Tag:Nationals
Posted on: June 4, 2009 4:42 pm
 

5:10 ET first pitch for attempt at 300

WASHINGTON -- The tarp is off the field, and the plan now is for tonight's Giants-Nationals game to start at 5:10 ET.

Randy Johnson is the Giants starter, in his first try at 300 wins.
Category: MLB
Posted on: June 3, 2009 11:40 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2009 11:55 pm
 

300 raindrops (or maybe a few more)

WASHINGTON -- So now Randy Johnson goes for his 300th win on Thursday.

Weather permitting.

We all forgot to add that qualification earlier this week, when we told you that Randy Johnson would go for his 300th win Wednesday -- which, we now know, he didn't. We forgot the most basic of baseball rules, which is that when the field looks more suited for Michael Phelps than for Josh Phelps (or Ken Phelps), they don't play.

"The players would have been under water, and the fans here would have been wet and tired," said Giants president Larry Baer, in full agreement with the decision to postpone Wednesday's game -- and Johnson's first try at 300-win history. "For a game with a player going after a milestone, you want to have something more optimal."

It's still far from certain that Thursday will provide more optimal conditions, and Baer ("I don't have a Doppler doctorate") was making no such guarantees.

As of now, the plan is for Johnson to start a 4:35 p.m. Eastern time first game of a doubleheader Thursday, for his first try at 300. If Johnson doesn't get a win Thursday, his next start would now be on Tuesday in Arizona -- and wouldn't that be an appropriate spot for history.

But we're getting ahead of ourselves, which we promised not to do. And anyway, The Weather Channel says the chance of rain in Washington at 4 p.m. Thursday is 70 percent. And a double-rainout Thursday would presumably push Johnson's next start to Friday night at Florida.

Not that we're about to believe any weather forecasts right now.

"It was supposed to stop raining an hour ago," Baer helpfully pointed out.

Around about 9 p.m. Wednesday, the Nationals said it was supposed to start raining soon, and continue raining for about an hour. Just before 10 p.m., Baer and Nationals president Stan Kasten had appeared in the Nationals Park press box, and at that point Kasten said they expected the rain to stop in 15 minutes.

"We're going to get this game in tonight," he said. "We're going to try."

A little less than an hour later, the decision was made that the field was unplayable.

Everyone seemed to agree with the decision, even though everyone seemed equally unhappy to have waited so long with no baseball being played (and no history being recorded).

"It's pretty bad out there [on the field]," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "I wanted to get it in, but you don't want it to be a farce."

We can't tell you for sure what Johnson himself was thinking, but Bochy said his pitcher handled the delays fine. For the most part, anyway.

"I think it was finally starting to weigh on him at the end," Bochy said. "They made the right call, and he's all set to go tomorrow."

It was quite a day for the Giants, many of whom had a private tour of the White House Wednesday morning. While they enjoyed the tour, they never expected it to be the one highlight of the day.

"The sitting around and waiting was not cool," outfielder Randy Winn said. "The White House? That was fun."

He's right. Sitting around and waiting isn't fun. I should know that.

I should also know about rain-delayed history, because I was at Camden Yards the night Eddie Murray hit his 500th home run sometime right around midnight, in a game that began about two hours late because of rain.

For a while Wednesday, we were looking at the possibility of another midnight milestone, and looking back, we would have taken it. We would have said it was worth the wait.

Now, we're waiting until Thursday.

"Tomorrow," Giants shortstop Edgar Renteria said as he got ready to leave the ballpark. "Tomorrow is going to be a special day for him."

Weather (and baseball) permitting.
Category: MLB
Posted on: June 3, 2009 9:59 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2009 10:51 pm
 

History delayed -- at least until Thursday

WASHINGTON -- Randy Johnson could still get his 300th win in Washington.

But not tonight.

It's almost 11 p.m. Eastern time as I write this, and Nationals president Stan Kasten just announced that tonight's game is off. The plan is to play a traditional doubleheader starting at 4:30 p.m. ET tomorrow. Johnson is scheduled to start the first game of the doubleheader, against Jordan Zimmermann.

Kasten said the decision to postpone the game was made because the field is no longer playable.


Category: MLB
Posted on: December 23, 2008 1:42 pm
Edited on: December 23, 2008 2:46 pm
 

Red Sox, Nats still waiting on Teixeira, Yanks

The Mark Teixeira derby appears to have come down to the Red Sox and the Nationals, and while Teixeira doesn't appear to have decided yet, the teams are expecting a decision today, according to sources.

The Nationals are believed to be offering more money, as well as a chance for Teixeira to play near his native Maryland. The Red Sox offer a much better chance to win.

