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Acta's Still the Manager...

... at least for now.

Chico just landed in New York and is walking down 5th Avenue, making and taking calls. He wanted me to jump on and tell you all that it looks like Manny will be the manager when the Yankees series begins tomorrow night. Manny made the trip, is in New York, and says he still has the job.

Chico said to tell you all he will join the NJ fray when he's written his story for tomorrow.

Of course, this could all change.

By Tracee Hamilton  |  June 15, 2009; 4:26 PM ET
 
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And Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 15, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

New posted:

My prediction: Acta gets fired Friday Morning right before the Toronto series or Thursday night after we get swept by the Yankees.

Posted by: FloresFan | June 15, 2009 4:24 PM

Posted by: FloresFan | June 15, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

We are going to sweep the yankees, win 40 games in a row to get above 500..make it to and win the world series, and then they will make a blockbuster movie about the 2009 Nats.

It will be titled the

NATS

...the team that made the greatest comeback in the history of man kind.

Posted by: Cartaldo | June 15, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

No one knows how to solve the problem. They need a new GM more than they need a new manager ... and a new president.

Posted by: periculum | June 15, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Darned, now we have to stop de-icing Ted William's head.

Posted by: periculum | June 15, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Jeez, they made Manny make the trip to NY. What's the M.O.?: fire him while the team is on the road so that Manny can clean out his office in solitude?

Posted by: joemktg2 | June 15, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Cartaldo, I love you.

Posted by: NatsNut | June 15, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

The Learners clearly are not red sox fans.

Posted by: Tom8 | June 15, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

keep him just to spite the "reporters" speculating on his firing. give him the rest of the season to prove himself and if they end up worse than last year, you can him.

Posted by: sect104 | June 15, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

"The only thing that hurt -- it hurt people's feelings," Kasten said. "If not for the leak, it would have felt much smoother, much more sensitive."

10/01/06

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | June 15, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

HOw are people sticking up for Manny... it is June 15 and we have 16 count em 16 WINS!!!! Again our winning % is 26. 26%.. stop making excuses for Manny, the right time would of been at the beggining of this year. He will NEVER be a good manager. His best shot will be on a verteran club but even then i hae doubts. Get this cancer out of DC and tell the FO to stop moving at a pace the Federal Government does to make changes. This would not fly in NY LA SF CHI BOS STL and it should not fly in DC. Again what are we waiting for Stan? Our winning % to hit 20? 30? Wake up!!!!

Posted by: NATSFAN10 | June 15, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Fodder for discussion ...

You're Mike Rizzo. The team has decided that it's counter-productive to fire Manny now, for all the reasons discussed in the last thread.

You've been given the responsibility to decide whether or not to retain Acta for next year - what does he need to do to make that happen? What's realistic?

Answering my own question - If I'm Rizzo, Manny goes unless he somehow gets this team to 70 wins by October (a .540 pace). Steep, yes, but right now I'd have to be mightily impressed in order to overcome the presumption that the current manager isn't the best choice for the Nats longterm.

Posted by: diogenes_quixote | June 15, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Maybe they'll do the right thing and keep Manny. He's NOT the problem...

Posted by: outsider6 | June 15, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

He may be in NY to see if the Mutts have any openings. He will be unemployed for maybe five minutes before they start calling him back home.

Posted by: Batboy05 | June 15, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Wait, didn't I see this movie before, with Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon? Not a bad remake, and almost as excruciating.

Posted by: paulkp | June 15, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Natsfan10

Take a close look at the team we play against tonight. Know why they succeed no matter the manager? Because they have good players. Manny can't make this team better and can't make good baseball decisions because right now his only choices are 'take out bad player and replace other bad player'. Tough to look good like that?

Posted by: soundbloke | June 15, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

You know he will be canned if he was not gonna be fired the FO should speak up and Say he's are guy and deny the rumor.

Bryce harper wont sign with the Nats even if we get to pick him up next year he will Have WAY too much leverage with Boras as his agent/advisor. As if there is a difference.

