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Rizzo Will Be Named Permanent GM on Thursday

After six months of acquisitions and signings, almost all of them well-received, Mike Rizzo has finally obtained the one thing he's been trying all along to get -- job security. The Washington Nationals, according to a source familiar with the situation, plan on Thursday to announce Rizzo as their permanent general manager, easing a major source of uncertainty within the organization and rewarding the 48-year-old with the job he's long auditioned for.

Rizzo, who had served as acting general manager since March when Jim Bowden resigned, has frequently acknowledged his desire to become Washington's full-time general manager. As of last week, however, he remained one of three candidates for the job, along with Arizona Diamonbacks vice president Jerry Dipoto and Boston Red Sox assistant general manager Jed Hoyer.

Events of the last week -- most notably Rizzo's negotiations with No. 1 draft pick Stephen Strasburg -- changed everything, and ultimately convinced team president Stan Kasten that the best candidate to run his team was the guy who's been running it all season.

By Chico Harlan  |  August 19, 2009; 10:23 PM ET
 
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Comments

first!

Congrats To Rizzo! He will do a fine job!

Posted by: Hondo5 | August 19, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

yeaaaaa

Posted by: merajc86 | August 19, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

As much as we trash our Front Office, I really don't think they would be dumb enough to not reward Rizzo for the job he's done. I mean they can't be that dumb.............


.....Or can they?

Posted by: FloresFan | August 19, 2009 6:16 PM |

No they can't and they aren't! Congratulations Mr. Rizzo, you certainly deserve the promotion. Good luck from here on out.

First order of business......DFA Belli!

Oh yeah...and Kearns. Thanks!

Posted by: FloresFan | August 19, 2009 10:30 PM |

Posted by: FloresFan | August 19, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Congrats, Rizzo!

Posted by: BGinVA | August 19, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

excellent

congrats to Rizzo

and a big thuppppttttt!!!! to the national media which once again raced to press with an incorrect story.


Posted by: natbiscuits | August 19, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

My faith is restored. Good move. Other than the results on the field, this is a good week for the Nats. Congrats to Rizzo and the entire Nats organization. And now on to Bryce Harper!

Posted by: McKinley2 | August 19, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Bill Ladson should be fired for propagating the Dipoto rumor on Nationals.com.

Posted by: msolem | August 19, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to Rizzo. Job well done and well deserved. First division, here we come...

Posted by: jdschulz50 | August 19, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Chico, assuming Rizzo gets the job, and I hope he does, give us a little reporting on the reporting, please. Somebody should ask Gordon Edes, a respected baseball writer, how he could get the story so completely wrong.

Posted by: SilverSpring8 | August 19, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

bout freakin time. this guy has a serious eye for talent and character and has shown the gravitas to be the man when it comes to the nats org. congrats!

Posted by: formerlylove1 | August 19, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Congrats Rizz! I'm thrilled to hear this -- awaiting confirmation as "real" news (not some "source" suggests...)

Oh, another thing: Dunn in the bottom of the 7th, striking out looking on a borderline call. With runners on 1st and 3rd -- taking a borderline pitch trying to take a walk. How many times have we seen this this year? Seriously, RISP and taking a called third strike -- 20+?

Posted by: mo_dc | August 19, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

I'll be at the press conference at Nats Park on Friday afternoon to celebrate both of these announcements. Well deserved, Rizz.

One strike against him: he's TOO good at talent evaluating and other GMs are gun-shy to deal with him cuz he'll fleece them!

He'll need to do a couple "dummies" to get other teams to consider doing any trades with him again...

Posted by: mo_dc | August 19, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

periculum, i'm betting you were a big babe laufenberg fan, too, eh?

Posted by: sec231 | August 19, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Did the Nats have to interview a minority for the GM job, if so who was the minority ?

Posted by: 4U2Know | August 19, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, we all know it was Ronnie Belliard who was feeding the press with all those Dipoto rumors.

