Tag:Nationals
Posted on: July 26, 2010 7:06 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:57 am
 

This week in free stuff: July 26-August 1

A look at this week in promotional giveaways from around baseball:

Tonight, July 26
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (International League) -- Andy Tracy bobblehead
Binghamton Mets (Eastern League) -- mustache giveaway. Who doesn't love mustaches?
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Eastern League) --kids batting glove giveaway. I love that they're going old school and just one. Ask your parents, kids.
Bristol White Sox (Appalachian League) -- kids batting helmet. Another old-school favorite.

Tuesday, July 27
Washington Nationals -- t-shirt. A classic, grey shirt. I hate when teams try to go too fancy and do some lame busy design, the simpler, the better.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (International League) --Magic 8 Baseball. This is just awesome. It'd be great if they made the manager use this for all their decisions on the night. Bill Veeck woulda done it. This would have been my favorite of the day…
Toledo Mud Hens (International League)-- mustache giveaway. It must be a trend.
Arkansas Travelers (Texas League) -- Jared Weaver kids t-shirt jersey
Fredrick Keys (Carolina League) Bryan Voltaggio bobblehead. Who is Bryan Voltaggio you ask? Only the runner-up from Top Chef Season 6. If it were a Kevin Gillespie bobblehead, I'd drive there for it.
Princeton Rays (Rookie Appalachian League) --super mug. Apparently, it's a mug and it's super.

Wednesday, July 28
Houston Astros -- orange retro cap. The team wore those glorious 80s uniforms on Saturday, and now it's the orange hats. If only the Astros could skip the 90s and 2000s uniforms and pick one of the great old ones.
State College Spikes (New York-Penn League)  --golf umbrella
Tri-City ValleyCats (New York-Penn League) --reusable grocery bag

Thursday, July 29
New York Mets -- umbrella
Joe Biden Wilmington Blue Rocks (Carolina League) -- Joe Biden bobblehead. It'd be really cool if it was a one of those that talked and it cussed at you.
Lakewood BlueClaws (South Atlantic League) -- Goonies night. While not technically a giveaway, and I usually do just giveaways, but this one is too cool not to share. The BlueClaws are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Goonies, with Jeff Cohen (Chunk) at the game, signing autographs and judging a Truffle Shuffle contest.
Tri-City ValleyCats (New York-Penn League) County Executive Kathy Jimino bobblehead. Good for you, Kathy.

Friday, July 30
St. Louis Cardinals -- Vince Coleman bobblehead. No fireworks, though.
San Francisco Giants --Beat LA beach towel
Richmond Flying Squirrels (Eastern League) nutcracker -- I'm not normally a fan of Christmas in July promotions, but the Flying Squirrels giving out nutcrackers is awesome.
Arkansas Travelers (Texas League) -- camouflage hat
Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Carolina League) -- christmas ornament
Potomac Nationals (Carolina League) -- mini bat
Lexington Legends (South Atlantic League) Big L soap dispenser. I'm seriously considering going to this. I love giveaways of practical items, and this is a good one.
Clinton LumberKings (Midwest League) -- John Danks bobblehead
Boise Hawks (Northwest League) -- Boise Whistle Pigs T-shirt. Part of Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda Night, honoring one of the other finalists for nickname of the team.

