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Nationals hire special adviser to GM

The Washington Nationals today named Ron Schueler special adviser to the general manager and promoted Bill Singer to director of professional scouting.

From the news release:

A 42-year baseball veteran, Schueler joins the Nationals after serving the previous two seasons as Senior Advisor of Player Personnel for the San Francisco Giants. Schueler is perhaps best known for an 11-year stint (1990-2000) as General Manager of the Chicago White Sox, during which his clubs compiled an 817-734 record and a .527 winning percentage while finishing first or second in the AL Central or West eight times, including a pair of division titles in 1993 and 2000.

In 2000, his final season as General Manager, Schueler's White Sox were named "Organization of the Year" by Baseball America.

In addition to his tenure as White Sox General Manager, Schueler has served in various special assistant capacities with the Cubs, Cardinals and Athletics, earning World Championship rings with St. Louis in 2006 and Oakland in 1989. He was also a pitching coach with the White Sox (1979-81), Athletics (1982-84) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1986). Schueler pitched for eight big league seasons (1972-79) with the Braves, Phillies, Twins and White Sox.

Singer's new duties will include coordinating, scheduling and administering all Nationals major league, minor league and winter league scouting efforts. He most recently served the Nationals as a Special Assignment Scout and Coordinator/Pacific Rim Operations.

Singer joined the Nationals in 2006 after a three-year stay with the Arizona Diamondbacks as Major League Scout, where he worked under [General Manager Mike] Rizzo. Singer was a two-time All-Star during his playing career, which included a pair of 20-win seasons (with the Dodgers 1969 and Angels in '73) and 118 wins. He has well over 30 years of professional experience as a player, area scout, national crosschecker, professional scout and international scout.

By Alexa Steele  |  November 3, 2009; 3:35 PM ET
 
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Hmmm, looks like everyone is into czars these days. How much does a "special advisor" get paid? Do they get an office on S. Cap or in one of the M Street high rises? America is drowning in "special advisors" these days. Here's a novel idea Uncle Ted, hire a manager sometime between now and Feb 15 2010.

Posted by: TippyCanoe | November 3, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Feb. 15, 2010 is a federal holiday, Tip, so what's say let's give them until Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Posted by: greggwiggins | November 3, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm encouraged by all of the FO moves. We need more than a new field manager to turn this franchise around, IMO, and Rizzo seems to be working on it.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 3, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

The manager is not going to come until the World Series is over, so let's just hold our hats for a couple more days.

That said, it's going to be Riggleman, I fear. Too bad we don't have anyone ringing the phones down on South Capital St, like you know, a beat reporter.

Posted by: sec307 | November 3, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Do they still play crosscheckers or have they moved on yet to crossdominoes?

Posted by: poncedeleroy | November 3, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Good day for early '70s baseball cards. In other news, with seven career World Series home runs, Chase Utley is entering rarified company at just 30 years old. Here's the list of most career WS homers, courtesy Baseball Almanac: Mantle 18, Ruth 15, Berra 12, Snider 11, Gehrig 10, Jackson 10, DiMaggio 8, F. Robby 8, Skowron 8, Utley 7, Bauer 7, Goslin 7, McDougald 7.

Posted by: Drew8 | November 3, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Ron Schueler is the "contracts guy" that Rizzo & Stan have been looking for since the draft. That would rightfully be a "special advisor" type position, who wouldn't necessarily be in a managerial/supervisory capacity. If we're going to survive another year or two (or, god forbid, more) on "diamond in the rough" free agents on the cheap, we'd best get a good contracts guy to get the best value we can!

Posted by: TheBorg | November 3, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I wondered about that, too, Borg.

The OP's Chatter blog has some managerial musings.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 3, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I've been wondering: Do the teams ever hold a consolidated meeting of coaches from all organizational levels? Seems to me it would be a really basic thing to do to encourage organizational consistency in both development and culture. But I've never heard of anything like that. Anyone?

Posted by: NatsNut | November 3, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Rizzo apparently doesn't plan to operate in a vacuum and wants real baseball men of varying backgrounds and experience at the table. More Big Boy Baseball moves. Love 'em.

