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Nats: Now there is the Tom Boswell we all know

THOMAS BOSWELL: Are better days ahead for the Nationals?The Post
After seeing Jordan Zimmermann pitch well against the Detroit Tigers (their Opening Day lineup), Bos is back on the Washington Nationals getting better bandwagon after panicking last week. Now, Bos of all people should know not to put too much faith in spring training results, but he comes and says he’d rather be an optimist. Oh and because Zimmermann hit 98 MPH the other day, we should really just relax about Stephen Strasburg’s return from Tommy John surgery.

At least Bos gets it right that the proposed Zack Greinke trade wasn’t a good one.

Boswell chats at 11 a.m., fire away.

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Who is this pragmatic columnist and what has he done with Tom Boswell?

THOMAS BOSWELL: As spring arrives, reality dawns for NationalsThe Post
The headline for this column ought to be “Reality dawns for Tom Boswell.” Remember his earlier columns from the spring when he was superhappyfoamfingeredfanboy? Well, that is gone, because Boswell is seeing the Washington Nationals for what they are — a team with a poor starting rotation. Only Jordan Zimmermann has a huge upside and he’s still unproven, plus not that far removed from Tommy John surgery. John Lannan, Livan Hernandez, Jason Marquis and Tom Gorzelanny all career ERAs in the 4.00+ range. Help may be on the way from Ross Detwiler and eventually Stephen Strasburg, but until then, it isn’t pretty, but probably passable for a while.

The Nats don’t have a centerfielder either and are apparently going with journeyman Rick Ankiel over Nyjer Morgan who is likely on his way out and Roger Bernadina, who is a 26 years old and still not an everyday player.

Boswell is chatting at 11 a.m.

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Panel discussion with Redskins, Nats, Caps, Wizards, United, Mystics ownership at 8:45

Washington Post Live is hosting a panel discussion, the Business of Sports Q&A, featuring ownership from all the D.C. pro teams at 8:45 a.m. today The panelists include:

Ted Leonsis, owner the Washington Capitals, Wizards and Mystics (Monumental Sports)

Robert Tanenbaum, principal owner of the Washington Nationals and Marla Lerner Tanenbaum, chairperson of the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation

Daniel Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins

Will Chang, owner of D.C. United

The panel will be talking about what they “do and don’t do to make their franchises successful.” Last time I checked, only one of those owners is successful right now. I am interested to see what questions make it through the screening.

The Tanenbaums appearance as the Nats representatives on the panel is a little surprising, because Ted Lerner is the “managing principal partner” and his son Mark is the principal partner that has been most active, at least publicly, of the principal owners. I cannot recall any occasion other than the introductory press conference in 2006 that Robert Tanenbaum, a son-in-law, was specifically involved in.

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Did the Nats 2010 season bottom-out yesterday? Strasburg needs another MRI

Yesterday was not a good day for the Washington Nationals.

Stephen Strasburg headed to disabled listThe Post
Embarrassed by their auraNats Insider
On the field, they were routed 9-1 by the visiting Chicago Cubs. Manager Jim Riggleman suggested there was a lack of effort. Players said they were embarrassed. The “aura” was used again and its never used positively with this team. Liván Hernández had nothing, but pitched over 4 innings, 120 pitches.

Stephen Strasburg headed to disabled listThe Post
Zuckerman: Strasburg Headed To DLCSN Washington
Of even greater concern that last night’s loss is the condition of Stephen Strasburg‘s right arm. An initial MRI was not terribly promising, so the rookie will undergo a second examination, only with liquid injected into his arm, the so-called “wet MRI.” A trip to the disabled list is assured.

Kerry Wood thinks Strasburg should shut it down for the year. – CSN Washington

TALKING HEADS!

Stephen Strasburg headed to disabled listThe Post
“Post sports columnist Thomas Boswell will be online Tuesday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m. ET to discuss the latest on Stephen Strasburg, now headed for the disabled list, this time with a forearm/elbow injury suffered Saturday night in Philadelphia. An MRI exam taken Sunday, while ultimately inconclusive, gave the team enough cause for concern to shut him down, at least temporarily, and order a more detailed exam. ”

Lastly, Rob Dibble is an idiot who disproves his own argument (DC Sports Bog, The Post). Sure, Josh Willingham played hurt and STUNK!

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Boswell chat at 11:00, then Nats and Braves at 1:05

Redskins, Stephen Strasburg, Nats and more — Ask BoswellThe Post
Thomas Boswell is chatting today. I fully expect reserved, cerebral analysis of the Washington Nationals recently draft, don’t you? Perhaps he will reflect on the tenure of Jim Bowden as well. It will certainly be preferable to Redskins training camp chatter or even worse, Brett Favre or Tiger Woods.

After lunch, the Nats complete their series with the Atlanta Braves, hoping to get a win after two losses. I’ll be listening on MLB Gameday. My New York Yankees are also on at the same time, but when forced to choose the tiebreaker is the better announcers. Charlie Slowes & Dave Jageler > John Sterling & Suzy Waldman.

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Epic week of Svrluga, Steinberg, Weingarten, Boswell chats

With Tracee Hamilton away, Dan Steinberg and Barry Svrluga have been taking turns with her First Things First chat on washingtonpost.com. Yesterday, it was Steinberg, but today and Thursday it is Svrluga, beloved original Post beat writer for the Washington Nationals. Steinberg still chats today during is regularly scheduled DC Sports Bog chat but also Wednesday and Friday mornings too. Thomas Boswell will be typing with his foam finger on Thursday.

No Adam Kilgore though :(. Why can’t we have weekly Nats beat writer chats again?
Outside of the sports realm, Gene Weingarten makes his monthly appearance too.

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