Posted by: artvandelay2 | August 19, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Stan K got his revenge when he leaked that false report to Ladson, Yahoo, et al.

bwaahahaha!

Congrats to Rizzo. Good baseball guy. Still one of my favorite WaPo baseball stories was the one about Rizzo and his dad. Good stuff.

Posted by: hacmanindc | August 19, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

"periculum, i'm betting you were a big babe laufenberg fan, too, eh?

Posted by: sec231 | August 19, 2009"

Are you kidding? Not hardly. Besides the guy is a Dallas Cowboys TV/radio personality ... I hate Dallas ... :)

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

We're turning the corner folks. Turning the corner.

Posted by: CNY-DC | August 19, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Yahoo!

(somebody had to say it... hope this one is right)

Posted by: My3Cents | August 19, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to Rizzo on the well-deserved promotion. I really thought they had truly lost their minds at Nats headquarters. I am curious to know if the outcry forced a last minute switch from the guy in Arizona.

Posted by: moorich | August 19, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Feel good is back!

High on Strasburg.

Low for a couple of days.

Now high on Strasburg and Rizzo!

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 19, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Hooray for Rizzo! Disagreed especially with what that jerk from NBC had to say about Morgan. Yeah, its his best year ... he hadn't been given much of a chance in the past? Pittsburgh had guys like McLouth, McCutheon? There are those here that would not have even considered him a "prospect".
But Thrillege would be ...

Morgan is hands down the very best leadoff hitter in baseball right now. And right up there as a premier fielder in center field.

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, kinda feels that way doesn't it? .500 baseball, here we come!
_____

We're turning the corner folks. Turning the corner.

Posted by: CNY-DC | August 19, 2009 10:54 PM

Posted by: hacmanindc | August 19, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

And Mike great job not just by signing Strasburg, but at the exact same time pulling Karns into the fold! Great job!

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Actually that is the kind of prank I think that Belliard would pull?

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Now, let's avoid having to draft high school junior Bryce Harper? Please?

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Another upside of the Rizzo permanency is it improves the chances of Riggleman getting his job permanently as well. They're 17-and-16 under Riggs, including these last two one-run losses, but they're in nearly every game. He deserves it too. Does Yahoo! have a stealth candidate for tihs one too. I near Yahoo REALLY like Dewey over Truman in 1948 as well.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | August 19, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

LOL. Yeah, I'm kinda with you on this one. I'm tired of being in the spotlight because we suck so bad.
_________

Now, let's avoid having to draft high school junior Bryce Harper? Please?

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 11:01 PM

Posted by: hacmanindc | August 19, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Congrats Rizzo.
My thoughts/hopes were that the FO leaked the report to yahoo as sort of a get back for the Acta fiasco knowing they would hire Rizzo soon after.

Posted by: caese | August 19, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Congrats Rizzo!

Posted by: ImWithStupid | August 19, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Stan has told us many times not to believe any name, any story that we see in the media. Schuerholz, Bowden, Acta, and now Rizzo.

He just loves to marionette the media and stick it to them after they have danced for a while.

Who cares? Mike is in!

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 19, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

time will tell if Rizzo was the right choice but he seems to be a deserving choice. Long time baseball scout that has successfully handling everything in the interim job. He got the opportunity and he grabbed it, that is a sign of a man that would be expected to be successful.

Posted by: cabraman | August 19, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Rizz earned this promotion.

Posted by: djorl | August 19, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Congrats rizzo!!!¡

Posted by: theredskin | August 19, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Stan, March 3rd or 4th: Stan ‘I like stability … . Remember, (Mike) was instrumental in completely transforming the Arizona minor league operation from one of the worst to one of the best.’

Stan was with Rizzo from the beginning, but Mark Warner demurred for 6 months?

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 19, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Duh Mark Lerner.

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 19, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

With all the conflicting reports, Mike Wise said that he was waiting to hear from his man, Chico Harlan. I hope you're right.

