Posted by: LosDoceOcho | November 18, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, LDO.

Posted by: Section109 | November 18, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Don't know what's up with you all here, but I'm glad you're having fun impugning my motives for answering CoverageisLacking's question, which is all I did. He/she asked a question, I answered his/her question, but somehow he/she interprets that to mean I'm addressing everyone who ever posted here. Here's a big word for you, CoverageisLacking: narcissism. Impugn that one.

Posted by: nunof1 | November 18, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

"You have every bit as much reason to be hopeful about the team as you do to be miserable about it. Which is to say you have no reason at all to be either way, hopeful or miserable."

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so what I am getting from this is....everyone should be apathetic?

or am I misinterpreting?

CiL asked why he should be hopeful, and you are saying he shouldn't be. but he shouldn't be "miserable" either, right? so he shouldn't really care either way?

Posted by: MrMadison | November 19, 2008 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Everybody needs to just relax about this. FWIW, I read Kasten the same way Nun does - he's going to let somebody else start the bidding off. Bidding for free agents is just like shopping eBay, in this sense: the first bidder almost never wins the bidding - the last bidder always does. The only way to be sure you're going to win with the first bid is to bid so high that you scare away all the other bidders (so you're the first bidder, and the last). All Kasten is saying is that the Nats are not going to be making that kind of bid for Tex. That shouldn't be surprising to anyone who's been paying attention. Let's let the Yankees or Red Sox open the bidding, see where they start, and then let Stan take his best shot.

Posted by: TomServo | November 19, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

So, did anyone else read the quote that Hudson would be interested in the Nationals because he is such good friends with Willie Harris. Once I finished gut laughing at the idea of the Lerners bidding on Hudson I asked myself this question:

Are there no end to the magical powers of Willie Harris?

Posted by: soundbloke | November 19, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

o-dog would be a great signing for us. gold glover up the middle with obp over .360. lock that up!

Posted by: longterm | November 19, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Don't get me wrong I love the idea. Not least of all because with Hernandez tearing up winter baseball, and Acta believing he is a natural SS, it suddenly makes Guzman very very tradable in a shallow shortstop market. Think of the prospects we could get!

Posted by: soundbloke | November 19, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

okay, so that has the potential to be a great defensive infield with zimmerman, guzman, o-dog, and nj. that is a real possibility. all glove first men but that's a building block. pitchers would attack the strike zone...

Posted by: longterm | November 19, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Frankly I'd give you better odds of Hudson playing for us next year than Nick Johnson.

Posted by: soundbloke | November 19, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

"so what I am getting from this is....everyone should be apathetic?

or am I misinterpreting?

CiL asked why he should be hopeful, and you are saying he shouldn't be. but he shouldn't be "miserable" either, right? so he shouldn't really care either way?"

You are misinterpreting. It's a glass-half-empty / glass-half-full thing. We know what the team has done so far to change things. We don't know yet what else they will do going forward. Will they sign Teixeira? We won't know until they either sign him or he signs with some other team, or until they specifically say that the're not going to go after him. None of those things has happened yet, yet for some reason this CoverageisLacking person asks for a reason why he shouldn't be miserable. I tell him that the very same glass that to him looks half empty is indeed also half full. He can't refute that, obviously, because it's true. So instead, he chooses to pile abuse on me. Seems like he's just a little insecure and defensive in his glass-half-empty position, doesn't it?

Posted by: nunof1 | November 19, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

I wasn't able to chime in on Tex yesterday, so forgive if I revisit the past. My guess is that the Nats are stalling until someone makes the first offer, hoping that it is ridiculously high so that they can say "that offer is ridiculous and there is no way we can top that." Which, btw, is the same approach the Angels are taking. At least the Brewers had some cajones and made a good-faith offer (for them) to Sabathia first.

Posted by: jctichen | November 19, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

nunof1,

Some of your argument holds water. This franchise has made some moves to get excited about. The Willingham - Olsen trade, in my opinion, was a great trade. But the 800lb gorilla in the corner is spending some cash and the Lerner's have pretended the Gorilla isn't there. When you lose over 100 games and you haven't spent any money on FA's in the past (except for Capt. RA), fans get a little restless. Even patient ones like myself. I'm not asking for them to be the Yankee's or Cubs and spend like a drunken sailor on leave. But what I am asking for is for them to make a serious run at some FA's that will help this ball club. We are in desperate need of a LH power bat and guys like Tex and Dunn are under 30 and would provide that.

I use to think guys like CiL, and JayB and LAC were just complaining to complain but, I'm starting to see their point. Spend a little cash in addition to "The Plan." If they make a serious run at these guys and they pick a team that is closer to winning, then so be it. But, don't make some insulting cheap offer and say we tried when they know damn well that they didn't.

Posted by: Section505203 | November 19, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Section502203, you are exactly right. The Nats need a lefty bat. Eventually, they'll need several to become a well-rounded team.

Posted by: jctichen | November 19, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

i think they must sign a Type A free agent this year. they don't lose a pick and get to draft two top 10 next year. a great opportunity to make up a lot of improvements in a short time.

i also think Tex would be a long term signing 6+ years with options i'm sure for him and team. if he feels he has to win now we are out.

but i believe the team can make a case that we will most definitely have the ability to stay competitive once we reach playoff contender mode. if we can convince him we are within two years of that we are very much in the running. he will be a large part of solidifying the growth of this franchise, not just the final piece of the puzzle, which to me can be a more stressful role.

it would be absurd to think we can convince more than one type A to come here in one offseason, but if we can sign one early maybe we can convince another.

follow that up with strasburg or green and the #10 pick next year and we may be looking at this team in a very different light this time next year.

as a fan i would love it, if i were the owner it would make me very nervous to go all in for the first time with the economy in shambles.

go nats.

