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Jewett to manage Mariners this weekend

Aug 28, 2014, 3:40 PM EST

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While the Nationals square off against the Mariners in a rare series at Safeco Field, leading the charge in the Seattle dugout will be a familiar face.

Trent Jewett – who spent 2009 through 2013 in the Nationals’ organization – will be standing in to coach the Mariners, as manager Lloyd McClendon will be away attending his daughter’s wedding. Jewett managed the Potomac Nationals from 2009 to 2010 before later serving as the first base coach in Washington.

Jewett left the Nationals this offseason to become the bench coach for the Mariners. He is expected to manage the Friday and Saturday games before McClendon returns on Sunday.

Todd Dybas of The Washington Times tweeted the news on Thursday. The columnist actually joined Tim Murray and I on ‘Baseball in the District’ this week to preview Nats-Mariners.

You can listen to that here:

  1. nats106 - Aug 28, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    To Mrs B Loves the Nats: In yesterday’s game thread you inquired about game TV availability. If you are going to the Outer Banks, the local cable network is Charter communication. They do broadcast MASN games. Should be Channel 65 for MASN 1 and 66 for MASN 2. should be available in High Def as well-channel 820 and 821

    Figure you might check this thread rather than looking back

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      Thanks… I will be in Raleigh Friday night,… So imma have to listen to Charlie and Dave… Thanks for the answer….

  2. nats106 - Aug 28, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Sorry-never mind. I see you were looking for MLB Network availability. My bad.

  3. therealjohnc - Aug 28, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    I remember that Jewett had one of the best post-ejection umpire rants that I’ve ever seen when he was filling in after Riggleman resigned in 2012. I believe that he managed the Nats to two wins in three tries, a very smooth .667 winning percentage. I will wish him well … after this weekend :-)

    • natsfan1a - Aug 28, 2014 at 4:49 PM

      I believe you may be thinking of McLaren as opposed to Jewett.

  4. Section 222 - Aug 28, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    The second guessing of McLendon’s decision to give King Felix extra rest and start him against the “red hot Nationals” has begun:

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 28, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      It started immediately postgame yesterday with the media as he was asked about it.

    • bowdenball - Aug 28, 2014 at 4:59 PM

      Didn’t he do it because he saw signs of fatigue in Hernandez? I don’t think they viewed it as a “we can beat the Rangers anyway” roll of the dice. Nobody in baseball thinks another major league team is a pushover. This isn’t football or basketball, the worst teams beat the best teams all the time.

  5. scnatsfan - Aug 28, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    How does his daughter get married mid season?

    • Section 222 - Aug 28, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      How dare she! And how dare he miss two baseball games to attend.

      As I said to Ghost who jumped in to raise the same concern in the last thread — he’s the manager for crying out loud, not Robinson Cano. Who cares?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 28, 2014 at 5:49 PM

        Their local sports radio show is blasting him for the Felix decision and how this wedding got planned.

        Funny stuff. As Millar just said, yesterday s game doesn’t count any more thanks Fridays on the decision to push Felix back.

  6. NatsLady - Aug 28, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    I was listening to the Mariners game yesterday. The announcers said McLendon has openly stated he’s “playing for October” after “playing for September” all season, and part of that is to give Felix rest days. I checked and can’t see a pattern where he does better or worse depending on his rest days, but that’s just looking at stats, not at him (big difference, IMO).

    Personally, I felt they should not take Texas for granted (any more than we should take Kendrick for granted). I also feel the AL Wild Card race is pretty tight (for the second WC) and maybe you should make sure you get to October as a priority.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 28, 2014 at 5:45 PM

      Millar was just critical of him on MLB Network.

      • NatsLady - Aug 28, 2014 at 5:51 PM

        Millar is not a person I listen to willingly… Besides, I’m watching the Giants game. I always opt for real baseball over talking heads.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 28, 2014 at 5:53 PM

        He makes some good points. By pushing him back it now has him missing the last 2 games of the season.