Saturday, July 31
Cincinnati Reds -- Homer Bailey bobblehead
Kansas City Royals -- Kansas City Monarchs cap. I love Negro League tributes, and Kansas City, home to the Negro Leagues Hall of Fame, always does a good job.
Los Angeles Angels -- Rally Monkey soap dispenser. OK, forget the Lexington Legends… I'll be hitting eBay for this batboy.
Washington Nationals -- Nyjer Morgan bobblehead. Really, it's great for the stirrups if nothing else.
Houston Astros -- Jeff Bagwell bobblehead
St. Louis Cardinals -- Whitey Herzog bobblehead
Colorado Rockies -- Jason Giambi t-shirt. With sleeves, oddly enough.
San Diego Padres -- Clayton Richard bobblehead
Fresno Grizzlies (Pacific Coast League) --  Buster Posey bobblehead
Carolina Mudcats (Southern League) -- pint glass
Arkansas Travelers (Texas Leage) -- Hank Conger bobbleheads
Corpus Christi Hooks (Texas Leage) -- Hooks retro jersey. Which is  odd, since the franchise has only been around since 2005. It's more old-school Astros style, which I'm always in favor of.
Springfield Cardinals (Texas League) -- Cardinals/Royals I-70 Series throwback shirts. The Cardinals are playing the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, the Royals' AA affiliate.
Bowling Green Hot Rods (South Atlantic League) -- Farmer Axle Bobblehead
Auburn Doubledays (New York-Penn league) --  William Seward bobblehead. The team is honoring the former governor of New York and Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. Seward also helped procure Alaska and was blasted for it at the time.
Brooklyn Cyclones (New York-Penn League) -- sleeved blanket. Yeah, not a Snuggie.
Greenville Astros (Appalachian League) -- aluminum bottle

Sunday, Aug. 1
Minnesota Twins -- Target Field bat
St. Louis Cardinals -- Ozzie Smith bear. This is in honor of the 1985 NL championship, but I'm disappointed there's no Willie McGee bobblehead. Really, if anyone is screaming for a bobblehead, it's McGee.
Harrisburg Seantors (Eastern League) -- autographed baseball grab bag
Richmond Flying Squirrels (Eastern League) --  wooden bat
Trenton Thunder (Eastern League) kids fielding gloves
Inland Empire 66ers (California League) -- skate deck
Beloit Snappers (Midwest League) -- Kevin Slowey bobblehead
West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League) -- dog bowl
Lowell Spinners (New York-Penn League) --  Heidi Watney bobblehead. A bobblehead for the NESN Red Sox reporter.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 5:21 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2010 8:54 pm
 

Dunn an option for reeling Tigers?

Adam Dunn The Nationals and White Sox have apparently been locked in a stalemate over Washington outfielder Adam Dunn for the past week, the Nationals not backing down on their demand that Chicago include Gordon Beckham or Carlos Quentin. The Nationals, meanwhile, have sent out word that they're working on an extension with Dunn and will just keep him unless they are overwhelmed by an offer.

Entering the fray: The injury-stung Tigers, who suffered their most damaging blow Saturday when Magglio Ordonez broke his ankle. William Ladson of MLB.com reported Monday that the Tigers have "great interest" in Dunn.

The question is whether the Tigers, two games back in the American League Central, are now desperate enough to pay the Nationals' price. Lynn Henning of the Detroit News thinks the Tigers can make the deal without surrendering top pitching prospects Jacob Turner and Andy Oliver, but that seems like a longshot considering the hard line the Nationals have been taking.

In addition to trying to make the playoffs, Henning points to another motivation the Tigers have to get a strong hitter: Miguel Cabrera's chase for a Triple Crown. Cabrera is currently leading the AL in RBI and is second in average and home runs, but with nobody left to protect him in the middle of the lineup, he's not going to see many good pitches unless reinforcements arrive. Dunn would be a heck of a reinforcement.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 4:40 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2010 4:41 pm
 

Red Sox ratings falling


Is the Red Sox bandwagon getting boring?

For the first time since 2003, the Red Sox don't lead Major League Baseball in local television ratings.

The Sports Business Journal has the latest numbers , and the Red Sox have dropped to fifth, behind the Cardinals, Twins, Phillies and Reds. The bottom five of the ratings are the White Sox, Dodgers, Nationals, Angels and A's.

The Nationals aren't last in ratings for the first time since they moved to Washington in 2005. The Nationals are aided by the Stephen Strasburg effect -- the team has an average rating of 1.34, but jumps to 4.4 when Strasburg starts.

