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Offline PC

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This must be on his resume for a job at ESPN
« Topic Start: December 24, 2010, 11:08:16 PM »
National Catastrophe In The Making

Posted on December 22, 2010 by admin

A non-partisan nightmare:

The factional disputes inherent in Washington politics are generally put aside when a true catastrophe occurs. Of course there are always—-in every situation—-those who will take any kind of disaster and twist it to suit their own needs, truth be damned.

In a baseball sense, the Washington Nationals have the potential to be just such a calamity.

What are they doing?

You can debate the Jayson Werth signing; call it an expensive mistake; say that they’ll be paying a good player great player money until he’s in his late-30s. But the fact remains that at least Werth is a good player. The assertions that he’s a “player who’s never driven in 100 runs” as if that’s the barometer of the contract are absurd.

But it’s the other moves the Nationals have made that are going to exacerbate the hellish fate that awaits them.

They desperately need pitching. Their current number 1 starter is listed as Livan Hernandez; they re-signedChien-Ming Wang after Wang missed the entire 2010 season recovering from shoulder surgery and hasn’t pitched at all since mid-2009; they have the middling likes of Jason Marquis, Scott Olsen and John Lannanon the roster; they’re looking at Carl Pavano; and appear to be waiting—-again—-for Stephen Strasburg to arrive, yank open his shirt, show the “S” on his T-shirt and rescue the franchise.

That didn’t exactly work the last time.

As for their offense, are they better with Werth? Perhaps they would be had they not traded Josh Willinghamto the Athletics for outfielder Corey Brown and RHP Henry Rodriguez.

This exacerbates the overall point.

What are the Nationals?

What’s the plan?

Are they trying to win immediately?

Are they rebuilding and trying to compete simultaneously?

Do they have the young personnel to justify the aggressive, expensive and risk/reward decisions that are currently being made?

The latest is Rick Ankiel.

Rick Ankiel?

Like Werth, I have to ask the question: is he going to pitch?

Ankiel can play the outfield; he’s better than what they currently have on their depth chart beside Werth (Nyjer Morgan and Roger Bernadina), but he’s not better than Willingham. Willingham’s abilities have long be underappreciated and he was inexpensive for everything he did. When he was with the Marlins, all the focus was placed on Dan Uggla and Hanley Ramirez, but the hitter I most feared in a big situation was Willingham. And they dispatched him for the future.

But are they playing for the future or making the mistake of being several things at once?

Well-run teams who are successful are learning the error of their ways as they use dual strategies of winning and maintaining the pipeline. They’re correctly altering their strategy. But the Nats? A franchise that has had one .500 season since 2003 (when they were still in Montreal); they’re not good. They’re not in a financial position to be making such prohibitive signings as Werth for that amount of money.

But they are.

One thing that’s glossed over when players are signed to deranged contracts like that of Werth isn’t that it’s an overpayment for a limited player; it’s that it hinders what the club can do to fill out the roster.

Such is the situation the Cardinals are going to face with Albert Pujols as they come to grips with the prospect of a contentious negotiation with the Joe DiMaggio of this generation; can the Cardinals maintain competition with Pujols taking up a massive percentage of their payroll so they can barely afford anyone else?

Jayson Werth is not Albert Pujols.

The only answer to my question as to whether there’s a plan is this: there is no plan. They’re just doing things. Things that aren’t going to assist in a leap to contention; things that are going to keep the club in the netherworld of mediocrity and worse. They’re in a vicious division, they have no pitching and they can’t really hit.

So where’s the improvement?

It’s not there.

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Offline PANatsFan

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Re: This must on his resume for a job at ESPN
« Reply #1: December 24, 2010, 11:25:22 PM »
Why did you post that doo-doo? Who is this John Lannanon? Scrooge McBorbletruck's buddy?

Offline TylerDC

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Re: This must on his resume for a job at ESPN
« Reply #2: December 24, 2010, 11:26:06 PM »
Stupid article. The offseason isn't over yet, people need to realize this. I'll be shocked if we don't end up with Lee/Laroche. And how can this guy say that Ankiel is better than what we currently have? I'll take Mike Morse anyday.

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Re: This must on his resume for a job at ESPN
« Reply #3: December 24, 2010, 11:27:07 PM »
Why did you post that doo-doo? Who is this John Lannanon? Scrooge McBorbletruck's buddy?
Haha, this too.

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Re: This must on his resume for a job at ESPN
« Reply #4: December 24, 2010, 11:59:33 PM »
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Their current number 1 starter is listed as Livan Hernandez

Wrong. Jordan Zimmermann is our "ace," as sad as that may be.

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hey re-signedChien-Ming Wang after Wang missed the entire 2010 season recovering from shoulder surgery and hasn’t pitched at all since mid-2009

Yes, they re-signed a guy they spent all of 2010 paying to rehab in the hopes that he can pitch this year. What a concept! I bet they're expecting him to be the ace, right?

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they have the middling likes of Jason Marquis, Scott Olsen and John Lannanon the roster

Marquis is usually decent, he was hurt at the beginning of the year, but picked it up. Scott Olsen isn't on the team anymore. And who the hell is John Lannanon?

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they’re looking at Carl Pavano

Yes, and so are other teams. Man, we must be idiots if we're looking to add to our starting pitching, which you just said was terrible!

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As for their offense, are they better with Werth? Perhaps they would be had they not traded Josh Willinghamto the Athletics for outfielder Corey Brown and RHP Henry Rodriguez.

