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The Nationals Want Taxpayers To Put A Roof On Nationals Park At $300 Million Cost

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The Nationals have not shied away from spending millions of dollars on high-priced Scott Boras clients in their 10- year existence.     However, the Washington Nationals decided that they wanted to install a roof on Nationals Park at the cost of $300 million...and they wanted taxpayers to pay for it.   

According to CBS Washington, Washington Nationals officials approached District of Columbia officials with the idea.

Multiple sources tell WNEW Senior Correspondent Mark Segraves that team executives have approached several District officials, including some inside mayor Vincent Gray’s office, to propose the addition to Nationals Park.

While the discussions are in very preliminary stages, diagrams of the proposed roof have been presented to the mayor’s office.

The project would cost roughly $300 million to complete.

I must ask, why on earth do the Washington Nationals need a roof on their stadium?  Excessive rainouts?  The website Fantasy Team Advice keeps a list of rainouts throughout the course of the season so fantasy owners can keep track of makeup games.   Guess how many rainouts there were in Washington, D.C., last year.  

ONE.  Yes, ONE rainout last year.

Are you laughing yet?   Well, apparently so did the Mayor of Washington, D.C., reports the Washington Business Journal.

The Washington Nationals pitched the District government on a $300 million plan for a retractable roof over Nationals Park, but city officials say the idea was quickly dismissed.

Ted Lerner, Nationals owner and Washington-area development mogul, pitched Mayor Vincent Gray on the idea and it didn’t go well. A source in the mayor’s office said Gray “started laughing.”

A second source in the executive office said the stadium wasn't designed for a roof, so it "would be cost prohibitive and butt ugly."

So, unless the Nationals want to pay for this themselves, it likely is not happening.   The stadium itself cost taxpayers $700 million already.  And, as our pal Jeremy Fischer asks, why don't the Nationals sell naming rights to the stadium if they are in need of a frivilous roof?


Curt Schilling On The Hall Of Fame Ballot Again As Many Big Names Are Added

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Last year's Hall of Fame vote netted former Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling 38% of the ballots.  Yes, an ironic number given Schilling's uniform number for his entire career after the Baltimore Orioles and the Houston Astros.   Schilling will be on the ballot once again, except now he has some heavy company as big-name pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine join the ballot.

The ballot included just two more former Phillies: relief pitchers Mike Timlin and Todd Jones.   If you blinked, you may have missed their stints with the Phillies altogether.  Timlin spent only part of 2002 with the Phillies; Jones was a trade deadline acquisition in 2004.  That is probably a testament to just how bad the late 1990s/early 2000s Phillies were.

Here's a run-down of the full ballot listed on the Baseball Writers Association of America website:

  1.  Alou, Moises
  2. Bagwell, Jeff
  3. Benitez, Armando
  4. Biggio, Craig
  5. Bonds, Barry
  6. Casey, Sean
  7. Clemens, Roger
  8. Durham, Ray
  9. Gagne, Eric
  10. Glavine, Tom
  11. Gonzalez, Luis
  12. Jones, Jacque
  13. Jones, Todd
  14. Kent, Jeff
  15. Lo Duca, Paul
  16. Maddux, Greg
  17. Martinez, Edgar
  18. Mattingly, Don
  19. McGriff, Fred
  20. McGwire, Mark
  21. Morris, Jack
  22. Mussina, Mike
  23. Nomo, Hideo
  24. Palmeiro, Rafael
  25. Piazza, Mike
  26. Raines, Tim
  27. Rogers, Kenny
  28. Schilling, Curt
  29. Sexson, Richie
  30. Smith, Lee
  31. Snow, J.T.
  32. Sosa, Sammy
  33. Thomas, Frank
  34. Timlin, Mike
  35. Trammell, Alan
  36. Walker, Larry

Some controversy comes with this year's ballot as the website Deadspin has purchased a Hall of Fame vote from an anonymous member of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Well, with the Baseball Writers' Association of America having released its official ballot today, we can happily announce that we have a vote. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America thought our plan sounded like a pretty damn good idea and sold us his/her vote, making a stand against the idea that a somewhat random subsection of the baseball press should maintain the power to confer what is, regrettably, the game's most prestigious honor. For obvious reasons, the voter will remain anonymous for now, but he/she will be filling out his/her ballot on behalf of Deadspin readers, who will be polled in binding elections. The voter will announce his/her name and motivations once his/her vote has been officially cast.

The website states that they are still buying votes and will figure out how to best use it.   Last year former Astros catcher and second baseman Craig Biggio narrowly missed election, so this vote could be a big deal, given so many worthy names.


Bill Davis: Cardinals Present Our Biggest Challenge In Weeks

Larry FitzgeraldCardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is part of a multi-faceted offensive attack that could prove to be the Eagles biggest remaining test defensively. 

Outside of the Eagles season finale date with the Dallas Cowboys on December 29th, Sunday's showdown with the Arizona Cardinals may very well stand as the most intriguing matchup of the remaining five games on the schedule. 

Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians and Todd Bowles both have ties to Temple University, the Philadelphia area and Bowles finished last season as the Eagles defensive coordinator. Both can make a pretty significant case that they were each passed over in favor of the Eagles hiring Chip Kelly as head coach.

