"As of now, I'm in the village idiot stage..."
Stan Kasten, President of the Washington Nationals
The Washington Nationals. 21-49 with a .300 win percentage. Mike MacDougal is their closer, when he wasn't even good enough for the White Sox's 40-man roster.
Despite the Natinals, oh I'm sorry, I mean the Nationals, trade rumors swirling around, MacDougal is really the only new comer.
They routed John Smoltz and the Boston Red Sox 9-3 on June 25th. But, it was Smoltz's first game back from surgery. And Red Sox reliver Ramon Ramirez was the final out.
But other than that, the Nationals, who stoked up their offense by signing slugger Adam Dunn and trading for Josh Willingham. Willingham is hitting a dismal .246 and Dunn .258. Willingham has nine homers, but an odd amount of RBIs with 12.
Despite this, Willingham has played in just 44 games, showing good power in them. Dunn leads the Nationals with 17 home runs and 45 RBI, but will likely leave the team after the season for a massive paycheck from a large market team.
Mike MacDougal (amazingly) has the lowest ERA on the Nats, with a 1.29 clip. However, he's only appeared in eight games thus far. Ron Villione has the next lowest with a 1.83, appearing in 23 games. Among starters, John Lannan has a 3.51 ERA with a 3-5 record.
Shairon Martis has the most amount of wins and lowest amount of losses this season, and has an all right ERA at 4.76. Scott Olsen, who was acquired with Willingham from Florida, has an unsightly 1-4 record with an abysmal 7.46 ERA in just eight games thus far this season.
I reported a few weeks ago that Manny Acta would be fired as early as June 14th. As of June 26th, Acta is still the acting manager. And I think that that is Stan Kasten's worst idea as President of the Nats so far (except for maybe that quote at the head of the page).
When a manager leads a team to a 102 loss season, like Acta did in 2008, normally, that manager would be fired midway through the season. Not so with the Nationals, as Acta not only goes through the rest of the season as the Nats manager, but starts the 2009 season as the manager.
A dumb move by the Nationals' brass.
But, this is the Washington Nationals, as dumb moves are expected throughout the season from the owner, all the way down the Nationals' totem pole.
I guess we have to blame the management. The general management. The Nats' brass had done a terrible job when the team moved from Montreal to Washington, DC, and it appears to have continued in 2009.
It started when the Montreal Expos were founded 1969. They've had only a few successful seasons, their most successful was in 1994 when they had the best record in baseball, but the season was called due to the 1994 MLB Players Union Strike, without even the World Series being played.
The 1994 World Series would've likely consisted of the Montreal Expos and the New York Yankees, who had the best record in the American League.
The mismanagement started in 1969, it's continuing in 2009, and will continue until 2029, unless the Nats sign both Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper.