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From Scandal, a Politician Emerges

Only five months ago, Jose Rijo was fired from his front-office job with the Nationals. The Dominican baseball academy he ran had produced a $1.4 million prospect with a forged identity. Federal investigators sought to determine whether Rijo, or those connected to his operation, had skimmed money from prospects. The Nationals were so eager to break ties with Rijo that they ordered a complete overhaul of their Dominican program.

For Rijo, an unlikely career has followed scandal. Now, he's an aspiring politician. According to recent news accounts -- see here and here; find your Spanish translator Web site here -- Rijo is now running for mayor in his home town of San Cristobal. Almost every day, he campaigns door-to-door, greeting people in the barrios, gathering on the street corners, reveling in a town where he's still known only as a magnanimous former big leaguer. "Here, he's been somewhat humiliated," a source close to Rijo said, "but down there [in the Domincan] he's still like the Godfather, larger than life."

Rijo's opponent for the mayoral seat is another former big leaguer, Raul Mondesi.

If you're wondering (and I know you are), Mondesi went 3 for 9 lifetime against Rijo with a double and three strikeouts.

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On Wednesday, interim skipper Jim Riggleman expressed hope that the Nats keep quiet at the trade deadline -- and he thinks they will. "My first priority," he said, "is that we keep this group together and see what we can do with them."

"From an emotional side," he added, "you don't want to lose any of them, because they start to gel a little bit and you feel close to them. Personally, I don't think we're going to lose them, I really don't. I think that we've seen some trades made in the last few days that would probably lower the chances of our guys getting traded ... but I don't really anticipate losing anybody."

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A few little notes here ... Yes, this is just a routine day off for Dunn ... Julian Tavarez, designated for assignment by the Nats on July 20, has cleared waivers and is now a free agent ... Outfielder Corey Patterson, who had a brief stint in Washington earlier this season (five games, 2 for 15), was released while with Class AAA Syracuse, opening a spot on the 40-man roster. The Nationals now have 39 on their 40-man.

By Chico Harlan  |  July 29, 2009; 7:27 PM ET
 
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I just knew I'd be newposted, so I'm reposting, So there.


Wow. 68 comments before the game has even started. The Nats' streak has really pumped up the NJ crowd. Awesome.

Tuesday night is another T-shirt night at Nats Park. This time the shirts say "You know you're a Nats fan if...." and then have a list of 10 or so items, none of which I can read on the promos at the park or on MASN. So what are our ideas? I expect they are alot less snarky than they were two weeks ago. Then my first thought would have been:

"You know you're a Nats fan if...
You're glad when the Nats' number 8 hitter makes the third out in the bottom of the sixth because then our starter can pitch another inning."
or
"You console yourself about yet another blown save by remembering that we're that much closer to winning the Bryce Harper sweepstakes."

Now,

"You know how many National Leaguers have hit two grand slams in a single game (3)."

or "You're having a hard time imagining the team without AD, NJ, or JW."

Posted by: Section222 | July 29, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

I say keep Willingham and Dunn, move Nick Johnson if possible (ditto that with Guzman, but too doubtful to be worth contemplating).

Move Dunn to 1B, Willingham to LF, bring Dukes back up to play RF (hopefully he's regaining his plate patience in AAA). Line-up would look something like this;

1. Morgan (CF)
2. Guzman (SS)
3. Zimmerman (3B)
4. Dunn (1B)
5. Willingham (LF)
6. Dukes (RF)
7. Bard (CA)
8. Gonzalez (2B)
9. Pitcher

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | July 29, 2009 7:40 PM

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So the best way forward for this team, on course to lose 100+ games, is to get rid of a .300 hitter and replace him with a .245 hitter...and that's it?

Posted by: baltova1 | July 29, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

On a repost...
The most recent Pirates' trades just sadden me as a baseball fan - 14 straight losing seasons, and they just keep churning good players for "prospects".
The past greats (and the remaining fan-base) from that once-proud franchise must be filled with anger.

And you think the Nationals have it bad.

Posted by: BinM | July 29, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: BinM | July 29, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

The next tee shirt for Tuesday August 4th says the following:

You know you are a Nats Fan if...

If you have waited through more than one rain delay

You're friends with Teddy on Facebook

Inside Pitch is your favorite reading material

You've officially changed your address to NatsTown

You wonder why people get off the Metro before Navy Yard

Your favorite day of the week is Tee-Shirt Tuesday

You've tried to catch fly balls at 4:30PM

You doodle Curly W's during meetings

You know which Zimmerman(n) is which

I shot a photo off a monitor at Nationals Park last week to get a good look at what it says.

Posted by: Nats320 | July 29, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

BinM, just as I was reading your post on the Pirates, Morgan made a great running catch. It's sad to think that they had a group of decent to good players (Bay, Nady, McLouth, Morgan, Wilson, Sanchez) and couldn't win with them, and got rid of all of them.