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Bill Davis: Cardinals Present Our Biggest Challenge In Weeks

Larry FitzgeraldCardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is part of a multi-faceted offensive attack that could prove to be the Eagles biggest remaining test defensively. 

Outside of the Eagles season finale date with the Dallas Cowboys on December 29th, Sunday's showdown with the Arizona Cardinals may very well stand as the most intriguing matchup of the remaining five games on the schedule. 

Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians and Todd Bowles both have ties to Temple University, the Philadelphia area and Bowles finished last season as the Eagles defensive coordinator. Both can make a pretty significant case that they were each passed over in favor of the Eagles hiring Chip Kelly as head coach.

Continue reading "Bill Davis: Cardinals Present Our Biggest Challenge In Weeks" »


Bill Davis: Cardinals Present Our Biggest Challenge In Weeks

Larry FitzgeraldCardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is part of a multi-faceted offensive attack that could prove to be the Eagles biggest remaining test defensively. 

Outside of the Eagles season finale date with the Dallas Cowboys on December 29th, Sunday's showdown with the Arizona Cardinals may very well stand as the most intriguing matchup of the remaining five games on the schedule. 

Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians and Todd Bowles both have ties to Temple University, the Philadelphia area and Bowles finished last season as the Eagles defensive coordinator. Both can make a pretty significant case that they were each passed over in favor of the Eagles hiring Chip Kelly as head coach.

Continue reading "Bill Davis: Cardinals Present Our Biggest Challenge In Weeks" »


Nick Foles Named NFC Offensive Player of The Month

Foles NFCFollowing his historic month of November, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles has been named NFC Offensive Player of The Month.. 

Nick Foles has had quite the month of November. 

First, he threw for seven touchdowns against the Oakland Raiders on November third which earned him NFC Offensive Player of The Week honors for the second time this season. Then, Tuesday Eagles head coach Chip Kelly named the second-year signal caller the team's starting quarterback for the remainder of the season. Finally, he added even more hardware to his growing mantle. 

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Nick Foles Named NFC Offensive Player of The Month

Foles NFCFollowing his historic month of November, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles has been named NFC Offensive Player of The Month.. 

Nick Foles has had quite the month of November. 

First, he threw for seven touchdowns against the Oakland Raiders on November third which earned him NFC Offensive Player of The Week honors for the second time this season. Then, Tuesday Eagles head coach Chip Kelly named the second-year signal caller the team's starting quarterback for the remainder of the season. Finally, he added even more hardware to his growing mantle. 

Continue reading "Nick Foles Named NFC Offensive Player of The Month" »


Nick Foles Named NFC Offensive Player of The Month

Foles NFCFollowing his historic month of November, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles has been named NFC Offensive Player of The Month.. 

Nick Foles has had quite the month of November. 

First, he threw for seven touchdowns against the Oakland Raiders on November third which earned him NFC Offensive Player of The Week honors for the second time this season. Then, Tuesday Eagles head coach Chip Kelly named the second-year signal caller the team's starting quarterback for the remainder of the season. Finally, he added even more hardware to his growing mantle. 

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Fox 29's Howard Eskin: Phillies Looking To Trade Domonic Brown For Pitching

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In the latest trade rumor coming from Fox 29 Sports Anchor Howard Eskin, the Phillies could be offering up All Star outfielder Domonic Brown.   Being one of the Phillies most tradable commodities, Brown's name is probably oft-mentioned when Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. calls other clubs.

What type of pitching would the Phillies be trying to get back?  My hope is that if they are going to entertain trading Brown that it would be for an ace-type starting pitcher.  David Price, for example, would be someone who would be worth dealing Brown for.  

Then the question becomes, who would replace Brown in the outfield?  Well, the Phillies have been linked to free agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury in the past.  Ellsbury is young enough that a longer-term deal would not be awful for the Phillies.  Ellsbury getting on base consistently and stealing bases in the leadoff spot would generate much more offense for the Phillies.    With Ellsbury in center, the Phillies could consider a plattoon in left field that included Darin Ruf and Ben Revere, if they don't move Revere in a separate deal.

Yes, these scenarios involve many moving pieces and include a lot of "if"s.  But if the Phillies really hope to improve in 2014, they will need to make these types of moves and not let personal attachment to players stand in the way of how they can get better.   In 1989 after the Phillies aquired Lenny Dykstra and Roger McDowell for Juan Samuel, then-manager Nick Levya said, "You gotta trade good guys to get good guys".   That quote stuck with me to this day.   If the Phillies are going to acquire good guys in trade, they will need to give something up.   That Juan Samuel trade worked, wouldn't you say?


Eagles A Picture of Health As Stretch Run Looms Large

Chip Kelly ThursdayChip Kelly has the luxury of a largely healthy roster entering his first NFL stretch run as Eagles head coach. 

Chip Kelly's Eagles are entering their first stretch run not only with an NFC East division title within their grasp, but doing so from a standpoint of being relatively healthy in doing so. 

Earl Wolff was the only player sidelined during the team's first practice after returning from the bye week in preparation for Sunday's matchup with the Arizona Cardinals. The rookie safety is battling a knee contusion and he confirmed after practice that he hopes to be ready to go as early as next week. 

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