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Davey Johnson Wins Manager of the Year

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Move over Jack Strumski.

Davey Johnson has won something for the second time today. Everyday he wins the battle vs. Death, but today he won something special additionally. Davey took home Manager of the Year honors for the 2nd time in his career, having done so in Baltimore in 1997.

Davey beat out Dusty Baker, Bruce Bochy, and a few others who received votes. While Baker famously had a stroke this season, it was not a stroke of luck. His poor fortune continues with losing this award. Bochy’s style of ball got praise from all around the league, but insisting on using bocce balls during BP because of the similar sounding name lost him some votes. And some lives of his players. Ozzie Guillen was also considered for the award, until people realized he managed a chop shop instead of a baseball team.

Billy Beane Bob Melvin took home the award in the AL, having led the A’s to the ALDS. His listening to what Beane told him good managing skills were considered the tops in the AL in a close race. Oakland really would not have done well without Beane Melvin. It’s an award not well deserved for Melvin.

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Come Out For the Teddy in 2012 Series

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Hopefully another assassination attempt doesn’t dampen the occasion.

The Nationals have dedicated their last series of the season to the President that everyone loves. No, not Kang or Kodos. I mean the President everyone loves by choice. Teddy! That’s right, as the Phillies come to town from October 1st to 3rd, the Nationals will host a “Teddy in 2012” series. It’s very fitting they’re playing Philadelphia considering most of the Phillies fans, male and female, are as big and hairy as bull moose. You can read all about the series and get tickets here.

The big question for the series is will Teddy win? After hundreds of failures in the Presidents Race, can Teddy finally cross the finish line first? It certainly is possible. But technically so is Mitt Romney winning the Presidential race. Just cause they’re possible, doesn’t mean they’re anywhere close to likely.

I always thought that Teddy winning should be on some grand occasion. I’m not sure if a series vs. the Phillies is the time to do that. Giving your biggest rival a chance to be present for history? Why give them that pleasure. And how do we know one of them won’t try and take a shot at Teddy to prevent him from some grand comeback. To prevent catastrophe, let’s stuff that giant head with folded up speeches.

I guess we’ll just have to see what the Nats decide to do. Maybe they’ll replace the other Presidents with Teddy’s greatest rivals, to make it real special. How about a race like we saw in the 1912 Presidential election? Taft in a rolling bathtub, Dusty Baker can suit up as Woodrow Wilson considering Dusty’s recent unfortunate experience, and a Eugene V. Debs character as well, assuming the person portraying him doesn’t go on strike.

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Nats Continue Medlen with Braves: Minor Effort Drops Atlanta to 4th

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“Mommy, mommy! Get it away!” (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Final Score: Nationals 8, Braves 4.

Dame of the Game:

Danny Espinosa: 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 2B, 3 RBI. Usually if a manager says I’m going to put someone with a .650 OPS in the leadoff spot, you’d say “No, Dusty. I don’t know why we hired you and Neifi in the first place.” Today Johnson’s gamble paid off. It probably won’t tomorrow though so let’s just get him out of that spot.

Shame of the Game: (Tonight’s Shame of the Game will be written by guest poster Henry Rodriguez)

Tyler Clippard: Save, .2 IP, 1 K. Tyler Clippard is a bad person. His three near perfect saves are much worse than me because I like to have fun and make things interesting. Now my wife won’t talk to me because she has eyes for Tyler. Please give me food, nobody will.

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Today, Stephen Strasburg did what everybody expected. Expected Bryce Harper to do, that is, going 1-2 and bumping his OPS up to 1.143. His pitching line included allowing 4 ER for the second time in three starts. John Lannan, maybe there will be a spot in the rotation after all if we move Strasburg to fill the hole in left… I’m just kidding John. Sorry to get your hopes up, although I imagine there aren’t any to get up after all your hopes and dreams were shattered when being demoted to AAA.

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Voorhees a Jolly Good Fellow: Jayson Slays Reds in 13th, on 13th

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Votto pleaded with LaRoche to give him another chance. But Adam knows better.

Final Score: Nationals 2, Reds 1 (13 innings).

Dame of the Game:

Jordan Zimmermann: 7 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 1 ER, 3 K. Another strong showing from Zimmermann, another pathetic offensive backing that fails to get him the win. It’s not like Jordan needs Amman-ster day from his offense. Come on!

Shame of the Game:

Sean Marshall: The Loss, .1 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 1 ER. None of the Reds messed up too bad today, but Marshall was certainly the worst. I imagine that in the post game interviews that the Reds will all share the blame for the loss. That’s their ideology.

What a game. I don’t know how to describe it. In that I’ve begun writing this before it’s actually gone final.

Oh, there we go.

What a great game! The Nats are riding high after two walkoff wins to open their ballpark this season. Disclaimer: Riding high is fine when someone sober is driving. It was a fantastic pitching effort yet again for Washington, with a not so fantastic offensive effort. Odd at how that works out, since in sexual culture the pitcher is the more offensive force. I guess the Washington Nationals are a completely misinformed organization when it comes to sex. Fair, it must be hard to get a woman, or even a model of a vagina near that clubhouse while Gorzelanny’s in it.

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