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Morning Notes

Just some morning notes here, and there's only one suitable way to start it off.

* Last night, at 11:38 p.m., Sheinin and his wife welcomed Lyla Jo into the world. She's nine pounds, 1.6 ounces, Sheinin said. "And she's about goddamned perfect."

* Some reading material here...

If you didn't see it yesterday, here is Steinberg's interview with the champion of the Jim Bowden resignation parade. If you post here regularly, you probably know him well.

The Washington Times throws two more names into the GM hat, Rays veep Gerry Hunsicker and Rangers senior adviser John Hart. Neither are up-and-comers; in fact, both have serious GM cred. Hunsicker was GM in Houston from 1996-2004. Hart has been a GM dating back to 1993, with both the Indians and Rangers. It's worth noting that John Schuerholz, before getting hired by Kasten in Atlanta, had nine years of GM experience in Kansas City.

From many media outlets, Jim Bowden is taking a beating on the way out the door. One sample.

Screech. Oh boy.

The Nats square off against the Italian WBC team today. Here's some background from the NYT about Mike Piazza, who has worked with the Azzurri.

* I'm betting the media dining room today serves pasta for lunch. They're on top of things like that.

By Chico Harlan  |  March 3, 2009; 8:24 AM ET
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Congrats to the Sheinins on the new arrival!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 3, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

I like the names being mentioned. I don't have anything really negaitive in mind about Rizzo. But,maybe we need a seasoned guy to take over. Someone with enough cred to be able to work with Stan and to keep the Lerners happy. With out the buddy buddy scene that Jimbo had with Marky Mark. It was detrimental to the team. It's time to get on the right tract. ie; no more signings like FLopez,Austin Kearns,Willy Mo Pena et al;. Adam Dunn can stay.

Posted by: ridgely1 | March 3, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Welcome Lyla Jo!!

Bowden's still getting kicked around at this point? The guy was not perfect, Lord knows, but he did not lack for effort, he was in a tough postion, he may look like a pretty smart guy Dukes, Milledge or the like hit their stride and, though I find his protestations about media madness a bit much, I think that media DID treat the guy unfairly (the DR problems are nothing that half the league is not dealing with, the Smiley thing is not such a huge or extraordinary problem and the federal investigation is not about Bowden at this point). Anyway, he's gone -- good luck JimBo.

I think that Times has something -- the Nats are likely to go beyond the orgnaization for a cnadidate who has done it before. That fits with Kasten's history and the Lerners, being baseball novices basically, seem more likely to be comfortable with a GM that has been there and done that.

Posted by: dfh123 | March 3, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Another nondescript early March morning has passed (it is 5:12 AM) and at least I have opening day tickets.

I am going back to bed.

Posted by: wigi | March 3, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

I'm with dfh on the Bowden bashing. He's gone, and it's tacky to keep piling on.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 3, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and by the way, tickets went on sale this morning...hopefully the ticketmaster system won't crash from the rush of purchases...

Posted by: mbk4380 | March 3, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

On the MLB-TV 30-30 show about the Nationals that aired the very weekend Bowden resigned, John Hart picked them to finish fourth in the NL East. And people think Bowden sucked up in order to get the GM job.

Of course, Hart strangely also picked the Marlins to finish fourth on their episode of 30-30. Maybe he's covering all his bases...

Posted by: nunof1 | March 3, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

I fear that should Rizzo not be selected, as was the case in Arizona, he would leave for greener pastures.

Posted by: cokedispatch | March 3, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations, Sheinins!

On the Bowden article Cheeks posted - should we be at all concerned that of the "Five Worst GMs Ever" (plus Bowden) the Nats have had two of them on their staff (Bowden, LaMar) and been strongly connected to a third (Duquette was one of the candidates when Bowden was hired?)

GM "experience" can be overrated - too many of the old hands are just that - old. Stuck in a mindset that says batting average and RBIs are the best measurements of talent, that run production isn't as important as toolsyness, etc.

Posted by: Highway295Revisited | March 3, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Congrats to the Sheinins!

Don't really have an opinion on the new GM, would be happy w/ Rizzo but not upset if he doesn't get it. Stan will obviously hire someone with whom he is comfortable. He's one for one on baseball GMs, I trust him to improve to two and two.

Posted by: Avar | March 3, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations to the Sheinin's on the addition to their family.

