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    The Nation's Capital's Hill To Climb. Nationals 2008 (The Second Term)



    2013: ?? - ??
    All Star:
    #1 Draft Pick John Mack Jr
    2012: 81 - 81 (3rd place NL East)Begins Here
    All Star: 3B Ryan Zimmerman (345,128 votes)
    #1 Draft Pick LF Trevor Timm
    2011: 86 - 76 (3rd place NL East)Begins Here
    All Star: 3B Ryan Zimmerman
    #1 Draft Pick: 2B Zack Spiller
    2010: 92 - 70 (NL East Champions) Relive the Pennant Chase Here
    All Stars: 3B Ryan Zimmerman, P Joel Hanrahan
    Gold Glove: Jeff Baker
    #1 Draft Pick: SP Galen Cooper
    Milestones: Collin Balester-No Hitter
    2009: 76 - 86 (4th place NL East) Begins Here
    All Star: 3B Ryan Zimmerman
    #1 Draft Pick: SP Justin Pruett
    2008: 81 - 81 (3rd place NL East)
    All Stars: OF Lastings Milledge, RP Chad Cordero
    #1 Draft Pick: SP Aaron Crow
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    Rules of Engagement

    1. In Season Trades
    a. A Dice roll will determine the number of trades I may initiate during the season.
    I. Roll of 1 = 1 trades
    II. Roll of 2 = 2 trades
    III. Roll of 3 = 2 trades
    IV. Roll of 4 = 3 trades
    V. Roll of 5 = 3 trades
    VI. Roll of 6 = 4 trades
    b. Trades proposed by the AI will count as ˝ of a trade (rounded up) For example, if I accept 1 AI trade that will count as 1 of my allotted trades. If I accept a 2nd AI trade, that will still only count as 1 of my allotted trades. A 3rd accepted AI trade will count as my 2nd accepted trade.

    c. One (1) time per season I may trade for a player I have actively searched out (this trade does count against my total number of allowed trades). When making an offer for this player I must:
    I. Use the Balance Cash feature to determine the value of the player I want to acquire.
    II. Offer players using the GM’s Trade Hints.
    III. Offer a trade that favors the other team by half (1/2) of the Balance Cash value of the player. (For example, if I were to want to acquire 3B Edgar Martinez from Seattle; I would use Balance Cash and see that the Mariners value him at 3.1 million. Using the GM’s trade hints I would see that the Mariner’s GM feels he needs a starting shortstop, second baseman, and centerfielder. I would offer players from those positions. Once I make my offer I will balance cash again. The Mariners must offer at least 1.5 million (1/2 of the original value of 3.1 million) for me to complete the deal. This should give the AI GM’s a decided advantage in trade negotiations. No cash will trade hands.
    2. Off Season Trades
    a. A Dice roll will determine the number of trades I may initiate in the off-season.
    I. Roll of 1 = 2 trades
    II. Roll of 2 = 2 trades
    III. Roll of 3 = 3 trades
    IV. Roll of 4 = 3 trades
    V. Roll of 5 = 3 trades
    VI. Roll of 6 = 4 trades
    b. Same as above

    c. Same as above
    3. Free Agents/Contract Extensions/Arbitration: I will use OldFatGuys system.

    4. Game Play: I will be playing on Mogul Level with the HoustonGM's rosters and simulation settings as listed below. All games will be simmed, except as noted. Commissioner mode will not be used except as noted.


    COMMISSIONER ACTIONS


    1. I also reserve the right to reverse any AI trades deemed unreasonable. This determination will be made by myself and any input from these forums.

