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Minor League Report

Here is the weekly organizational minor league report, courtesy of Nats PR man Bill Gluvna.

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NATIONALS MINOR LEAGUE REPORT

This Week's Top Headline

AND THE AWARD GOES TO...: Potomac Nationals 1B Chris Marrero was selected as the Single-A Carolina League Offensive Player of the Week by MILB.com for the period of May 18-24...he hit safely in all 7 games, batting at a .429 (12-for-28) clip with 2 home runs and 11 RBI to garner the award...Marrero has reached base via hit, walk or HBP in 35 of 41 games this season...additionally, he has hit safely in 33 of those 41 contests, batting .304 with 8 doubles, one triple, 6 home runs and 28 RBI...the 20-year-old is tied for 5th in the CL with 48 hits...Marrero entered the season rated by Baseball America as the No. 3 prospect -the top hitter- in Washington's system...he was the Nationals' top selection (15th overall) in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs
International League North Division
20-22, 4th Place , 8.0 Games Back

TYLER MADE: In 14 relief appearances, RHP Tyler Clippard is 3-0 with a 1.38 ERA and a .169 batting average against...Clippard hasn't allowed a hit since May 14 at Norfolk (Orioles), or in his last 6.0 innings (4 appearances)...the 24-year-old has worked more than 1.0 inning in 11 of his 14 appearances...he made 2 spot starts with the Nationals last season, going 1-1 with a 4.04 ERA...Clippard was acquired from the Yankees in exchange for RHP Jonathan Albaladejo, December 5, 2007.

BALLY STAR: RHP Collin Balester has tossed 10.0 consecutive scoreless innings over his last 2 starts...in those outings, he has held opposing batters to a .187 (6-for-32) BAA...he has allowed 3 runs or less in 6 of 9 starts overall...Balester, 22, made 15 starts at the big league level last season with Washington.

Double-A Harrisburg Senators
Eastern League Southern Division
11-31, 6th Place , 19.5 Games Back

EAZY-E: RHP Erik Arnesen is a combined 6-2 with a 2.45 ERA in 10 games (9 starts) with Harrisburg and Single-A Potomac...since his promotion to Harrisburg on May 11, he is 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA (6 ER/19.0 IP) and 19 strikeouts in 3 games (2 starts)...Arnesen, 25, went 4-1 with a 2.23 ERA (16 ER/32.1 IP) in 6 starting assignments with Potomac.

Single-A Potomac Nationals
Carolina League Northern Division
25-17, 2nd Place , 2.0 Games Back

DO TELL, MR. MANDEL: RHP Jeff Mandel won his 6th consecutive start, firing 6.0 shutout innings of 2-hit ball on Sunday at Lynchburg (Pirates)...in 8 starts overall, the 25-year-old is 6-1 with a 2.20 ERA and a .198 BAA...among CL pitchers, Mandel is 2nd in wins, ERA and WHIP (1.07)...Mandel was a 19th-round selection in the '07 First-Year Player Draft.

MT. EVERTS: RHP Clint Everts is 2-0 with 2 saves and a 1.29 ERA in 9 appearances...he has struck out 19 in 14.0 innings of work, an average of 12.2 strikeouts per 9.0 innings...Everts, 24, owns a 6.3 strikeout-to-walk ratio
(19 SO/3 BB)...the Cypress , Texas native was Montreal 's first-round pick (5th overall) in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft.

ROONEY TUNES : C Sean Rooney is hitting .472 (17-for-36) over his last 11 games after batting just .166 (7-for-42) in 14 games to begin the season...Rooney, a 2008 Single-A South Atlantic League mid-season All-Star, is hitting .308 with 9 doubles, 4 homers and 17 RBI in 24 games overall...the 23-year-old was selected in the 8th round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

Single-A Hagerstown Suns
South Atlantic League Northern Division
20-22, 5th Place , 4.5 Games Back

A SCINTILLATING SUN: C Derek Norris leads the Single-A South Atlantic League with 35 RBI, and ranks among the league leaders in home runs (2nd 10), slugging (2nd, .590), OPS (2nd .997), OBP (4th .407), total bases (t-4th, 85), walks (t-5th, 23) and batting average (10th, .313)...Norris paces Washington farmhands in home runs and RBI...he has thrown out 40% (17-for-43) of would-be basestealers...per Baseball America , he entered the season rated as the No. 6 prospect and top overall catching prospect in Washington's system

MARCO(S) POLO: RHP Marcos Frias is 2-0 with a 2.07 ERA (6 ER/26.0 IP) with 28 strikeouts in his last 5 starts...overall, he has 40 strikeouts against just 8 walks (5.0 SO/BB ratio) in 8 starts...Frias, 20, signed with Washington as a minor league free agent, March 5, 2007.

By Chico Harlan  |  May 28, 2009; 1:23 PM ET
 
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Bill must have missed this one, Colten Willems' line from last night.

0 IP 5 H 6 R 6 ER 2 BB 0 K

Posted by: RickFelt | May 28, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

"When is one of the columnists at the Post finally going to show some balls and write what needs to be written. Manny has to go"

Perhaps they don't agree with you. Maybe you're even wrong.

Posted by: Section506 | May 28, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe any player should argue with the umps, they should be focused on playing. One of the manager's jobs should be to make sure that his team and players are being treated properly by the umps. Dunn and Colome could have gotten upset, but they shouldn't have to for Manny to come out and question the calls. They should feel like Manny will fight for them when it is necessary. And sometimes it isn't about getting your team pumped up because you got tossed, but rather about making sure that your team knows that you are not going to stand by and let them get hosed.

Posted by: NeedANatsFix | May 28, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

If Colome felt he was getting hosed by that balk call last night, he should have done something to indicate that he felt that way. Doesn't have to be an argument, just some indication so his manager would know there was some question regarding the call. Colome did nothing. He basically shrugged it off and went on to the next pitch. It's hard to justify the manager coming out and arguing something when the player who was involved doesn't even seem to have a problem with the call.

Posted by: nunof1 | May 28, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Newposted.