I've always liked "the Plan" to develop a farm system and a core of young pitchers. Stan Kasten proved the formula in Atlanta. The pieces finally seem to be falling into place. Rizzo has made some nice moves, and Riggleman has benefited from having better defensive players on the field. I like continuity in a sports team. I hope our Redskins are watching how Kasten is building a perennial winner and listen to what Wise is saying about Jim Zorn. Rome wasn't built in a day.

Without the recent wins, I don't know if we would have landed Strasburg. Rizzo deserves some credit for turning around the team and getting Strasburg signed.

Makes me wonder how the story got leaked that the other guy was getting the job...Had the other guy gotten the job, I think Kasten would have been gone.

Posted by: dannykurland1 | August 19, 2009 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Congrats Rizzo

Hooray Rizzo !!!

Now do you think Wise will say he is sorry?

Posted by: CBinDC | August 19, 2009 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Chico, you are now in the doghouse AGAIN with Stan. Come on, phone messageS???? That implies you left more than 1. Fess up, how many times did you really call him?

This is just like back in June when FOX said Manny Acta is going to be fired shortly and you kept calling Stan.

If Bowden kept his job for almost 3 years of Lerner/Kasten control, this move would baffle me if true.

I say no way is it true, and if it is, maybe there is a logical explanation. But seriously, this is a joke right coming on the heels of a major coup!

Posted by: dmacman88 | August 19, 2009 6:16 AM
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Well I said it at 6:16AM this morning about the Yahoo report on Dipoto, I say no way it is true.

All you people that were ready to cancel season tickets needed to take a deep breath before getting so dramatic with all those posts and all the seismic abrasive comments probably should be retracted with an apology.

All the journalists that re-wrote and quoted the Yahoo story and on the Washington Nationals beat, UH OH.

Posted by: dmacman88 | August 19, 2009 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Is there any chance that DIpoto will become the Assistant GM in Washington? It would be a career move in the right direction and obviously the nats FO seems to like him.

Posted by: unclebuck1 | August 20, 2009 12:03 AM | Report abuse

Hoo ray for Riz zo
Hoo ray at last
Hoo ray for Riz zo
He's a horse's as

Posted by: Brue | August 20, 2009 12:31 AM | Report abuse

So I guess the number of Yahoo Sports, Inc. dot com stories I have taken seriously in my life remains at . . . zero.

Posted by: paulkp | August 20, 2009 1:07 AM | Report abuse

The way MLB and Nationals handle their web site is a joke and Ladson is clueless and actually harmful to the team and its reputation. They need to send him back to Montreal from whence he came.

The Nats and MLB need to look at how the Caps handle their web site to see one that works and is worth visiting each day during the season. (although, hopefully, they won't have to suit up their webmaster as a catcher any time soon...)

Posted by: truke | August 20, 2009 6:05 AM | Report abuse

I am happy for Rizzo, the Nats, and the Nats' fans. It was the right thing and the smart thing to do.

Posted by: JoeC2 | August 20, 2009 6:42 AM | Report abuse

Haven't yet read the comments but, if the source speaketh the truth, good on the Nats and congrats to Rizzo. (Also, "ha-HAH" to a few other anonymous sources.)

On another note, this is for dargregmag and his new grandson. Thought I'd see what had happened in baseball on Micah's birthday in light of darg's recent post about his own b'day. Rather fittingly, the first item on the list is Walter Johnson's first major league win. (I had to go back to the archives to figure out the actual birthday because the whole short-term memory thing - not so good.)

http://www.nationalpastime.com/site/index.php?fact_day=07&fact_month=08

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 20, 2009 7:00 AM | Report abuse

I'm also happy for Chico for not getting hysterical that he might have been out scooped by a journalis from a search engine. We all went crazy, si went crazy, Ladson remained crazy so, hats off to Chico.

Posted by: soundbloke | August 20, 2009 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Congrats to Rizzo and the Nats. Can we officially name Yahoo Sports as the most unreliable source of infromation ever? Do they think every day is opposite day?