If the Pirates can't produce enough revenue to maintain a competitive team, they either need to move or to get more assistance from MLB through an updated version of the luxury tax.

It is sad.

Posted by: baltova1 | July 29, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Nats320: I'm going to the game on Tuesday vs. the Marlins! Can't wait to get that shirt. Thanks for that, now I know how it looks! :)

Posted by: rachel216 | July 29, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

now I know how it looks! :)

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change that to I know what it says now. =)

Kearns strikes out. :/

Posted by: rachel216 | July 29, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Baltova1 - That was a post from Estuartj and I think if you can get quality for Guzman, trade him.

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | July 29, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

All our pitchers are hitting!!! =) Come on NYJER.

Posted by: rachel216 | July 29, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

LET'S GO NATIONALS, LET'S GO!! 2-0!!!

Posted by: rachel216 | July 29, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Not to be negative but how is G.Mock at 0-4 and a plus seven era better than Martis who is toiling away in Syracuse?.

Posted by: dargregmag | July 29, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, it's like their contracting themselves. Are they making money with revenue sharing? They must have almost no payroll and they've got a new stadium.

Posted by: souldrummer | July 29, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

"Not to be negative but how is G.Mock at 0-4 and a plus seven era better than Martis who is toiling away in Syracuse?."

Mock was raking at Syracuse and had thrown a shutout. Martis had lost his control and we're always suspect about whether he has major league stuff. Martis has only had two good starts at Syracuse, and it's good for us to see what we have in Mock.

Remember that a lot of Mock's horrific stats came while he was a reliever earlier in the year.

We've got to investigate what we have here so we can see what our rotation assets. The other good thing is if these guys can show promise they turn into tradable assets. Remember how the Pirates were looking for Stammen in the Morgan trade.

Lannan, J-Zimm, Stammen with a heated competition for fourth and fifth starter amongst Detweiler, Ballester, Martis, Mock, and Martin. Let's hope Chico can pitch himself back into the mix. He was a bulldog when he was healthy. And let's hope the Nats can sign Strasburg and put him in the mix as well.

It's nice to look into an offseason where we won't need to go to JimBo style reclamation projects. Odalis Perez skipping out on us over the offseason turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

Posted by: souldrummer | July 29, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

So Belliard is better than Hernendez/Gonzalez? yeah, RIGHT!

Posted by: dargregmag | July 29, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

So Belliard is better than Hernendez/Gonzalez? yeah, RIGHT!

Posted by: dargregmag | July 29, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse
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Yeah, man. I have no idea why Belliard is on the roster at this point.

Posted by: souldrummer | July 29, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Mock is so gonna give this lead up. Not good.

Posted by: rachel216 | July 29, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Okay nevermind. Good job by Mock getting out of the inning. I also don't get why Belliard is out there tonight...

Posted by: rachel216 | July 29, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

The Brewers are walking people like we used to.

Getting these early leads is so great for these young pitchers. Throw strikes Garrett!

Keep the pressure on!

Posted by: curz | July 29, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

You know you're a Nats fan if:
1. You think the Lerners are cheap.
2. You think Stan Kasten is an idiot.
3. You think that Jim Bowden is a used car salesman.
4. You think Manny Acta is Dustin Hoffman in "Rainman"
5. You think That Bob Carpenter is a tool.
6. You think that Austin Kearns and ronnie Belliard are.... well, nevermind.
7. You think that Nyger Morgan is the second coming.
8. You think that "the plan" is a bunch of crap.
9. You hate that MASN is controlled by that A-hole Angelos.
10. You really and truly in your heart and soul, love this team. Really, they are 32-68. there is no other reason for us to still watch and post and be at all interested.

Posted by: chris88 | July 29, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

The instant replay didn't screw us over for once. But not that it matters, as Mock's wild pitch allows Braun to score anyway.

Posted by: BGinVA | July 29, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

They're opening a spot for Storen or there's a trade in the offing?

Posted by: periculum | July 29, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Happy with 4-3 after 4.

Posted by: periculum | July 29, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

I get the whole give guys rest thing, I do. But don't you gotta respect the streak? We've had so few of them, we should be going full bore while it lasts... Dunn should be in there.

Posted by: cdstej | July 29, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

We need to install a rule that Belliard has to choke up 10 incheson his bat. The maybe he won't try to hit a 400 foot homer EVERY AT BAT

Posted by: curz | July 29, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Starting outfield for Syracuse:
Padilla, Maxwell, and Dukes.

Posted by: periculum | July 29, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

The Chuck and Matt show on 680 the fan here in the A-T-L alluded to the scarcity of black fans at Turner field so far this baseball season.I had to call in and tell them i had attended the Nats series earlier this season and didn't feel uncomfortable at all and then Chuck Oliver told me i can't really be a baseball fan if i support the Nats,i just reminded him that the Braves still have to play us and if nothing else we can be spoilers, ask the Mets fans!

