It seems as if the Cole Hamels-Bryce Harper situation has finally died down a bit, stashed away briefly until the Nationals travel to Philadelphia for a three-game series beginning on May 21. But yesterday one more person weighed in on the matter and both the analyst and his argument are worth noting.
CBS Radio in Philly asked former Nationals color analyst Rob Dibble about the situation and his answer was not only classic Dibble, but completely full of factual inaccuracies.
NBC Sports first had the story and his comments on the matter.
- Dibble, not surprisingly, is a fan of mayhem. He said that if Cole Hamels wants to throw at someone thats Cole Hamels deal. And added, I kinda dig it.Dibble also said that he approves of the whole welcome to the big leagues Old Time Baseball thing of throwing at a guy simply because hes a rookie, noting that he did the same thing to Jeff Bagwell back in the day. He also told some story about his Reds team once meted out justice to Dennis Martinez, hitting him several times in a game. Why? Because Dennis Martinez threw at Reds players once.
It all sounds fair, a former big leaguer drawing on his past experience to opine on a matter of interest in todays game. The only problem is, none of the things Dibble describes ever actually happened.
NBC went back through the former Reds pitchers career via BaseballReference.com and found several of his statements to be false. First of all, he never hit Jeff Bagwell in his rookie season, or ever for that matter. And Dennis Martinez was hit twice during his career by Reds pitchers, but once in 1988 and once in 1990.
Apparently Dibble continued talking Nationals while he was on the subject and called Stephen Strasburgs innings limit crap. So there, Rob Dibble is still and always will be Rob Dibble.
The Washington Nationals announced Friday Dusty Baker will not return as manager of the club in 2018.
Baker led the team to the first back-to-back division titles in franchise history, and the Nationals were 192-132 under Baker, but they failed to make it to an NLCS.
Baker is 14th in MLB history with 1,863 career wins.
The next Nationals' manager will be their seventh since they arrived in DC.
Only the Marlins have had as many.
"I'm surprised and disappointed," Baker told USA TODAY Sports. "They told me they would get back to me and I told them I was leaving town yesterday and they waited 10 days to tell me."
"I really thought this was my best year. We won at least 95 games each year and won the division back to back years but they said they wanted to go a different direction. It's hard to understand."
The team also announced the contracts for the Major League coaching staff have also expired, and the search for a new manager will begin immediately.
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While Nats fans were still digesting the news that Dusty Baker will not return as manager next year, the team released some more surprising news.
Second baseman Daniel Murphy underwent knee surgery today, per an official team report.
Washington Post reporter Chelsea Janes reported that the surgery is considered significant and the team won't put a timeline on the recovery process:
"The procedure, according to the statement released by the team, repaired articular cartilage in Murphy’s right knee. For those interested in the details, it was a debridement and microfracture surgery, and orthopedic surgeon Timothy Kremchek performed it."
"For those concerned with the implications of the procedure, those are still unclear. The statement clarified that Murphy’s rehab “will progress throughout the offseason,” as one would hope, and did not include a timetable.
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