Posted by: tallbaby2121 | August 20, 2009 7:54 AM | Report abuse

This what Edes said about the Rizzo story he created,

"Despite speculation that spread throughout baseball circles that the Washington Nationals were planning to make a front-office change, interim general manager Mike Rizzo has been given the job on a permanent basis."

Talk about not owning up to a huge mistake he made.

But I guess that's expected from a bunch of YAHOO's

Posted by: CBinDC | August 20, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Am I blind or has the Post hidden the "gamers?" I cannot find a story on either of the last two games against the Rox.

If I'm blind, please forgive me. Otherwise, please provide a link or an explanation.

Thanks.

Posted by: grforbes | August 20, 2009 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Congrats Rizzo. I'm extremely happy this worked out the way it did. The reports from Yahoo just seemed wrong all along. Perhaps as some have suggested Dipoto is coming to DC as the AGM... that might be some vindication or at least a way out for Gordon "No chase; no face" Edes. This is a lesson on how to take a huge bite out of a giant turd sandwich and not let your face show any hint that you know exactly what you're eating.

Posted by: RicketyCricket | August 20, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

um, not all of us went crazy. Just saying.

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We all went crazy

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 20, 2009 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Chico, I have to say I love your intuitive reporting on this. You gave us a lot of evidence that seemed to contradict the Yahoo! story, and it's looking like you'll be proven right in a few hours.

Posted by: JohninMpls | August 20, 2009 8:24 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad they finally pulled Rizzo off the ledge. Congrats to our new GM!
oh, and Yeeha, Yahoo!

Posted by: Max231 | August 20, 2009 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Man, the Constituency got so played hardcore by the front office. The thing that amazes me is that so many people don't understand that the leak was a deliberate strategy to gauge reactions to naming Rizzo or naming someone else. Just like all those incorrect anonymous leaks about Strasburg were leaks by the front office or Boras to influence people and gauge reactions.

Posted by: Section506 | August 20, 2009 8:25 AM | Report abuse

gforbes, last night's gamer is here:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/sports/nationals/index.html?nid=roll_caps

(To get there, I used the menu bar at the top of this page to navigate to "sports" and then "Nationals/MLB.")

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 20, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

You'll have to scroll down to "more news."

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 20, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

I also wouldn't say Edes made a mistake. At least not a terrible one. He had sources who told him that the job was going to Dipoto, right?

I know there are a lot of folks who are against anonymous sources in reporting. It caused a considerable hubub over at Redskins Insider. But without anonymous sources, there would be no reporting, because there would be very few sources. Much of the insider information comes from people who can't make their identity known.

And yeah, there's a potential for an incorrect story by giving voice to someone with an axe to grind. And the reporter's job is to distinguish between the trustworthy sources and those with an ulterior motive.

But it's not like Edes made the whole thing up himself. He had a story, and he had to decide whether or not the source was trustworthy enough to go with it. Just because the story turned out to be untrue doesn't mean he made the wrong decision.

Posted by: JohninMpls | August 20, 2009 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Okay, all you fans in left field, get those "stop" signs ready for TP:

http://masnsports.com/index_blog_natsbuzz.html

In other news, with 4 more wins in August the team would have its first winning month since going 15-12 in September '07. That seems more doable than a winning home record for the year (they'd have to win 15 of 20 remaining home games for that, if my math is correct). Go, NATS!!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 20, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations Rizzo...Well deserved!

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | August 20, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

The problem with Edes story isn't that he was wrong, it's that he followed up with the truly lame "Despite speculation that spread..." lede that absolves himself of all blame. The old passive voice at work again.

Posted by: mojo6 | August 20, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

My letter to Gordon Edes:

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Mr. Edes,

You owe Mike Rizzo, the Washington Nationals, and the Nats fan-base an apology for your misinformed, ill-timed report on the firing of Mike Rizzo. Your article caused a windfall of negative publicity at the worst possible time for an organization that is trying, and slowly succeeding at rebuilding their public image and trust amongst their fans. Nationals fans didn't even get 48 hours to enjoy the biggest step forward this club has taken since its return to DC thanks to you.

