Wire Taps: Washington Nationals' Owners Express #Gratitude; Sean Burnett Has Surgery

Patrick McDermott

A week after the Washington Nationals were eliminated from the NLDS, the Nats' owners sent a message out to fans to than them for their support in the 2012 campaign.

• What A Long-A** Week: So... Randy Knorr and Davey Johnson did discuss walking Pete Kozma to force the St. Louis Cardinals to hit for their closer and... uh, yeah. Johnson explained his thinking in an article by Washington Post writer Adam Kilgore earlier this week, saying that he didn't want to walk the bases loaded and risk having Drew Storen walking in the go-ahead run. Knorr also talked about the Strasburg shutdown in today's big story. The other big news, Sean Burnett had surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow. There's a mutual option for the left-hander for next season. Will the reliever be back in the Nats' bullpen next season? As for the 2012 campaign, the Nationals' owners sent out the following public statement yesterday, thanking fans for their support as the Nats made the first postseason appearance by a D.C.-based team since 1933:

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• THE BIG STORY!!:

• "In an interview earlier this week with a Canadian radio station, bench coach Randy Knorr said he asked [Davey] Johnson in the moment if he wanted to walk [Pete] Kozma." - "Nationals bench coach Randy Knorr on not walking Pete Kozma, shutting down Stephen Strasburg" - Adam Kilgore, Washington Post

• NATS BEAT:

• "New Houston manager Bo Porter inherits a team that has been the worst in baseball the past two seasons." - "Bo Porter: New Astros manager ready to bring winning back to Houston" - Kristie Rieken, AP/Washington Times

• "Outfielder Brett Carroll and catcher Carlos Maldonado, two players who spent the bulk of the 2012 season with Triple-A Syracuse but had brief stints with the Nationals, have filed for free agency." - "Nationals Pastime: Carroll, Maldonado elect free agency" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• "Everything was going swimmingly for Storen, who had finally made it all the way back from his elbow surgery and had pitched brilliantly down the stretch." - "Position analysis: Bullpen" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• "Washington Nationals fans who bought tickets for the National League Championship Series that never happened will have to swallow a slightly less-bitter pill -- a $6 per order service charge." - "Nats fans won't get a full refund for NLCS tickets" - Neal Augenstein, WTOP.com

• "But while the cost of the tickets themselves have been refunded since both teams' elimination, the $6 service charge on each ticket order has not been returned." - "More like a disservice charge from Nationals, Orioles" - Craig Stouffer, WashingtonExaminer.com

• "It would not come as a surprise if shortstop Ian Desmond and the Nationals' front office talked about a contract extension sometime this offseason." - "Desmond, Nats may talk contract in offseason" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com: News

• "[Wilson] Ramos tore the ACL and meniscus in his right knee during a May 12 game against the Cincinnati Reds while running to field a passed ball." - "Nationals have options behind the plate" - Brian McNally, WashingtonExaminer.com

• "The Shutdown will be a huge topic of discussion all spring, but once the season gets underway, Strasburg will be free to pitch every fifth day with no restrictions..." - "Position analysis: Rotation" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• "The Nationals’ bullpen had another excellent season, but it will be hard for them, especially closer Drew Storen, to shake the final images from the year..." - "Nationals positional review, Part 5: Bullpen" - Adam Kilgore, Washington Post

• "The Nationals brass knew years ago that Desmond had the potential to be an elite shortstop." - "Nationals Pastime: Examining Desmond's remarkable turnaround" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• "[Bryce] Harper shook off a shaky start to his postseason career with a triple and a home run in Game 5 of a National League Division Series against St. Louis." - "Nationals' Harper enters his 20s with rising expectations" - Brian McNally, WashingtonExaminer.com

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "Success can’t be measured by how much money you have, but by whether you have inner peace in your heart."