Posted by: mintbucket | June 15, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

DQ: IF the team continues to play hard for Manny, despite the fact that they will be MLB's worst team regardless...

If they play with heart and maximum effort through September, I'd keep Manny. Record be damned. If they'll play for him through all that, he's your guy.

Posted by: outsider6 | June 15, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Soundbloke said it better than me. Concur.

Posted by: Section506 | June 15, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Natsfan10

Take a close look at the team we play against tonight. Know why they succeed no matter the manager? Because they have good players. Manny can't make this team better and can't make good baseball decisions because right now his only choices are 'take out bad player and replace other bad player'. Tough to look good like that?

Posted by: soundbloke


Glad to see you guys are happy with 16 wins -- Manny thinks its all fine. Bad baserunning is ok. Losing is fine, stay the course. If you muff a routine ground ball, its because of the grass. Willie Harris plays (badly) all over the diamond. At second, his inability to cover a bag cost us a game. In the outfield, he throws to the wrong bag. At third, he stays back on a ball he should be charging and shrugs his shoulders when it hits the bag and goes into the outfield. Joel Hanrahan will "close" games again soon, and might even get 3 saves among the 40 blown saves. And we might get almost as many wins as the '62 Mets.

But its not the manager.

Posted by: raymitten | June 15, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

outsider6:

How do I tell - more importantly, how do I defend that "maximum effort" standard to my boss(es)?

Fewer errors? More pitches per AB? What else?

Not disagreeing - I just don't think anyone's going to take my word for it that they're "playing hard" ...

Posted by: diogenes_quixote | June 15, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

The bottom line to me is this: does anybody have a clear idea of what the Nats are trying to do here? That question relates directly to keeping or firing Acta but also refers to the Big Picture. Don't we always seem to be asking this question about this franchise?

Posted by: baltova1 | June 15, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

This is just embarrassing.

Why is that DC baseball is cursed with the worst owners in baseball?

Clark Griffith's racist penny pinching prevented the Senators from getting truly great players like Buck Leonard and Josh Gibson from the negro leagues.

Calvin Griffith's racist penny pinching led to the creation of the Minnesota Twins.

Elwood Quesada had no idea or interest in running a baseball franchise.

Bob Short of course, is living proof that it's not just Republicans who are evil.

Posted by: Liebercreep | June 15, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

So if talent is the only factor then this team must be the least talented team in recent major league history? Right? I mean it must be if we have a .262 win pct in mid June.

Welcome to NatsTown: Where unmitigated, unapologetic failure is commonplace and your job is secure no matter what. Get Your Red On NatsTown. You Frigging Saps.

Posted by: RickFelt | June 15, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

baltova:

I think the goal is twofold:

1) Purge the worst of the Bowden years; and
2) Do the best you can with what's left.

The problem with Acta (as it is so many other guys) is that it isn't clear if he's the former or the latter.

Posted by: diogenes_quixote | June 15, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

The last Big Picture we had was the Plan. But the Nats do not follow the Plan anymore (if they ever did).

Get a new Plan, Stan!

Posted by: EdDC | June 15, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

ray

I'm fairly sure I didn't say it was fine. I was pointing out that you should fix the right problem. Let Rizzo or next guy put a decent team on the field, then see what Manny does.

If you want good defense, you put in Langerhans. If you want good offense you put in Dunn. Or you let Rizzo find some third option who can do both.

Posted by: soundbloke | June 15, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

If the players really support Manny, then where are the quotes from them shouldering the blame and talking about how great a skipper Manny is, which you invariably see in situations like this? I haven't seen a single one. This "playing hard" notion is getting a bit absurd.

Get it over with already. Squeeze the zit and remove the pus.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | June 15, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

This is horrible, unconscienable mismanagement to go into yet another series with Acta. He should have been fired a month ago. That being said, I will give the lerners one last bit of leeway. This is like having the pitcher you are about to pull intentionally walk a guy to set up the double play before you bring in the new reliever. I will be shocked if the Nats manage to win a game this week.

