Nats trade Nick Johnson to Marlins, Joe Beimel to Rockies

Nick Johnson, the original Washington Nationals and final Montreal Expos first baseman, has been dealt to the Florida Marlins for Aaron Thompson, a AA pitcher. Here is all I could find about him (firstinning.com)

Joe Beimel was traded for two minor league righties, Ryan Mattheus and Robinson Fabian. Mattheus averaged over a strikeout an inning before having Tommy John surgery in July. Fabian has an ERA over 6 but strikes out twice as many as he walks in Class A.

The Nats also sent cash along both times.

This upshot of all of this is Cristian Guzman is your last remaining Opening Day 2005 Washington National. That just about sums up the last five seasons, doesn’t it?

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P.J. Maierhofer is College Miss Majorette of America

‘Sapphire’ takes twirling titleThe Collegian
PJ Maierhofer: Blue Sapphire, Crown JewelThe Penn Stater Blog
P.J. Maierhofer, Penn State’s feature twirler since 2005 won the College Miss Majorette of America. She says it is the “biggest honor of baton twirling — like winning the Masters for golf.”

That’s great and congratulations to her. Since they list her as a senior, I think that means she is coming back for her fifth season. That’s probably a rule anyway, there have only been 3 featured Blue Sapphires since I started at Penn State. Her predecessor, Bobbie Jo Solomon was also College Miss Majorette of America in 1999.

PREVIOUSLY

Q&A: P.J. Maierhofer10.17.2007

PJ! — Blue Sapphire video08.26.2006

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So, will the Nyjer Morgan trade be it for the Nats this season?

Nats’ deadline moves likely will be minorThe Post
One Month Later, Deal With Pirates Looks GoodThe Wash. Times
The trade deadline is at 4 p.m. today and thus far, the Nats have done nothing, frusturating more than a few fans. Nick Johnson, seemingly the Nats best commodity, has not been moved as teams needing a first baseman have gone out and acquired lesser talents. Is the Nats front office asking for too much? That was the knock on them during the Jim Bowden era. Interim GM Mike Rizzo has eight hours to get something done. Joe Beimel seems the most likely to be traded a this point.

Obviously, today could decided Rizzo’s future in D.C., though he surely will point to the Nyjer Morgan/Sean Burnett for Joel Hanrahan/Lastings Milledge trade in his defense. Morgan has tied a franchise record for most hits in a month with 40 and Burnett isn’t Hanrahan, a major plus. Milledge of course has the potential to be pretty good, but he’s been in AAA since entering the Pirates system. That is until today, in all likelihood, as his Pittsburgh debut is expected against his former club.

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Nats seemingly unmotivated by Riggleman ejection, lose to Brewers

Riggleman, Nationals Strike OutThe Post
Nationals left with a split decisionThe Wash. Times
Umpire Joe West celebrated his 4,000th game by giving the visiting Nationals a hard time. In the 3rd inning, West called a third strike on what interim Washington manager Jim Riggleman though was a foul tip. West could not be bothered to appeal the call to the third base umpire, so Riggleman took upon himself to do so, resulting in his first ejection. That and a Ryan Zimmerman three run homer in the 4th inning were the only highlights of another frusturating loss, the second in a row in Milwaukee.

Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo benefited from West’s “travel day strike zone” recording 11 strikeouts on the day, many of them with the Nats batters caught looking. The Brewers offense tagged starter J.D. Martin for 5 runs, though poor defense, the kind that doesn’t show up as errors, hurt Martin’s cause in the sixth. He did throw over 60 of his 80+ pitches for strikes. Two of those pitches wound up over the fence though, accounting for the first three Milwaukee runs. Final score 7-3.

The Nats move on to Pittsburgh and I made it through the whole Brewers series without Milwaukee pop culture references. If the sample size generated from my Facebook friends is valid, the Nats will apparently be greeted by a fairly sizable contingent of fans making the trip from Washington when they play in the Steel City. I won’t be one of them — I was thinking about it, as I have for the previous five seasons, but my wife has plans in another part of Pennsylvania tomorrow, so the Pittsburgh trip is out. One of these years! It is just as well, as a I am sick of Pennsylvania anyway.

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