We all see the young talent the Washington Nationals have such as Ryan Zimmerman and Scott Olsen along with Jordan Zimmermann and Shairon Mathis.
So why are they so bad?
Is it the rotation?
Is it the batters?
Is it the bullpen?
Is it the front office?
Well, all of those are a resounding no, having lived under one day of the Syracuse Chiefs (my local team) being affiliated with them, I know the answer.
It's the amount of money they spend on washed up major leaguers to play in the minors to make an impression on the city.
Out of the Chiefs opening day roster former major leaguers who probably have no more hope include: Josh Towers, Kip Wells, Gary Glover, Brad Eldred, Alex Cintron, Pete Orr, Joel Guzman, Ryan Langerhans, and Corey Patterson.
Now, there are some shocking names in Syracuse such as Jason Bergmann and Garrett Mock who were sent down after awful springs.
Also, there are some top Nationals prospects with Jordan Zimmermann (not needed by Nats due to days off), Collin Balester, Craig Stammen, Luke Montz, Kory Casto, Roger Bernadina and Justin Maxwell.
Plus, the Chiefs pitching coach Steve McCatty who was the Detroit Tigers pitching coach in 2002, called the current staff one of the best he's ever gotten to coach, no disrespect to the Tigers '02 staff.
Another thing is the Nationals' front office promised to bring winning baseball to Syracuse after we had our hearts ripped out when the Mets opted to head west to Buffalo, which is why they spent so much money on these minor leaguers.
But, shouldn't they being using this money to get major leaguers not washed up ones?
I think so.