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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals Waiting For Hot Stove; Gio Gonzalez Talks To; Matt Purke Surgery Details

Davey Johnson was named NL Manager of the Year by the Sporting News. Gio Gonzalez talked about the NLDS with's Bill Ladson. Washington Times' writer Amanda Comak talked to 2011 3rd Round pick Matt Purke. Lunchtime reading. Links and links and links...

Rob Carr

• "'The day I retire from baseball is the day I can sit back and relax,'" Gio Gonzalez told's Bill Ladson in an article yesterday in one of the two BIG STORIES of the day. The Nats' 21-game winner is already working out in preparation for the 2013 campaign, but while talking about the 2012 season, the 27-year-old starter notes that the Nationals were exactly at full-strength in the NLDS. Davey Johnson was recognized by his peers yesterday as the NL Manager of the Year by the Sporting News. Washington Times' writer Amanda Comak talked to 2011 3rd Round pick Matt Purke about the shoulder surgery he had in August. [Spoiler Alert: There was no labrum damage, good news for the lefty.] The World Series started last night. The good news. That means just six more games until the Hot Stove season starts. Go Giants... and get this thing over with... When does the WBC start again? What if the U.S. asks Stephen Strasburg to pitch? Future controversy!! Later for that. Links and lots of them, starting RIGHT NOW!!!!!:

• THE BIG STORY: (Today In Two Parts):

• "'You see that I'm a very emotional guy. If you can figure that out, you can figure me out,' [Gio] Gonzalez said. 'If [the Cardinals] found a glitch in my system, hey, they found something.'" - "After career year, Gio Gonzalez striving to be better in 2013" - Bill Ladson, News

• "On Aug. 22, after visiting with Dr. Lewis Yocum, Purke — who dealt with bursitis at Texas Christian University — had some of his bursa sacs removed and underwent the cleanup procedure on his left shoulder." - "Nationals prospect Matt Purke recovering from shoulder surgery" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times


• "The honor is not generally regarded as the major manager of the year award; that will come next after the conclusion of the World Series, as voted on by the Baseball Writers of America Association." - "Davey Johnson named Sporting News NL Manager of the Year" - Adam Kilgore, Washington Post

• "The Sporting News' awards are not considered the 'official' postseason awards, those recognized league-wide and voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America..." - "Davey Johnson named Sporting News' NL Manager of the Year" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "[Davey] Johnson received four votes, one more than Dusty Baker of the Reds. Tied for third with one vote apiece were Ron Roenicke of the Brewers and Bruce Bochy of the Giants." - "Nationals Pastime: Johnson named Sporting News NL Manager of the Year" - Dan Kolko,

• "The Beltways have the two best skippers in baseball." - "Davey and Buck voted Managers of Year" -

• "[Davey] Johnson guided the Nationals to their first winning record since moving to D.C., in 2005, posting a Major League-high 98 wins in the regular season." - "Johnson named TSN NL Manager of the Year" - Cash Kruth, News

• "And of all the local D.C. teams, [Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin E.] Dempsey says the Nationals have gained the most fans in the Pentagon." - "General Dempsey a 'rabid' Nationals fan" - Chase Hughes, CSN Washington

• "Looking ahead about four months, one of the main stories entering spring training this season will likely be how [Drew] Storen will respond from that crushing blown save in Game 5..." - "Nationals Pastime: How will Storen respond? (plus AFL updates)" - Dan Kolko,

• "The Nationals will probably make a call or two, but [Zack] Greinke, who's 31-11 over the past two seasons, will be pricey -- likely approaching the $18-20 million annual range." - "Looking for a fifth member for the Nationals' rotation" - Phil Wood,

• "Despite their continued dysfunction, the Marlins remain a major thorn in the Nationals' side." - "The ever-changing NL East" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "We certainly didn't know what the Nationals would get from Kurt Suzuki when he came over from the Athletics in a trade at the beginning of August." - "Nationals Pastime: What a healthy Wilson Ramos would mean for Kurt Suzuki" - Dan Kolko,

• "[Roger] Bernadina, who has a penchant for making the dramatic, gravity-defying catch, sacrificed his body to save closer Tyler Clippard and the game..." - "Nationals season in review: Best defensive play" - James Wagner, Washington Post

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "We need to encourage an understanding that inner peace comes from relying on human values like, love, compassion, tolerance and honesty."


