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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Beano Watch 07.29.2009

After a long hiatus, ESPN football commentator Carroll H. Cook (’54 Pitt) returned for a chat. His comments about Penn State are highlighted.

Ed (PA): Cookin’ with Beano!! The old man in State College seems to have some added jump in his step since getting the hip replaced. Recruiting is up, the wins are up… Any chance you see PSU winning or playing for a national championship before Joe decided to hang them up?

Beano: Penn State could play for the national title this year because of an easy non-conference schedule and a favorable league schedule, compared with the Big 12, ACC and Pac-10. Non-conference games are Akron, Syracuse, Temple, Eastern Illinois — not exactly an SEC schedule, is it? So the answer is yes, the Nittany Lions could play for the national title this season. Remember, Iowa knocked Penn State off last season or we could have seen Paterno and company playing for the title a year ago.

Before you have heart palpitations, keep in mind that Beano merely said that Penn State could compete for the national title. He then brings up a painful memory. Jerk.

Tommy (Lion fan): What did you think of Penn State being named best party school in America?

Beano Cook: When I was an undergraduate and visiting two friends, I thought it was a good party school then. Maybe they redshirted a few party kids last year to be number one this year. Some of the best college parties I went to were at the Phi Delt house.

Beano offers very little, other than the information that Penn State knew how to party back when the world was still in black and white. Frankly, the #1 party school ranking is not something to hang your hat on when it is strongly based on things like “lots of beer” when the beer is at best, Yuengling, but often Natty and Beast, respectively, and “Major Frat and Sorority Scene” just means people like buying their friends. I had a good time there though, despite these things, I promise!

Now, something that is not Penn State related:

WFY (BeltwayLand): We’re still waiting for “Haven’t They Suffered Enough: The Autobiography of Carroll H. Cook.” When will our patience be rewarded?

Beano Cook: I am working on a book. Four chapters are done. We are looking for a publisher. Very good.

I’m hoping one of the chapters reveals that he and George Paterno used to go trolling for babes on bowl game trips or something.

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Nats Chats: Dave Sheinin at 11, Jesus Flores at 1

A couple of Washington Nationals related chats today:

Dave Sheinin: On the MLB Trade Deadline, the Nats and his Set for Life SeriesThe Post
“Post national baseball writer Dave Sheinin will be online Thursday, July 30 at 11:00 a.m. ET to take your questions about the MLB Trade Deadline, the Nationals and his recent story in the Set for Life Series on Bret Boone.”

Nationals Catcher Jesus Flores on the NationalsThe Post
“Washington Nationals catcher Jesus Flores will be online Thursday, July 30 at 1 p.m. ET to talk about playing for the Nationals, what it’s like to make the major leagues after a long trek through the minors and the future of Washington’s MLB franchise. “

Then, the Nats take on the Brewers at 2:05 p.m.

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Today is National Chili Dog Day: Free Coney at Hard Times

Today is National Chili Dog Day and Hard Times Café is celebrating by offering a free Coney Chili Dog (Cincinnati style) with a purchase. I’m not big on Cincy style, but who knows I may take them up on this one anyway. July is National Hot Dog Month, but you knew that right?

Hard Times Café has locations throughout Virginia, Maryland and even one in Raleigh, N.C. Tell them I sent you.

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Bad 6th inning dooms Nats as they fall to Brewers

Nats’ Loss to Brewers Is a Total Frame JobThe Post
Nats’ little mistakes add up to a defeatThe Wash. Times
The Nationals built up an 4-0 lead after two innings, but the Brewers pulled to within one by the fourth inning. In the sixth, starter Garrett Mock could not get any Milwaukee batters out before yielding to Tyler Clippard, who gave up two earned runs and earned the loss, ending Washington’s four game win streak. The Nats only had two extra base hits all night.

Riggleman Would Like To Keep Players in PlaceThe Post
Riggleman: Nats unlikely to make tradeThe Wash. Times
Interim manager Jim Riggleman appears to be getting his wish — the market for the Nats most tradeable (is that a word?) commodities like Nick Johnson seems to have dried up. Interim GM Mike Rizzo is not getting it done at the deadline thus far and has less than 36 hours to pull something off.

The series finale is at 2:05 p.m. today.

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National Chili Dog Day 07.30.2009: Free Coney at Hard Times Cafe with purchase

I got tipped off by an email from the Nationals that tomorrow is National Chili Dog Day and Hard Times Café is celebrating by offering a free Coney Chili Dog (Cincinnati style) with a purchase. I’m not big on Cincy style, but who knows I may take them up on this one anyway. July is National Hot Dog Month, but you knew that right?

Hard Times Café has locations throughout Virginia, Maryland and even one in Raleigh, N.C. Tell them I sent you.

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Fenty wants to move ballpark tax proceeds to general fund

Fenty wants to divert ballpark tax to general fund WTOP
Ah, D.C. fiscal responsibility is a special, special thing. Mayor Adrian Fenty, a ballpark opponent as a council member, wants to take the money from the Ballpark Revenue Fund to the general fund, rather than have it pay down ballpark construction debt. 28 years from now, if Nationals Park has not been paid off, we’ll know why.

It is times like this that it amazes me Nationals Park ever got built.

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