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The Clubhouse / Re: Nats lock up Ruiz
« Last post by imref on Yesterday at 09:57:13 AM »
FWIW, Ruiz had the 7th highest OPS of any catcher in the MLB last year (.717) (minimum 3.1 PA per team game played). He was 8th in slugging (.409) and 5th in BA (.260). 

If he's able to improve his fielding and maintain, or even improve his hitting, he's a potential all-star. If he can't improve his fielding, he'd be a fine (and cheap) DH assuming Milas is able to grow into the starting role. There is no way Ruiz, if he continues to hit, will be a backup catcher.

As a reminder, he's only 25.

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The Red Loft / Re: Caps and Wiz moving to Potomac Yards?
« Last post by imref on Yesterday at 09:50:14 AM »
Virginia Senate does not include arena or Metro improvements in its spending blueprint:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2024/02/18/virginia-senate-house-budget-arena-metro/

Probably likely that the arena deal is tabled until next year.
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The Out of Town Scoreboard / Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Last post by blue911 on Yesterday at 09:35:39 AM »
Reminds me of Zack Greinke in his interpersonal skills.
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The Red Loft / Re: Caps and Wiz moving to Potomac Yards?
« Last post by blue911 on Yesterday at 09:32:40 AM »
Sure but visiting teams now pay to DC   Now they would pay to Virginia.  And other performers for concerts.

DC simply collects the state tax due whichever state the player resides and passes it along.
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The Clubhouse / Re: Davie Speaks!...
« Last post by GburgNatsFan on Yesterday at 09:20:58 AM »
A pint is a lot of hallucenogenics.

World Series coming soon!!!...

https://www.mlb.com/nationals/news/dave-martinez-discusses-nationals-outlook-in-q-a

Whatever Davie is on, I'll have a pint!... :D   ;)
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The Clubhouse / Re: Nats lock up Ruiz
« Last post by PowerBoater69 on Yesterday at 09:10:54 AM »
Rizzo said he's the catcher of the future, without addressing the miserable defense.  He's the only one on the team besides Corbin with a $20m+ total contract value and that's what's dictating his playing time right now.   Rizzo is invested in him and needs to keep his job, so Keibert will get more chances than he deserves.

Ruiz will get the chance to prove himself this year, I don't know if deserves has anything to do with it, but he's the starting catcher. Beyond that his contact is affordable enough that the team can still upgrade and move him to the back-up spot.
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The Clubhouse / Re: Nats lock up Ruiz
« Last post by JCA-CrystalCity on Yesterday at 08:51:08 AM »
Rizzo said he's the catcher of the future, without addressing the miserable defense. 
??? In fairness, that was the point of emphasis for his off-season work. Clearly, his D slipped last year. Any sort of recovery approaching middling would make him pretty valuable. He doesn't have to be Yadi or even Henry Blanco to be a valuable catcher.Also, what's the cost of seeing if he can improve this year? Downside is we have a bad record. Upside is we don't make the playoffs.
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The Red Loft / Re: Caps and Wiz moving to Potomac Yards?
« Last post by JCA-CrystalCity on Yesterday at 08:36:43 AM »
so let me get this straight - Alexandria and Arlington will be on the hook for some traffic improvements, police, and fire, but they do not get any additional revenue from income, sales, or property taxes? This will accelerate development, perhaps massively, but there's no question this property would be developed, perhaps Amazon and VA Tech spin offs. Had the development proceeded naturally, the revenue to pay for police and fire, etc... would  have gone to the cities.

This forecloses the natural development, which in recent years attracted Boeing's HQ, Amazon HQ2, and I think another major contractor. Just how hurting is this area for business that we have to squeeze out the natural growth? Does anyone think an open parcel this close to a major downtown would have gone undeveloped?

Being a Mass-hole originally, I kind of love the deals that were struck / not struck in eastern Mass for stadiums. The reason there's still a Fenway is the Mass legislature struck such a state-favorable deal that the banks would not finance the new park. For Gillette, they only ended up putting up some Route 1 improvements and Kraft (and Drew Bledsoe) paid for the rest. Kraft got to keep the profits.  I don't think there's any public money in TD Garden, either.  I'm good with Leonsis and JBG Smith or whoever cutting a deal on the real estate and making money, but I don't want them to be hogs about it.
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The Clubhouse / Davie Speaks!...
« Last post by English Natsie on Yesterday at 08:18:49 AM »
World Series coming soon!!!...

https://www.mlb.com/nationals/news/dave-martinez-discusses-nationals-outlook-in-q-a

Whatever Davie is on, I'll have a pint!... :D   ;)
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The Clubhouse / Re: The Nats are...For Sale?!?
« Last post by machpost on Yesterday at 08:15:19 AM »
Bowden would have Trevor Bauer starting opening day.
Elijah Dukes, Nyjer Morgan, Dmitri Young and Robert Fick would be on the coaching staff.
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