Posted by: vo_37 | June 15, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I think the problem, everyone, is that the only quantitative measurement that seems of interest on this blog is W-L. Baseball is a hard sport to follow outside of New York or Boston if that's all you love. And we've seen what's happened to them lately, too.

Also, scale seems to be missing. Everything is All There Is, never part of a larger picture.

Posted by: Section506 | June 15, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Let's try a novel approach. Fire some players and keep the manager.

Posted by: deMille_Ondefloss | June 15, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Cartaldo,

I love you but cut the dose back on your meds, man. You remind me of the Kevin Bacon character in Animal House screaming "All is well!" as he is being trampled by the mob.
See you in group therapy.

Posted by: smill411 | June 15, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Soundbloke -- didn't mean to single you out, my apology if it sounded that way. But do you really think Manny is getting the most out of the current personnel? Do you really think this team is as bad as the '62 Mets???

Posted by: raymitten | June 15, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Well put, Section506.

Here's my field of focus - is this manager going to help develop the team sufficiently RIGHT NOW such that they're ready to win a championship in 5 years?

Unless Manny can show me some more Ws to go with the Ls I'm afraid the answer is no.

But I don't make that decision until October.

Tell the team and the media that Manny is managing for his job next year and see what happens.

Posted by: diogenes_quixote | June 15, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

"I think the problem, everyone, is that the only quantitative measurement that seems of interest on this blog is W-L. Baseball is a hard sport to follow outside of New York or Boston if that's all you love. And we've seen what's happened to them lately, too."

Wrong. Minimizing losses would be nice. Acta maximizes them. Mike Wise could manage this team to 16 wins, and he's an idiot. But I really hope they keep Acta around. The losses are a lot easier to take when you lose at this rate. Go Nubs!

Posted by: Juni | June 15, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

They should fire Chico. Clearly this man kicks puppies and throws babies. What's the Nats' record been since he started "covering" the Nats? 40-200? 30-300? Bring back the Svrluga. Do it now.

Posted by: rucks35 | June 15, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

CiL: Not overwhelming, but there was this on June 2nd: "Manny is not making errors," third baseman Ryan Zimmerman said. "Manny isn't not turning double plays. He's not striking out. When it comes down to it, it's each and every person's fault in this room. Individually we all have to do better."

Posted by: Bethesdangit | June 15, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

RickFelt, thanks for another of your deep, insightful comments. Stay classy.

BTW, if you believe in the Pythagorean winning percentage theory, the Nats should have 23 wins now, instead of 16. So clearly Manny is the problem.

Of course, if they had 23 wins now instead of 16, they would still be on course to lose 102 games this year, same as last. All the while ranking last in pitching and in fielding. Yep, talent's not a factor here.

Posted by: baltova1 | June 15, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

That's true. Mike Wise is an idiot. I think all of us just need to take a step back from this petty argument and realize that. It's so easy to forget sometimes.

Posted by: RickFelt | June 15, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Honestly it is hard to find fault in Manny's decision making of late (although many on here find it easy).

The cure all for this team is going on a winning streak. Friday should be the perfect time when they face Toronto!!!

Posted by: dmacman88 | June 15, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Ray

No offense taken.

My problem with the situation is that all through the club from the Bowden disaster, to uniform spell checking, to announcing a lead off batter and then demoting him to AAA three weeks later to not paying rent on the stadium we have fostered this environment. And frankly the announcement of the firing to one guy in the press, then not firing him while not backing him up is only the latest in a long list of things that mean that no manager could convince these guys they are part of a team worth fighting for.

Now I can see the argument for firing him based on the idea that eventually we need to draw a line in the sad, but I just don't see how anyone could succeed under these circumstances. Everything about us scream half-rectum-ed and the players must know it.

And like most things the Nat's do at this point the decision has to be made not because of the right and wrongs of it but, simply because we can't sit in paralysis like this.

The whole thing makes me hate being a damn Nats fan.

Posted by: soundbloke | June 15, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to NYC Chico! I'll see you at the game tomorrow.