You'll notice that your report was the only "source" quoted by other media outlets that picked up this story yesterday. Perhaps that's because you and/or your unnamed sources were the only ones hearing this nonsense in the first place. This smacks of irresponsible journalism and a failure to validate information before disseminating it as fact.

It's easy to pick on the fat kid in school. Bullies looking for attention relish the opportunity to humiliate the fat kid on the day he brings in cupcakes for his birthday. You sir chose to pick on the worst team in baseball as they were handing out their cupcakes in the form of $1 tickets to Stephen Strasburg Day at Nationals Park. This time the fat kid fought back and like Ralphie Parker did to Scut Farkus, the Nats front office sent you running home crying with your tail between your legs.

The internet provides you with a voice. The name Yahoo! provides credibility to that voice. Credibility provides your voice power that others don’t have. You’re not some nameless, faceless blogger who can post unsubstantiated rumor and conjecture without consideration for its veracity. Consider your responsibility and the impact of your words before posting this kind of garbage in the future.

Posted by: RicketyCricket | August 20, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Let's see who out there gets this one:
"Weasels ripped my flesh! Rzzzzzz!"

Congratulations Mike Rizzo. Great week.

The Yahoo article only further reinforces my view - live by the blog, die by the blog. Sources who speak under anonymity have a Deep Throat complex, and responsible journalists should NEVER publish from an unnamed source. There was a reason people used to believe in Cronkite - he checked his sources. Kudos to Chico for not jumping on the bandwagon.

Posted by: dand187 | August 20, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Let's see who out there gets this one:
"Weasels ripped my flesh! Rzzzzzz!"
==============================

That was a Mother of a comment, very inventive.

Posted by: twinbrook | August 20, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Not to get too far off topic, but I don't know that it's a matter of people being against anonymous sources so much as it's the way that they are used (or misused), JiM. I believe that many news organizations have a policy about use of such sources, but one issue is that the policies are not always followed. See, for example, the following:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/22/opinion/22pubed.html?_r=1

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/14/AR2009081401928.html?sub=AR

Also, IMHO, it was beyond lame that Ladson posted a Yahoo!-generated rumor as fact. It's one thing for another outlet to pick it up, but for the team's MLB beat reporter to do so? um, not a banner day for MLB journalism (or is that an oxymoron?).

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 20, 2009 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Let's see who out there gets this one:
"Weasels ripped my flesh! Rzzzzzz!"

Thank you Mr. Zappa!

And thank you Mssrs. Lerner and Kasten!

Posted by: NoVaSnow | August 20, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

hmmm, I meant to type "it's one thing for another national outlet" to pick it up.

Also, the fact that one of my links was to a Post piece was not meant to put Chico's coverage of the situation in a bad light. He did a great job of not jumping the gun on this one, IMO.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 20, 2009 9:05 AM | Report abuse

One down, one to go. Rigs is next. Get it DUNN!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: bundy44 | August 20, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Fantastic reporting through the whole week, Chico! Lerner's get it right! Congrats to Mr. Rizzo!

Posted by: mjwies11 | August 20, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Keeping the poetic juices alive:

He says what he means
and means what he says
a brue is just negative
24 hours a day ....

-anonomous seuses

Posted by: natbiscuits | August 20, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Have to admit I was initially in favor of the Nats bringing in an outsider as the permanent GM. I thought an outsider would be more objective in evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the team. But Rizzo is probably what this team needs more at this time - a real, honest-to-goodness, paid-his-dues BASEBALL man. Someone who started at the bottom and is familiar with all aspects of team building rather than someone just uaing the "Moneyball" template of statistical evaluation. Good teams can affaord that track, but what the Nats most desperately need is an infusion of home-grown talent like what Rizzo helped build in Arizona. It also doesn't hurt that he's the son of a scout. It would have been criminal for the management to pass over Rizzo for the job.

