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Original Washington Nationals closer through 2007 who lead the majors in saves in 2005. He suffered a shoulder injury in 2008 that essentially ended his career. A fan-favorite, despite his tendency to make saves harder than they needed to be.

Nats all-time stats will blow your mind (not in a good way for the most part)

The Nats’ (updated) all-time stat leadersNats Insider
Going all the way back to 2005, Mark Zuckerman compiled the Washington Nationals all-time statistical leaders. He provided this warning:

WARNING: Reading these lists will elicit a wide range of emotions, from smiles to frowns to laughter to tears to sheer dumbfoundedness (and yes, I know that’s not a real word, but trust me, it will apply to a few of these names)…

To qualify, a player needed at least a full season with the team.

  • Perennially injured Nick Johnson has the third most games
  • Michael Morse is already 3rd on the home run list
  • Ryan Zimmerman has 283 more RBI than the next closest Nat — Johnson
  • Zimmerman has 366 more hits than the next closest — Cristian Guzmán
  • Dmitri Young is the only player with a batting average over .300. Morse is in second place with .295.
  • Reliever Tyler Clippard has the 3rd most wins with 19
  • Livan Hernandez and John Lannan are the only pitchers with more than 100 starts with 129 and 128, respectively
  • Nyjer Morgan is the leader in stolen bases.
  • Errors committed was not included
  • Neither were managerial wins/winning percentage

The Nats really have been as awful as people said. Thanks to Zuckerman for compiling this it had to have been depressing.

I’d love to see the all-time D.C. stats with both incarnations of the Senators included as well.

UPDATE: Here they are from the blog D.C. Baseball History – D.C. Baseball Yesterday and Today Hitting | Pitching. Not a lot of modern Nats on those lists yet. Chad Cordero is the all-time saves leader though. It is safe to say most of the pitching records will never be broken.

Pitchers and catchers report one month from today.

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Nats: Chad Coredero retires and I wonder if he’s broadcaster material

Chad Cordero, the original Washington Nationals closer, has retired according to his most recent team, the independent St. Paul Saints. Cordero was never able to sufficiently recover from a torn labrum in 2008.

Cordero, was by most accounts, a really good guy. He was also an effective, if dramatic, closer. He lead the majors in saves in 2005 with 47. His flat brimmed cap has been mimicked by many others. I am disappointed that he couldn’t get back to the majors; he’ll always have a place in the heart of Nats fans for his performance in baseball’s return to the District.

Now that the franchise is in its 7th season, the number of retired players is growing. It is my hope that one or more of them, perhaps Cordero, can be recruited and trained to be a part of the broadcasts. Now, I’m not advocating anybody be replaced, especially Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler who should be granted tenure on the radio side, but having a former DC player in a logical progression for the team. Perhaps it is redundant to suggest that having former players on board to share their experience is logical and desirable. Of course, since the Nats TV rights were given to Peter Angelos because he is a crybaby and a coward, they may not get a say in the matter. After it was Angelos’ son who hired Rob Dibble. We didn’t get to watch a lot of Cordero’s best work because Angelos kept the Nats off most cable systems. I’m getting off topic here, I’m sorry.

Cordero has had a tough few years with his career ending and the absolute worst thing in in the world happening to him and his family . Whether he returns to D.C. or not, I wish him well.

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Cordero opts for free agency

Cordero Becomes Free AgentThe Post
Cordero opts for free agencyThe Wash. Times
Chad Cordero, an original National, has filed for free agency rather than accept assignment to AAA Syracuse. The move was expected after Jim Bowden blurted out on WTEM that Cordero’s contract would not be tendered. Bowden lacked the professionalism and good sense to share this information with Cordero before talking about it on the radio. Cordero, injured or not, deserved better treatment. Someday, he will be back for an Old Timers Day type event and get lots of cheers. Hopefully, Bowden will be long gone by then.

Ryan Wagner and Pete Orr are also gone.