As people like this writer fail to realize, Willingham was never going to be re-signed after  this season, and his nagging injuries and failure to fit with Rizzo's vision in the outfield meant he was going to be moved.

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What’s the plan?

To become better defensively, more athletic. Just like Rizzo has said.

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Are they trying to win immediately?

Are they rebuilding and trying to compete simultaneously?

We're trying to improve and add solid players to our young "core." That's pretty obvious.

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But are they playing for the future or making the mistake of being several things at once?

Why can a team not play for the future, while also being competitive now?

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Well-run teams who are successful are learning the error of their ways as they use dual strategies of winning and maintaining the pipeline. They’re correctly altering their strategy. But the Nats? A franchise that has had one .500 season since 2003 (when they were still in Montreal); they’re not good. They’re not in a financial position to be making such prohibitive signings as Werth for that amount of money.

The Lerners are worth billions of dollars and have more money than any other MLB owner.

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One thing that’s glossed over when players are signed to deranged contracts like that of Werth isn’t that it’s an overpayment for a limited player; it’s that it hinders what the club can do to fill out the roster.

Wrong. Our payroll is still nearly the same as last season and is still near the bottom of the league.

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Such is the situation the Cardinals are going to face with Albert Pujols as they come to grips with the prospect of a contentious negotiation with the Joe DiMaggio of this generation; can the Cardinals maintain competition with Pujols taking up a massive percentage of their payroll so they can barely afford anyone else?

Can't really see how these two situations are comparable. Werth's deal isn't (well, shouldn't) going to destroy our ability to sign other players. If the reports are true, we tried hard for Cliff Lee and are still trying to see a first baseman and pitcher. Doesn't seem like Werth's deal is killing us, does it?

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So where’s the improvement?

It’s not there.

Where's the expertise or original thoughts in this article?

They're not there.

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Re: This must on his resume for a job at ESPN
« Reply #5: December 25, 2010, 12:04:12 AM »
"The Best Writer You've Never Heard Of."

Puh-lease. This article reeks of someone trying to sound like an expert because they are parroting an ESPN article while messing up facts and going with the same cliche in the lede about Washington politics.

I'm shocked that the person who wrote this article has written a book.

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Re: This must on his resume for a job at ESPN
« Reply #6: December 25, 2010, 01:06:39 AM »
The book is already out of print.

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Re: This must on his resume for a job at ESPN
« Reply #7: December 25, 2010, 02:22:00 AM »
HAHAHAHAHA this is awesome. What a knucklehead.

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Re: This must be on his resume for a job at ESPN
« Reply #8: December 25, 2010, 06:54:58 AM »
I am amazed at how people want to pass judgement on the status of the roster in December. You know, the roster doesn't matter until March 31 when they start playing games that count. Judge them then. Until then, enjoy how it unfolds. Make suggestions. Second guess. But for the love of god, don't pretend that all is set in stone and the games start tomorrow.

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Re: This must be on his resume for a job at ESPN
« Reply #9: December 25, 2010, 09:47:31 AM »
while there are some elements of this article I agree with, the general flaw is still the assumption that the Nats are a small market team with no money to spend. (of course, until the Lerners start actually spending like an average team, this is the core argument against them). But the author exposes himself with the Pujols argument. Pujols will get what the market will bear for his services, and that may be very likely from StL. This hack would describe that as a mistake. And the reason is obvious. These guys just don't believe any team not in NY LA or CHI has any business paying top salaries.

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Re: This must be on his resume for a job at ESPN
« Reply #10: December 25, 2010, 10:04:05 AM »
My friend and I have a theory that all players are good until they are paid. In one year Willingham will no longer be an underapreciated value, but an overpaid bum. Werth last season was more valuable to the Phillies than Ryan Howard. If Boston had ended up with Werth and was paying him $80 million for 5 seasons does it make his baseball skills better? To some people all players that get paid are overpaid.

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Re: This must be on his resume for a job at ESPN
« Reply #11: December 25, 2010, 10:45:24 AM »
Except Yankees and Sox. Jeter's deal is stupid. Yes, he is worth more to the Yanks than what he does on the field. But talk about overpaid. And it isn't like anyone was going to be dumb enough to pay him what the Yankees did. But somehow, it's ok to vastly overpay an overrated aging player as long as he is in pinstripes.

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Re: This must be on his resume for a job at ESPN
« Reply #12: December 25, 2010, 11:25:03 AM »
Very dumb article by a pathetic blogger with too much time on his hands.

I want my 2 minutes back!

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Re: This must be on his resume for a job at ESPN
« Reply #13: December 25, 2010, 01:41:25 PM »
This article was pretty much poop. I've read better pieces written by UMD and he hardly ever watches games! But for the people complaining about who John Lannanon is, it's pretty clear there is supposed to be a space between the last N and the O so it should read, "...they have the middling likes of Jason Marquis, Scott Olsen and John Lannan on the roster".

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Re: This must be on his resume for a job at ESPN
« Reply #14: December 25, 2010, 04:40:06 PM »
Writer with zero credibility, inside sources, or knowledge of the team

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Re: This must be on his resume for a job at ESPN
« Reply #15: December 25, 2010, 06:39:28 PM »
Some will think of John Lannanon's collaboration with Paul McCartnoid when they hear his name, I'll always think of Paul Simonon.