Posted by: NatsFanNYC | June 15, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Nice of Zimmerman to stand up for his manager. Perhaps the manager should do the same for his players. Or maybe he should just stroll out to the mound with his head down looking completely dejected, take the ball from his starting pitcher, and then blame his bullpen for not throwing strikes even though he pulled his starter in the 4th after he gave up 1 run on 75 pitches. That's my defining moment. It happens about twice a week.

Posted by: Juni | June 15, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

And the players that can defend have been doing it better. Zimm, Hernandez, Gonzalez, Dukes. The rest couldn't defend fort knox from an particularly angry butterfly so I hold Acta blameless there.

Posted by: soundbloke | June 15, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Do some of you out there really believer that this is the worst 25 man roster ever assembled in the history of baseball? I certainly don't. I believe this roster is better than last year and the year before.

This team is a disgrace and the manager won't do a damn thing about it but make excuses. Riggleman's no cure-all, but he's got to better than the giant lump of coal currently "manning" the helm.

I wish Acta had half the heart his team has.

Posted by: sec307 | June 15, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Its about motivation and belief. If you believe ... then it happens. This is one of Manny's core mantras!!!

That said, do you really believe that Manny is able to do that with this team? With the previous 2 teams? Everyone says that he will be a great manager someday. Perhaps this experience will inspire some sort of change or epiphany?

But right now, even with the effort his players purportedly put out for him it just isn't happening.

Posted by: periculum | June 15, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Only in a town full of government workers who can't get fired can a 57 percent majority of a straw poll say a manager of a team with a 16-and-45 record deserves not to get fired.
My god, people, wake up. Manny is not solely responsible for all these idiot losses, but he's got to go if only for the sake of StanK appearing to give a damn.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | June 15, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Those of us who have been feeling Expos/Nats pain since the letdown of '94 and all of the struggles even before then are probably more impatient than the rest of you. So in that respect we're more keen to pull the trigger and maybe we should calm down.

I don't quite buy that he's respected by the players. He's well liked by the players but I don't know about respect.

I think we've all pointed out a lot of things that show Manny is struggling to be an effective manager. Sure there's lots of other problems but I do believe he could be getting a better result with the hand he's been dealt. Not MUCH better but enough to show he knows how to get the best from his team.

If you gave him a team full of all-stars my guess is he'd always get .500+ results but never really contend.

Anyway. As the season goes on I care less about whether he's here or not. We're so totally screwed for this season now. If there were someone available we thought might be a good manager I say try him out. You can always part ways at the end of the season and go with someone else.

Posted by: SaveOurTeam | June 15, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Everything else aside, I hope they keep Manny around just because the impotent howls of anguish from the Manny-haters are getting really funny.

Posted by: joebleux | June 15, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

"Wrong. Minimizing losses would be nice. Acta maximizes them."

Wait... that's what I said. The only quantitative measure that matters to the vocal group of people is W-L.

"Do some of you out there really believer that this is the worst 25 man roster ever assembled in the history of baseball?"

No, but we may have 5 of the worst bullpen pitchers ever assembled. Hitting slumps will happen, but the bullpen's meltdown renders them moot.

Posted by: Section506 | June 15, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

@baltova1

So you're saying a manager that has objectively cost his team 7 of their first 63 games should be exempt from criticism and accountability?

Posted by: RickFelt | June 15, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

"Anyway. As the season goes on I care less about whether he's here or not. We're so totally screwed for this season now."

This is kinda a good point, albeit an upside-down one. Would it be worse at this point to go .500 the rest of the year and miss the draft picks? I will never ever root for draft picks, but logic demands the question be asked.

Posted by: Section506 | June 15, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

"So you're saying a manager that has objectively cost his team 7 of their first 63 games should be exempt from criticism and accountability?"

Alright, list 'em. Now we're talking objectivity, I can do this conversation.

Posted by: Section506 | June 15, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

jdschulz50 -
Not to beat a dead horse, but the poll doesn't ask if Manny deserves to be fired. It asks "Is it the right time to fire Manny Acta as manager?" Meaning now. I voted "no," because I don't think now's the time. I want to give Riggleman (or whomever) the best chance to succeed, and you don't do that by starting him off at Yankee Stadium.

