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Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Chris Needham returnsFans of the now-defunct Capitol Punishment blog will be happy to see that Chris Needham is writing about the Nats again, this time for NBC.
As he explains at the old space, he's only doing it for the Benjamins. Well, since it's blogging, he's probably only doing for the Jacksons and maybe the Grants, but you get the idea. At least I hope it's just about the money, because anyone who would subject themselves to as much Nats baseball as he does on a volunteer basis is certifiably insane.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 8:00am
Charles Kitchen said...
Your right that having a draft pick pan out does not make the decision right. However, we do not know how good the actual offers were. As Chris points out, the ones we are sure of were not that good. I also think the Nats thought they might sign him. The decision not to trade him has never seemed a terrible one to me.
That might be because the team is so terrible and watching somebody go 40-40 made the pain go away.
Resigning Young was a mistake.
Posted 01/27 at 06:08 PM
The $ value and length of Dmitri’s contracts were a mistake. It was rumored that the Nats were pretty close to shipping him out before the deadline, but not many contenders need DH’s.
Reading between the lines, I think the Nats were close to sending him to Minnesota, but they went into a pretty big tailspin right before the deadline, which took them out of any viable spot once the deadline actually hit. The trade didn’t make sense for them then.
Posted 01/27 at 10:56 PM
I’d encourage anyone who associates Milledge with trouble to look into what he’s actually done to earn that reputation.
There were “sexual misconduct” questions about him before the draft (the Mets investigated and drafted him highly anyway, and obviously nothing ever came of it), he high-fived some fans as a rookie, and he appeared in a rap song with a friend that used some foul language.
I’m not a knee-jerk player of the race card, but there is really little else to explain his reputation. I buy the argument with Dukes, though.
Posted 01/28 at 11:40 AM