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I'm not posting all that again--YOU go back and read it. I'm busy.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 28, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

So, has anyone heard, or figured out, what the balk call was for?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 28, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

>"When is one of the columnists at the Post finally going to show some balls and write what needs to be written. Manny has to go"

Perhaps they don't agree with you. Maybe you're even wrong.

lol The Last of the Mohicans.

It's an IQ test, shorty.

Posted by: Brue | May 28, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

"If Colome felt he was getting hosed by that balk call last night, he should have done something to indicate that he felt that way. Doesn't have to be an argument, just some indication so his manager would know there was some question regarding the call. Colome did nothing."

Respectfully disagree. It's better for pitchers to keep their composure. You learn that in little league.

Posted by: dclifer97 | May 28, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Dear Brue,

You are an idiot, and rarely ever right. If I am confused about the right baseball move, my default position is opposite yours. The occurrence of others who also believe Acta should be fired is mere coincidence and should not be construed as some validation of your own terrible reasoning.

Love,
506

Posted by: Section506 | May 28, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

On Belliard. He's decided the season is over. So, while I agree that he should be DFA'ed just as Millege was sent down ...

It is the sign of an overall morale and motivation problem. And THAT IS MANNY ACTA'S responsibility, and no one elses! Frank Robby would have dealt with this harshly. There's no room for this sort of attitude in May. Where some of the team play well, and the rest don't. Where too many play well only when certain pitchers are pitching ... albeit the clubhouse no longer has Cabrera in it ...

Manny just doesn't have what it takes to be a major league manager. He is better suited to the Minors.

Posted by: periculum | May 28, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

>>If you turn this easily then you ain't a loyal fan anyway.

I've got enough love in my heart for 2 teams. And if you're in the area and you turn a blind eye, you may be missin out on some fine ball playing.
Adam Jones, and I don't say this lightly, is as close as you'll see to a modern day Willie Mays. Markakis--Stud. Reimold--possible future star. And Weiters, well I've been told he's the Strasberg of catchers. Personally I'm excited.
And I still luv the DC Neuters.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 28, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Colome did react to the balk call. He looked around with a WTF look. Then took a moment to refocus himself. Colome did the right thing by not going ballistic. You don't need a reliever getting kicked and now the new guy has to ge ready in a hurry.

But while Colome was refocusing himslef there - that's when Manny should have come out and questioned the balk. I've pitched before and while I am not an MLB ump, I didn't see a balk. Dibble and Carpenter didn't see a balk. Nieves reacted and he didn't see a balk.

Perfect time for Manny to come out and get an interpretation. Perfect then for Manny to say after the game that the 3rd base ump saw Colome move his elbow or whatever and then roll the video for the reporters and ask if they can see it.

Posted by: comish4lif | May 28, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Boswell suggested in his chat that he would be putting up an on-line column about Manny today. He was in fact somewhat critical of Manny in his chat, so we shall see what he has to say in the column...

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | May 28, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

"I've got enough love in my heart for 2 teams. And if you're in the area and you turn a blind eye, you may be missin out on some fine ball playing.
Adam Jones, and I don't say this lightly, is as close as you'll see to a modern day Willie Mays. Markakis--Stud. Reimold--possible future star. And Weiters, well I've been told he's the Strasberg of catchers. Personally I'm excited.
And I still luv the DC Neuters."
"Posted by: dovelevine | May 28, 2009"

Then I know who to come to for my $$$, tax dollars that is. Montgomery County taxes sent to the state coffers and then used by the then governor of Baltimore to build two very expensive stadiums in the heart of B-more for Cal Pipken, his brother, his dad and for Arty Modell so that he could start a sporting goods business with the bonus he received to sign on Baltimore's dotted line.

You owe me dude.

Posted by: periculum | May 28, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

"Respectfully disagree. It's better for pitchers to keep their composure. You learn that in little league."

It's possible to indicate that you disagree with a call while still keeping your composure. You learn that as an adult.

Posted by: nunof1 | May 28, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Morale, motivation: That is MANNY's responsbility. That was shown when he banished Milledge to the minors. Perhaps he "banished" the wrong guy?

For starters, Manny is too reactive, not proactive.

Posted by: periculum | May 28, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

"I've got enough love in my heart for 2 teams."
__________________________________________________________

dovelevine,

I will take everything you post from here on out with a grain of salt.

All your pissing and moaning about the Nats don't mean crap to me now.

Pick a team, Judas.

Posted by: Section505203 | May 28, 2009 2:37 PM

Posted by: Section505203 | May 28, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

"Colome did react to the balk call. He looked around with a WTF look."

Was it any different than his normal WTF look? Didn't look like it to me. But then again I only saw the TV closeups. Watching him from afar in the dugout, I'm sure the nuances of his WTF looks were much more clear.

Posted by: nunof1 | May 28, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

manny doesn't make roster moves. the gm does.

Posted by: longterm | May 28, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

"dovelevine, I will take everything you post from here on out with a grain of salt."

Dude! Don't do it! With dovey's stream-of-consciousness posts, you're going to be out of salt in no time.

Posted by: joebleux | May 28, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Should Colome have gone Sambrano on some object in the dugout?

Posted by: tomfoc31 | May 28, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

When is the organization going to promote Marrero?

He sounds ready.

Posted by: jbartelloni | May 28, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

"Boswell suggested in his chat that he would be putting up an on-line column about Manny today. He was in fact somewhat critical of Manny in his chat, so we shall see what he has to say in the column..."

I'm sure he'll perform his normal flip-flop from one extreme to the other, all in the same column. The only question is whether he'll do it multiple times in a single paragraph or just stick to once. Also, there's always the suspense of us finding out what profound insights he (Boswell) shared with Kasten or Rizzo or Acta or even Lerner the last time he annoyed them with a phone call. But hey, at least he writes about the Nats, huh, unlike all the other Post columnists.

Posted by: nunof1 | May 28, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

if marrero hadn't broken his leg last year i think he'd be up next year easily. he needs to abuse Double-A pitching first. if nick johnson gets a lifeboat trade away from this team it won't be marrero though.

