In today's Washington Post, Friday, 5 June, Thomas Boswell, has taken off the kid gloves and let's the Lerners have it.
Boswell, an outstanding sports writer, does it respectfully, but directly. I quote,"...When the problems go this deep, the causes should be sought at the top, not the bottom. Accountability doesn't lie with a pitching rotation full of rookies, or a bullpen built on tissue-thin resumes and prayer.... But now the blame---and the solutions, if any--surely must lie at the top with the billionaire Lerner family and team president Stan Kasten." ( I would disagree that the problem is Stan Kasten) Boswell closes with, " The reasons for that damage, like any hopes for the future, start not with relievers, coaches or even managers. They start right at the top. And can only be fixed there."
We have maintained over the past couple of years that the problem has always been at the top. My conspiracy mindkeeps asking why the Lerners are doing this? My theory, given the Lerners' real estate and development background, is that they purchased a team (Think a parcel of land or a building complex.) and now they spend as little as possible to develop it, knowing that inflation will eventually cause the item to appreciate in price. They then sell the building/team to some sucker at a much higher price in about 5 years or so, and make a nice little profit. To hell with the folks who live near, or in the development. The alternative conspiracy theory is that MLB never wanted to be in DC, because it is too close to Congress, the body who controls the holy grail of business, the Anti-monopoly laws which baseball guards so closely. What do you think about my theories?
Finally, I wonder when we will hear from the Lerner's concerning this inferior product they are selling. This team they own is a disgrace to major league baseball, and something one would not expect of the Lerner 's generally quality development. I predict that soon we will hear from them indicating that the fans aren't supporting the team and they may have to sell or move the team. The team's marketing stinks! From the where are the Nats on TV game, to the weakest radio network in baseball, to little, if any, real contact with area groups, to overpriced tickets,etc.,etc.
Have we passed the point of no return???