    2. There will be a Rule V Draft. This will occur just before spring training.

    3. The commisioner will, as I see necessary, take any and all steps necessary to maintain a balanced league.

    4. Trades
    A. From April 1st to May 14th trades will be set at –40%
    B. From May 15th to July 24th trades will be set at +0%
    C. From July 25th to July 31st trades will be increased to +20%
    D. From August 1st to March 1st trades will be set at +0%
    E. From March 1st to March 31st trades will be set at -100%
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    Finances










    *All of the above were determined by checking "Let the computer determine the best prices"
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    Contracts

    Code:
    Team	Player Name	P	Age	Injured	Overall	Peak	Salary	        Years
    WSN	Lo Duca, Paul	C	35	0	75	??	$5,000,000	1
    WSN	Nieves, Wil	C	30	0	68	??	$380,000	Arb '09
    WSN	Flores, Jesus	C	23	0	78	??	$30,000         Arb '09
    WSN	Estrada, Johnny	C	31	8	74	??	$1,250,000	1
    Not exactly sure what the thinking here was. LoDuca and Estrada are older and getting worse, not better. That doesn’t bode for a team looking to the future. LoDuca was signed on the heels of the Mitchell Report. Flores was a Rule V draft pick last year and served his mandatory year on the Major League roster. He’ll get some seasoning in AAA this year but is the catcher of the future and one of the bright spots in the organization.

    Code:
    WSN	Young, Dmitri	1B	34	0	81	??	$5,000,000	2
    WSN	Johnson, Nick	1B	29	0	81	??	$5,500,000	2
    WSN	Batista, Tony	1B	34	0	71	??	$30,000	        1
    WSN	DeCaster, Y.	1B	28	0	70	??	$30,700	        Arb '10
    WSN	Marrero, Chris	1B	19	0	58	??	$12,300	        Arb '10
    Another position that doesn’t make a lot of sense. $10 million on two first basemen. Johnson was injured last year and his return is uncertain. Young had a good season last year after dealing with health concerns. Batista and DeCaster are back-ups, at best. Marrero is one of our best hitting prospects.

    Code:
    WSN	Belliard, R	2B	32	0	79	??	$1,750,000	2
    WSN	Orr, Pete	2B	28	0	73	??	$30,000	        Arb '08
    WSN	Bergolla, W	2B	25	0	71	??	$36,500	        Arb '10
    WSN	Rogers, Eddie	2B	29	0	66	??	$20,000	        Arb '10
    WSN	King, Stephen	2B	20	0	54	??	$12,300	        Arb '10
    Belliard is a good player-qualifier-at that price. He provides a major league bat and a little bit of power. His defense is…lacking. Orr and Bergolla are back-up level players with their own sets of skills and deficiencies. Rogers’ career has, realistically, come to a peak. I wish Stephen King was better so I could say that he has the potential to be “Scary” good. He’ll have a shot to crack a big league roster in a few years.

    Code:
    WSN	Zimmerman, Ryan	3B	23	0	84	??	$380,000	Arb '08
    The franchise player. A local kid who went to the University of Virginia. Has all the tools. Hopefully we can put the supporting cast around him that he deserves.

    Code:
    WSN	Boone, Bret	2B	38	0	70	??	$30,000	        1
    WSN	Boone, Aaron	3B	35	0	73	??	$1,000,000	1
    The Brothers Boone. I can’t envision too many scenarios that involve these two and a successful season.

    Code:
    WSN	Lopez, Felipe	SS	27	0	74	??	$4,900,000	1
    WSN	Guzman, C	SS	30	0	75	??	$4,200,000	1
    WSN	Olmedo, Ray	SS	26	0	74	??	$30,000	        Arb '08
    WSN	Desmond, Ian	SS	22	0	65	??	$15,000	        Arb '10
    WSN	Gonzalez, E	SS	18	0	55	??	$12,300	        Arb '10
    Guzman will likely be the primary short stop with Lopez seeing time both there and at second. Olmedo is a solid defensive player with limited offensive skills. Desmond and Gonzlaes are young but could be full time short stops in the future.