And about the Yahoo!Sports "report" that Jerry DiPoto was all but wrapped up as the new Nats GM, sports journalism is becoming more of advancing rumors and speculation than actual researching and reporting a subject. I don't know who Edes's "well resoected sources" were, but it was lazy man's way to get a story out nationally without having to actually have it based in fact. But anyone with a personal or professional axe to grind can be one of those "well respected sources." Wonder what type of mea culpa Edes will offer when Rizzo is officially promoted?

Posted by: leetee1955 | August 20, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

CONGRATULATIONS to Mike Rizzo - Well deserved and thank god the Lerners are starting to run their team like a major league franchise. Plucking T Plush from the Bucs should have been sufficient to show he knows what he's doing. The other moves have been icing on the cake. Off season priorities - FA pitcher (or two) to stabilize the rotation/bullpen, addressing 2b/SS situation, addressing Riggs (him or another "baseball guy" who teaches pesky little things like fundamentals and defense) and getting Strasberg up to speed.

The two losses to the Rocks have been tough, but overall, the last week has been one of the few enjoyable ones since the season started.

Posted by: terrapin31590us | August 20, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

From Yahoo Sports baseball reporter Gordon Edes today:

"Despite speculation that spread throughout baseball circles that the Washington Nationals were planning to make a front-office change, interim general manager Mike Rizzo has been given the job on a permanent basis.

Published reports out of Washington on Wednesday night say that the club will announce Rizzo’s appointment at a news conference Thursday, putting to rest the assertion by multiple baseball executives that Arizona Diamondbacks vice president Jerry DiPoto was on the verge of getting the job."

No mention that HE was the erroneous source of the GM speculation. What an ass. Yahoo Sports -- that says it all.

Posted by: SackMan | August 20, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

to follow up on the yahoo bashing, yesterday bill (lap dog) ladson took the edes story and ran with it as well. "Rizzo may be out as Nats acting GM" the headline read and t he first three paragraphs of his "report" cited the yahoo sports story. uh, lap dog, you're the team's MLB.com reporter. instead of continuing to advance the yahoo story did it ever occur to you to actually ASK SOMEONE in the nats' front office about the validity of the yahoo story rather than give it more credence? in sports, rumor is the only thing faster than the speed of light. lap dog was half right, mrizz is out as the acting GM. he's now THE MAN.

Posted by: surly_w | August 20, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

> Kudos to Chico for not jumping on the bandwagon.

Huh? Chico filed a post on this very blog at 12:01 AM ET, 08/19/2009 titled
"Report: Dipoto Could Be Next Nats GM". That set off a total frenzy of reactionary comments here. It wasn't until 2:21 PM ET, 08/19/2009, over 14 hours later, that he started to express a bit of skepticism with a followup post here. By gametime last night he finally got around to admitting "The Yahoo Sports report suggesting Jerry Dipoto's imminent appointment as Nats' GM is becoming more and more puzzling....the whole picture does not equate." In other words, it took Chico nearly 24 hours - an entire news cycle in the days of print, an eternity on the internet - to back off a story he had reprinted without any challenge the night before. That may not quite be a Tony Kornheiser-level Bandwagon there, but Chico was definitely on the bandwagon with this Dipoto rumor. No doubt about it. Hopefully he's learned a lesson here about what being a responsible journalist entails.

Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome | August 20, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Ohh I see it is time for Mr. Wise and his little radio show .....now I wonder if he will .....well I could just pull a Wise and go on a baseless rant of my impression of the world but of no fact or reason but I will not sink to such a low and moronic tone.

I think I will just let it all go under the bridge and enjoy the dawn of a new era in DC baseball.

Posted by: CBinDC | August 20, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Rizzo + Strasburg + A New Dawn for DC Baseball.