      • NatsLady - Aug 28, 2014 at 6:40 PM

        I am dubious of projecting an exact rotation a month in advance. You could have rainouts, double headers, etc. If it comes down to game 133 (which it could) or the Wild Card game, you know who will go.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 28, 2014 at 6:48 PM

        Don’t they play in a dome? Rainouts at their home to happen. Could happen on the road.

      • 6ID20 - Aug 28, 2014 at 7:22 PM

        This would line Felix up to pitch a tiebreaker or wild card game. So there’s that.

  7. lowstrikes - Aug 28, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    During this lull in the action, I have a query for the board: what does Ryan Zimmerman mean to the team, as it is currently composed? Returning to the DC area, and having embraced the Nats last season, after a long hiatus from professional baseball fandom, I’m missing some history. I was away for a while, after a long and happy span with the Os – Eddie Murray through Mike Mussina.

    • NatsLady - Aug 28, 2014 at 6:56 PM

      Interesting question. Due to the national attention paid to Harper and Strasburg, together with Zim’s placid public persona, most people outside the area aren’t even aware of his existence. Seriously, a person I talk to regularly on Twitter, a Reds fan who sort of follows the Nats, was shocked at the large vote Zim got last year as the Nats rep in some poll MLB ran.

      So, if you ask, what does Zim mean to fans, that’s an open question.
      If you ask, what does Zim mean to the team–to the players–I’d say he’s still very key. He’s part of the veteran contigent (along with LaRoche and Werth) that keeps the team on track, especially for Harper. His bat is still great, and you will see him in the lineup the minute he’s able. No question in most people’s mind that Rendon will go back to 2B and Cabrera to the bench.

      If he’s not able to return before October, however, I expect him on the postseason roster, but probably on the bench, where he’d make a great pinch hitter (and DH if we get to the WS). If he’s been out that long and hasn’t had playing time except in Fall Instructs, he’ll be rusty.

      • David Proctor - Aug 28, 2014 at 7:02 PM

        Boswell reported that the team was visibly down and the clubhouse was shaken after Zim’s injury to the point that Mike Rizzo, MW, and “some veterans” went out of their way to try and loosen it up. Kevin Frandsen also said the team appreciates having Zim at the home gaems and it gives the team a boost.

        Is that all lip service? Don’t know. But I do know that Zim means a lot to the team, both in quantifiable ways and not.

      • lowstrikes - Aug 29, 2014 at 7:52 AM

        Thanks very much to you, NatsLady, to David P, and Ratio for the insights. It adds foundation to my sense that the current team has succeeded, despite not yet performing to full potential (beyond brief flashes). If feels as though they have been “passing with a B”. A higher level of performance is possible. The chance that contention for championship will inspire it – and that really tough competitors will require it – makes the remainder of the season pretty compelling. Be well soon, RZ!

    • ratiocinational - Aug 28, 2014 at 7:16 PM

      When we were bad, Ryan Zimmerman was our Ernie Banks. Now that we have a chance, the dynamic is a little different. He should be our linchpin, but he keeps having the yips and/or injuries. He’s still a great bat when he’s healthy and we really need him to be that for the post-season.

  8. NatsLady - Aug 28, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    The Mets are dealing with plenty of injuries.

    Wright – playing hurt (and slumping)
    Murphy – out, possible DL
    Vic Black – out, possible DL

    I hope they win, but wouldn’t rely on it.

  9. NatsLady - Aug 28, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    This is sad. Jonny Venters needs a 3rd TJ. He’s only 29.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 29, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      Has anyone ever had a 3td TJ and come back? Has anyone even tried?

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 29, 2014 at 10:25 AM

      Never mind; I see that question’s addressed in the linked article.

  10. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 28, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    The Oreos had a Social Media pregame with Adam Jones. Jones showed his displeasure Ned Yost style with the small crowds.