Posted by: longterm | May 28, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

"When is the organization going to promote Marrero?

He sounds ready."


Yeah. He's tearing it up for 2 months in his second year in A ball. Sweet. You should hope to see him in 2011.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | May 28, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I apologize if this article was posted before. I just caught it on newsday.

http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/ny-spken2812809891may27,0,7519419.column

Posted by: FloresFan | May 28, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

>"dovelevine, I will take everything you post from here on out with a grain of salt."

>>Dude! Don't do it! With dovey's stream-of-consciousness posts, you're going to be out of salt in no time. Posted by: joebleux


Bwahahahah. Good one. BTW that reminds me.....

Posted by: dovelevine | May 28, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Pardon me, it's actually Marrero's third season in A ball, though last year was of course cut short by his injury.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | May 28, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

506, it's possible, but not likely, that none of the columists agree with me. That said, I've been around the game for over 50 years, so it is not from a small data sample that I can say that Manny has to go. He has brought the team up from Florida not ready to play for three years in a row. The first two you had to give him the benefit of doubt, but this year is the clincher. Manny himself said that this should be his best team, yet they can't even make the simple plays that most high school teams can make. Dibble was absolutely right last night when he said that he (and those of us who played for any amount of time) had learned some of stuff in little league. I could go on but running out of space and time. Just one more point. Some of the Manny supporters point at the Caps as an example. Well, I'd agree with them but they seem to forget that, even with Ovechkin, it wasn't until they got a coach who could bring the best out in them that they started winning.No matter what the sport, you have to put your players in the best possible positions to succeed. Manny doesn't.

Posted by: truke | May 28, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Clint Everts was a quality Minaya pick.... Explain to me how this guy still has a GM job?

Posted by: mjwies11 | May 28, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Manny + Zambrano = average tempered guy

Most of the time, arguing with refs doesn't work but if you never argue, your team can lose confidence in you or not want to play for you. It's a tough line to walk.

Posted by: derwink | May 28, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

i'll agree with this knock against manny. every year the team stumbles out of the gate.

but i don't blame manny for felipe lopez. and i don't blame manny for belliard. and i still remember what the saint has done from day one here.

most in here are quick to blame ownership or managers. i'll be quick to blame the players.

Posted by: longterm | May 28, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

All well reasoned arguments, truke. Much better than they don't have the balls and you do.

Another possible (cynical) explanation for keeping Manny besides you don't think he's that bad of a manager: not to pay two managers for a team destined to be low in the second division at the end of the season anyway.

Posted by: Section506 | May 28, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Someone will hire Wally Backman and it might as well be the Nats.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8F1BEB6adDs

Posted by: happyjack1962 | May 28, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Another possible (cynical) explanation for keeping Manny besides you don't think he's that bad of a manager: not to pay two managers for a team destined to be low in the second division at the end of the season anyway.

Posted by: Section506 | May 28, 2009 3:23 PM
________________________________________________________________

That would fit in with the way the Lerner's and "The Plan Man" run things....on the cheap.

Posted by: Section505203 | May 28, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

"I've been around the game for over 50 years, so it is not from a small data sample that I can say that Manny has to go. He has brought the team up from Florida not ready to play for three years in a row. The first two you had to give him the benefit of doubt, but this year is the clincher. Manny himself said that this should be his best team, yet they can't even make the simple plays that most high school teams can make. Dibble was absolutely right last night when he said that he (and those of us who played for any amount of time) had learned some of stuff in little league."

Entirely agree.

Manny picks the team if not the 40 man squad. He makes out the line up card. He's the motivator and manager. He decides who goes in when. He should have immediately yanked Belliard right off the field after that bone head play.

NOW MANNY is cheating the fans, not the players. By rewarding recalcitrant players and banishing others to the minors. Dunn, Zimmerman, Johnson, and to some extent Guzman are doing everything possible to give them a chance to win. This is now being entirely WASTED!

Its time for Manny to go.

Posted by: periculum | May 28, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I keep hearing this comment that "Manny will be a great manager some day but not here."
Why? What has he done to show that he'll be a great manager. He doesn't know his team at all. He came out of spring training with Milledge in center and leading off. He had Kearns, after all these bum years, starting ahead of Dukes in right. We all know how those two decisions paid off.
His pitching staff and bullpen was a complete mess.

We've watched him, with first base open, even with 3 balls on the batter try to pitch instead of putting the batter on. And that has led to home runs, doubles, etc., which has even led to Dibble losing it in the booth.
His teams make ridiculous errors, are unfocused and seem at times completely uninterested.

So I ask: what leads anyone to think Manny Acta is a good manager. He's in a completely stress-free situation and he can't seem to handle it. There's nothing I've seen from him which is in the least bit encouraging. He doesn't think outside the box at all and obviously can't compete inside the box.
SO no, I don't think he ever was and will ever be a good manager.
Time to say good riddance to bad rubbish.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 28, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Line of the day:

I was chatting with a police officer in my building who's a fellow Nats sufferer.

Me: "Today's an off-day, so at least they can't lose."

Him: "With this team, you never know ..."

Posted by: Bethesdangit | May 28, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

First Acta then Stan the Plan. Guarantee you no other organization would be sticking with a manager with this record.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 28, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

This is a very weird group here. It's amazing how few posts are even on topic. You just carry on the same arguments from one thread to another because you're afraid you won't get your licks in if there's a new thread post. And, I might add, your comments are becoming increasingly extreme and ridiculous, on all sides.

On topic -- how is it a 2002 pick is at A ball? It's nice to read he's dominating there, but....

Clippard needs to be up by the end of the All-Star break. If Balester keeps this up, he should get another look before season's end, too. My guess is that Marrero goes up to AA by July, too. Might be smart to move him up sooner. The Nats are going to have to make a decision about next year's first baseman. If Marrero is a year or away or less, that should influence the decision.

Posted by: fischy | May 28, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Me: "Today's an off-day, so at least they can't lose."