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I guess we’ll disagree, Bos

In his washingtonpost.com chat last week, Thomas Boswell took my question, but did not actually answer it.

Western Alexandria: Do you think “Fire Bowden” chants will help the cause or embolden the Lerners to keep him aboard?

Tom Boswell: The Nationals have had so many injuries this year that there is truly no way to evaluate anybody, including Bowden, accurately. Everybody is waiting for an explosion. I doubt that it’s coming. Bowden is the easiest available target since Manny is popular and Kasten is Mr. 14-in-a-row. I think the Lerners now understand __or will soon understand__ just how bad their season-ticket-renewal problems will be in ’09. They need to win back hearts and minds. They need to do it by spending money and adding players, not firing executives.

If the Lerners had built Nationals Park or even paid for a significant part of it, this wouldn’t smell bad. But they didn’t. They merely added $40-million in sensible extras to what was a solid park design. That’s was sensible, but it’s no reason to stand up and cheer. This city-team-fan relationship is complex. Right now, ownership needs to step up and show its good faith.

BTW, the saddest part of this season may be that Chad Cordero and Shawn Hill, who is now having another elbow surgery, may never pitch effectively again. I hope they do. But the odds probably aren’t even 50-50 right now. That’s a lot of talent down the drain. Were they mishandled? Hard to isolate the day or the situation where any dramatic mistake was made with them. But those are two large pieces of the puzzle to loss to “arm problems” at an early age. And both pitched this year when they were VISIBLY “pitching hurt.”

Yes, there is a lot wrong with this season, but don’t think a guy with a history of saying “you are supposed to run out of pitchers in September and October” and signing an overweight diabetic to an above-market contract among other things is enough?

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Zimmerman, Nats beat Atlanta, but Cordero is hurt

WASHINGTON 6 Atlanta 3 Boxscore (CBS Sports)

For a Night, Nationals See Vintage ZimmermanThe Post
Nationals win but likely lose CorderoThe Wash. Times
Zimmerman’s bat shows upThe Free Lance-Star
Nationals beat Glavine, hand Braves 3rd staight lossAJC
3B Ryan Zimmerman went 3 for 4 with a one-run homer into the Red Porch in the 3rd and the game winning two-run double in 7th off of Blaine Boyer. 1B Nick Johnson also homered in the 3rd off of Tom Glavine whose six innings of work yielded a no decision. Tim Redding, who also pitched six innings and gave up two runs, did not get the decision either. Saul Rivera (2-1) picked up the win for his one inning of work in the seventh.

Chad Cordero came in the ninth to mop up, but had to leave with a strained shoulder. He will probably have to go on the DL for at least 15 days.

Larkin comes to encourage hitters, coachThe Wash. Times
Larkin: Hitting woes are fixableThe Free Lance-Star
Larkin lends a helping hand to Natsnationals.com
Assistant to the GM and former Red (redundant) Barry Larkin is spending a couple of days in Washington to talk to the Nationals about hitting. He then heads off to China (mentioned in the next article down) to work with that country’s Olympic baseball team.

Hill ‘Babying’ Forearm Pain Between StartsThe Post
RHP Shawn Hill still has forearm pain, but will try to pitch through it again tonight. He doesn’t throw off of the mound between starts or play long toss. He has not exceeded five innings pitched in either of his 2008 starts.

Nationals release reliever Kingnationals.com
LOOGY Ray King has become a free agent rather than report to AAA-Columbus.

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Nats throw away game in sixth; Cordero doesn’t need surgery

Two Pros Diverge: Mets, Santana Top Nats, ReddingThe Post
Another sloppy sixth for NatsThe Wash. Times
Santana shows Nats he’s in formThe Free Lance-Star
Santana Helps Mets End Skid at 3The Times
Johan Santana, Mets beat Nationals
AMAZIN’ STOPPERNY Post
When facing an ace like Johan Santana, you can’t really expect to win with someone like Tim Redding on the mound, can you? Of course, not, you need a pitcher like Levale Speigner to get it done. Sure, Santana and Redding were contemporaries — they played for Michigan Battle Cats, a team whose name and logo were inspired by He-Man’s green liger (or something), back in the day, but that is were the similarity ends.