Posted by: dargregmag | July 29, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

What the hell has gotten into Guz tonight??? A play on the other side of second base and hustling out of the box and running for a double all the way. Whatever is is, I like it.

Posted by: chris88 | July 29, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

@dargregmag: "Chuck Oliver told me i can't really be a baseball fan if i support the Nats"

I really, really look forward to the year (coming up soon, I hope) when all these knuckleheads around the country, who think the Nats are a joke because ESPN tells them so, have to endure many, many defeats at the hands of our boys.

For example, I doubt that it's a happy time in Milwaukee this week.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | July 29, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

The Chuck and Matt show on 680 the fan here in the A-T-L alluded to the scarcity of black fans at Turner field so far this baseball season.I had to call in and tell them i had attended the Nats series earlier this season and didn't feel uncomfortable at all and then Chuck Oliver told me i can't really be a baseball fan if i support the Nats,i just reminded him that the Braves still have to play us and if nothing else we can be spoilers, ask the Mets fans!

Posted by: dargregmag | July 29, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse
Wow! How can anyone in Atlanta make fun of ANYONE else's fans. I love Atlanta. I have have friends there, But goood god that is NOT a good sports town.

Posted by: chris88 | July 29, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Drat...

Posted by: BGinVA | July 29, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

No.....

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 29, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

OK -game is on the line. TIme to pinch hit for Ronnie Bellyout.

Posted by: cdstej | July 29, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Belliard is worthless.

Posted by: BGinVA | July 29, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmm, I am wondering if maybe Rizzo ought to consider trading for Victor Martinez? Martinez is a switch hitting catcher, hits for power, decent average should know the position well but really at this point is more of a half-time catcher. Might help with the Flores situation plus add some fire power.

Posted by: periculum | July 29, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Clippard: yanked when he picked up two walks in slightly more than 1 inning. Definitely a change in philosophy by comparison with the Acta era.

Posted by: periculum | July 29, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

NYJER!!!!!

Now get him home Guzman!!

Posted by: curz | July 29, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Whoever in an earlier post said they have a mancrush on Nyjer, I second that in full.

That was outstanding.

Guz's AB, however, wasn't. oy...

Posted by: HotNats | July 29, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Nyjer. ROFL!! What a trip he is.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 29, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Sigh...

Posted by: curz | July 29, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Guzman: be nice if the #2 guy knew a little small ball as in sacrifice bunt if you can't hit a flyball ... even a shallow fly gets Morgan home for criminy's sake!

Posted by: periculum | July 29, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, that was pretty bad. Our fast guy on 3rd with LESS THAN 2 OUT and we can't get him in...

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 29, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

They lose this game and the fault lies right at the feet of Riggleman for inserting Beliard in the lineup he has left the bases loaded and runners on in other innings not a smart move Riggleman. Guzman!!! WTF! after Nyjer puts us in scoring position with his legs you pull the trigger too soon, DAMN!!.

Posted by: dargregmag | July 29, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Didn't matter ... Kensing is still Kensing someone that likely will not be with the team by the end of the year.

Posted by: periculum | July 29, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Sigh, the relievers in AAA and AA just aren't ready ... except for Storen there really isn't much hope on the horizon.

Posted by: periculum | July 29, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Can we come back in the 9th? I'll start the Fire Riggleman movement if Belliard isn't lifted for Dunn as a PH, in which case it will be Zimm, NJ and Dunn...our best batters to have up in this situation.

Posted by: BGinVA | July 29, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Beimel is behind 3-0 to a .202 hitter who strikes out 1 out of every 3 plate appearances. Luckily, he grounded out on the 3-0 pitch...

Posted by: BGinVA | July 29, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Belliard? I don't think Cristian Guzman is a #2 hitter for any decent team.

Posted by: periculum | July 29, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Just as pinch hitters ... Padilla and Morse look to be better ... all they really have is Dunn right now.

Posted by: periculum | July 29, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Atta boy, Nick!

Posted by: HotNats | July 29, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Alright Nick...
Dunn...let's do this!

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | July 29, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Ewwwww... shouldn't we bat Dunn now!?!??!

Posted by: curz | July 29, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

WTF? Belliard is up w/ Dunn on deck! If Belly grounds into a DP, I'll be ticked. Belly hasn't even hit one out of the infield in 4 trips tonight. Sheesh...

Posted by: BGinVA | July 29, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Ronnie with four infield popups tonight, plus a groundout thrown in for good measure.

Posted by: BGinVA | July 29, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

before this all goes away, did anyone mention Jesus Flores is chatting at 1 pm tomorrow, Thursday?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 29, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Really bad move. Put Dunn in for Belliard. At least Kearns knows how to draw a walk. Then switch 'em out for Gonzo on second.