Every day they keep this regime in tact is a loss. Acta and St. Clair need to go.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 28, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I think they're waiting until short season starts to move up some of the guys from A ball like Marerro

Posted by: JDB1 | May 28, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

OK....so I gave Boz a question b4 his talk...couldn't be there live. No response...and no disparagement intended towards those he answered. Maybe he'll address some of it in his on line piece-so where is it? Hurry up! the gist, though is "Where are the Lerners? I've posted on it before, but given the absolute debacle this season has become, I think we're owed a public appearance/statement from the owners. Again, as I've noted,so far I'm still only crediting them with incompetence due to inexperience.I think we all WANT to like the holders of a public trust. Maybe they feel they can explain all the apparent blunders. I'm listening.At the very least, an acknowledgment of the goodwill squandered, expressions of gratitude for those of us still passionately on board, mea culpas for the lack of communication....or Heck, outright defiance and an insistence that they are on the right track. Something. Anything.Make US believe that you care about the franchise as much as WE do. That this isn't just another piece in the vast family portfolio. That making it profitable sometimes isn't in the best interest for this kind of property. Do you spend more money at the bar where the barman/mgr/owner buys you the occasional pop and acts grateful that you're there? Where your fellow patrons are having a good time, and as a result MORE people want in? Sure, your profit percentage might be lower, but a lower margin on much higher revenue-you put MONEY in the bank, not percentages.Likewise players willing to come here,fans wanting to come to the park.HAPPY fans.It's no fun being a fan whose only joy comes from the bitter fruit of pointing to yet another blunder. MLB already has the Cubs....
Sorry for this long digressive riff, NJers...it's just that the Lerners seem to be decent, honorable folks;shy, publicity adverse-that's OK, too; but their public indifference is starting to seem like "Brownie, yer doin' a HECK of a job" out of touch-ness...but knowing me, win 5 in a row and I'll probably have 'em in the series next year, and singing the Lerners praises. I actually predicted 84 wins this year...ah,how sweet it is to have our OWN team to anguish over! Go Nats...

Posted by: zendo | May 28, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Oh yea and that 3rd base coach who keeps holding runners, who never end up scoring, also needs the heave ho.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 28, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Also how come no WAPO interviews with the Lerners, Kasten or Acta about the state of the team???!!!!
WE really don't need any more game stories. We can write them ourselves in advance. How bout tellin us something real!!!
HELLO??? ANYONE HOME?

Posted by: dovelevine | May 28, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I think I need a primer on which words I need to capitalize so that my meaning REALLY comes across.

Posted by: fischy | May 28, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

The team needs a shake up!! NO00000.......(ya think?)Frank would have had Belliard for dinner last night after that brain fart for failing to cover first.Let's be clear that would not have happened if Frank was managing this team, they would not be twenty games under.500, the Nats would at least be competitive and close to .500 but that's all water under the Anacostia river. Manny is overmatched and the franchise is the laughing stock of MLB, so what now? Fire Manny do it today show the players and the fan base that we are serious about winning basball don't wait until the weekend implodes against the Phillies DO IT NOW!!.

Posted by: dargregmag | May 28, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I hate to say it but I think we're at the stage where we need to go backwards before we can turn this ship around. It's that time. We have to start rooting for the Nats to lose until the rulers in the ivory tower get so humiliated that they finally make a move and get rid of....well you know the rest. So here goes..Go Phillies.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 28, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

dargregmag

are you referring to the same frank who was castigated and pilloried on this site as being too old school, too inflexible, too out of touch with today's players and too likely to be asleep on the bench at times? that frank? listen, managers like frank lost the hammer once free agency was implemented in 1976 because front offices are more likely to side with the players in order to keep them happy.

Posted by: surly_w | May 28, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

But, dovelevine you have another team up 95 you root for so, why not spare us your, as joebleux put it "stream-of-consciousness posts", and go on a O's blog?

Good grief, your firing everyone from Manny to the batboy for a team you could just cast aside so easily for a rival just up the road.

Posted by: Section505203 | May 28, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

On topic -- how is it a 2002 pick is at A ball? It's nice to read he's dominating there, but....

Fischy, I checked BA and it says he was drafted straight out of HS at the age of 19.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/features/03top10s/expos.html

Posted by: FloresFan | May 28, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

...baited breath, Boz...we're waiting. Wonder if T. Loverro is on Sportreporters 2nite. He's been pullin' no punches for a while now.'Course, we all know that the "other" DC paper is for crackpots.....just like Jose Canseco is a liar. Gosh-no game tonight....what are we gonna do?

Posted by: zendo | May 28, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

>>Good grief, your firing everyone from Manny to the batboy for a team you could just cast aside so easily for a rival just up the road. Posted by:Section505203

Come on 505, you gotta get thicker skin. You're missing the fun of having 2 teams-- being able to see and root for teams in the American as well as National League. Do New Yawkers have to choose between the Mets and Yanks? Do Windy City Peeps have to decide between the Sox and Cubbies.
Besides my kid was raised on the Os when there was no Nats. So that's his original team. Now he loves both but thinks Acta and St. Clair should go. Smart kid.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 28, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Just a little tidbit: Our team BAA is now identical to our team win percentage (.283).
Isn't that great?? Something to be proud of for once.

Posted by: RickFelt | May 28, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

>>Course, we all know that the "other" DC paper is for crackpots..

Really? Check again Bubba. The Times runs at least twice as many Nats columns as The Post, sad as that is.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 28, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

"Do New Yawkers have to choose between the Mets and Yanks?"

They don't have to, but they do. Which would explain all the "Yankees Suck" cheers coming out of the stands last night at a Mets-Nats game.

Posted by: nunof1 | May 28, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Growing up in NY -- Anyone over 12 has already chosen.

Posted by: fischy | May 28, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

"Really? Check again Bubba. The Times runs at least twice as many Nats columns as The Post, sad as that is."