The Yankees had been involved with Teixeira, but barring a last-minute change, they don't appear to be a finalist. The same goes for the Orioles, as well as the Angels, who made public their withdrawal from the negotiations on Sunday.

Category: MLB
Posted on: December 23, 2008 1:41 pm
 

Red Sox, Nats still waiting on Teixeira

The Mark Teixeira derby appears to have come down to the Red Sox and the Nationals, and while Teixeira doesn't appear to have decided yet, the teams are expecting a decision today, according to sources.

The Nationals are believed to be offering more money, as well as a chance for Teixeira to play near his native Maryland. The Red Sox offer a much better chance to win.

The Yankees had been involved with Teixeira, but barring a last-minute change, they don't appear to be a finalist. The same goes for the Orioles, as well as the Angels, who made public their withdrawal from the negotiations on Sunday.

Category: MLB
Posted on: December 10, 2008 4:07 pm
 

Angels thinking about Plan B (or is it Plan C)

LAS VEGAS -- The Angels already lost out on one of their big-ticket winter targets, when CC Sabathia agreed to his huge contract with the Yankees.

And while owner Arte Moreno said that he always considered Mark Teixeira the top target -- ahead of Sabathia -- the question now is what the Angels do if Teixeira also goes elsewhere.

According to sources, the Angels have not had serious discussions about making a run at Manny Ramirez. They have discussed pursuing Raul Ibanez, or possibly Adam Dunn or Pat Burrell, if they lose out on Teixeira.

The other possibility would be to trade for a hitter, but the Angels would prefer not to do that.

The Angels face serious competition for Teixeira from the Red Sox, who have also made the first baseman their top free-agent target. Both the Nationals and the Orioles are interested in Teixeira, too. Both have the advantage of playing close to Teixeira's Maryland home.

Teixeira is said by some to favor the East Coast, but several executives said they expect it simply to come down to the most money and the most years.

The Red Sox are in a slightly different position from the Angels. While the Angels have let Garret Anderson and Juan Rivera leave as free agents, and thus have an outfield opening, the Red Sox wouldn't need to go to Plan B if they lose out on Teixeira. Even if they sign him, in fact, they would then have to trade Mike Lowell.

The Red Sox met with Sabathia earlier this week, and they also met with A.J. Burnett. But officials familiar with their plans say the Sox were never seriously interested in either pitcher.

Posted on: November 21, 2008 11:47 am
 

'Scary money' from Nationals?

The Nationals have publicly played down their interest in signing free-agent first baseman Mark Teixeira, but multiple baseball officials have said in the last two days that the Nationals are willing to offer Teixeira "scary money."

While it's unclear exactly how high Washington will go in pursuit of Teixeira, one official said today that agent Scott Boras has told the Nationals they would need to offer $200 million over 10 years to have any chance of signing him. Teixeira grew up in nearby Maryland, but his reluctance to sign with the Nationals would be understandable. The Nationals were 59-102 in 2008, and in four years since moving to the Nation's Capital, they have yet to post a winning record.

The Nationals haven't totally been focused on Teixeira. At the general managers' meetings earlier this month in California, they were also asking about big-name, big-money hitters who might be available in a trade.

Category: MLB
Posted on: October 22, 2008 6:10 pm
 

M's job is a tough, Zduriencik's a good choice

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jack Zdurencik isn't well-known, and he has an easy-to-mispronounce name (it's zur-EN-sik).

But he might just be the perfect guy to take on the mess that's the Mariners.

"I guess that means they're going back to scouting and development," one scout said Wednesday, as word circulated that the Mariners have hired Zduriencik as their new general manager.

You'd think that's what it means, since the 57-year-old Zduriencik's background is in scouting and development. He was in charge of the Brewers' successful scouting operation for the last nine years, and under his guidance the Brewers drafted the core of the team that ended Milwaukee's 16-year playoff drought.

If this is the guy you pick to run your ballclub, presumably you're committed to building a winner from the ground up, rather than trying for a quick fix.

The quick fixes haven't worked in Seattle, that's for sure. This is a team that believed it was one trade away last winter, and reacted by surrendering young players in a deal with Baltimore for pitcher Erik Bedard. The Bedard deal was a miserable failure, but it wasn't the only one in recent years in the Pacific Northwest.

Now it's Zduriencik's turn, and now the Mariners will -- apparently -- try to build a winner. One look at Seattle's 2008 record (61-101) will tell you there's a lot of building to do.

One positive from that record: the M's will have the second overall pick in next June's draft, behind the Nationals.

With Zduriencik in charge, maybe they'll know what to do with it.

 
 
 
 
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