    Unless they are giving away bobblheads or t-shirts or playing NYY or Nats or Boston, fugghetaboutit.

  11. David Proctor - Aug 28, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    David Wright is a shell of himself right now

  12. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Some Braves fans figure the Nats are really only up .5 game (looks like it will be an even 6, thanks for nothing Mets!) since the braves/Nats have 6 games left and they figure they will continue to own us….

    • David Proctor - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:00 PM

      They are not going to go 6-0 against us, I guarantee it.

  13. Doc - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Uh Chase, my man, Jewett was the 3B coach, not 1B.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      To be fair, Chase isn’t the only one around here whose relationship with historical accuracy is rather more hopeful than empirical. He’s just the only one getting paid for it.

    • David Proctor - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:01 PM

      Jewett was 1B coach, too. He was that prior to 2013.

  14. Doc - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Uh Chase, my man, Jewett was the 3B coach, not 1B.

    • stoatva - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:32 PM

      3B in 2013, 1B in 2012 when Bo was at third.

  15. NatsLady - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Further on the MASN case. MLB has filed an appeal. Or seeking permission to file an appeal. (Not a lawyer!)

    • David Proctor - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:02 PM

      This has more to do with a separate lawsuit against MLB than MASN, I believe.

      • Steady Eddie - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:14 PM

        You are correct — it’s a class action against MLB and cable networks for its territorial allocations and attendant blackouts, and the question is whether MLB’s antitrust exemption applies to TV arrangements that don’t relate directly to the business of baseball proper (e.g., labor issues).

        Very unclear how a ruling in this case might cut in the MASN suit, if it would have any effect at all. Frankly the subject matter of the MASN suit is mostly narrower than this (as well as being a dispute internal to MLB and a matter of contract interpretation among parties to the contract). While the Nats would benefit from the MLB ruling relative to what Angelos would have given them, the arbitration figure is still closer to what MASN offered than what the Nats sought.

  16. NatsLady - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Mets aren’t fooling around. They put both Vic Black and Murphy on the DL. Unfortunately, they brough Dice-K back and he promptly made a 3-1 game a 6-1 game. They also promoted a prospect from Single-A right to the major-league team.

  17. veejh - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Not sure if you guys already saw this….

    I’ll pass judgment on Harper after next season is over. 2 big injuries within a year. Once he’s healed up this offseason, I think we’ll see what he can really do.

    • NatsLady - Aug 28, 2014 at 11:02 PM

      I thought it was a good and fair article. Appreciated the mention of other high profile prospect “disappointments,” as well as the recognition that ceaseless comparisons to Mike Trout are not helpful. Agree that it will be very interesting to see what Harper can do if he heals up over the winter and keeps himself healthy.

      • Section 222 - Aug 28, 2014 at 11:17 PM

        Yes, interesting piece. Seems like the author really hopes Harper will succeed. He wrote another very laudatory article before the draft in 2010 (coincidentally just days before the Strasburg debut).

      • veejh - Aug 28, 2014 at 11:28 PM

        E*** has been jocking Bryce since day one. They’ve got to follow through at this point. Don’t you think? I agree that the article is fair.

    • bowdenball - Aug 29, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      It’s a fair article, but one thing that is frustrating is seeing fans and media conclude that Harper has been a disappointment simply because he’s been a disappointment in 2014. He was excellent in 2012 and even better in 2013. His career OPS+ is virtually identical to Ryan Zimmerman’s even with 2014 dragging down his numbers, and he compiled that number between the ages of 19 and 21.

      2014 Bryce Harper’s has been a bit a disappointment through 300 plate appearances but Bryce Harper has 1400 plate appearances under his belt and he’s been outstanding overall. I don’t understand why people are drawing conclusions about him based on 300 plate appearances and ignoring the other 1100.

      • veejh - Aug 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM

        I dunno. I just think fans want to see that .300+ 30 HR+ guy on a regular basis.

