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Explaining By Authority

A few weeks ago, I composed a post in which I wondered what it would be like if Stan Kasten were asked about what moves didn't work, what attempted transactions never came to fruition, and what he learned from disappointments during his tenure with the Atlanta Braves, and how those lessons are applicable to Kasten's plans with the Nationals.

Perhaps this is a demonstration of how insignificant blogs are, or perhaps Kasten has uncommon, svengali-like communication skills. Perhaps both: the Post published yet another Kasten Braves-as-applied-to Kasten Nats article, and it portrays the same perspective every one of these articles does. The article insinuates what the Braves did with Schuerholz/Cox/Kasten (in reverse order of arrival) was some sort of seamless process, culminating, finally, in 1991 with the Braves ready to compete:

And by the 1990-91 offseason, the Braves were ready to do what, to that point, they hadn't done: sign free agents.

As I pointed out in the aforementioned post, however, this statement does not conform with the historical record. During the 1989-90 offseason, the Braves did sign free agents (and make a trade for Charlie Leibrandt that was the functional equivalent), and they attempted to sign even more. Prefacing their 1990-91 corner infield signings (Terry Pendleton and Sid Bream), the Braves signed third sacker Jim Presley and first baseman Nick Esasky. While Presley might be discarded as filler, Esasky was a huge free agent signing at the time.

What is more, as I noted in the previous post, the Braves made a strong push for one of the most coveted 1989-90 free agents, Cy Young-winning closer Mark Davis. According to a January 1990 Sporting News report, the Braves outbid Davis's winning suitor, the Kansas City Royals.

Apparently, the Braves felt like they were ready to sign guys a year earlier than the article indicates; acknowledging this is so would not fit the theme, admittedly. Again, I'm not looking for a Gotcha! moment for Kasten. I am merely curious how he regards that 1989-90 offseason: what the team's (pre-Schuerholz) aims were, and what he learned from those actual and intended acquisitions. However, such questions are seemingly never asked.

And, to be honest, they probably won't be. They're no threat to "The Plan," but they also don't fit it.

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Boz freaks out about the rotation. Hey, it's an odd numbered day, so his position must change from the even numbered days. Res ipsa loquitur.