    Code:
    WSN	Harris, Willie	LF	29	0	77	??	$800,000	1
    WSN	Mackowiak, Rob	LF	31	0	76	??	$1,500,000	1
    WSN	Pena, Wily Mo	LF	26	12	83	??	$2,000,000	1
    WSN	Casto, Kory	LF	26	0	70	??	$35,800	        Arb '10
    WSN	Langerhans, R	LF	28	0	72	??	$500,000	1
    WSN	Guzman, Garrett	LF	25	0	66	??	$30,700	        Arb '10
    WSN	Dubois, Jason	LF	29	0	67	??	$20,000	        Arb '09
    WSN	Smolinski, Jake	LF	19	0	54	??	$12,300	        Arb '10
    WSN	Dukes, Elijah	LF	23	45	79	??	$380,000	Arb '10
    Dukes is the most talented, by far, of this group. That said, he’s young and has a history of some troubling behavior. For now, we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. Wily Mo Pena has outstanding power and adds a legitimate threat to the Nationals line up. Willie Harris is a speedy utility player both in the infield and outfield. Mackowiak and Langerhans are probably destined to be career back up outfielders. Casto is a young player I like. He has some power potential and a good eye. He plays both the infield and outfield corners and could be part of this team for a while. Dubois will not likely progress past AAA. Guzman, if he progresses a bit, could see some time in the bigs. Smolinski could be part of this team’s resurgence in 5 or so years.


    Code:
    WSN	Milledge, L	CF	22	0	82	??	$380,000	Arb '09
    WSN	Maxwell, Justin	CF	24	0	71	??	$380,000	Arb '10
    WSN	Escobar, Alex	CF	29	0	74	??	$380,000	Arb '08
    WSN	Murphy, Tommy	CF	28	0	70	??	$30,000	        Arb '10
    WSN	Bernadina, R	CF	23	0	69	??	$20,000	        Arb '10
    WSN	Diaz, Frank	CF	24	0	66	??	$20,000	        Arb '10
    Milledge is a lot like Dukes. A talented player who got ran out of town by his last organization for what he did off the field. Escobar has talent but has never put it together. If not for Milledge I’d like to give him a shot at being a full time player. Murphy is a solid center fielder with some speed. Maxwell, Bernadina and Diaz all have similar skills, solid defense, some speed, question marks with the bat. Hopefully one (or more) will step up.

    Code:
    WSN	Kearns, Austin	RF	27	0	84	??	$6,500,000	2
    WSN	Burgess, M	RF	19	0	55	??	$12,300	        Arb '10
    Kearns gives us a major league bat in right field. He isn’t a star but he can help a team. He’ll share time with Dukes and Pena. As for Burgess, hopefully he’ll be another player to help us out in about 2012.

    Code:
    WSN	Redding, Tim	SP	30	0	77	??	$1,000,000	1
    WSN	Perez, Odalis	SP	30	0	78	??	$850,000	1
    WSN	Bergmann, Jay	SP	26	0	75	??	$380,000	Arb '09
    WSN	O'Connor, Mike	SP	27	0	69	??	$380,000	Arb '09
    WSN	Lannan, John	SP	23	0	71	??	$30,000	        Arb '10
    WSN	Chico, Matt	SP	24	0	70	??	$380,000	Arb '09
    
    WSN	Bacsik, Mike	SP	30	0	68	??	$30,000	        Arb '09
    WSN	Brownlie, Bobby	SP	27	0	66	??	$30,700	        Arb '10
    WSN	Brito, Eude	SP	29	0	67	??	$30,000	        Arb '10
    WSN	Hill, Shawn	SP	26	17	78	??	$380,000	Arb '09
    The 5 starters will come from this group. Redding and Perez provide veteran leadership and should be able to eat up some innings. Bergmann has shown flashes and we look for him to become a legitimate starter this year. Shawn Hill could be the ace of the staff if he comes back from injury and stays healthy. If O’Connor regains his 2006 form he should stay in the rotation. Lannan and Chico are our two most major league ready starting pitching prospects. I’d rather let both of them work in AAA for a bit longer before making them full time members of the rotation. Bacsik, Brownlie and Brito could see some time in the rotation but aren’t a part of any long term plans.

