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Raise Your Hand If ....

... you're going to be in Phoenix this week for the Arizona Fall League. Because I've elbowed aside Boz, Chico and Dave and am heading west this afternoon. If any of you will be in attendance, please let me know! I'll be writing a couple of times for the paper but also tweeting and blogging, God willing, so check back!

By Tracee Hamilton  |  October 12, 2009; 8:58 AM ET
 
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Nicely done, Tracee!* I won't be able to be there but will look forward to reading your dispatches, as always. I'm pretty sec3 mentioned he'd be going, so you're in for a treat. :-)

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*Don't let 'em out of the closet until it's all over. They can file their stories/columns via the transom.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | October 12, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, I'm pretty "sure" sec 3 mentioned... ANYway.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | October 12, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Dana Brown might be on his way to Toronto.
http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2009/10/odds-ends-padres-burrell-upton-jays.html

There goes another high-level Bowden guy (if this tweet is true)...

Posted by: cheeseburger53 | October 12, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Dana Brown to the Blue Jays isn't a rumor, it's confirmed.

I'm not posting the huge url here, but it's on the Nats' mlb.com site.

Posted by: VelocityAtrocity | October 12, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Tracee,

Can you ask around and get a sense from the players about our current coaching teaching/expectations is different from the rest of the league. Now that these guys are playing for other organizations coaches what do they see different from the "Nats Way".

I recall sitting next to T Young this winter at a luncheon and then again in talking to him a few times in Spring Training. He commented on this more than once. Specifically he said the Nats had no established throwing program in the off season and the Nats had communicated nothing that he should be doing as a conditioning programs when HE ASKED! He said once he got to Spring Training he was surprised how little they worked on fundamentals as pitchers, he said more than once that their was a Reds way of doing things but no Nationals way that he could find.

Again, thanks for passing on what our players are saying about the differences in our process and the rest of the league as they experience it in AFL.

Posted by: JayBeee | October 12, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Cont....sorry...I remember he showed me a notebook he had gotten from the Reds which was like his off season bible. It had nutrition, stretches, weight training as well as a log he had to keep and send in each month. Nothing at all from the Nats.

Posted by: JayBeee | October 12, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

> There goes another high-level Bowden guy (if this tweet is true)...

Dana Brown came to Washington with the Expos. He pre-dates Bowden.

Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome | October 12, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Tracee, congrats on the AFL gig & welcome back to Baseball (for a little while at least).
Hopeing for some honest reporting on the six Nationals's players, & anything else you want to throw in.

Posted by: BinM | October 12, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

I'll be in Phoenix the 18th through 20th, but it's all work. The Desert Dogs have a home game the afternoon of the 20th, and I'd love to be there. An evening game I could do - before my red eye departure - but 12:35 . . .
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Excuse me, I just had to scream out the window. I thought it would make me feel better, but not really.

Posted by: KenNat | October 12, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

With all the cuts / firings / resignations in the orginization, I just hope Rizzo has his people on-board & ready to run the franchise come November. There are plenty of player evaluations to be done prior to the Winter Meetings, both internal & external.

Posted by: BinM | October 12, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Tracee, the cream is rising to the top. Stay in Arizona as long as you can, and don't let the Post sports eddies try to assign you any warmed-over Kurt Warner features while you're out there. It's baseball, baseball, baseball, write the heck out of it, as only you can. Plus, we get some real live posts for NJ. Travel safely.

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | October 12, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

BiM makes a good point. I think Rizzo thinks he can do it all for the time being.....which is a very dangerous view, but understandable given what he had to endure under Jimbo.

Posted by: JayBeee | October 12, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

It takes time to rebuild the organization from the inside out. The post-season isn't even over yet, so let's give Rizzo some time to get his guys interviewed and hired.

But I do agree that there is a lot of work to be done before the winter meetings, so hopefully the hiring process goes fairly quickly - meaning within a month of the end of the World Series.

Posted by: sec307 | October 12, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Looking forward to AFL leakage to NJ. We're dying here for anything Nats related.

Posted by: cokedispatch | October 12, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Not sure what Rizzo was doing from say Sept 1 to end of the season. Sure was not making any moves....so why is he now saying he has not interview anyone for Asst GM job or made a decision on coaching staff. You do not need to wait till season is over to ask to talk to people who are still in the playoffs.

Posted by: JayBeee | October 12, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

JayBeee caught the drift of my earlier post - the Nationals need to have the FO staffed & ready to roll by the end of the World Series. Any later than that & the team is behind everyone else at the Winter Meetings.

This season could be critical in re-building fan base with off-season signings & trades. If the FO isn't fully prepared, than another year is wasted, along with the dwindling goodwill of the fans.

Posted by: BinM | October 12, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

point really was not that he is waiting to talk to them but more that Rizzo said at the end of the season that he had not even had time to ASK TO TALK TO ANYONE.....what was he doing?