• AFL/MINOR LEAGUE UPDATES:

AFL Update (10/17): Salt River 12, Peoria 9 - Anthony Rendon - 2 for 5, 1 2B, 3 RBIs; Jason Martinson - 0 for 4, 2 Ks; Ryan Perry - 2.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 Ks; Paul Demny - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 Ks - BOX SCORE

AFL Update (10/18): Peoria 3, Salt Lake 1 - Brian Goodwin - 0 for 4, 3 Ks; Matthew Skole - 1 for 3, 1 BB; Anthony Rendon - 0 for 3, 1 BB; Cole Kimball - 1.0 IP, 1 H - BOX SCORE

• "AFL Update: Oct. 19, 2012" - Luke Erickson, NationalsProspects.com

• "One National League scout is so high on outfielder Brian Goodwin that he predicts that Goodwin will be in the Major Leagues by the middle of next year." - "Top prospect Goodwin could join Nats in 2013" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com: News

• "Furthering my updates from instructional league pitchers, Potomac Nationals pitching coach Chris Michalak gave some insight on left-hander Robbie Ray's season." - "Rendon has big game as Salt River wins 12-9; Robbie Ray update" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

• "As you might expect, BA's draft experts, Jim Callis, Conor Glassey and John Manuel, tie the eventual success of the Nationals' 2012 draft to first-round pick Lucas Giolito..." - "Nationals Pastime: Taking a look at the next wave of talent" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• NATSTOWN:

• "A yearlong and ongoing dispute over the value of the Nationals’ television rights has yet to reach a resolution." -"Nationals, Orioles split over MASN rights fees continues" - James Wagner, Washington Post

• "Davey Johnson probably doesn't give a rat's ass that Randy Knorr would've walked Kozma" - Nats Enquirer

• "October 19, 1901 The National League is rocked when 4 players from the Phillies jump ship to Washington: 3B Harry Wolverton, pitchers Al Orth and "Happy" Jack Townsend and the great Ed Delahanty." - "This Date in Washington Senators History – The dismantling of the ’24 & ’25 World Series teams" - Art Audley, D.C. Baseball History

• "[Wilson] Ramos remains the Nationals best long-term fixture at the position, but after tearing the ACL and meniscus in his right knee in May and the subsequent surgeries June 1 and July 18, Ramos might not be ready to start catching in spring training." - "Washington Nationals 2012 Roster Review: The Catchers" - Dave Nichols, District Sports Page

• "Review of the 2012 Washington Nationals season and look ahead to roster moves for the 2013 Nationals season." - "2012 Washington Nationals Season in Review" - John Manuel, Fanspeak Washington Nats Blog

• "So alot of people seem to be worried about Danny Espinosa. I know why, but I also don't. Let me explain that second part." - "Mailbag Friday*" - Harper, Nationals Baseball

• "Early this morning, the Lerner family, who owns the majority stake in the Washington Nationals, sent out a note thanking fans for a great season in DC." - "Nats Fans Should Show Gratitude To Lerners, Too" - Joe Drugan, The Nats Blog

• NL EAST UPDATES:

Braves: "The Braves have until three days after the World Series ends to exercise their option to keep [Brian] McCann for the 2013 season at $12 million. Should they decline, McCann would become a free agent." - "Should the Braves keep Brian McCann? For one year, yes" - Mark Bradley, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Phillies: "Crash Bag, Vol. 24: His Father is the District Attorney!" - Michael Baumann, Crashburn Alley

Mets: "R.A. Dickey underwent successful surgery yesterday in Philadelphia by Dr. William Meyers to repair a core muscle injury sustained during the season." - "Mets star R.A. Dickey OK after surgery" - Mike Puma, NYPOST.com

Marlins: "The 2012 Miami Marlins Season Review continues by looking at the injury-riddled season of Emilio Bonifacio." - "2012 Miami Marlins Season Review: Emilio Bonifacio" - Michael Jong, Fish Stripes

• POSTSEASON UPDATES:

NLCS 2012: "Thursday night, in a spot he once relished, Lincecum instead shrunk. He could not get out of the fifth inning of Game 4 of the National League Championship Series." - "St. Louis Cardinals rock Tim Lincecum and San Francisco Giants in Game 4" - Barry Svrluga, The Washington Post

ALCS Update: "Before Doug Fister dumped a large bucket of water on Max Scherzer, before Phil Coke snuck into Jim Leyland's office and sprayed his manager with a bottle of champagne..." - "From infield to stage to clubhouse, how the Tigers celebrated their American League pennant" - Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press

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