The Red Sox find themselves behind the Yankees and Rays, eight games out of first in the American League East.

The Cardinals are the new top team in ratings, and that shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. St. Louis is the country's best baseball town and has its most loyal and educated baseball fans. The Cardinals are also third in average rating per radio broadcast, behind the Reds and Tigers.

Ratings of national games on Fox, ESPN and Turner are all about the same as last year.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 25, 2010 4:40 pm
 

Nationals interested in Edwin Jackson

Edwin Jackson Here's a new name for you in the trade sweepstakes: Edwin Jackson.

SI.com's Jon Heyman says the Nationals, amongst other teams, have exhibited interest in Jackson.

Just 26, Jackson already has a no-hitter to his name and delivered a 3.62 ERA in 214 starts for the Tigers last season. He was shipped to Detroit in the Curtis Granderson three-way trade, and has disappointed to date with a 5.01 ERA in 20 starts. However, he's been unlucky on balls in play and baserunners stranded (due, no doubt, in part to the D-Backs' terrible bullpen allowing inherited runs to score) and has actually contributed a xFIP of 4.27 to his team.

Jackson is making $4.2 million on the year and has an $8.35 million payday on the way in 2011 before becoming a free agent at what will be the young age of 28 with parts of nine seasons under his belt after coming up as a 19-year-old with the Dodgers.

The Nationals would love to add a young starter to its burgeoning rotation. Interest in baseball is piquing in Washington and the team is slowly but surely getting better. A Jackson add would give the team a 2011 rotation comprised of Stephen Strasburg, Jackson, Jordan Zimmerman, Jason Marquis and no shortage of solid No. 5 candidates.

This is merely speculation, but since the Tigers and White Sox have exhibited such strong interest in Adam Dunn, perhaps a three-way deal could be engineered to send Jackson to Washington, Dunn to one of the AL Central teams and pitching to 'Zona. The ChiSox could and will dangle Daniel Hudson and other minor-league pieces while the Tigers could make a play by offering Andrew Oliver or Jacob Turner.

If Jackson is traded, Derrick Hall, the CEO of Arizona says Haren won't be dealt, in an earlier MLB Facts and Rumors report . Haren, of course, is one of the bigger names on the block but is looking increasingly unlikely he will be dealt. The Yankees are the front-runners largely they are the Yankees and not because there is an enticing package available.

The Diamondbacks are looking for pitching in return for either, and while the team is in disarray, is still not all that far from contention. Even if Arizona decides to retain both players, it will not be at a cost to future Diamondback squads.
-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 23, 2010 10:28 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2010 10:50 pm
 

Hart exits game with wrist injury


Corey Hart Another of the most talked-about outfield trade targets went down on Friday.

A day after David DeJesus was lost for the season with thumb injury, the Brewers' Corey Hart left in the third inning of Friday's game against the Nationals with a right wrist injury.

Hart chased a Cristian Guzman liner to the right-field line and slid into the wall to attempt to catch the foul ball. He didn't catch it, but finished the inning. Jim Edmonds pinch-hit for Hart in the bottom of the third.

According to Jordan Schelling of MLB.com , Hart underwent X-rays on his wrist and they were negative. However, the same was said about DeJesus last night. Hart will undergo an MRI on his wrist Saturday.

Hart has been a popular name in trade talks for teams searching for a big bat. He's hitting .292/.349/.568 with 22 home runs and 70 RBI.

Hart's been named as a possibility for the Giants, Rays and Padres, among other teams.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 23, 2010 8:30 pm
 

Riggleman to return in 2011


Jim Riggleman Jim Riggleman will return to manage the Nationals next season, MLB.com's Bill Ladson reports .

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Riggleman will be back, despite the team's 42-54 record. Last season the team was 59-103.

"He is a terrific baseball manager," Rizzo said. "He has great respect from his peers in this game. When the game starts, he is as good as anybody in the game. He has the respect in the clubhouse. He is a diligent worker and he is a loyal employee."