    Code:
    WSN	Clippard, Tyler	SP	23	0	71	??	$37,300	        Arb '10
    WSN	Balester, C	SP	21	0	67	??	$20,500	        Arb '10
    WSN	Mock, Garrett	SP	24	0	67	??	$20,500	        Arb '10
    
    WSN	Hinckley, M	SP	25	0	64	??	$30,700	        Arb '10
    WSN	Detwiler, Ross	SP	22	0	63	??	$23,300	        Arb '10
    WSN	Martis, Shairon	SP	21	0	62	??	$15,300	        Arb '10
    WSN	Zimmermann, J	SP	21	0	60	??	$15,300	        Arb '10
    WSN	Smoker, Josh	SP	19	0	57	??	$12,300	        Arb '10
    WSN	Willems, Colton	SP	19	0	52	??	$12,300	        Arb '10
    WSN	McGeary, Jack	SP	19	0	55	??	$12,300	        Arb '10
    WSN	Peacock, Brad	SP	21	0	57	??	$15,300	        Arb '10
    There is some talent coming up with our minor league starters. And I think that is the right way to build a team. Clippard and Balester could both be in the rotation in the next two years. Detwiler, Martis, Zimmermann, Smoker and Willems all have a ton of potential and will hopefully be a part of the rotation in the future.

    Code:
    WSN	Cordero, Chad	RP	26	0	82	??	$6,200,000	1
    WSN	Rauch, Jon	RP	29	0	80	??	$1,600,000	2
    WSN	Rivera, Saul	RP	30	0	77	??	$380,000	Arb '09
    WSN	Colome, Jesus	RP	30	0	75	??	$1,250,000	1
    WSN	King, Ray	RP	34	0	76	??	$850,000	1
    WSN	Ayala, Luis	RP	30	0	80	??	$1,700,000	1
    WSN	Wagner, Ryan	RP	25	45	74	??	$450,000	1
    WSN	Hanrahan, Joel	RP	26	0	72	??	$39,700	        Arb '10
    The bull pen looks a lot better than the rotation, at least in the short term. It’s also a lot more expensive. Something that doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. There are a lot of solid arms there. We’ll figure out how to get the most value out of all of them.

    Code:
    WSN	Schroder, Chris	RP	29	0	72	??	$30,000	        Arb '09
    WSN	Sanches, Brian	RP	29	0	68	??	$30,000	        Arb '10
    WSN	Warden, Jim Ed	RP	28	0	67	??	$30,000	        Arb '10
    WSN	Munoz, Arnie	RP	25	0	68	??	$20,000	        Arb '10
    WSN	Speigner, L	RP	27	0	67	??	$30,000	        Arb '10
    WSN	Booker, Chris	RP	31	0	71	??	$30,000	        1
    WSN	Stanford, Jason	RP	31	0	64	??	$30,000	        Arb '08
    WSN	Carr, Adam	RP	23	0	68	??	$20,000	        Arb '10
    WSN	Shell, Steven	RP	25	0	66	??	$20,000	        Arb '10
    The minor league arms aren’t as promising. Most of these guys are veterans who have already shown their best and didn’t’ stick. Maybe the coaching staff can get something out of them that others couldn’t. There are bits and pieces here. Someone just needs to put them together.
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    Line Up





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    Re: The Nation's Capital's Hill To Climb. Nationals 2008 (The Second Term)

    Looks like you have some solid young players, some versatility, a few good arms and several decisions to make as far as who goes and who stays.

    As before, looking forward to this read.

    Looks like you are on average for your ticket prices but I'd check around the league to see what they are charging for their concessions. That's a high profit margin.

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    RE Jeepguy63: Yeah, I dunno why the comp set the prices so high. I ran a few financial sims and the numbers looked ok. Good thing that, as the GM, I get my meals comped.



    What the GM Says:
    15 – 10. Third place in a tough NL East. Not to shabby eh? It is early in the season so let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. We do have more talent than DC has had the last few seasons, but this talent is young and prone to streaks. So far the streaks have been positive-see April 12th through April 26th-but the trick will be to reduce the negative streaks. We’ve done a good job of that so far.

    What the GM Means:
    Ok, we’re doing it a bit with mirrors but a win is a win, and we’re going to need every win we can get. Going 7 – 2 against the Marlins helped. Going 10 – 2 in one-run games really helped. That’s a testament to our bull pen, and our daily vigils to Lady Luck.