AFL Update (10/23): Surprise 5, Salt River 4 - Brian Goodwin - 3 for 4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 K; Matthew Skole - 1 for 4, 1 HR, 2 RBIs; Anthony Rendon - 0 for 3; 2 Ks; Ryan Perry - 4.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 Ks - BOX SCORE

AFL Update (10/24): Peoria 7, Salt River 6 - Matthew Skole (PH) - 0 for 1; Brian Goodwin (PH) - 0 for 1; Jason Martinson - 1 for 4, 1 2B; Paul Demny - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K - BOX SCORE

• "Another 2011 draft pick (compensation for losing Adam Dunn to the White Sox), Goodwin has hit well so far in his AFL debut." - "Arizona Fall League update" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "Right-hander Cole Kimball is finally back to feeling completely healthy following shoulder surgery." - "Cole Kimball 'glad to be playing again'" - Byron Kerr,

• "AFL Update: Oct. 25, 2012" - Luke Erickson,


• "Another 'Senators Short Timer', Doyle would play in 1564 games, however only 78 of those games were with the American League Washington Senators." - "This Date in Washington Senators History" - Art Audley, D.C. Baseball History

• "Jhonatan Solano was one of the catchers the Nationals called up from the minors to fill in after Wilson Ramos was lost for the season in May." - "2012 Season Review: Jhonatan Solano" - Darlene Langley, District on Deck

• "In the most interesting development of the offseason so far for the Washington Nationals, Michael Morse was selected for jury duty today." - "So Michael Morse had jury duty today..." - Nats Enquirer

• "If Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan can't get out of jury duty, Major Leaguers probably don't have much of a chance either." - "Cut 4" - News

• "Adam LaRoche finished second in the Sporting News’ NL Comeback Player of the Year voting, just two votes behind San Francisco Giants’ Catcher Buster Posey." - "Adam LaRoche finished second in Sporting News NL Comeback Player of the Year voting" - Cheryl Nichols, District Sports Page

• "By walking [Pete] Kozma you would either force the Cardinals closer, Jason Motte, out of the game, or force him to hit." - "Prosecution's Closing Statement" - Harper, Nationals Baseball

• "[Roger] Bernadina probably saw the career pinnacle of his productivity in 2012, finishing the year with a .291/.372/.405 slash line..." - "2012 Player-By-Player Wrap Up: Roger Bernadina" - Joe Drugan, The Nats Blog

• "When we discuss the construction of the 2013 Nationals, the linchpin player is Adam LaRoche." - "The LaRoche Saga" - The Nationals Review

• "The official BBWAA awards don’t come out until after the World Series is over, but like the Golden Globes are for the Oscars, the Sporting News Awards are a precursor to the other awards." - "Washington Nationals Davey Johnson voted NL Manager of the Year by Sporting News" - Dave Nichols, District Sports Page


• "That Pablo Sandoval pumped his right arm in the air and grinned on each of his treks around the base paths Wednesday night delighted all and surprised none." - "2012 World Series: Pablo Sandoval hits 3 homers, Giants rout Tigers in Game 1" - Barry Svrluga, The Washington Post

• "The Tigers’ near-legend, Justin Verlander, not only lost, 8-3 to the Giants, but got bombed, lasting just four innings in which he gave up five runs... " - "Justin Verlander is rocked by Pablo Sandoval in shocking start to 2012 World Series" - Thomas Boswell, The Washington Post

Phillies: "There has been some talk about the Phillies signing a veteran reliever to bolster what was a lackluster bullpen for much of the 2012 season." - "Last Year’s Reliever Market As A Cautionary Tale" - Bill Baer, Crashburn Alley

Mets: "The New York Mets let Jose Reyes leave in free agency last offseason. Reyes hopes the same thing doesn't happen to former teammate David Wright." - "Jose Reyes wants New York Mets to keep David Wright" - Mike Mazzeo, Ian Bagley - ESPN New York

Braves: "While the rest of the baseball world is winding down, Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy is just getting cranked up in his recovery from elbow reconstruction surgery." - "Beachy working on patience as he begins throwing program" - Carroll Rogers, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Marlins: "'Ozzie? Ozzie is excitement,' the team's owner, Jeffrey Loria, told me. It took Guillen just six months to prove that he is not quite as exciting as his employers had believed." - "Ozzie Guillen's firing a sign fans not buying what Marlins are selling" - Ben Reiter,