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I Turn My Back for a Few Minutes ...

-- okay, a few weeks -- and you lose Mark Teixeira and gain Daniel Cabrera. People, people, people.

By the way, Happy New Year.

Teixeira is speaking in the Bronx today -- perhaps he traveled up there on the little known Severna Park-JFK shuttle -- and Dave Sheinin will be there. I'm guessing, like most news conferences, not much of interest will be said, but one never knows.

If this has already been mentioned here, I apologize, but in case you missed it, this is a sad story about Robbie Tolan, son of former big leaguer Bobby Tolan, who was shot by police last week. Robbie signed with the Nats as a free agent in 2007. He was no longer in the Nats organization and now it looks like he may never play ball again.

By Tracee Hamilton  |  January 6, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
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Happy New Year, Tracee.

Posted by: BobLHead | January 6, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

This is a very sad story, indeed.


I think if Young finally got into shape I think he could have 450+ at bats and go .320/.378/.491

Posted by: Section506 | January 6, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, and if I had a winning lottery ticket I'd be a millionaire too.

Posted by: Uncle_Teddy | January 6, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse


Can all of the relevant Nationals news all be posted under NJ? Can you give Sheinin and Smith, et al, keys to the blog?

Thanx, and happy new year to you.

Posted by: leetee1955 | January 6, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

leetee1955: Sheinin has NJ privileges and there's no reason Cameron can't. Thanks for the suggestion.

Posted by: traceeh | January 6, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Happy New Year, Tracee. We've missed you.

Thanks for the Tolan story.

Posted by: JohninMpls | January 6, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

baseball america;

Philadelphia lost just three games in the postseason, one in each series. Perhaps most gratifying, the Phillies did it with a homegrown core. Rollins (1996), Burrell (1998), Brett Myers (1999), Utley (2000) and Hamels (2002) were first- or second-round picks made good. Howard (fifth round, 2001) and Ryan Madson (ninth, 1998) are also homegrown, the results of drafts orchestrated by Mike Arbuckle and Marti Wolever.

okay, so look at when those guys were all drafted. and now think how long til they won a series. they let go of thome and rolen before this even came together for them.

we got a looong ways to go.

Posted by: longterm | January 6, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Re: Phils --

they did win at least 80 games each season from 2001-2008, so they were at least competitive each season while their young stars were gaining experience. In '00, they were 65-97. They improved to 86-76 the next year (a 21-win improvement!).

'01 - 86-76
'02 - 80-81
'03 - 86-76
'04 - 86-76
'05 - 88-74
'06 - 85-77
'07 - 89-73
'08 - 92-70

They completely overhauled their lineup from 2000 to 2001, with only Bobby Abreu (RF), Scott Rolen (3B), Pat Burrell (1B in '00, LF in '01) and Doug Glanville (CF) being the only everday players that played both seasons. They switched from Mike Lieverthal to Johnny Estrada (C), Travis Lee (1B), Mickey Morandini to Marlon Anderson (2B), Desi Relaford to Jimmy Rollins (SS) and got rid of Ron Gant in LF.

They kept 3 starters in '01 (Robert Person, Randy Wolf and Bruce Chen) and switched from Andy Ashby to Dave Coggin and Curt Schilling/Paul Byrd to Omar Daal/Nelson Figueroa/Amaury Telemaco/Brandon Duckworth. They also switched closers from Jeff Brantley to Jose Mesa.

Their main bench players remained the same (Kevin Jordan, Brian Hunter, Tomas Perez) while they pretty much overauled their bullpen (only Wayne Gomes, Chris Brock and Vicente Padilla logged any quality IP's in both seasons).

Soooo, they went from a 65-win team to a 86-win team in one season. They kept their 3B, CF and RF and moved one position player to another position. They kept 3 starters and replaced them with a revolving door of "who-dat's?" They even changed their Closer. They kept their bench guys pretty much intact and shuffled around their bullpen.

This sounds awfully familiar ... I would hope that this scenario plays out again down on South Capitol Street this year! I am now off to drink some Kool-Aid.

Posted by: erocks33 | January 6, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Someone commented in the previous post that they Schneider for Milledge trade had not panned out.


That was an excellent trade. We gave up a catcher that the Mets now want to dump and an outfielder who cannot stay healthy for a 23 year old outfielder who batted over .300 in the final two months, stole 20+ bases and hit 15-ish homeruns. He is more than a 'toolsy' outfielder. He's a prospect who is in fact panning out.

I do agree with the poster who said he might get traded, but there would have to be a significant return. You can criticize some of the free agent signings from last year (cough ... LoDucca...cough) but the trades for Milledge, Dukes, Bonnifacio, Hernandez, Gonzalez, and Willingham/Olson have all been pretty strong. If toolsy outfielder is code for trade a 32 year old .230 catcher for a 23 year old prospect with considerable upside, then they should do more of that.

Posted by: natbisquit | January 6, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Welcome back, Tracee and Happy New Year to you as well.

We left a light on for Teix but - what can we say - maybe the bright lights of NYC dazzled him.

I find the Tolan story more outrageous than sad, if it was indeed a case of profiling.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | January 6, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Natsbisquit - I don't ordinarily say this, but megadittoes.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | January 6, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

This is an interesting take on the question of whether the Nats should pursue Dunn. It compares the value of Dunn as a LF/1B to Willie Harris's performance last year in LF. Suggests the Nats need to play Lastings and Dukes every day, and let Kearns / WMP / Johnson / Willingham fight it out for playing time.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | January 6, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

biscuit and jca: Milledge hit a whopping 14 home runs. Home run leader for the Nationals.

Posted by: NatsNut | January 6, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I dunno, I think the fans are getting augered good and hard here.

********************* from a post back
Not that I'm upset about Bradley. It does not auger well, however.
Posted by: JohninMpls | January 5, 2009 7:50 PM

Augur, not auger. We're not plumbing here.
Posted by: JohninMpls | January 5, 2009 7:50 PM

Posted by: CEvansJr | January 6, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I feel a little newpost coming on...

Posted by: CEvansJr | January 6, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Maybe that's why they call us rooters...

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | January 6, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Dang, just as I was getting going on the pun front.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | January 6, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

"Suggests the Nats need to play Lastings and Dukes every day, and let Kearns / WMP / Johnson / Willingham fight it out for playing time."

Okay with me!

Posted by: Section506 | January 6, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

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