Posted by: leetee1955 | November 3, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Wil Nieves, that's who, Wil Nieves xan keep No. 23 for the time being.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/weblogs/chatter/2009/nov/03/mattingly-out-of-the-running/

Posted by: leetee1955 | November 3, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

RARGICK!!! I HATE CHASE UTLEY

Posted by: Section506 | November 3, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

@leetee: The OP blogpost regarding Mattingly is un-attributed - Isn't that a bit strange?

Posted by: BinM | November 3, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Ron Schueler will be call pitches for the Nationals.

Posted by: C-way | November 3, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Oops - Never mind (it's Zuckerman's byline).

Posted by: BinM | November 3, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

When folks (even tongue-in-cheek, like most were), suggest that these were unproductive moves, please remember that:

1. The Lerners are spending money to improve the team;
2. They are allowing Rizzo to spend their money to improve the team;
3. They are giving substance to the claim that they will improve their scouting to build the team from the minors up.

Whichever manager we get, he will need to work with the players he is given. The new hire is going to work on major league scouting as well as minor league scouting. We need manpower to help Rizzo make good trades at the major-league level, as well.

The 2009 season isn't even over. I am excited by the number of FO moves Rizzo has made already.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | November 3, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Borg makes a good point. According to the ESPN baseball blog, on Kindle, a serious number of clubs are looking at non-tendering arb. eligible playser, so that there may be a couple of hundred F/As available relatively cheap.

At this point, the best hires that the Nats can make may well be the "contract guys."

It seems that the Lerners are building the club from the ground up. Makes more sense than what that other club that used to play at DC Stadium has done.

Posted by: mikecatcher50 | November 3, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Rizzo seems to be doing the right thing in fleshing out the Player Procurement / Scouting side of things. Now, if the team can make a decision on a Manager in the next 10-or-so days, the braintrust can really start to plan for the Tender deadline / Winter Meetings.

Posted by: BinM | November 3, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, from the AFL: The Desert Dogs dropped a 5-6 11-inning game to the Suprise Rafters this afternoon. The Rafters recieved a less-than-impressive result from their starter (3.1IP, 6H, 4ER, 1BB, 2K), but came back for the win.

Nationals of Note:
Espinosa (SS) - 2/6, 1RS, 1-2B, 2SO.
Marrero (1B) - 2/6.

Posted by: BinM | November 3, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

"'ve been wondering: Do the teams ever hold a consolidated meeting of coaches from all organizational levels? Seems to me it would be a really basic thing to do to encourage organizational consistency in both development and culture. But I've never heard of anything like that. Anyone?"

Yes. It's called Spring Training. They're all there.

Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome | November 3, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what you people windging about lack of coverage are on about -- why just this week there's been several articles about the Phillies.
OK, they ARE in the World Series, I grant you, but who would you rather read about? A team trying to win consecutive World Series, or a team that lost consecutive triple-digits?
And there's the AFL. I hear air fares are coming down. "JIMMY! It's ON." they say.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | November 3, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

And really, what's the rush to hire a manager? They don't have any on-field [activities] to do until February. The GM's office will handle the personnel--Riggleman or BB or whomever will get what they get, and like it.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | November 3, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

@Sec3: So, I see you've adopted the roster nazi viewpoint? - "No second baseman for you - NEXT". "Catchers not on menu - NEXT".

Of course, I kid - Rizzo should know where the weak spots are on the MLB roster; I'd just like to have the 2010 Nationals manager to have a voice in who to focus on for the upcoming season.

Posted by: BinM | November 3, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

I certainly like these front office moves - Rizzo, Clark, Schuler, DiPuglia, and McKeon; plus Boone and Singer. And I especially like the diverse backgrounds in terms of organizations. They've plucked from the Braves, Red Sox, Indians, Rangers, Giants, and Rockies. They still have organizational knowledge of the Diamondbacks and Reds as well.

The more time that passes, the more convinced I am that Riggleman needs to return as Manager. If they can further strengthen the coaching staff with Bob Melvin as Bench Coach as the OP suggests the first leg of the off season will have been very successful. Eckstein is an above average hitting coach and McCatty should be a candidate for returning as the pitching coach. I do not have strong feelings about either Grissom or Listach but a balance between horrible Tim Tolman and conservative Pat Listach would be ok with me. I can't tell if Grissom performed poorly as a baserunning mentor or if the rostered players were just not talented in that area.