    Nats MVP So Far:
    OF Lastings Milledge: .372 5 HR 19 RBI 4 SB: Lastings is off to a huge start. This type of talent is why the Nationals took a chance on him.

    Nats Cy Young So Far:
    SP Mike Bacsik: 2 – 1 2.73 ERA in 26.1 IP. 32 H 4 BB 16 K: Bacsik has been the most suprising member of a staff that has been a pleasant surprise thus far through the season.

    Minor League Player To Watch:
    (Rookie) 19 Y/O 1B Chris Marrero: .348 3 HR 13 RBI:

    Minor League Pitcher To Watch:
    (AA) 25 Y/O Steven Shell: 0 – 2 2.79 ERA in 3 starts and 3 relief appearances. 19.1 IP. 19 H. 4 BB 20 K.

    Hitting Performance Of The Month:
    4/14: Lastings Milledge: 4 –5 with 2 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 home run, and 3 RBI against the Florida Marlins

    Pitching Performance Of The Month:
    The Starters. 11 – 9 4.69 ERA in 169 IP. The starters are averaging 6.5 innings per start. Not spectacular numbers, but they are exceeding expectations. If we can sustain this level of play, we’ll surprise a lot of teams this year. Not to mention (thought I’m mentioning now) myself, the fans, the readers…


    TRANSACTIONS:
    4/1 Released 3B Aaron Boone-35 73 Overall. Contract $1.0 million. Free Agent ’08. Boone isn’t likely to be a contributor to the team this year or in the future. It costs us $500,000 to buy out his contract.

    4/1 Released 2B Brett Boone-38 70 Overall. Conract $30 K. Free Agent ’08. Boone’s comeback attempt ends after spring training.

    4/12 OF Wily Mo Pena was activated from the DL. He replaces OF Alex Escobar.

    4/15 C Paul LoDuca-35 76 Overall designated for assignment.

    4/25 Released C Paul Loduca-35 76 Overall. LoDuca didn't have a future in Washington in front of Flores. Estrada and Nieves are the catchers for now. We offered LoDuca in a few trades and none of the players offered in return were likely to provide any value. Faced with a Hobson’s Choice, we choose the later.


    INJURIES:
    4/8 P Jesus Colome-30 76 Overall placed on 15-Day DL. Replaced by P Luis Ayala

    4/19 P Jay Bergman was placed on the 15-Day DL. Replaced by P Shawn Hill.








    AROUND THE LEAGUE







    MILESTONES
    4/6 Ivan Rodriguez 2500 Hits
    4/18 John Smoltz 3000 Strike Outs
    4/23 Magglio Ordonez 1000 RBI
    4/27 Bobby Abreu 1000 RBI

    TRANSACTIONS:
    Trades:

    Signings:

    4/1 Milwaukee Brewers sign C Mike Piazza: 1 Year $2.85 million
    4/2 Milwaukee Brewers sign CF Kenny Lofton: 1 Year $4.9 million

    4/1 Atlanta Braves re-sign 3B Chipper Jones: 3 Years $11.8 million
    4/4 Philadelphia Philles re-sign 1B Ryan Howard: 3 Years $16.8 million
    4/5 Atlanta Braves re-sign 1B Mark Texeira: 4 Years $ 16 million
    4/7 Boston Red Sox re-sign 1B Kevin Youkilis: 3 Years $17.5 million
    4/10 Cleveland Indians re-sign P CC Sabathia: 5 Years $ 16.8 million

    ASS-TRICK WATCH:
    Barry B*nds remains unsigned.
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    Figured I might as well post this since it might be a few years before we see it again
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    Gasp! He must have fixed the games!


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    RE RedsoxRockies: If I fixed the games, they are broken again.

    Note: Trade Frequency increased to +/- 0% May 15th per House Rules


    What the GM Says:
    As expected, the team-and the record, have come back down to earth. With this young team we have to expect some ups and downs. We just have to limit the downs from being to far down.