Posted by: JayBeee | October 12, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Lucky you Traceeeeeee! With the weather shift here in the East, Arizona sounds perfect but of course the Navy is no where to be found in the desert so I can't swing a trip to Pheonix, damn!

On another note: Ken "I know it all" Rosenthal is saying over on Fox Sports MLB page that the Nats are trying to lure the Braves Scouting Director for the Nats job. Something about close ties to StanK, don't remember the guys name but if Rosenthal is saying it maybe there is 50% truth to the rumour.

Posted by: TippyCanoe | October 12, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Ladson is reporting that the Nats will be interviewing Braves scouting director Roy Clark today for an asst GM job. I guess Rosenthal reads Ladson then.

Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome | October 12, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Tippy: The ATL Scouting Director is Roy Clark; It might come down to him or current Ass't scouting Director Kris Kline for the position.
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JayBeee: I don't believe a team can solicit (or interview) staff from another team for positions while the regular season is in-play. That might be why Rizzo said he hadn't spoken to anyone yet.

Posted by: BinM | October 12, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Oh thanks guys, Roy Clark of hee-haw fame hmmm! I thought he was dead.

Posted by: TippyCanoe | October 12, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I think that is correct but he could ask ahead of that and Rizzo has said he has not even had "TIME TO ASK".....thus my question what was he doing in Sept?

Posted by: JayBeee | October 12, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Ooh, I loved him on Hee Haw! What? Oh. Never mind.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | October 12, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

haha, you beat me to it, Tippy.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | October 12, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

BTW the rants over on the local football teams WAPO pages are an absolute joy to read, not that I want to see this happen to "the storied franchise" but its nice to think that Synders worst nightmare may be coming to a theater near you; the Caps in the Stanly Cup finals, the Wiz in the Eastern Conf finals and the Nats above .500 in the fight for the WC thru Sept, all of this happening in 2010! hhhhhhaaaa.

Posted by: TippyCanoe | October 12, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I think that is correct but he could ask ahead of that and Rizzo has said he has not even had "TIME TO ASK".....thus my question what was he doing in Sept?
Posted by: JayBeee | October 12, 2009 12:28 PM
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Responding to the press, who asked a honest question & got a honest answer for once?

Posted by: BinM | October 12, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Yes I think that was an honest answer and since nothing has been announced yet that makes me worry that Rizzo has too much on his plate and is trying to do everything himself because he did not trust anyone in the Jimbo front office.

Rizzo is used to doing everything but that is not going to get us to December Meetings with the leg work needed to come out of these meetings with the fixes needed.

Posted by: JayBeee | October 12, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

"I think that is correct but he could ask ahead of that and Rizzo has said he has not even had "TIME TO ASK".....thus my question what was he doing in Sept?"

Polishing up the "to whom it may concern" letters of recommendation for Manny Acta.

Scheduled maintenance on the Segway, sadly neglected by Bowden.

Lovable loser Teddy was out with a groin pull, remember? Only Rizzo has an SUV big enough to haul those big-head mascots back and forth to their MRI appointments. Then the airlines wouldn't allow Teddy's head in as carry on, so Rizzo had to drive him all the way down and back to Birmingham to see Dr. Andrews, who unfortunately informed him that "Hey man, I don't do groins. No money there."

Spent the entire week before the Dodgers series looking for that Manny Ramirez wig Bowden wore last year. Never did find it.

Oh, and Ryan Zimmerman had a birthday. Do you know how much work it is planning and pulling off a surprise party?

Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome | October 12, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I'll go if you pay my way!!! LOL!

Nope, sorry. Can't go. Try to get more than one word answers from him ;<).

Posted by: CALSGR8 | October 12, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Interesting and whimsical references to Roy Clark -- the musician with the same name as the scouting director.

I heard somewhere that Clark (the musician) was a Washington Senators fan. Can anyone here confirm or refute?

Posted by: KenNat | October 12, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Tracee:

I am going to AFL, but not until the end of the month. Busy October. See ya there?

Posted by: wigi | October 12, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

JayBeee: If Rizzo can get his major FO spots (Ass't GM, Scouting Director, Player Personnel Director) in place by October 20-22, the team could be in good shape. That's about six weeks to the Winter Meetings - enough time for WSH player evals, FA / non-tender evals, etc.
Any later than that for the FO decisions, and they're behind the 8-ball, IMHO.

Posted by: BinM | October 12, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

I think Eclipse deserves Post of the Day, and perhaps a nomination for Post of the Year, for his most recent post. I was laughing out loud at out at his list of Mike Rizzo's excuses!

Posted by: thepostischeap | October 12, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

KenNat: Roy Clark (the musician) was born in SoVA, and grew up in DC - I wouldn't be suprised if he was a SeNATors' fan over the course of his lifetime.