      • jd - Aug 29, 2014 at 10:09 AM


        I wanna win the lottery on a regular basis.

      • bowdenball - Aug 29, 2014 at 10:13 AM

        I would say those fans had an unreasonable expectations, then. There are three or maybe four guys who have a shot at a .300, 30+ HR season this year: Jose Abreu and Victor Martinez are on pace to do it, and Giancarlo Stanton and possibly Mike Trout have an outside shot if they pull up their batting averages several points over the last month. And of those guys only Trout, a once-in-a-lifetime talent, came even close to those numbers last year.

        Also, I never heard anyone project Harper as a .300 hitter. Even before the offensive drought of the last couple seasons was in full swing most scouts saw him as maybe a .280 guy with the potential for great OBP and power numbers.

      • Hiram Hover - Aug 29, 2014 at 10:19 AM

        Great point, BB. The article does acknowledge the 2012-13 #s, but only as a negative comparison to 2014, not as an indication of what he’s capable of.

        veejh – I think the .300+ BA is probably a pipedream for Bryce. The 30 HR he will do.

      • 6ID20 - Aug 29, 2014 at 11:06 AM

        If you factor out the still-young age thing and just look at his performance over his first three MLB seasons, Harper has been good, sometimes verging on very good. In no way has he been outstanding. If a 13 year old kid gets 1600 on his SATs and gets into college, he’s a novelty act, nothing else. By his junior year he’s getting graded on the same curve as every other student. Same deal with Harper in MLB.

      • Hiram Hover - Aug 29, 2014 at 11:21 AM

        That’s a really bad analogy, 61D20.

        It gets a little better if you throw in a concussion and a month of missed classes at age 16, and then declare the kid a disappointment after he gets some Bs on his college midterms.

  18. bisonaudit - Aug 29, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Nat @ Sea and @ LAD compared to Atl v. Mia and v. Phi.

    The next six days are the most adverse portion of the remaining schedule.

    If they come home from LA w/ at least a 4 game lead, no worries. Better would be better but a 4 game lead after this road trip wouldn’t concern me.

    • bowdenball - Aug 29, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      That’s exactly what I’m thinking- four games or more when they fly back east and we’re in good shape. And it shouldn’t be too much to ask. If the Nats just manage to go 2-4 the Braves would have to go 5-1 to get the margin under 4 games.

  19. jd - Aug 29, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    bisonaudit and bowdenball,

    I agree completely. When we looked at the schedule a few weeks ago we all realized that these 6 games are the last major ‘landmines’ where things can get dicey. As events unfolded we looked in great shape following last Sunday’s action but the Philly fiasco re introduced a feeling of discomfort which is generally normal for teams in a pennant race.

    If you had told me at the beginning of the season that we would be where we are now I would have signed up immediately but as you know a few loses in a row bring back doubt and fear in no time.

    We are facing the AL’s best pitcher tonight but our guy is no slouch either (tied for 2nd in the NL in WAR) so I wouldn’t concede anything. In any event this is fun in a perverse sort of way.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 29, 2014 at 11:10 AM

      This 6 game stretch is like being in the playoffs. If JZim can keep this to zeros I want to see the Nats play small ball and not go in for the kill and come up empty.

      Execute. One game at a time.

      • bowdenball - Aug 29, 2014 at 11:24 AM

        Except for one huge difference: in the playoffs you don’t have to play six road games in six days.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 29, 2014 at 11:38 AM


      • NatsLady - Aug 29, 2014 at 11:47 AM

        Speaking of small ball, looks like you can steal on King Felix. Of course, you have to get on base to do that….

