Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Rueckel Report, August 30

The I'd like to outright Bodes, right out of town edition



Before I get to my recap-as-per-usual, there is---unfortunately---breaking news. Thank you to Brian from the Nationals Farm Authority for the tip. And now I have my confirmation from Pravda:

NATIONALS OUTRIGHT RIGHT-HANDER DANNY RUECKEL

Here's the full text of the announcement:

The Washington Nationals today outrighted right-handed pitcher Danny Rueckel to Harrisburg of the Double-A Eastern League. Nationals Vice President and General Manager Jim Bowden made the announcement. Rueckel, 25, is 9-5 with six saves and a 3.95 ERA (32 ER/74.0 IP) in 51 games out of the bullpen for Harrisburg this season.

There are many V-Chip worthy expressions I'd like to use under the circumstances, but they'd feel out of place in this generally PG-rated blog. So I'll refrain. Instead, I'd like to make use of this space to say two things:

1) Bodes, why you gotta play Baby Ruckles like that, dog?

2) Memo to Rocket Bill Ladson, because chances are you wrote that two-sentence masterpiece above: learn how to calculate a friggin' ERA.

Here, I'll show you. You've got the necessary components already (32 ER, 74 IP), but you don't know what to do with them, apparently. So, let's sound it out:

a) you take the earned runs allowed (32); then,

b) you multiply them by nine (32 x 9); then,

c) you take that new figure (288); and,

d) you divide by the innings pitched (74); so you get,

e) an ERA of 3.89.

It's 3.89, not 3.95! I know it doesn't mean much to you, but if you're going to issue a press release about a guy being outrighted---hence, forcibly removed from the 40-man roster by the idiot pretty boy GM---the least you could do is get the guy's ERA right, no?

I guess courtesy is dead these days.


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As for the on-field stuff, that wasn't great, either:

---> August 25: 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB (?!), 1 SO, 1 HR (blown save in 4-3 Harrisburg defeat against Binghamton)
---> August 28: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO (no decision in 5-1 victory over Erie)

SEASON TO DATE:
G  IP H  R  ER HR BB SO  W  L  ERA SV
51   74   81    36    32    6     19    65      9     5     3.89   6



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What happened when Rueckel was outrighted to Harrisburg? Essentially, it means he was waived by the organization, no one else took a chance at him, and he was pulled back to Double-A. From the MLB Transactions Calendar:

MAY 3: Beginning today, outright assignments to the minor leagues may be made ONLY with Outright Waivers in effect

Rueckel wasn't going to be called up in September anyway, and the Nats needed the 40-man roster space (see below), and Rueckel can always be added to the 40-man again in the offseason (the Nats can "purchase his contract"). Unless he's exposed to the Rule V draft and has a route to the big leagues, that is . . .


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As noted, the Nats needed the roster space, because BODES MADE A BIG MOVE, PEOPLE!!!

Get a load of your new shortstop, Nats Nation:

Deivi Cruz!

Sad as it is to say, Cruz is a better option at short than Guzman or Carroll. If Baby Ruckles is going to take a bullet for the team, it might as well be one that helps out. Just doing his part, he is.

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