Riggleman is in his fourth managing stint, also skippering the Padres, Cubs and Mariners. He led the Cubs to the playoffs in 1998. In parts of 11 seasons, Riggleman is 597-748.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 23, 2010 3:22 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2010 4:07 pm
 

Trade deadline buyer: Chicago White Sox

As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline looms, the CBS Facts & Rumors team will look at the biggest players leading up to the deadline. This week we'll look at the teams who will be talked about the most; next week will be the players who might be moved.

Kenny Williams On June 8, the White Sox were nine games under .500 and 9 ½ games back in the American League Central. But then they roared back into the playoff picture with an amazing surge and now sit atop the division.

General manager Kenny Williams has said he wants to bulk up for the second half, and he’s one of the more mercurial figures in the game, prone to acting boldly and quickly. On the other hand, Williams has said he’s not impressed with what’s available and the asking prices, and might stand pat. There’s not much the White Sox could do this month that would shock anyone.

Record: 52-42, two games ahead of Detroit (50-44) and Minnesota (51-45) in the American League Central
General manager: Kenny Williams, 10th year
Expectations: High. The South Side got a championship fix in 2005, and White Sox fans are buzzing over the big rally they have made in the standings.
Payroll status: Opening day payroll was $108.2 million, seventh-highest in baseball. The White Sox have about $66 million committed for 2011.

What they need

Left-handed bat: The White Sox have gotten a collective .231 batting average from their designated hitters, so bringing in a slugger to upgrade there is an obvious target. They’ve been focusing on left-handed power.

Starting pitcher: Considering Jake Peavy is out for the year, Chicago is actually in pretty decent shape and could sit tight with the rotation. But Daniel Hudson’s name is coming up a lot as part of a package to get a hitter, and if the Sox lose him they’ll probably need to move on adding a starter.

Who may fit

Adam Dunn Left-handed bat: Reports indicate the NationalsAdam Dunn is Williams’ top priority, and Dunn would be a great fit. As of early this week, the asking price (Gordon Beckham or Carlos Quentin, for openers) was more than Williams was willing to pay.

The other big name connected to the Sox is Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder, though reports vary on whether Chicago is in that race. As with Dunn, the price would be steep.

On the next tier would be the AstrosLance Berkman, who is not having a great year and is expensive.  Also a possibility, though a remote one, is right-handed Toronto home run leader Jose Bautista.

Starting pitcher: Don’t expect Chicago to be in on the biggest names, but they could focus on a second-tier guy like Jake Westbrook, Kyle Farnsworth or possibly Fausto Carmona.

Trade chips

Young infielder Beckham (.241/.297/.341) is the first name to come up in talks, but the White Sox really want to hang onto the 23-year-old, whom they drafted in the first round in 2008. He’s still learning the ropes at the big-league level, but he has a huge upside at the plate.

Right-hander Hudson, also 23, is projected by most teams as a No. 3 or 4 starter, but the White Sox think his potential could be even higher.

They don’t want to move outfielder Quentin (.244/.344/.517), especially with the way he’s been hitting lately, but if it’s what it takes to get Dunn (who, in addition to bringing a high trade price would need a place to play, since he refuses to DH) without giving up Beckham, they might do it.

Why not offer closer Bobby Jenks? Right-hander J.J. Putz and left-hander Matt Thornton both have closing experience and are pitching out of their minds right now, so Jenks, a pending free agent, is expendable.

Cuban infielder Dayan Viciedo, 21, also is attracting a lot of attention. He has batted .295 in limited major-league action this season.

Predictions

The White Sox don’t meet the Nationals’ price for Dunn, who stays in Washington. They end up with Berkman or turn to alternative options such as Kosuke Fukudome or Adam LaRoche.

-- David Andriesen

More trade deadline chatter (click on city name for blog)
Buyers: New York YankeesLos Angeles Angels
Sellers: Florida MarlinsToronto Blue Jays

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