From way out here in Idaho, though, it seems very unusual to use God's name in vain in a sentence that describes the birth of a baby.

Don't get me wrong - 1st Amendment and all that - it just seems incongruous.

I guess my virgin ears have returned since leaving D.C. 15 years ago.

Posted by: rushfari | March 3, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Congrats to the Shenins.

I'm heading to the game this sunday in Viera vs. the hated Mets.

Anybody know how early one should arrive? Any other secrets are welcome.

Posted by: nattaboy | March 3, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

As I recall, I think the gates open about an hour before game time. You can usually see the visitors batting practice.

Posted by: cokedispatch | March 3, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, but the Rangers and Rays weren't setting the world on fire under their watch. (Hunsicker and Hart) Rizzo gets my vote among the three...

Posted by: 1of9000 | March 3, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Another new post up.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 3, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Congrats to the Sheinins!

Truly unfair to Dan Duquette. Lousy personality, made a few horrible judgments on who to keep and sign (Clemens, Offerman, John Valentin), but almost all of the key guys on the 2004 Red Sox (except Ortiz and Foulke) were Duquette guys. Also, wasn't he the GM for the 1994 Expos?

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | March 3, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

The majority of the baseball talking heads, from MLB Network, XM-175 MLB Homeplate, ESPN, FOX Sports, CNNSI all seem to be saying the same thing about Bowdens exit and Kastens new found roll.

"Its not a streach to say that industry was not fond of Bowden". Well the jury is probably still out regarding how much damage that did to the Nationals especially in 07 and 08.

"The Nationals as an organization has been rather dysfunctional and are not taken seriously by others within the industry". If your looking for a point man on that one you could possibly point the finger at the entire cast on the statement.

"Stan Kasten has been relegated to a carny-act over the past three years".
Good-bad-or indifferent that's basically what he was doing. Shilling everything about the operation(new stadium, transportation/parking issues, game-day experience, food vendors etc.) except the product on the field.

"With Bowden gone, Kasten will fix this mess up in short-order". He is the brains behind a good organization and if he picks Rizzo to be the GM while he takes on a more active role in Baseball ops, then the Lerners and the fans will be that much better off. Its a shame it didn't happen two years ago!

Posted by: TippyCanoe | March 3, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse



Posted by: imissrfk | March 3, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations, Sheinins!

Posted by: JohninMpls | March 3, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Congrats, Sheinins! Awesome news!

Posted by: Juan-John | March 3, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations to the Sheinins (of course, Dave's writing career just got set back about five years) !

Posted by: lowcountry | March 3, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

re Screech.
That can't be for real. Its some kind of early April Fool's gag.

Posted by: theguapo | March 3, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I miss the fat and dirty Screech from the past 4 years. Who is this bozo imposter? This is not good.

Posted by: s105 | March 3, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Please send my congrats to Dave and his new family! Great news!

Posted by: PattyinSJ | March 3, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

So the new Screech isn't a fat chicken. Now, it's a skinny chicken -- the same old ugly head on a different body. Why do the Nationals feel compelled to have a bird, anyway?

Posted by: COL_DFox | March 3, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse


From way out here in Idaho, though, it seems very unusual to use God's name in vain in a sentence that describes the birth of a baby.

I'm way out here in Oregon, but I have to say not everybody believes there is a supreme being, and the term that was used was pretty tame in this day and age.

Posted by: natsguy | March 3, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

I like the idea of John Hart -- mainly because he put together a heck of a team in the '90s in Cleveland. I also noticed that he picked both the Nats and Marlins fourth. I believe that he also picked both the Mets and Braves second as well.

Posted by: raymitten | March 3, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

New Screech...Ugh.

Posted by: jasper12 | March 3, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to Baby Sheinin and her Parents. Dave- its the best day of your life. Now you know just how much you would do for another human being!


Posted by: NatsWin | March 3, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I can live with new or old Screech because at least he is mute. That irritating loudmouth Clint, however, needs to go. He would have a great career at FedEx Field.

Posted by: SackMan | March 3, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Congrats on the kid!

Please no retreads Nats.

Posted by: tallbaby2121 | March 3, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Dave will learn to clean up his language now that he has a daughter. But otherwise, congratulations!

Posted by: logan9 | March 4, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

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