Posted by: leetee1955 | August 20, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

I don't know, this, from Chico's first Dipoto post, seems to temper the rumor a bit:

"If Dipoto obtains the job, it would shock many employees in Washington's current front office, many of whom had assumed that Rizzo's performance in recent weeks -- especially with Strasburg -- would all but guarantee him the job. Kasten, after the Strasburg negotiations were completed, joked with Rizzo that he had just dispensed the largest sum of money in amateur history. "That's going to look great on your résumé," Kasten said in jest."

In the same post, he noted that he had not yet received responses to inquiries addressed to the team.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 20, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

In other news, looks like there's to be a Boz chat at ll a.m.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 20, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Periculum: You are on point about Bryce Harper another Josh Hamilton waiting to happen a potential case of too much too soon let the kid go through the "process". Congrat's to Rizzo well deserved, finally a heads up move by the front office.The last two nights on the field have been gut wrenching, under Manny it was the bullpen under Riggs it's the starters. I can only hope this offseason we can find a quality starter or two for the love of Juan Marichal we need em.

Posted by: dargregmag | August 20, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sure it's fair to equate what Chico put here on the NJ blog to what Edes put out as a news story.

Chico did NOT report as a story in the WaPo that Rizzo was out. He informed us Nationals wackos here on the Nats Journal that this (possibly erroneous) report was bouncing around the Inter-Web.

These two are not at all the same thing. He held the actual story until he had confirmation, as he should have.

Some people here bash him for not saying anything when these rumors come out. Others bash him for spreading rumors.

Whiplash, anyone?

Posted by: shepdave2003 | August 20, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

now, if he could make belliard disappear into fat air....

Posted by: surly_w | August 20, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Ok, but how do feel about Ryan Minor?
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"periculum, i'm betting you were a big babe laufenberg fan, too, eh?
Posted by: sec231 | August 19, 2009"
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Are you kidding? Not hardly. Besides the guy is a Dallas Cowboys TV/radio personality ... I hate Dallas ... :)
Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 10:53 PM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 20, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

surly, are you trying to keep the superstitious Belly-bashing going or are you serious?

Because if you're serious, we might have to have words. >:[

Posted by: NatsNut | August 20, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

What? Oh, LAUFENBERG? not Babe Dahlgren?
Nevermind.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 20, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

For those who are bashing the "Moneyball" model, get with it.

Moneyball, or the use of SABRmetrics is neither more nor less than one tool in the box that talent evaluators can and should use in looking at talent. What many forget is that SABRmetrics remains an evolving project. One of the primary purposes of the science/art is the ability to evaluate talent and productivity across platforms and ages. Can we all remember when B.A. was the primary measurement of a hitter's effectiveness and W/L or ERA was the primary measure for a pitcher? These have both been replaced. No one in SABR seriously considers WHIP or OPS to be the final measurement.

It takes the ability to combine an evolving statistical package with an experienced eye to properly evaluate talent. My guess is that Rizzo has the appropriate wherewithal.

Posted by: Catcher50 | August 20, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Dude, it's *sports talk radio*. You aren't expecting rational, considered, informed rhetoric there. In DC terms, it's more Joe McCarthy than Everett Dirksen. That would be like, ... I don't know ... expecting responsible journalism from some yahoo online.

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Ohh I see it is time for Mr. Wise and his little radio show .....now I wonder if he will .....well I could just pull a Wise and go on a baseless rant of my impression of the world but of no fact or reason but I will not sink to such a low and moronic tone.
Posted by: CBinDC | August 20, 2009 10:06 AM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 20, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

I thought the Belli-bashing was off given the end of the winning streak.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 20, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

"I'm not sure it's fair to equate what Chico put here on the NJ blog to what Edes put out as a news story.

Chico did NOT report as a story in the WaPo that Rizzo was out. He informed us Nationals wackos here on the Nats Journal that this (possibly erroneous) report was bouncing around the Inter-Web.

These two are not at all the same thing. He held the actual story until he had confirmation, as he should have."