Soon it will be time for phase two - player acquisition and retention- with free agency, rule 5, trades, and arbitration decisions. There is an opportunity to make significant progress.

Posted by: natbiscuits | November 3, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

BTW, thanks for the post Alexa. I am appreciative. I know this is not your primary assignment. Hopefully when the World Series junket is over we'll get some full time baseball writers pitching in here too.

Posted by: natbiscuits | November 3, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

i actually saw ron schueler and bill singer both pitch in the majors back in the 70s. god, i feel so old.

Posted by: surly_w | November 3, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Another set of eyes.......................hopefully he wasn't calling bingo games or playing shuffleboard.

Posted by: dargregmag | November 3, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

So Comcast is reporting that Mattingly has removed his name from the list of potential Nationals managers. Chico, are you out there? Or is this one of those fake to thrid and throw to first deals like Rizzo was?

Posted by: twinbrook | November 3, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Does that count as a Godwin?

Seriously, I don't think a manager who hasn't been hired yet (unless it's Riggleman) *needs* to have input into the roster. If it does wind up being Riggs, then he probably has had some input (I'm guessing/trusting); if it isn't, then they'll no doubt discuss it in the interview process, along the lines of "Here's what we think we need ... how would you work with this?"
All this premised on the assumption that Rizzo is a competent adult.

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@Sec3: So, I see you've adopted the roster nazi viewpoint? - "No second baseman for you - NEXT". "Catchers not on menu - NEXT".

Of course, I kid - Rizzo should know where the weak spots are on the MLB roster; I'd just like to have the 2010 Nationals manager to have a voice in who to focus on for the upcoming season.

Posted by: BinM | November 3, 2009 9:10 PM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | November 3, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

That's not the new coach--that's the money you could be saving on insurance.

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Another set of eyes ... hopefully he wasn't calling bingo games or playing shuffleboard.

Posted by: dargregmag | November 3, 2009 10:19 PM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | November 3, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

I fondly remember John Lannan's first carrer start when he broke Chase Utley's hand.
I HATE CHASE UTLEY, TOO!!!

Posted by: big_game_lannan | November 4, 2009 4:34 AM | Report abuse

Mattingly declining to be interviewed by the Nats is real news, not just speculation. The Washington Times, for one, did some real reporting and investigating on the story. You know--they actually did some real work like contacting sources and finding out what is going on with the managerial search by actually asking questions.

Apparently The Post has given up on doing any original reporting on the Nats. Which is really a loss for us as fans, regardless of how awful The Post's coverage is and has been. The simple fact is that there are not that many outlets with the access and resources to do actual reporting and break news about the Nats. The Post is one of them. Too bad they don't seem to care.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | November 4, 2009 7:48 AM | Report abuse

co-sign CiL

until the post realizes that covering a major league baseball team is a more than one-man beat, it will consistently lag behind in its off-season coverage. this is when the foundation for the upcoming season is being laid and its beat writer is nowhere to be found and the caretaker of the blog has no real apparent interest in keeping it current. both the OP and nats.com have confirmed donnie baseball withdrawing from consideration for the nats managers job. there is a lot of other stuff on the horizon - setting the 40-man roster, non-tenders, winter meetings etc. - that real fans follow and don't want piecemeal coverage. this benign neglect is a true disservice to the fans.

Posted by: surly_w | November 4, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

i actually saw ron schueler and bill singer both pitch in the majors back in the 70s. god, i feel so old.

Posted by: surly_w | November 3, 2009 10:05 PM

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You feel old?!?!?! Kid, I remember watching Bob Uecker play

Posted by: greggwiggins | November 4, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Maybe the sports staff was otherwise occupied with ringside seats here:

http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlDC/newspapers/fact_or_fiction_punches_thrown_in_wapo_newsroom_141907.asp

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 4, 2009 9:05 AM | Report abuse

natsfan1a1 - you are too funny!!!

Posted by: cadeck | November 4, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

forgot to mention: I hate Chase Utley too!! dirty, dirty player - keep thinking about that play at home and he took Jesus Flores out......

