Ta ta Chavez
The word came down this afternoon that centerfielder Endy Chavez has been demoted to New Orleans for the start of the 2005 season. Hmmm.
I must say that while I have always thought Chavez would do a decent job in center, I didn't much care for the Wilkerson-Chavez-Guillen outfield. Put Wilkerson at first, throw Sledge into left, and trade baby, trade.
Nick Johnson, Endy Chavez and one of our lower level starting pitchers for a quality centerfielder. Bowden came close with his Sledge and Johnson for Aubrey Huff foray, but of course, that didn't pan out. C'mon Jim, add some pitching and pull the trigger for Huff. Put him at first, put Wilkerson back in left, keep Church in center and we've got a .500 team.
Oh Boy, There I Go Again
Last month, I posted my memories of the first spring training game for the Senators in '69, when they beat the Expos 18-3 and based on that one game, I annointed the Senators the best team in baseball. I told my son that story the other day, and we both laughed at my youthful short-sightedness. Fast forward to March 2nd and the Nats first spring training game. They won, and I said to my son, "See, they could win it all this year." I looked up to find him staring at me, just shaking his head. "And you grew up WHEN?" he asked? The more things change, the more they stay the same.(Sigh)
RE: Spring Training Thus Far
So far, so good for the Nats in spring training. Let's review and see how things are panning out thus far for:
I haven't seen enough out of Nick Johnson yet to know if he'll be able to be THE first baseman for 2005. He seems to be a quality fielder and exeptional at getting on base, as his career on base percentage will attest. However, he hits left-handers much better than he does righties, which makes a potential platoon at first out of the question. Of course, health is an issue as well. I think this is his last chance to prove he is a major leaguer [at least in a Nationals uniform]. If healthy, I see him with these type of numbers
.275 - 24 - 81 OBP: .392
If his numbers don't approach these by the middle of May, look for him to be traded
Rasner Rocks For Yanks
What was it that Jim Bowden said when he lost Darrell Rasner to the Yankees through waivers last winter? Wasn't it something like, "C'mon, it wasn't like he was going to make an impact at the major league level?" Well Jimbo, it seems like some of your "minor" transactions are coming back to haunt you.
Rasner, a 6'3" righty from Carson City, Nevada, was waived February 11th by the Nationals, just a couple of weeks before the start of spring training. He was picked up and assigned to 'AAA' Columbus. He had some injuries this year, but it didn't effect his pitching. In 58 innings for the Clippers, Rasner went 4-0, 2.76. But wait. There's more.
Pitching on Sunday against the Twins, Rasner pitched 6 strong innings, allowing just 1 run on 6 hits. In two starts, he's now 1-0, 1.17.
What do you always like to say, Jim, something about "You can never have enough pitching?" Let's see, you waived Rasner, and he's starting for the Yankees. You waived Claudio Vargas, and he's starting for the Diamondbacks. You waived Byung Young Kim, and he's starting for the Rockies. You traded Tomo Ohka for a guy no longer in the major leagues, and
he's starting for the Brewers.
Jim, if I were you, I'd stay away from the waiver wire. Seems like you haven't figured it that it's supposed to help the team, not hurt it.
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I am a 49 year old father of six. Born in Beirut Lebanon, I have lived in dozens of countries world-wide and ten states here in America. Although I was born in the Middle East, I consider Washington, D.C. my home town. I have lived in Pocatello Idaho since 1991. Although D.C. is a great place to enjoy life, Idaho is a great place to raise your children. My kids have benefited from the safe surroundings and quality education we have here.
Two of my six children were born with serious physical and mental handicaps, which has made my life anything but normal [don't get me wrong, I wouldn't have had it any other way]. Kendi died two years ago at the age of 20 due to a nurse's error during a routine medical procedure. I miss her so very much.
After 30 years in the business world, I have gone back to school to get my teaching degree. I am currently a junior at Idaho State University in Pocatello.
My wife Tracey and I have been happily married for 26 years. She is more than special; she is that which makes my life worth living. Without her, I'd be nothing.
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Katie was born with the same genetic disorder as her sister Kendi, though not as severe. Katie is able to walk, even run. She cannot talk but has learned a 100 word sign vocabulary. She loves to go for long walks [I push her in a special stroller] around the neighborhood
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Big Changes, Little Names
Big happenings? Nah. Just happenings. Zach Day was designated for assignment by the Colorado Rockies and Capitol Punishment is reporting that the Nats have claimed him off the waiver wire. So we ended up getting Preston Wilson for nothing. That's nice. Billy Traber, he of the tight leash,
was sent down to New Orleans and replaced by Mike O'Connor.
That's all well and good, but don't look to any of these moves making a difference in the play of the team. But hey, it's something to talk about. Right?