Posted by: TomServo | June 15, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I like Manny. I just don't want him to be the Nationals Manager.

Posted by: smirkman | June 15, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Rick, thanks for a good question. First, I wouldn't necessarily say he cost the Nats those seven games. I would blame a lot of those on the bullpen, where he made bad decisions based on bad alternatives (pitching Hanrahan as the closer, because he really didn't have anyone else). It still comes down to talent.

My real point is that Manny is hardly the focal point for this team's problems. Sure he should be criticized. He definitely should have squawked about the home run call against the Subway sign in CitiField, because the umps were being totally inconsistent. He should have complained about some of the strike three calls last week against Dunn and Guzman, because the umps seemed to expect the Nats to lose, so call 'em out. He should bury Kearns on the bench or deeper in the batting order.

I'd actually go ahead and fire him now, because I think he's in an untenable situation after the news reports over the weekend.

But what the numbers seem to say is, maybe another manager could have done a little better. But this would still be a team en route to 100 losses. And that goes beyond the manager and puts the spotlight on the front office and the owners' box.

Posted by: baltova1 | June 15, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Manny is not "the" problem. The team has lots of problems. But given how the team has underperformed and how they CONTINUE to make metal mistakes, I am certain of one thing.

Manny is not the solution.

Posted by: comish4lif | June 15, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

2009 - Crappy economy, crappy weather, crappy team. Here's to 2010 and it's only June.

Posted by: smirkman | June 15, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

We've already tried firing the manager, and how did that turn out?
The real problem is the fans, who won't show up and sit on their hands when they do, and then about a dozen of them get on a blog and scream "Tear him for his bad verses!" and "Four legs bad, two legs good!!" no matter what the subject is.

They need to fire the fans--not just DFA 20,000 of them like they've done so far--and start fresh with some veteran free agent fans and top draft pick fans.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | June 15, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

What's our magic number for Bryce Harper?

Posted by: Juni | June 15, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

"the sake of StanK appearing to give a damn."

Then *PLEASE* tell me what good that does? What you're saying is "we can't fix the problem but we might as well look like we're trying."

Failure is still failure. Appearing to look like you're trying is delusional and a total waste of time.

Posted by: Section406 | June 15, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Its pitching and you can't expect pitchers who were in A ball last year to step up right away to Major League hitters! That's all we got up here are pitchers who aren't given the chance to develop in the minor leagues before being brought up to the big club! Its trial by fire and its not working.

Its horrible how Rosenthal and the Nationals have handled this entire situation. Maybe it is time for a change. Maybe not. Whatever the case may be; this leak that Rosenthal reported (and shouldn't have until he had some kind of timeline of immanent) is forcing the situation to fire him as soon as possible.

This makes our organization look classless. What prospect will want to play for this zoo?!

Posted by: CALSGR8 | June 15, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

"What's our magic number for Bryce Harper?"

91 with three or four teams

Posted by: Brian_ | June 15, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

@Sec3mysofa

Sounds like an exciting yet dangerous extension to fantasy ball. Guys won't see light for months.

Anyway. Firing FRobby is a good reminder at how bad this FO has managed things and a good reminder that we just can't nail down who is the weakest link (probably more than one).

Hiring Manny was a gamble from the start. He had a lot of speculative upside. Was supposed to be an up and comer but really no one knew what he could really do. Ok. He's been here for 2 and a bit seasons and isn't really impressing anyone.

It's exactly as comish4lif said. You can make all the excuses you like for why much or most of this is not his fault but then you can point to little that shows he deserves the job.

It's all in play now anyway.

Posted by: SaveOurTeam | June 15, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

But the what am I saying... with this FO anything is possible. Another word may never be said and everything just continues on as is.

Posted by: SaveOurTeam | June 15, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

"Manny is not the problem".

Probably correct, but the manager is seldom the problem. There is no denying that removing the manager can fire up a team. See Colorado Rockies - 11 straight wins currently and a killer record since firing Clint Hurdle. And Hurdle took them to the Series.