The Times Nats columnist by himself weighs as much as three Post columnists, sad as that is. That's probably why he hates the Nats - they won't let him go first in the buffet line or provide him with a double-wide chair in the press box.

Posted by: nunof1 | May 28, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

>>"Do New Yawkers have to choose between the Mets and Yanks?" They don't have to, but they do

Yea OK I was waitin for that.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 28, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Sad to say the Bozwell column on "the Gum Chewer" means very little in the big scheme of things.

Since the only Sports Talker in this town doesn't even talk about baseball, the groundswell that would be needed to get the Lerners attention doesn't even exist. So the "Gum Chewer" will just grab another piece of Boozka while his craptastic team continues to master the art of failing.

Posted by: TippyCanoe | May 28, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Dovelevine,

You owe us big time $$$ that your benefactor the Governor of Ballimer spent. Pay up, we need the stimulus package to get us a better team and perhaps a stadium in DC for the Redskins. Gov't bought just like your franchises in Ballllllimeeerrr... Your Naty Boh belongs to us. Give it up.

Posted by: periculum | May 28, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

nunof,

Why would you make fun of Tom Loverro like that? What's the point?

Posted by: Section505203 | May 28, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Manny does have to go. But I don't see any point in firing him right now. I think the damage for this season has been done, and firing Manny won't make things better or worse. They aren't going to hire somebody mid-season, they'll let Riggleman and the same support staff watch this team wither in the summer heat instead of Acta. This isn't (only) the Lerner's being cheap, this team is not worth going out and hiring an interim manager. You want to be able to choose from all available managerial options, and most candidates will not interview or leave their current assignment mid-season. The Nats might as well wait for the offseason and let the new, official General Manager put the team together from the coaching staff on up (whether that be Rizzo or somebody else).

Posted by: cheeseburger53 | May 28, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Best blog definitely goes to the Times and Zuckerman. Doubt that Boswell can beat it.

Its just possible, with Manny as skipper, that the Nats will have fewer wins than Dunn has homers. An ignominious record if there ever was one. But I can top that, and steal Boswell's thunder ... what if Zimmerman is able to keep a reasonable pace in homers along with Dunn? Would the Nats have two players with more homers than wins?

Posted by: periculum | May 28, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

"But I don't see any point in firing him right now. I think the damage for this season has been done, "

Its ONLY MAY!? And the veritable survival of the franchise in Washington is at stake! There is no rich daddy "taxpayersbucksRmine" like the former Governor of Ballimer Schaefer to rescue them. Yes, get rid of Manny, and do whatever it takes to take advantage of Nick, Zimmerman, and Dunn hitting together!

Posted by: periculum | May 28, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Fat is never funny, 505203. I'm not making fun of him, I'm firing a warning shot across his rather ample bow. Something's wrong when you find a fat guy who's not jolly, and Loverro is about as big a sourpuss as there is.

Posted by: nunof1 | May 28, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

I kneel at the foot of the Boz alter but unfortunately have to say what an unbelievably useless article by him--reallly one of his worst. He says absolutely nothing and adds nothing new to the argument either way. And worst of all he gives that old hack line he's been giving about Acta being a good manager someday but for another team but gives absolutely no evidence to support that. Too bad.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 28, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

The WHIP again seems to be the right indicator. The Pitching staff is still not even close to "recovered".

Top 4 NATS with decent WHIP's? Detwiler, Villone, Martis, and Stammen. Three starters, one reliever. Seems to tell it like it is.

Posted by: periculum | May 28, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

>>I'm firing a warning shot across his rather ample bow. Something's wrong when you find a fat guy who's not jolly Posted by: nunof1

Now that's comedy.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 28, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

"This is a very weird group here. It's amazing how few posts are even on topic. You just carry on the same arguments from one thread to another because you're afraid you won't get your licks in if there's a new thread post. And, I might add, your comments are becoming increasingly extreme and ridiculous, on all sides."

That's because it's the same posters over and over again. Come back after a win, they don't post as often then.

Really, I blame talk radio for the utter destruction of discourse in society. The emphasis is all about a sharper zing, never about a better point.

Posted by: Section506 | May 28, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

>>Come back after a win,

.........nevermind.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 28, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

"Posted by: Section506 | May 28, 2009"

Number of posts by Section506 and his clone:
I may be mistaken but I think there are SEVEN HERE!

Shall we count the number of times you post from past blog entries? How big a number do you think that would be?

I hate hypocrites and you are bigger than Loverro when it comes down to that.

Posted by: periculum | May 28, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

The team has already been through three "shakeups". Management (with the exception of Bowden) is all that is left to "shake up".

Posted by: periculum | May 28, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

>It's amazing how few posts are even on topic.

I think they're all on topic. It's all about the same thing anyway--the Nats. So it inevitably comes down to why they are losing which seemingly always leads us back to the manager. Kind of a six degrees thing. But until Acta goes, I'm afraid the team is developing a personality for losing. That's what is scary. Once that seeps in, kiss everything else goodbye.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 28, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

>>Management (with the exception of Bowden) is all that is left to "shake up".Posted by: periculum

That's the most important thing. It all starts at the top. Look at the Redskins for cryin out loud. They are so dysfunctional at the top that they can never get out of their own way and its groundhog day every season. Unfortunately the Lerners aren't going anywhere but Acta and Stan the No plan really have to go. And since Kasten isn't going anywhere that leaves well you know who, and that third base coach. I'm not forgetting you.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 28, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

>>Come back after a win,

.........nevermind.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 28, 2009 5:39 PM |

Well played, davelavine

Posted by: fischy | May 28, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Well gotta get ready for my Os now. They're pullin a Nats and bringing up a AAA phenom--Hernandez to pitch tonight. Had around 14 Ks in his last outing. Have a good one. See ya tomorrow and remember the chant--Go Phillies.
You may now resume your regular scheduled topic.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 28, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

One of Boswell's worst columns, but at least it reads like an epitaph. I'll take it.

Posted by: RickFelt | May 28, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

OK: On topic: Balester and Clippard will likely be called up sooner or later. Clippard probably sooner given his WHIP and the fact he is now a reliever. JD Martin continues to look very, very good. Why not try him? Gotta be better than the grand Cabrera experiment?