Posted by: DesertNat | July 29, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

interesting move that was waiting to put Dunn up there. Wonder if Riggleman told Belliard to take a bunch of pitches and just don't hit anything on the ground. Might have been a bit risky, but I like it.

Posted by: hacmanindc | July 29, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Back to the old Nats. Whew! Thought for a few innings there I might not recognize them.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 29, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Can't win em all. It is especially hard with Belliard in the lineup, who is completely worthless.

Lets come back with the same fire tomorrow.

Posted by: curz | July 29, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, sec3. I will be able to "listen".

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 29, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Belliard: 0 - 5 with six LOB. Morse and Padilla have to be better than Kearns and Belliard at the plate. Kearns and Belliard look more like the career AAA/AAAA players!

Posted by: periculum | July 29, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Sigh, the relievers in AAA and AA just aren't ready ... except for Storen there really isn't much hope on the horizon.

Posted by: periculum | July 29, 2009 10:51 PM

What about Jorge Sosa as another veteran patch job for the short term? Look at the stats from today's minor league report: He has offered scoreless relief in 12 of his last 13 appearances, posting a 0.93 ERA (2 ER/19.1 IP) along the way…as a reliever, he owns a 1.48 ERA (4 ER/24.1 IP) and a .182 (16-for-88) BAA in 12 games…overall, he is 1-2 with 2 saves and a 2.91 ERA in 18 games (4 starts)…he has 50 strikeouts against just 12 walks in 46.1 innings…

I would suspect he might get a shot in the near future, again just as a bandaid.

Posted by: baltova1 | July 29, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Why exactly has Anderson Hernandez gotten buried in the doghouse on this team? His numbers aren't great but they're better than Belliard's. Could they be playing Belliard to showcase him for a trade? That hardly makes sense because the more he plays, the worse he looks. It's just puzzling that he would still get real playing time under two different managers.

Posted by: baltova1 | July 29, 2009 11:29 PM | Report abuse

One "good thing" about the injuries to Olsen and J. Zimm is that we're getting a look in big league situations at a lot of different starting pitching candidates. Some guys are rising to the occasion, like Stammen. Others, like Mock, may be pitching their way out of the organization. Younger guys like Martis and Detweiler did enough to show they might be okay with a little more polish. Martin and Ballester will get a chance to show something in at least a couple more starts.

Posted by: baltova1 | July 29, 2009 11:33 PM | Report abuse

How have we not noticed N(y)Jer yet? We already love him like a child, why not just dub him NJer?

Posted by: Section506 | July 29, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Agreed Baltova1. I'd like to see Willie Harris there most of them time and Belliard none of the time.

If you must play Belliard, bat him 8th, he is terrible. Or 9th, really our pitchers hit better than her does.

Posted by: curz | July 29, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse

he*

Posted by: curz | July 29, 2009 11:35 PM | Report abuse

OK, what did you expect, to go undefeated the rest of the way...go get em 2morrow.

Posted by: cokedispatch | July 29, 2009 11:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm not out to make a big defense of Belliard here, but have you guys been watching Hernandez at the plate or Harris at second base lately? Both are pitiful.

Belliard actually made a very nice play tonight, and for all the hate he gets here, has done a decent job in the field. Despite his hitting woes this season (attributed mostly to his riding the pine), I'd prefer him over Hernandez, if it had to be one or the other, in a key spot, based on his track record.

Now, Austin Kearns is a completely different story. Can he please be DFA'd!

Posted by: nats24 | July 30, 2009 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Don't the voters in the Dominican realize how ridiculous they'll look if they elect somebody just because he's a local athletic hero? How stupid is that? Might as well vote for entertainers. We would never do anything like that in the USA.

Posted by: fischy | July 30, 2009 12:26 AM | Report abuse

"Federal investigators sought to determine whether Rijo, or those connected to his operation, had skimmed money from prospects...For Rijo, an unlikely career has followed scandal. Now, he's an aspiring politician."

Skimming, politics, Latin America...never!!!

Posted by: unclebuck1 | July 30, 2009 1:49 AM | Report abuse

That was funny, Chico.

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If you're wondering (and I know you are), Mondesi went 3-for-9 lifetime against Rijo with a double and three strikeouts.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 30, 2009 6:36 AM | Report abuse

...and carrying forward:

I was thinking it was like the Pirates were taking Boz' Nats advice to heart - blow up the team. It is sad.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 30, 2009 6:33 AM

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 30, 2009 6:38 AM | Report abuse

A matinee win would be nice today,i was really hoping for a sweep but i'll take three of four, lets hope Martin is on his game and please lets leave Belliard where he belongs, on the bench.

Posted by: dargregmag | July 30, 2009 7:35 AM | Report abuse

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