Acta might be a great guy and a good manager, but clearly not for this club. Pull the plug and try to salvage your season, for the love of god.

Posted by: PhilliesPhan | June 15, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

OK - so just for kicks, what happens if we *happen* to pull out 3 straight at the bandbox new Yankee Stadium? For those saying Manny is a dead man walking, and that they just don't want the new guy to face the ignominy of a sweep in NY to start his tenure -- what happens if Manny pulls a rabbit out of a hat? Can you fire him then? Not sure the answer to this one - short of simply assuming away the hypo as clearly impossible/won't ever happen...

Posted by: cdstej | June 15, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Love this - post of the day!
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We are going to sweep the yankees, win 40 games in a row to get above 500..make it to and win the world series, and then they will make a blockbuster movie about the 2009 Nats.

It will be titled the

NATS

...the team that made the greatest comeback in the history of man kind.

Posted by: Cartaldo

Posted by: PattyinSJ | June 15, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Manny deserves blame for the seven games because he broke camp with that bullpen. That bullpen that he thought was adequate proved to be awful. Nats defense is also, as a whole, awful. Again, he broke camp with that lineup.

Manny doesn't hit and Manny doesn't catch. What he does do, is put the guys in to pitch and catch, and if he can't tell the difference between those who can and those who can't, that makes him a bad manager.

Posted by: gbooksdc | June 15, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

All right lets keep Manny and have 4 more months of fire Manny talk,after all this last two days has seen the most activity around here since baseball returned to DC.

Or is it that Manny had no effect on that too.

Posted by: CBinDC1 | June 15, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Wait it just came to me what the problem has been

since "Coffee is for closers"

the whole team is suffering from caffine withdrawal

Posted by: CBinDC1 | June 15, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

FWIW, the Nats are a mortal lock to get next year's number 1 draft pick. Here's why:

The Diamondbacks and the Orioles are the next two worst team after the Nats, with records of 27-37 (.422) and 27-36 (.429) respectively. Both pretty miserable.

Let's assume both of those lousy teams get even worse than they already are, and play the rest of the season at .400. That would give them both about 66 wins.

For the Nats to get to 66 wins this year, they have to play .500 ball for the rest of the season, starting right now.

In other words, even if the D-Backs and O's stink up the joint worse than they already have this year, the Nats will still have to get a LOT better than they are now to somehow not get next year's number 1.

Posted by: gilbertbp | June 15, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

It will be titled the
NATS

Mebbe it could the the third installment?
"Major Leagues 3: The Nats"

Exotic dancer married to a billionaire buys team and wants to move them to hmmmmm ... I got it!? VEGAS!! Nats must win 40 straight and get to world series to save the team for DC.

Posted by: periculum | June 15, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Bryce Harper? A high school junior graduating early? Unless his name is Al Kaline the Nats are in for a long wait after drafting him.

Posted by: periculum | June 15, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Fire Chico? Which one? I choose Matt Chico.

Posted by: periculum | June 15, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Will tomorrow be the day? Maybe with the Yankees also off today, they couldn't find a custodian to open up the visiting team press room in Yankee stadium for them to make the official announcement. I believe Clint Hurdle got canned a few hours prior to a game earlier this season.

Posted by: BGinVA | June 15, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

and speaking of Clint Hurdle, we also have a guy named Clint that should be fired - immediately. But that's another story...

Posted by: BGinVA | June 15, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

@periculum - I figure 3+ seasons for Harper in the minors if he is good as advertised

Darryl Strawberry 3+ seasons in the minors

Ken Griffey Jr - 2 seasons in the minors

Chipper Jones - 3+ seasons in the minors

Alex Rodriguez - 2+ seasons in the minors

Joe Mauer - 3+ seasons in the minors

Justin Upton - 2+ seasons in the minors

Posted by: Brian_ | June 15, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

someone noticed this little tidbit over on WNFF:

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FWIW Sunday Jun. 21st was Manny Acta Bobblehead Day and it has now been changed to Gym Bag Day

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Posted by: MrMadison | June 15, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

LOL!!