    What the GM Means:
    Ouch. Reality hurts. This team isn’t as good as that April record. Hopefully we aren’t a .357 team either (May’s record). Just have to hope we can look respectable while the young guys learn in the minors. That April record will help.




    Nats MVP So Far:
    1B Nick Johnson: .275 8 HR 16 RBI .409 OBA. Doing a good job getting on base out of the lead off spot.

    Nats Cy Young So Far:
    SP Shawn Hill 3 – 3 4.31 ERA in 54.1 IP. 53 H 18 BB 30 K: Shawn has been quite solid for us this year with a couple outstanding performances.

    Minor League Player To Watch:
    A 22Y/O SS Ian Desmond: .264 5 HR 30 RBI 7 SB. A young short stop who could be the Nationals starter in a couple of years. He just earned a promotion to AA Harrisburg.

    Minor League Pitcher To Watch:
    A 22 Y/O SP Collin Balester: 4 – 4 4.16 ERA in 12 starts. 80 IP. 74 H 29 BB 52 K. One of many strong Nationals starting pitching prospects. Earned a promotion to AA Harrisburg.

    Hitting Performance Of The Month:
    5/26: Lastings Milledge 3 – 5 with 1 double, 1 home run, 3 runs scored and 3 RBI against the Angels.

    Pitching Performance Of The Month:
    5/12: Odalis Perez. Complete game 3 hitter against the Giants. Perez allowed 1 unearned run giving up 1 walk while striking out 10. By far the best game of Perez’ season.

    TRANSACTIONS:

    5/4 Jay Bergmann was activated from the DL. He replaces P Mike O’Connor.

    5/10 1B Tony Batista retires.

    5/15 P Chris Booker retires.

    5/16 OF Elijah Dukes was activated from the DL and assigned to AAA Columbus.

    5/16 P Ryan Wagner was activated from the DL and assigned to AAA Columbus.

    5/24 C Jesus Flores re-called. Replaces C Wil Nieves.

    INJURIES:
    5/17 OF Wily Mo Pena placed on the DL for 15 days. Replaced by OF Elijah Dukes.

    5/29 P Jay Bergmann placed on the DL for 15 days retroactive to 5/23. Replaced by P Matt Chico.





    AROUND THE LEAGUE







    MILESTONES
    5/1 Vladamir Guerrero 2500 Hits
    5/8 Greg Maddux 350 Wins
    5/8 Richie Sexon 300 Home Runs
    5/19 Albert Pujols 300 Home Runs
    5/31 Ken Griffey Jr 600 Home Runs

    TRANSACTIONS:
    Trades:


    Retired
    5/25 Hideo Nomo

    ASS-TRICK WATCH:
    Barry B*nds remains unsigned
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    Re: The Nation's Capital's Hill To Climb. Nationals 2008 (The Second Term)

    Only 6.5 out, so all is not lost.

    Not too bad in the injury department and hopefully the retirements didn't hurt you too badly.
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    RE Jeepguy63: See What The GM Means below.



    What the GM Says:
    The coaching staff is doing a great job getting this team ready to play everyday. We have a solid core of players and will look to do what we can over the next month to make this team better, both this year, and into the future.

    What the GM Means:
    This team is making it hard on me. I want to dismantle and stock up for two years from now, but they are hanging around. I guess there are worse problems. At least they are keeping a few fans in the seats. I feel a bit like the movie Major League. There’s temptation to try and get a pitcher or two and see if we can make some noise, but, I’m just not sure that we have the guns-as evidenced by losing 7 of 8 to end the month.




    Nats MVP So Far:
    CF Lastings Milledge: .315 13 HR 43 RBI 16 SB. Lastings has been doing it all and is our most consistent offensive performer.

    Nats Cy Young So Far:
    SP Mike Bacsik: 6 – 2 2.94 ERA in 13 starts and 82.2 IP. 100 H 25 BB 37 K. Bacsik has exceeded all expectations 10 fold. It hasn’t always been pretty (.302 BAA and 1.55 WHIP), but he’s keeping runners from crossing home plate. Cordero and Rauch are also pitching well out of the bull pen with 2.52 and 1.56 ERA’s respectively.

