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So Long, Farewell, Etc.

Just wanted to let you all know I'll be gone for three fabulous weeks in Kansas -- and yes, by choice! I get a lot of remarks about taking my vacation in the Wheat Belt but I love it there. I leave you in good hands: Chico will take care of you, with help from Boz and Sheinin and Zach and Yanda. I may sign on occasionally if the mood strikes me, but I'll be back for good on June 9. Hmmm, what else is happening on June 9? Boy, this is gonna bug me ...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  May 18, 2009; 6:10 AM ET
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Have fun Tracee, we'll miss you.

Posted by: utec | May 18, 2009 6:23 AM | Report abuse

You never told us your middle names were Dorothy Gale.

Have a great time and, by the way, if you're near Lawrence there's the Free State brewpub in an old trolley barn...would you have a Copperhead for me?

Posted by: greggwiggins | May 18, 2009 6:56 AM | Report abuse

Here's something that will be happening on June 9 - Manny Acta will still be managing the Nats. You can suck on that and you can like it, guys.

Posted by: section417planD | May 18, 2009 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Continuing from last night's most interesting thread....

Is anyone complaining about Manny's management of the offense? No, not at the moment. So it boils down to defense and pitching. Bad fielders (Dunn and Willingham and sometimes Dukes) don't become good fielders by taking infield practice or whatever. The outfield we have has basically reached its plateau of defense. The infield defense is serviceable and sometimes good. The problem is obviously the pitching. Ninety percent of this problem starts with the front office. Olsen and Cabrera should not be on a major league roster, period. Every one of their starts is an expected loss. That is squarely on Rizzo at this point. The bullpen is universally agreed to be a failure. The wrong people are in the bullpen. It's up to Rizzo to keep sifting through enough possibilities until we accumulate a major league bullpen. In the case of the pitching Manny can only play the with the players that he has been given. Manny's most difficult job has been trying to keep the spirit of the team afloat when the pitching talent has been so horrendous. Most other managers would have jumped ship by now.

If firings are in order, start with the general manager. Rizzo has shown nothing so far in terms of whom he has placed on the opening day roster and subsequent acquisitions (Kensing Logan?).

Posted by: driley | May 18, 2009 7:22 AM | Report abuse

"But Manny had a team in '07 that was supposed to lose at least 110 -- no starters worth spit. That team didn't lose 90. If he's such a genius as we thought then, what gives?"

Here's a nice bit of trivia - that 2007 team was also 11-25 after 36 games. So if Manny turned it around in 2007, who's to say he can't do it again?

Posted by: section417planD | May 18, 2009 7:28 AM | Report abuse



Oh, you're still here.

Posted by: Section506 | May 18, 2009 7:53 AM | Report abuse

How 'bout Chico's lead in the gamer today? I'd laugh if it didn't make me want to cry.

Posted by: dcbatgirl | May 18, 2009 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Things to do in Kansas while on vacation:

1. Tractor rides.
2. Hobo dinners.
3. pickle and bologna sandwiches.
4. smelt
5. local diner debate John Deere vs. Massy Ferguson vs. International Harvester.
6. Silo singing/shouting.
7. Cardinals games on the radio while swinging on the front porch.
8. plinking varmints with a .22 rifle.
9. corn
10. dirt roads.

Posted by: 6thandD | May 18, 2009 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Have a good vacation, Tracee!

Posted by: JohninMpls | May 18, 2009 8:19 AM | Report abuse

11. More Corn

Have a good one Tracee. We'll miss you.
Things to do in Kansas while on vacation:

Posted by: lowcountry | May 18, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

>Here's a nice bit of trivia - that 2007 team was also 11-25 after 36 games. So if Manny turned it around in 2007, who's to say he can't do it again?

Turn what around? Win 70 games? That and 89 cent will get you a medium coffee at 7-11. What a loser mentality.

Posted by: Brue | May 18, 2009 8:42 AM | Report abuse

>Is anyone complaining about Manny's management of the offense?