Marerro and Potomac are on their way to the playoffs. Hagerstown, Harrisburg, and Syracuse are not doing so well.

Boswell did say that the team has been remade, "shaken up" 2 or 3 times now. And management has always remained constant. Meaning Manny is definitely on the chopping block. But I am the Lerners, so too are Kasten and Rizzo.

Big change in the middle of the season? Why not? They aren't going anywhere, might as well get the reorg done now as opposed to later. At least to the fan base it will look like something is being done.

Posted by: periculum | May 28, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

OOps...back late to the party> Exactly my point, doveline-teh "other" paper has been much more informative about our Nats. I was attempting satire, I guess not too effectively. Same for Loverro-I think he's great, and has had a jaundiced-and informed- view of our franchise for quite some time. W/O Harlan and this Journal and all who participate, it wouldn't be close

Posted by: zendo | May 28, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Dovelevine: "Well gotta get ready for my Os now. They're pullin a Nats and bringing up a AAA phenom--Hernandez to pitch tonight."

Please forward a sum of $1,000 to Montgomery County Tax Payers PayPal account for loaning you funds allowing you to enjoy NFL football and MLB in your city. Two new stadiums, a new franchise, and a "rescued" franchise were provided by Montgomery Tax Payers. Please Remit immediately.

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Posted by: periculum | May 28, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

blatant, too. But they're offering great odds on the Phillies, and 3-1 Manny doesn't last the season.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 28, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Under the heading this could be more about the Nats even though they aren't contending:
(Why do these guys continue to win while carrying two guys who may be well past their primes and underperforming even the worst of the Nats starters?

Jayson Stark, ESPN:
(On handling the Ortiz and Moyer crises)

Unlike love, literature and season finales of "The Bachelor," baseball is an operation that allows very little room for sentiment.

But tell that to Terry Francona in Boston, as he contemplates what to do about the face of his franchise, David Ortiz.

Tell that to Charlie Manuel in Philadelphia, as he mulls the fate of his town's most beloved 46-year-old pitcher, Jamie Moyer.

Tell two of baseball's most humane managers they should just go ahead and make franchise-altering decisions on two of their most special players as if they were human computers, spitting out the most logical spreadsheet computations. Yeah, right.

Tell them to make those decisions without ever factoring in everything that Ortiz and Moyer have done and everything they mean to their teams, inside and outside the lines. Yeah, right.

To everybody who thinks managing is all about X's, O's and who should come stomping out of the bullpen to face Albert Pujols in the eighth, we say: Guess again.

What managing really is all about is how you handle the human beings affected by every X and every O. And no current plot-lines in this whole sport prove that point better than the storms swirling around Ortiz, Moyer and the men who manage them.

Posted by: periculum | May 28, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

OK, we've been avoiding the obvious here the whole time. Someone's got to say it. This blog is the reason the Nats are losing, and it needs to be shut down.
It's indisputable. The more negative it gets in here, the worse the team looks, the more injuries they have, the more incomprehensible the strategy gets, and the more beaten down the whole enterprise looks. The correlation is clear.
The first three months they were here, the team went 50-31. Once DC-area fans got ahold of them, well ... you know the result: increasing morbidity. It can't be the players--very few are still here from that team (and the few who are, like Guzman and Nick, aren't doing so badly). They've changed managers, they've changed GMs, heck, they've even changed Screech.

I think it's high time this blog should man up (no offense, 1a, natsnut, et al.) and be accountable for pissing off the baseball gods in ways unmatched in a generation.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 28, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

In the end, Manny Acta has no gravitas. He can't ever stare down a player, influence an umpire or even train a team to get ready for Opening Day. Kasten/Bowden gambled on hiring a manager that had nothing really other than an upbeat attitude and the desire to manage by using the new statistics. He was the polar opposite of Frank Robinson and maybe that influenced the hire. Manny may be the ideal single A manager for the Nats, but in terms of managing against veteran managers and managing with this collection of players the flaws are coming out.

Do the Nats have someone in mind that can do the things that Manny seems not inclined to do? Someone who can sharpen this team by whatever means? The Nats flat out got bullied up in New York, they have become the league patsies. Need to rest your best players and still win? Play the Nats. Need to end a team wide hitting slump? Play the Nats. Need to have starting pitchers suddenly go deep? Now of course you play the Nats. Need to end a slide of any kind? Play the Nats.

We are the kids at school who get their lunch money stolen every day. We are spineless. We are sometimes good enough to lose the close games, but hardly ever do we steal a game in the ninth or beyond. We give up in extra innings. We play the close games like we are concerned about the departure times for the team bus.
We talk about how we "never give up" and yet we field with indifference, we seldom take the extra base, we never ever put our foot on the throat of the other team. We act like we are fated to lose. We are "The Patsies".

Posted by: driley | May 28, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

"Big change in the middle of the season? Why not? They aren't going anywhere, might as well get the reorg done now as opposed to later. At least to the fan base it will look like something is being done."

Where will we get this mythical manager who is going to turn things around? Nobody is going to leave their job mid-season!! We'll be stuck with the same coaches we have now - Manny Acta, and nothing will change. Or we can hire somebody who was fired earlier than Manny- replace a loser with a proven loser? Is this the real answer? Or even better- hire somebody who is such a proven loser couldn't even get a job this offseason. That will turn things around!! If you want to get rid of Acta, I understand. Just don't think the Nats are going to find their real "answer" before the offseason. Don't be so naive to think that a mid-season "reorg" will change squat. Doing something just for the sake of doing anything at all, with no thought to the actual outcome is how Jim Bowden messed this team up in the first place. The fan base might cheer for a day, but if things get worse, they'll run away faster.

Hire a new GM, then let him (or her- I would love to see Kim Ng in front of this franchise) find the real manager of 2010 and (hopefully) beyond. Until then, all we have is to pay attention to how the kids respond in this attrocious, lost season of '09.