Posted by: longterm | November 19, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

"I use to think guys like CiL, and JayB and LAC were just complaining to complain but, I'm starting to see their point. Spend a little cash in addition to "The Plan." If they make a serious run at these guys and they pick a team that is closer to winning, then so be it. But, don't make some insulting cheap offer and say we tried when they know damn well that they didn't."

These are all things that haven't even had a chance to happen yet. Has any team dropped big bucks on a free agent in this, the first few days of free agency? Nope. So to complain about these things you cite now is just to complain for the sake of complaining. That's the stock in trade of those posters you cited. They are glass-half-empty guys. If the Nats ever win a World Series, they'll complain because they didn't sweep it. If they sweep the series, they'll complain because all the games weren't shutouts. If all the games are shutouts, they'll complain because they weren't perfect games. If they ever run out of things to complain about, these guys will complain that they don't have anything left to complain about. That's who they are. So, to steal one of their favorite lines, they need to be held accountable for that. That's all I'm saying here.

Posted by: nunof1 | November 19, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

They need to convince a type A fee agent to be "Ivan Rodrigez". The Tigers were shiiite for a couple of years after they landed him. They swooped in and stole him from the Orioles last minute with more cash. I remember thinking at the time "who the heck would want to play for the Tigers over the Orioles?" A couple years later it didn't look like such a dumb decision.

Posted by: RicketyCricket | November 19, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

nunof1,

I have gotten into it with CiL before and managed to disagree without ever using phrases like 'this coverage is lacking guy' which is just rude. We can all play nicely.

Now, I'm more cheerful than most but, this organisation has a habit of making bad deals in the free agent market. Estrada AND Lo Duca? Go to Nat's Farm Authority and have a look at our International Free agent dealings. if these guys have no faith that the organisation is going to make a serious run it is because the Lerners have no track record of spending big money, even when it's a good idea no matter which department it is in.

So, while I think we should sign Tex if we can, I'm realistic in that I think he will end up signing a contract that does more damage than good to the organisation that signs him. I don't always agree with CiL, JayB and 506 but, they rarely make stupid points.

Posted by: soundbloke | November 19, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

nunof1,

No offense, but you sound like a new fan of this team. Kasten is already covering his butt, with his what he is saying. We need Capitol Punishment's BS Kasten Translator to figure out what he is really saying. And that is basically "we will give it a half ass cheap effort and then gladly come up short in the bidding."

I spend way to much money in that park every year with my wife and kids on 20 gamers, concessions, etc. to hear the same old same old from Stan the Plan.

I love having baseball in DC after my life time without it but, it's time to start winning and not be the loverable losers anymore. The new car smell is starting to wear off.

If we sign a big FA, then I will gladly say I'm wrong but, I doubt that I will be.

Posted by: Section505203 | November 19, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Isn't Willie Harris a free agent too? I'll take the lazy way out and let one of you confirm for me please. I believe the Nats want him back, but I am under the impression that he does have choice in the matter.

Posted by: natbisquit | November 19, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I know that the last season left many of us with a bad taste in our mouths. There is a lot of skepticism, a lot of criticism, and heck, a lot of fear going into 2009. Some of the pessimism is gallows humor. Some is genuine criticism. And yeah, some is just plain bellyaching.

It's important not to confuse the three, however. We may disagree at times, but CiL is not raising these issues just to whine. His arguments are thoughtful, and many of the points he raises have validity and add to the conversation here.

Whether you and I agree with him or not, I have no doubt that a day will come when all of us, beer in hand, celebrate a Nationals World Series victory together. I don't want to put words in his mouth, but CiL wants that just as much as you and I do. And to no small extent, that's why he's raising these points.

But hey, that's just me. I'm an inclusive kind of guy. I even think O's Exec is funny.

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They are glass-half-empty guys. If the Nats ever win a World Series, they'll complain because they didn't sweep it. If they sweep the series, they'll complain because all the games weren't shutouts. If all the games are shutouts, they'll complain because they weren't perfect games. If they ever run out of things to complain about, these guys will complain that they don't have anything left to complain about. That's who they are.

Posted by: JohninMpls | November 19, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Or I could just said it succintly, like this.

Buy the way, Tracee and Dave, you're invited to the aforementioned World Series celebration. The beers are on Chico.

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I don't always agree with CiL, JayB and 506 but, they rarely make stupid points.

Posted by: JohninMpls | November 19, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

"But hey, that's just me. I'm an inclusive kind of guy. I even think O's Exec is funny."
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I was with you until you said that. He's about as funny as a punch in the mouth.

Posted by: Section505203 | November 19, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Who's being punched in the mouth?

As I recall, Harris is in the last year of arbitration. He was a free agent last year because the Braves declined to offer him arbitration in his first year of eligibility. At the end of next season, I think, he would be an unrestricted free agent.

We really need Brian for this, what's he posting under now?

Posted by: Section506 | November 19, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Hey, that can be funny, as long as it's not you being punched...

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I was with you until you said that. He's about as funny as a punch in the mouth.

Posted by: JohninMpls | November 19, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

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