From what people are saying here, it seems like Ladson did exactly the same thing as Chico. I don't read Ladson as a matter of course, and going back over the archives and his blog on mlb.com right now, I can't find any stories or posts about the Edes article. Maybe he's deleted them. So all I have to go on as to what Ladson did is what was said here about it. But I really can't understand why people are praising Chico and lambasting Ladson for doing exactly the same thing. They are both beat writers totally independent of the team, Chico for the Post and Ladson for mlb.com. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome | August 20, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Also, good to see that the prez of the TP fan club is back online.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 20, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Cleans you! Thrills you! Cleans and thrills you!


for Twinbrook

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 20, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

I thought the Belli-bashing was off given the end of the winning streak.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 20, 2009 10:50 AM
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That's exactly what Belliard wanted you to think.

Posted by: twinbrook | August 20, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

i'm not completely sure he understood my reference, sec3mysofa.

Posted by: sec231 | August 20, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I checked the team site earlier and also thought it might have been deleted, but I found it after a bit of digging:

http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090819&content_id=6499136&vkey=news_was&fext=.jsp&c_id=was

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 20, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Good one, twinbrook.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 20, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

When you turn the corner
and run into yourself,
you know you've turned
all the corners that are left.
-Langston Hughes


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Yeah, kinda feels that way doesn't it? .500 baseball, here we come!
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We're turning the corner folks. Turning the corner.
Posted by: CNY-DC | August 19, 2009 10:54 PM
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Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 20, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

231, likewise. Hence the "cue Emily Litella" post.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 20, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

There's a new post.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 20, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Exactly. It was like look what I got at 12:01AM. I understand Chico tried to get a comment from Stan but it was late at night after an extremely long weekend and Monday/Tuesday dealing with Strasburg.

Frankly, I am disappointed as was mentioned it was tabloid National Enquirer supermarket rag reporting. It should have waited for the morning to have clearer heads prevail.

Chico does great work and surprised he jumped into that Yahoo quicksand. By all accounts, Chico was the 1st local reporter to go with the story and then others followed. Being the 1st in this case is not good.

The Nats were probably planning a nice tribute to Rizzo that was really tainted.

For what should have been just a great week of celebration (with a few Curly W's) was somewhat tarnished. Just saying. My opinion. When I read through some of the negative comments yesterday morning, I see a lot of horrible stuff and then these same people never apologize. The Lerners have been called bad names, and then the totally ridiculous "cheap cheap cheap" like the sound of a bird is so old and maybe it is time people step up and start to say they are doing what they need to do. Rome wasn't built in a day.
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> Kudos to Chico for not jumping on the bandwagon.

Huh? Chico filed a post on this very blog at 12:01 AM ET, 08/19/2009 titled
"Report: Dipoto Could Be Next Nats GM". That set off a total frenzy of reactionary comments here. It wasn't until 2:21 PM ET, 08/19/2009, over 14 hours later, that he started to express a bit of skepticism with a followup post here. By gametime last night he finally got around to admitting "The Yahoo Sports report suggesting Jerry Dipoto's imminent appointment as Nats' GM is becoming more and more puzzling....the whole picture does not equate." In other words, it took Chico nearly 24 hours - an entire news cycle in the days of print, an eternity on the internet - to back off a story he had reprinted without any challenge the night before. That may not quite be a Tony Kornheiser-level Bandwagon there, but Chico was definitely on the bandwagon with this Dipoto rumor. No doubt about it. Hopefully he's learned a lesson here about what being a responsible journalist entails.


Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | August 20, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I agree there. Ladson shouldn't have jumped on that story so quickly.

And Chico's reaction was near perfect, I'd say. It would be irresponsible of him to ignore the report altogether, but it wouldn't be a good idea to simply restate it without qualifications. He presented it fairly and objectively.

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hmmm, I meant to type "it's one thing for another national outlet" to pick it up.

Also, the fact that one of my links was to a Post piece was not meant to put Chico's coverage of the situation in a bad light. He did a great job of not jumping the gun on this one, IMO.

Posted by: JohninMpls | August 20, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

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