Posted by: cheeseburger53 | May 28, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

@fischy, JDB:

Bingo on each of your earlier points (re: Clippard, Balester, Marrero). By the ML All-Star break, the FO should have a handle on each of these players.
Clippard could come up to WSH at the break (if he hasn't already), and Marrero should bump up to AA; Balester is a harder call - they may hold back on him, and use him as a replacement when one of the other young'uns (JZimm, Detwiler, Stammen, Martis) get closer to their IP/Total Pitches thrown limits in late August.

Posted by: BinM | May 28, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Have to assume (maybe they will get cheap again), that they will draft two college pitchers instead of Strasberg and a high schooler. High School pitcher is Colton Willem. Not doing so hot right now. HS is much higher risk.

They could ostensibly draft Strasberg and the best college reliever. If that happens one might expect that they both might end up making major league debuts in August.

This would change the current dynamic where guys are swapped back-and-forth between Harrisburg, Syracuse and Washington. Have to expect they let a couple of vets go to put these pitchers on the 40 man roster. And given their record, and the current pitching ... why not?

Posted by: periculum | May 28, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

@dove:

OK, you're such a savant - Send your resume' & thoughts to the Nationals FO. Who knows, maybe they'll interview & hire you for one of the spots you're constantly raging to be replaced.

Posted by: BinM | May 28, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Robinson has a better won/loss record than both Acta and Riggleman. Managing teams that were "less than talented" ...

All that Acta and Riggleman have limited major league playing experience, known as "bright minds", they are younger, but they also lack of "fire" in their demeanor.

Robinson sure looks better for this team given its current state, and current problems. But who knows?

Posted by: periculum | May 28, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

"Hire a new GM, then let him (or her- I would love to see Kim Ng in front of this franchise) find the real manager of 2010 and (hopefully) beyond. Until then, all we have is to pay attention to how the kids respond in this attrocious, lost season of '09."

"Posted by: cheeseburger53 | May 28, 2009"

Robinson might come back.
Hire Ng now. Why wait?

Posted by: periculum | May 28, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

In other words:

Do something! This franchise will look pretty ridiculous if two players end up hitting more home runs than the number of wins their team wins.

Posted by: periculum | May 28, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Periculum, I'm intrigued: how is hating on idiocy and also posting seven times hypocritical? Do you take to heart the wisdom that nothing intelligent is ever posted on the internet? I mean, generally, not just your own posts.

Posted by: Section506 | May 28, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Read through all the posts here and came to one conclusion:

If these were actual face to face discussions and not a blog, there would be at least three fist fights and a couple of arrests.

Posted by: TimDz | May 28, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

"Periculum, I'm intrigued: how is hating on idiocy and also posting seven times hypocritical? Do you take to heart the wisdom that nothing intelligent is ever posted on the internet? I mean, generally, not just your own posts."

"Posted by: Section506 | May 28, 2009"

I quote Section506:

"That's because it's the same posters over and over again."

You should have been included.


Posted by: periculum | May 28, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

"Read through all the posts here and came to one conclusion:

If these were actual face to face discussions and not a blog, there would be at least three fist fights and a couple of arrests."

"Posted by: TimDz | May 28, 2009"

Perhaps its because we take a healthy attitude toward winning by the Nats franchise more seriously than Manny Acta does?

In three years he has taken this team from the edge of respectable to a ridiculous laughing stock.

Posted by: periculum | May 28, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure what you all are saying in here. Are you trying to tell us you don't like Manny Acta as a manager? And that the team isn't very good?

Maybe it's like Tinkerbell--if enough people post the same thing enough times, it'll come true.

Or, in the argot of the NJ, "This isnt rockit sergury!"

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 28, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

"'That's because it's the same posters over and over again.'

"You should have been included."

Oooooooooh! See, when you read off the internet, sometimes you put multiple sentences together to make a paragraph. They are a group of sentences with a common theme that, taken together, tell a more complete story.

As an added bonuses, sometimes one paragraph can be connected to another. In that way many facets of a single theme are woven together.

And even rarer, occasionally one person will write one paragraph, and then someone else will write a paragraph that responds to the ideas in the first person's! This is called a "discussion" and it's something that two consenting adults sometimes do that's normal.

In the example you raise, see, one poster made a paragraph about how the only thing ever found on Nats Journal is negative idiocy and calls for the manager's head over and over again. My response took his point and expanded on it to give us a different view of the same problem by noting that it was the same couple negative idiots posting again and again, thus giving us a richer understanding of how you're dumbing down our culture!


Posted by: Section506 | May 28, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

baseball is great, the amount of passion on a blog for a team that is terrible...gotta love it

Posted by: formerlylove1 | May 29, 2009 1:21 AM | Report abuse

manny is a mensch. a real adult. and he knows what he's doing. if kasten fires him, the only difference it will make is for the nats to look even more discombobulated than before. we're just gonna hafta gut this one out, folks. the organization is still trying to recover from having almost been killed by MLB, part of which was leaving us with jimbow. if as everybody says sports is about building character as well as performing on the field, manny is the man for both tasks. if you want cheap gestures, make manny's day and send him off to work for a real team. i devoutly hope the nats have sense enough to keep acta this year and next and work on a roster worthy of his talents and integrity.

Posted by: natty-bumppo | May 29, 2009 1:25 AM | Report abuse

I know this is a little bit off topic, but Nick Johnson is a really valuable trade chip right now. Especially if the Nats trade him sooner rather than later considering he is a free agent after the season and doesn't work into our long term plans. With the severe decline of David Ortiz there have some reports that the Red Sox are interested in him. He would really fill in well at the DH role for the Sox. I hear that Manny Delcarmen has been mentioned in trade talks. I don't think Manny Delcarmen alone should facilitate a trade, but I read on Foxsports.com that maybe the Sox would be willing to deal Junichi Tazawa. This would make a lot of sense for the Nats. That is if the Red Sox are willing to deal Junichi Tazawa, taking into consideration he was a relatively high profile signing and did not come with a cheap price tag. Any thoughts?
http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/9611414/These-deals-need-to-happen-now!