    Minor League Player To Watch:
    AA 25 Y/O OF Garret Guzman: .335 4 HR 29 RBI .903 OPS. Garret is playing well enough to earn a promotion to AAA Columbus.

    Minor League Pitcher To Watch:
    AAA 23 Y/O Tyler Clippard: 3 – 1 3.25 ERA in 5 starts. 36.0 IP. 24 H. 10 BB 27 K since his promotion to AAA.

    Hitting Performance Of The Month:
    6/4 Jesus Flores: 3 –5 with 2 home runs and 6 RBI against the Phillies

    Pitching Performance Of The Month:
    6/14: Jay Bergmann: 8 IP. 2 H. 2 BB. 8 K. 0 ER. Bergmann dominates the marlins.


    TRANSACTIONS:
    6/1 OF Wily Mo Pena is activated from the DL. Replaces OF Rob Mackowiak.

    6/1 OF Rob Mackowiak-31 75 Overall (2 for 16 this year) traded to AZ for OF Trent Oeltjen-25 69 Overall (0 for 2 on the year). Mackowiak was too far down on the depth chart to warrant a $1.5 million paycheck. He becomes another back up outfield option for the D-Backs. Oeltjen is a speedy right fielder who is assigned to AAA Columbus.

    6/7 P Jay Bergmann is activated from the DL. Replaces P Matt Chico.

    MINOR LEAGUE DRAFT
    1-10: P Aaron Crow-21 58 Overall: The scouts say Crow could be a franchise player someday. That’s the type of talent we need. Especially in the starting rotation.

    2-40: OF Eric Thames-19 52 Overall: The scouts believe Thames will develop into a solid player with an above average eye at the plate.

    3-70: OF Jordan Danks-21 59 Overall: The scouts say that Danks has all the skills and just needs a year or two. A possible top of the order hitter with outstanding speed and a good eye.

    4-100: P Kyle Weiland-21 52 Overall: The scouts say he’ll turn into a reliable relief pitcher. He should develop into a hard-thrower with three pitches out of the bullpen. Might give him a shot at transitioning into a starter. Keeps the ball down with a 50% GB rate.

    5-130: P Peter Wright-16 47 Overall: A young player from Canada; I guess they have different labor laws up there. The scouts say that he’s got what it takes to make it to the show. That’s probably a few years away but we’ll give him a shot.

    6-160: 3B Jose Sanlatte-20 50 Overall: A big (6’7” 232) third baseman. The scouts say he’s been a disappointment so far, but in the sixth round, we’ll take a shot on him.




    INJURIES:
    6/21 1B Nick Johnson placed on the DL for 15 days. Replaced by IF Pete Orr





    AROUND THE LEAGUE







    MILESTONES
    6/9 Brian Giles 1000 RBI
    6/13 Edgar Renteria 2000 Hits
    6/17 Jim Thome 2000 Hits
    6/18 Jeff Kent 1500 RBI
    6/23 Bobby Abreu 300 Steals (vs Red Sox)
    6/23 Manny Ramirez 500 Home Runs (vs Yankees)

    TRANSACTIONS:
    Trades:
    (Reversed)
    FLA trades 2B Dan Uggla-28 85 Overall to MINN for SS Trevor Plouffe-22 66 Overall and CF Joe Benson-20 59 Overall.
    Overturn. Florida already has talent at SS (Ramirez) and CF (Maybin). Uggla and Ramirez were given no-trade clauses.

    ASS-TRICK WATCH:
    Barry B*nds remains unsigned.
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    Re: The Nation's Capital's Hill To Climb. Nationals 2008 (The Second Term)

    I'll bet the team is probably about to regress more toward their talent level if they lost 7 of 8 at the end of the month. I've noticed a lot of the time, even a team that should be absolutely terrible will start the season ok, hanging around .500 for the first month or two, but tends to completely fall apart in the last 2/3 of the season.
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    I like your format and pace.


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