Posted by: cadeck | November 4, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

You feel old?!?!?! Kid, I remember watching Bob Uecker play by greggwiggins
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Me too. I remember when he had to start the 65 season for the Cardinals because Tim McCarver had a broken hand, and he let a pass ball go by him that cost a run and ended up making the game against the Cubs at Wrigly end in a tie because of darkness.

Posted by: twinbrook | November 4, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

oh, about Uecker...I forgot to add the best part... I was opening up a pack of baseball cards just as we heard that play (Uecker letting the tieing run score on a pass ball opening day against the Cubs) on the radio and I had gotten the his baseball card (the onein which he fooled the Topps people by posing batting left handed). I told my dad I had gotten it and he said "spit on it".
:-)

Posted by: twinbrook | November 4, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

From Fangraphs

Highs and Lows of UZR 2007-9: Zimmerman

As explained in the overview post, here, this is part of a series looking at the best and worst defensive performers over the past three combined seasons. Rankings are done by adding a player’s UZR with his aggregate positional adjustment so as to level the playing field with regards to difficulty. Essentially, it’s removing the grading curve.

Tonight, the fifth best player from 2007-9: 3B Ryan Zimmerman.

Zimmerman reached the fifth spot thanks to his 2007 and 2009 seasons, during both of which he posted UZRs over 17. He was no slouch in 2008, but it goes to show why we need to rely on more than just one season of defensive data to draw any decent conclusions.

A full time third basemen for the Nationals, Zimmerman received the same positional adjustment (pro-rated to his overall playing time) each year. In four reasonably full seasons so far, Zimmerman’s defensive numbers seem to yo-yo, alternating between slightly above average and extraordinary.

When his bat shows up to match a good year with the glove, as it did this year with career highs in both wOBA and UZR, Zimmerman is a superstar, eclipsing seven wins of value. Even in his worst season to date, last year, he’s managed to be above average both at the plate and in the field, and reduced playing time because of injury only managed to keep him at a 2.2 WAR, still an above average player.

Ryan Zimmerman is one of the stars of the game today. With the arrival of Stephen Strasburg next year, maybe some of the spillover spotlight will find its way to him and he’ll finally start getting his just due.

Posted by: Willy2 | November 4, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Does the promotion of Singer mean his rehab from past bad behavior is complete? I think he was fired by, I think, the Mariners for racial comments about the Japanese a few years ago. He seems to have a good eye for talent, though, so if he's learned to keep his mouth closed on those kinds of issues, OK. I too remember him and Schueler from when I was a kid. I played a Strat-O-Matic league a few years ago, which included the '73 Angels. Singer had a huge season for me.

Posted by: louisvilleslugger | November 4, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I think Natsnut was inquiring about Organizational Meetings, typically held in the fall, to assess the talent within the organization, as viewed by managers, coaches, and roving instructors. This typically puts everyone "on the same page" with regard to the strength of the organization.

Posted by: 1of9000 | November 4, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

With former Potomac manager Trent Jewett taking over the head job in AAA Syracuse, what becomes of Tim Foli? I thought this was a guy we wanted to keep in the organization, but I've not heard his name anywhere. Is he maybe in the running for the MLB head job? Will he serve as a coach here before taking a stab at running a team? Will he be the heir-apparent to a short-term Riggleman era? I've heard many praises for Foli's work, and would hate to lose him.

Posted by: cheeseburger53 | November 4, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Therz a neew poste upp.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 4, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

It was about Kim Ng, who is likely to become the first woman to GM an MLB team some day. Singer admits to being intoxicated at the time, I think. He was brought back a few years ago after his time in cold storage. I guess the people who know him thought this was just a mess up and not really representative of how he thinks.
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"Does the promotion of Singer mean his rehab from past bad behavior is complete? I think he was fired by, I think, the Mariners for racial comments about the Japanese a few years ago. He seems to have a good eye for talent, though, so if he's learned to keep his mouth closed on those kinds of issues, OK. I too remember him and Schueler from when I was a kid. I played a Strat-O-Matic league a few years ago, which included the '73 Angels. Singer had a huge season for me.

Posted by: louisvilleslugger | November 4, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse
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Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | November 4, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

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