Since you asked - you got any idea how many guys they leave on base? I'm sure there's a weasel out there that can tell us exactly how many. Manny says himself that they lack situational hitting. If they can hit so well, why can't they knock in crucial runs? Is there something they're not doing that lead up to two-out situations? Are they not running enough? Not putting enough pressure on the defense? Not being selective with two outs?

If you don't believe me, here's Willie Harris yesterday:

>Outfielder Willie Harris said the team has to find a way not to give up leads in the late innings.

"There have been a bunch of games where we lost in the eighth and ninth innings," Harris said. "We just have to do better whether it's scoring more runs or ... I don't know. It's hard to figure it out. ... I think everyone in this clubhouse is an adult, and we all know what we have to do to be prepared for the game.

"In certain situations, we just have to figure out a way not to make a mental mistake or try to find a way to make a big pitch and make a big play. We just have to finish something up."

--He did everything but say that Acta doesn't have the team prepared. And since he can't say it, I will. Once again, you can't fire the team, it's the manager's job to have them prepared.
Carry on.

Posted by: Brue | May 18, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

it's easy to vent. but it makes for a crappy read.

Posted by: longterm | May 18, 2009 9:05 AM | Report abuse

kansas? seriously? by choice? have a great vacation, blogmom.

Posted by: surly_w | May 18, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Tracee, go to a game at Kaufmann Stadium and see some real major league baseball.

Posted by: leetee1955 | May 18, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Brue, are you a troll, a Phillies fan or some other form of obnoxious instigator in disguise?

Posted by: greggwiggins | May 18, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Dibble has been saying the same thing that Brue continues to harp on here in NJ space.

Dibble has basically called Acta's bluff numerous times over the past month.
-They don't bunt to produce runs, they don't steal bases to put more people in scoring position, they hold guys up at third on doubles (Dunn doubles yesterday in the gap and they hold Nick at third in the first inning), they don't use their strengths when putting together a pitching game plan they simply use the scouting reports of other teams and the Nats can't afford to do that since they don't have the level of starting pitching that other teams have. In other words Dibble is saying, look your 13 games under .500 you aren't expected to win so why not drop all of the formality and make it interesting. Nope stone-face Acta just stands there and watches the same thing over and over.

Posted by: TippyCanoe | May 18, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse


isn't that the definition of insanity, doing the same thing repeatedly and hoping for a different outcome? axta keeps thinking he's managing a REAL baseball team rather than the sorry, no account squad he's stuck with. that's why relievers are only used ro an inning apiece, that's why he feels the need to spot a cipher like belliard in the lineup at hernandez' expense. that's why daniel (walk on the wild side) cabrera is still breathing the air at nats park. his hands-on-too-tight system is made for a competitive team that plays better mistake-proof baseball than the nats, where a three-run lead has a better chance to stand up when the closer comes on in the ninth. right now the nats are not only bad, they're boring. if they were fundamentally sound like the twins, for instance, that wouldn't be a bad thing. but even ron gardenhire pulls something once in while that make you go "hmmmm." axta's strategy makes you go "yawn."

Posted by: surly_w | May 18, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Tracee: Can you take Manny with you?
Travel safe, enjoy, we'll miss you.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | May 18, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Tracee have a great vacation. Enjoy !
June 9th , a Tuesday, nothing much happenings on Tuesdays. Let's hope nothing, again, for that Tuesday....

Posted by: Berndaddy | May 18, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Auf wiedersehen, good-bye. (Great, now I'll have that song running through my head all day. Thanks a lot, Tracee. ;-)).

We'll miss you. Stop by anytime.

p.s. Good one, 506.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 18, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Have one a the Free State for us. Rock Chalk Jayhawk.

Posted by: imissrfk | May 18, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

From the only Nats fan in Lawrence Kansas enjoy your time in the sunflower state.


Posted by: mastroj | May 18, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

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