Ho, hum. Any managerial news? No? Carry on.
Here’s the beat from South Capitol Street.
There's a pretty good chance Daniel Murphy won't be ready for Opening Day
Murphy underwent surgery on his right knee last week, and the Nats dumped it right after they announced that Dusty Baker wouldn't return, A.K.A., we all forgot. However, the surgery is a complex one and may keep him out for the first few games of the year -- or the first few months.
Washington Nationals: Make Joe Girardi an offer to manage team
"Washington Nationals, you have an opening for a manager. Call Joe Girardi."
Sports Radio Host, Caller Get Into it Over Dusty Baker
"What exactly makes someone a sports team insider? One caller to 106.7 The Fan claims that all you have to do is read the stories written by beat reporters and columnists to know everything that they do."
On collateral damage and the Nationals' coaching staff
Dusty Baker is gone. But what about Mike Maddux, Bob Henley, Davey Lopes, Chris Speier and company?
There was no real reason to fire Dusty Baker
Everyone is labeled as a bad in-game coach. Everyone is criticized for either keeping their pitchers on too short a leash or overextending them. Everyone loses in the playoffs. What everyone doesn't do? Win 95+ games yearly.
Eric Hinske takes new job; Nats eyeing Dave Martinez as manager
"Martinez was asked by the Nationals to interview for their managerial vacancy, a job he came close to landing after the 2015 season until ownership required previous big-league managing experience."
Minor League Ball Gameday: Tuesday, October 24th, 2017
Washington Nationals prospect Victor Robles went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored for the Mesa Solar Sox in their 5-2 triumph over the Scottsdale Scorpions.
Bacus on becoming a reliever
"Nationals prospect Dakota Bacus talks about making the transition from a starter to a reliever."