Posted by: SaveOurTeam | June 15, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

gbooksdc writes:

Manny doesn't hit and Manny doesn't catch. What he does do, is put the guys in to pitch and catch, and if he can't tell the difference between those who can and those who can't, that makes him a bad manager.

Posted by: gbooksdc | June 15, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

OK, now: let's teach Manny something about baseball, gbooksdc! You name the starting 5 pitchers for the Nats. Next, name your closer and set up man. Then, who is your major league catcher, 2B, CF and RF? And if Dunn can't catch (and Manny doesn't know this either, apparently), who would you replace Dunn with in LF? Since you probably know the difference between those who can play and those who can't, and Manny doesn't, I'm sure that Manny would find your replacement line-up suggestions instructive to him.

Posted by: EdDC | June 15, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

I think there's one thing that everybody agrees on - I/you/we want to see this team perform better (in terms of W-L) at the ML level. Here's one version of how to get there.

1) Let the current staff know that team performance = jobs for 2010; no more shakeups.
2) Name Mike Rizzo permanent GM.
3) Try to trade NJohnson for either a CF prospect (AAA or AA), or a AAA closer; Move Dunn to 1B, install Willingham in LF & take our lumps.
4) Consider AGonz in CF for remainder of season; Good range overall, decent speed, but can't turn a DP.
5) Commit to a Harris/Hernandez platoon at 2B for remainder of the season.
6) Cut/DFA Colome, recall Clippard as a MR.
7) Activate Olsen as an SP, move Stammen to LR/MR duties & DFA either Patersson or Kearns.
8) Drop Montz from 40-man roster, add Padilla (replacing NJohnson) to 25-man.


Posted by: BinM | June 15, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

The Manny Acta bobblehead giveaway is set for the Bethesda Big Train game on June 21, the first 500 fans get a bobblehead. The Nats gym bag giveaway on the same day has been on the schedule since it was announced last spring. Still no word on who will be featured on the two Nats bobblehead giveaways in August.

http://www.bigtrain.org/published/2009/schedule.html

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | June 15, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

If you want the Letterman Top-10-list version, add these to my previous post:

9) DFA either Kearns/Patterson (whoever is left from move #7) & select Langerhans as a 1B-OF late-inning sub.
10) DFA Belliard & call up Desmond to support Guzman at SS.

Posted by: BinM | June 15, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

BinM,

Those are useful suggestions and many of them should be followed. But for W's and L's, will they really make a difference? I'm OK with trading Nick for prospects, but Dunn at first subtracts a lot of defense at one the the most active positions on the field. Remember howe many runs and games Dmitri caused out there? It is hard to make an IF out of an OF, anyway, and Dunn just can't scoop many errant throws, or snag the tough sliced grounders, etc. Your list does show creative thinking, no doubt. I'm with you on Langerhans for his defense, though he is not a popular player around these parts.

Posted by: EdDC | June 15, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

You forgot one, sec3:

"The creature was a party of boys, marching..."

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 16, 2009 7:34 AM | Report abuse

Just substitute "fans" for "boys."

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 16, 2009 7:34 AM | Report abuse

But...but...the D'backs replaced their manager over a month ago. I thought that was supposed to fix everything? I'm so confused.

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The Diamondbacks and the Orioles are the next two worst team after the Nats, with records of 27-37 (.422) and 27-36 (.429) respectively. Both pretty miserable.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 16, 2009 7:39 AM | Report abuse

That is not so. I'm looking at a 2/20/09 printout of promotions and it lists the gym bag promotion. Perhaps the poster was confused by the planned Bethesda Big Train giveaway as is discussed on the Bog.

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someone noticed this little tidbit over on WNFF:

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FWIW Sunday Jun. 21st was Manny Acta Bobblehead Day and it has now been changed to Gym Bag Day

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Posted by: MrMadison | June 15, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

LOL!!

Posted by: SaveOurTeam | June 15, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 16, 2009 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Oops, powerboater beat me to it.

One other thing, there's been a Major League 3, so it would have to be Major League 4. Perhaps it already is.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 16, 2009 7:45 AM | Report abuse

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