In truth, Redding just about gave the Nats a chance to win, giving up three runs over 5+. The Nats came undone in the sixth with a 3B Ryan Zimmerman throwing error allowing Ryan Church to get to third and Carlos Beltran to score. It just got worse from there.

Cordero Won’t Need Surgery On ShoulderThe Post
Closer Cordero avoids DL to build up shoulderThe Wash. Times
Cordero clears his MRIThe Free Lance-Star
Chad Cordero got a good diagnosis on his shoulder from Dr. James Andrews — rotator cuff tendinitis. The closer won’t need surgery and will start with a new exercise regimen to build strength.

THOMAS BOSWELL – New Stadium, New PressureThe Post
Bos on the Nats slump and higher expectations in year one of Nationals Park.

THOM LOVERRO – Lannan provided a big liftThe Wash. Times
Loverro on American Hero John Lannan.

Smoltz gets 3,000, but Lannan and Nats get W; Cordero gets a trip to Birmingham

Lannan Sharp, but Cordero Could Be LostThe Post
Lannan outduels SmoltzThe Wash. Times
Smoltz turns to splitter for Special KAJC
Shoulder click sends Cordero to the doctorThe Wash. Times
John Smoltz struck out ten Nationals last night to raise his career strikeout totals past 3,000. He probably wishes he struck out Willie Harris in the second inning though. Harris doubled in what turned out to be the winning run, saddling Smoltz with the loss.

John Lannan pitched well for Washington. He only had four strikeouts, but gave up no runs. The bullpen held the lead and the offense came alive late to run up the score to 6-0. Even Ryan Zimmerman had a couple of RBI.

The win came as the Nats wonder what diagnosis Chad Cordero will get for his ailing shoulder from Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham. While the closer denies feeling any pain, he has indicated he is feeling it “click.”

López Has Reclaimed His Spot in LineupThe Post
Felipe López is starting at second base now and leading off. So far, not bad. He was Smoltz’s 3,000th strikeout victim. He won though.

Catching for Santana, Schneider Now Has a Charge in His BatteryThe Post
C Brian Schneider and the Mets make their first visit to Nationals Park tonight.

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Celebrate the Nats win with these headlines

Rerun from yesterday: The Nationals finally won again, 5-4 over Atlanta. They had lost nine in a row. Tim Redding gave up 3 runs over 5 2/3 (I think) innings. Tom Glavine left in the first for Atlanta with the bases loaded and no outs, two runs would score off of him. Chad Cordero loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, setting up an one pitch save for Jon Rauch.

Acta Manages to Get Nats a Win, Ending 9-Game Losing SkidThe Post
Nats depart with a winThe Wash. Times
Nats finally triumph–barelyThe Free Lance-Star
It was not a pretty win, but who cares?

Cordero Back, But His Outing Is ‘Concerning’The Post
Closer Chad Cordero nearly got his first save of the season, despite his fastball not reaching maximum velocity. After getting to one strike away, he loaded the bases before Jon Rauch came in to earn the save with one pitch.

Attending to some worriesThe Wash. Times
A reasoned look at the Nationals attendance situation.

Flores returns to ColumbusThe Free Lance-Star
C Jesus Flores is headed to AAA-Columbus where he can catch more frequently, face decent pitching and work with up-and-coming Nationals starters. Don’t worry, one way or another, he will be back.

Perhaps while he is in Ohio, he can say hi to Shawn Hill, who gave up five runs over six innings yesterday.

To Acta and Leyland, it’s no time to panicThe Wash. Times
This is only tangentially a Nats article.

The Nats are off today before heading up the Northeast Corridor for a series with the Mets.

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