I gotta tell you, I learn something new everyday that I write on this blog. Most consider baseball blogging some sort of fan boy hobby to waste time and pick up chicks, but no: you can honestly learn some things.
Take yesterday when Nationals beat writer Bill Ladson posted that there is a “99 percent” chance that the Nationals will not sign free-agent first baseman Prince Fielder, according to a source.” I sort of half-jokingly made the mistake of agreeing with Ladson and plugged a few LaRoche jokes here in there on Twitter. Well, my feed exploded and after the wildfires on my keyboard claimed my fiingers and arm hair, I was left with the shocking revelation that close to 90% of you don’t believe anything that Bill Ladson writes, especially if you don’t like the news.
That is astounding to me. If 90% of people didn’t believe in my work at my job I would be fired. And if you don’t believe the Nats Beat Writer then who do whose reports do you actually believe? I can give ups and downs to all Nats writers and bloggers, but I finally came to the conclusion that Nats fans, currently, just don’t trust anyone and believe nothing that is written. This makes things hard because I am presenting to you now–
Your Nationals Dispatch.
So Of Course The Lerners Meet Scott Boras For A Second Date – Nationals owners Ted and Mark Lerner met with Scott Boras in Arizona last night and while the details of the conversation are unknown, it is safe to assume it was probably about the guy the Nats have a “99% of not signing.”
So of course everyone believes in this and that in due time Prince Fielder with a snow white beard and a sack of home runs will be squeezing himself down their chimneys. Posturing. A whole load of posturing not seen seen Mike Rizzo tried modeling a men’s line of Victoria Secret (never happened) is going on. Which means SOMETHING MIGHT be going on behind the scenes- we just have to sit tight and wait it out. Oh joy.
Chances Are Coffey Will Not Drink The Nats Again – Reliever Todd Coffey is still deciding where he is going to pitch in 2012 and right now it is looking like there is less than a 50% chance he will return to the Washington Nationals. The tubby, fast-running mound burner has interest from several teams including the New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers.
This is also reported by Bill Ladson. Am I allowed to believe this?
Nationals Putting the Tommy John Leash On Strasburg – Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg had a nice return from Tommy John surgery in 2011 and will be looking to build on that in 2012, but unfortunately he won’t be fully unleashed: the Nationals are going to have him run to 160-innings like they did with Jordan Zimmermann when he returned from the same pesky surgery.
This will no doubt begin the debates on whether or not Strasburg should be Opening Day Starter. The answer is, of course, yes, but with all the recent off season activity and the potential to actually build a roster that has a chance to contend for at the very least a wild card spot– I might rethink that opinion. He will be needed late in the season if it comes to that. But that image of the Nationals most powerful weapon standing on that 2012 Opening Day mound ready to get the show on the road is highly tempting– and profitable.
Will The Mets Hate Willie Harris Again? – Also from Bill Ladson– oh boy– the Nationals have not totally eliminated the idea of bringing back super-utility man Willie Harris back into the fold for a bench role. Harris spent three seasons with the Nationals and gained some popularity as a guy who could play multiple positions off the bench and for making some stupendous plays in the outfield, especially against the Mets for whatever reason.
I can’t say this guy has a lot left in the tank, but signing him to a bench role? Worse things could be done. I’d definitely give the green light on this idea if the Mets really needed to hate Willie Harris again, but it looks like New York is going to hate themselves enough that the Nats won’t need Harris to fill that role.
And that– if you trust or not– is Your Nationals Dispatch.