      • Section 222 - Aug 29, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        Execute is right. But the Nats aren’t that good at executing, so I’m not sure that small ball is the way to go. I guess it depends on what you mean by small ball. If you mean taking the extra base and stealing, fine. If you mean bunting with a guy on first or second, nobody out, and someone other than the pitcher or Espi batting, no way.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 29, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        I prefer hitting behind runners with a man on 2nd and no outs unless you have a force situation and don’t want to risk the doubleplay. Bunting is great when you have someone who knows how to bunt for a hit and in those doubleplay situation s.

      • jd - Aug 29, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        I am all for the occasional bunt for a hit although it’s not that easy to execute when you have a force at each base. As a rule I am against giving away outs. There are however situations where it makes sense to play for 1 run but it’s rarely early in the game. If you get to the late innings 7th or later and you are in a pitcher’s dual and you have a man on 2nd with no outs a sacrifice is a good play.

        As a rule I think a man on 2nd with 1 out is not better than a man on 1st and no outs.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 29, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        jd, the goal is 3rd base with no outs or 1 out. 2nd base with 1 out still has a higher likelihood of scoring a run than man on 1st and no outs.

      • Section 222 - Aug 29, 2014 at 12:27 PM

        I agree jd. I have no problem with playing for 1 run late in the game, although I’m pretty sure that there is no advantage to a man on 2nd with 1 out over a man on 1st with none out, even if you are playing for one run. It really depends on who is at bat, and what the matchup with the pitcher looks like.

        Hitting behind the runner with a guy on 2nd and none out is a no brainer. You have a chance to get a hit, and the chances of scoring a run from third with 1 out are markedly increased.

        If only ALR could learn to bunt to beat the shift. Now that’s small ball I can get behind.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 29, 2014 at 12:34 PM

        Of course matchups always determine the plan.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 29, 2014 at 12:37 PM

        In beating a pitcher like King Felix who may give up 1 to 2 runs over 7 innings begins with JZim matching him or bettering him.

        Its the Nats offensive job in helping to better him. Score JZim runs. It still begins there.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 29, 2014 at 2:55 PM

        2nd base with 1 out still has a higher likelihood of scoring a run than man on 1st and no outs.

        Ghost, what are you basing that on? I’m looking at TangoTiger’s Run Expectancy Matrix and also
        Data from Project Scoresheet/Baseball Workshop
        , and they both seem to confirm the opposite, that run expectancy is greater with a runner on first and no outs than runner on second with one out.

  20. natsbro - Aug 29, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Who’s gonna DH tonight? LaRoche if his back is still bother him? Then Frandsen at first?

    • jd - Aug 29, 2014 at 10:19 AM

      That’s a reasonable suggestion. Unless you want a lefty against Felix in which case it’s probably scheirholtz.

      • bisonaudit - Aug 29, 2014 at 10:41 AM

        I guess I’d lean Scheirholtz, but there’s not much of a difference so if you’ve got a regular you’d rather not put in the field because they’re nicked a little bit Frandsen is fine.

  21. NatsLady - Aug 29, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Injury Daze and Mariners Series Preview
    Also, I took a look at the Felix-didn’t-pitch-in-Texas controversy, there is some support for McClendon’s decision. I’m hopeful that Treinen or Ohlendorf can make some September starts. Ohlendorf had a rehab start with, er, mixed results, but the important thing is he’s pitching.

  22. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 29, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Anyone know if Mark Zuckerman will be in Seattle?

  23. Section 222 - Aug 29, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    I’m guessing yes since we haven’t seen a post from him, suggesting that he’s travelling. This is a pretty key roadtrip, so I hope so. But we’ll persevere either way. Are you going to some of the games, Eugene?

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 29, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      OTOH, his Twitter feed may be more telling. Looks like he’s sticking around.

      Coming up on @CSNBaseballShow at 4 p.m.: Revisiting #Nats winning streak, looking at Fister’s last 2 starts and looking ahead to tough week.

      • Section 222 - Aug 29, 2014 at 12:27 PM

        Unless it was recorded yesterday…

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 29, 2014 at 2:57 PM

        Good point.





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