Posted by: RickLoughery | May 29, 2009 1:41 AM | Report abuse

I just finished reading the Harlan and Boswell columns on Manny Acta. I fully appreciate his survival skills and his preferred management style. The columns, in my mind, skirted the core issues.

What I do not understand and what was not discussed was the reason for the team's abject failure. The team makes mental mistake after mental mistake during its games. Some of the players appear disinterested. I am sure this is not the case, but Acta certainly appears disinterested. This attitude appears to have rubbed off on some of his players. I know this team is not as gifted as the others but the team now appears to accept losing as an eventual outcome. They expect to lose each game that they play. Who is responsible for changing this attitude? If you listen to Acta it appears that it is not his job. If it is not his then whose job is it?

We all know Acta is a nice guy but is that a reason to give him a pass on the team's attitude and disinterested play? I am only asking the question.

I live in Connecticut so I have the NYC sports talk radio and the Mets feed when they play the Nats. Let me tell you we are not considered a major league team. They believe the Mets’ AAA team, which is in last place, can beat the Nats. Every team in the majors disrespects the Nats.

Prior to our most recent home stand I had hope that this team could turn things around. After the dispirited play at home and in NY this week, I think this team will end up with the worst record in the history of baseball. I really believe this team has quit. I thought Boswell and Harlan should have raised the issue of quiting with Acta.

Posted by: mjames0 | May 29, 2009 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Villone is a beast!

Posted by: dclifer97 | May 29, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

The Manny-Rants are getting long so I'll go long too.

Wow, reading this site is so hilarious, especially when considering pre-season probably the majority of posters here were asking if we were the 2009 version of 2008 Tampa Bay!!!! i.e. "last-to-first".

Well it looks like we're the 2007 version of the Rays - "last-to-last", the one that got them back-to-back Number 1 picks in the draft. In order to equal the worst TB season ever, we only need to go 42-73 (to be 55-106)! But that is a .365 clip, well above our current .282 I think we can do it, and I think we can equal last year's record (that'll be 47-69, a .405 clip!)

Here's why:
1 - Rotation is all youngsters, who may not be doing well, but are FINALLY learning by facing real Big League hitters and knowing they have to improve to have Big League success. Being in AAA only teaches you to get the Shelly Duncans (leads AAA with 16 HRs, washed up 29 yr old) of the world out. Give them the stability of not having to worry about being sent down after a bad start and let them work all year in the place they'll need to succeed in.

2 - Bullpen will soon only be the guys who deserve to be in MLB. Out of ST, Rizzo tried keeping the most bodies in the organization, so sent down guys who had options, which were alot of guys who did well in ST. Wells, Colome, Tavarez should be gone. Just got McDougal (will likely be a Colome clone), get Clippard, JD Martin up. Rivera may soon get it together.
3 - Hitting will continue to hit
4 - Fielding will improve, since Cabrera was released. Why? In 40 innings DCabs had 13 Unearned runs. In 376 innings, the rest of Nats had 15. Coincidence? Nope - when someone walks alot of guys, takes a lot of time between pitches (Tavarez too), fielders aren't as sharp as when a pitcher works quickly.

PS And someone said Acta made the choice of who made the team????? WTF? He may have "some" input, but that is Rizzo's job. The manager (with some GM input) decides lineups, rotation, bullpen order, but NOT who makes the team.

Posted by: VladiHondo | May 29, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

506, If it bothers you so much just ignore it. Post what you want to post and one of your fellow Mensas will be sure to respond in due time.

"We all know Acta is a nice guy but is that a reason to give him a pass on the team's attitude and disinterested play? "

Apparently. Since Joe Torre is also nice they assume they are speaking to a future HoF manager. I would be intimidated by that thought as well.

Posted by: RickFelt | May 29, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

I was a big fan of the hiring of Acta. I hoped he would survive last offseason but I now think he has had enough time. The team isn't progressing, it's regressing. Granted Bowden left him with a seriously flawed ballclub but it isn't nearly as flawed as it shows on the field. Name a mistake that can be made and we make it with regularity. Even our good players show a lack of focus. Having a lack of talent is one thing but when an entire team makes mental error after mental error after mental error that is on the Manager. It's time.

And you're darn tootin' that Acta should have been out at least asking what Colome did wrong on the balk. I understand the his stance on not going ballistic on the umpires but occasionally it is warranted. Not suggesting it was warranted this time but he should have at least gotten an explanation.

Posted by: ouvan59 | May 29, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Whose idea was it to trade our starting RF'er and starting C for Milledge? When Manny was asked about that deal==he got real "testy", snapping at the questioner"we wanted Lastings".I know this is old news, but it shows me a picture of a person who is not a very good judge of talent,and is part of the reason we're in the mess we're in now.(Kearns,Bard,Cabrera,ect.)

Posted by: ripndot | May 29, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

>PS And someone said Acta made the choice of who made the team????? WTF? He may have "some" input, but that is Rizzo's job.

The players have very little to do with the situation. They set a record for scoring in a multiple-loss string, their starters appear to be performing at the league average, especially in reference to innings pitched/start, and their bullpen is throwing more strikes and getting out of jams. And they still don't win. Fill in the blank. The Orioles aren't much better than the Nats talent-wise, and they just ran off 4 straight in a better division, they have 4 starters that won their big league debut this year. They keep their focus and have the ability to win late in games. Instead, we send up a guy like Ronnie Belliard, who like someone else said here, is trying to get cut by swinging for the fences. I'm beginning to think that they resent Acta constantly blaming them, and consciously or subconsciously, they're laying down. It's human nature. It mainly shows up in the lackluster defense, at least that's the most obvious place.

Posted by: Brue | May 29, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

I'm interested in Natty-Bumppo's comment that the Nats will "look even more discombobulated than before" - what are you seeing that some of the rest of us are not seeing. What is Manny doing that will fall apart if he were to be fired?

Posted by: comish4lif | May 29, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

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