Posted by: BinM | October 12, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Eclipse: Funny response; Hope you get the comedy writing gig you want after your baseball career.

Posted by: BinM | October 12, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

thepostischeap: Opinions vary.

Posted by: BinM | October 12, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, it's snowing here. We're up to two inches now.

Enjoy Arizona, Tracee.

Posted by: JohninMpls | October 12, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Hey, JiM, those Twins provided the most exciting game of the past week with that tie-breaker game, IMO. That was one for the ages and set the bar high for postseason play. Sorry they didn't make it farther, but I enjoyed watching and rooting for them while they were in it.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | October 12, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

p.s. Please say that wasn't you running across the field. :-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | October 12, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

JinM: Fall is much too short, and Winter comes far too early in your neck of the woods for an outdoor stadium, I fear. The Metrodome was not the best Baseball venue, but an outdoor stadium is an overall bad decision, given the weather?
Colorado falls into the same boat, imo. What was Bud thinking?

Posted by: BinM | October 12, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

If Roy clark is hired, look for Junior Sample to get the job of East Cost cross checker!

Posted by: 1of9000 | October 12, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Bud was thinking, "These are the b*st*rds that kept me me from contracting two teams over a lease in that joint!"

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | October 12, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

The Cubs go bankrupt, and it's the Twins that wind up w/o a roof over their heads.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | October 12, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

If Rizzo is smart, and I think he is, he's not going to let on to anyone who he is talking to. Why would you broadcast who you are talking to to anyone outside the organization. It just wouldn't serve any purpose. Relax, I'm sure the ball is rolling and we will all find out in due time.

Posted by: cokedispatch | October 12, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

oh, and thanks for the kind words, 1a, but I'm not there 'til next week.
Not that I'd be treating anyway; I'm not the one with the expense account.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | October 12, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

and somebody tell FasterDisaster about Tin Yurls...
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I'm not posting the huge url here, but it's on the Nats' mlb.com site.
Posted by: VelocityAtrocity | October 12, 2009 9:31 AM |

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | October 12, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

sec3, I was thinking that your presence would be her present.

Also, you're on a roll! (FasterDisaster was my fave.)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | October 12, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

No argument here. What a game! I kept thinking to myself, "If you're going to bother to win the division, that's how you should do it."

Seeing how burnt out that team was in the subsquent series made me change my mind, though.

(And no, that wasn't me on the field...)

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Hey, JiM, those Twins provided the most exciting game of the past week with that tie-breaker game, IMO.

Posted by: JohninMpls | October 12, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

I don't know, BinM. I hate the Dome so much, I'm willing to sit in the snow to watch a baseball game.

Last year, I stood in line for Opening Day and got snowed on. But I also had to go inside to watch a game on some of the most beautiful summer days this city's ever seen.

The planning committee actually did a study before the outdoor venue was agreed upon, and they estimated that they only would've lost a handful of games due to weather over the last decade or so. No worse than the Nationals and their rain woes.

Besides, it's Minnesota. You don't live here if you can't take the weather.

Posted by: JohninMpls | October 12, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Funny you should mention that. My brother in Colorado was saying the same thing just the other day. (I think the collective steam coming out of Rox fans' ears over the rescheduling is what raised the temperature over freezing yesterday.)

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Besides, it's Minnesota. You don't live here if you can't take the weather.
Posted by: JohninMpls | October 12, 2009 4:30 PM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | October 12, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

To be fair, I'm guessing they weren't counting playoff games in late October-early November, in that calculation. I've watched (and played) baseball in the rain, and in the freezing cold, and, sorry, there's no comparison. And that's speaking as an old Candlestick regular.

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The planning committee actually did a study before the outdoor venue was agreed upon, and they estimated that they only would've lost a handful of games due to weather over the last decade or so. No worse than the Nationals and their rain woes.

Posted by: JohninMpls | October 12, 2009 4:30 PM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | October 12, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I was wondering if VelocityAtrocity is Eddie Izzard's secret identity ...

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FasterDisaster was my fave.)
Posted by: natsfan1a1 | October 12, 2009 4:13 PM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | October 12, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

I look forward to the AFL coverage Tracee.

But I have one request (read: plea). Please, I beg of you, don't overdo Strasburg. I would love to hear about his progress, but I beg, beg, beg you to please remember there are more players there than just one and more baseball things to talk about than just him.

Thank you.

Posted by: NatsNut | October 12, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

New post, old news.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | October 12, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

I'll be out there for some Arizona Fall League action, but not until next month. Looking at my schedule I should be able to attend three games on this trip.

KenNat, maybe you won't be able to see the Desert Dogs playing at home, but draw a 20-mile circle on a map of Phoenix and you'd include all the Arizona Fall League teams' ballparks. If the Desert Dogs are playing an evening road game while you're out there you shouldn't have any problem attending.

Posted by: greggwiggins | October 13, 2009 7:19 AM | Report abuse

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