The newshole for the Nats in the papers of record is already shrinking. While the papers all concentrated on Manny Acta’s nightmares the night before his first day as manager (The Post, The Wash. Times, The Free Lance-Star and Florida Today respectively), there were only a few other stories reported. Chad Cordero’s contract negotiations have resumed with the hope of avoiding arbitration next Tuesday. OF Chris Snelling, acquired in the Jose Vidro trade, has accepted he’ll probably never be healthy. He might be Australia’s Lenny Dykstra (The Free Lance-Star). C Jesus Flores is better behind the plate than at it, but is working with hitting coach Mitchell Page to catch up. He has a positive attitude as well. Robert Fick will also be in the mix to wear the tools of ignorance when Brian Schneider needs a break. By the way, May 20 won’t be Frank Robinson Day (The Post) after all. The former skipper declined the invitation because he thinks the team was misleading last year about offering him a meaningful job. My prediction is that Robinson will reconsider within in a year, if not sooner. Acta praised Robinson for giving him his first MLB job.
NEW FEATURE! Natmosphere Post of the Day
Every day I’ll pick the post from the Natmosphere that I found most enjoyable. Yesterday’s entry is Curly W taking a look a racing president Thomas Jefferson.