Back by popular demand, The Nationals Enquirer answers the latest intstallment of the Nationals dot com Mail Bag! The correct answers are available on Nationals dot com; now we'll give it a shot.
Keep those e-mails coming to Nationals beat writer Bill Ladson, and we'll keep copying and pasting them over here and giving our half-assed answers. Thanks a bunch.
What are the chances of Alfonso Soriano winning the National League MVP this year? He has done everything he can for the Nationals to be a competitive team and has been able to hit at spacious RFK stadium.
-- C.V., Norwalk, Conn.
No chance of winning but he'll probably get a few votes - which is a shame. A player putting up big numbers on a last place team should not even get a sniff of the MVP award (yeah, we're talking about you, A-Rod). Voting for a player on a last place team is about as dumb as NOT voting for a player because he's a DH (yeah, David Ortiz got robbed last season).
Thrown chairs, angry tirades, finger pointing: It looks like the Nationals are imploding right before our eyes. This does not look good to the fans.
-- A.K. Wilmington, N.C.
Yup, the Nats are going completely Jerry Springer on us. And to think, Jose Guillen isn't even around...
Kearns seems to have the potential to be a good player for the Nats. What do you think?
-- D.K. Wilmington, N.C.
This much we know: Kearns has a better chance of making Jim Bowden look good in the long run for The Deal than does Felipe Lopez.
Will Jon Rauch get a chance to be in the rotation soon?
-- R.D., Montreal
Here's a more important question - Jon Rauch vs. Grizzly Adams? Who wins?
The decision to put Alfonso Soriano in the leadoff position was a stroke of genius. However, now that we know he can hit home runs at RFK stadium and with the arrival of Felipe Lopez, isn't it time to move him to the No. 3 spot?
-- Centreville, Va.
Really, who cares at this point. I don't know. Keep Soriano where he's happy and maybe that will be one less reason for him to sign elsewhere in the offseason.
It looks like Ryan Church is taking advantage of another shot with the team. Will he stay up for good?
-- S.V., Centreville, Va.
Really, who cares at this point. I don't know. We're still upset that Brandon Watson was sent down to New Orleans and eventually got claimed off waivers by the Reds.
Why does everyone seem so high on Brian Schneider? He would be a respectable backup catcher but nothing more.
-- J.S., Alexandria, Va.
Who is this "everyone" that you speak of? Respectable backup catcher? You're too kind...
When Kasten helped rebuild the Braves, did his GM, Bobby Cox, restock the farm system through trades or the draft?
-- J.W., Hampton, Va.
Yes - he did.
Why was Soriano not traded at the deadline? I think that he is great player who can be a cornerstone piece for this franchise, but I thought that the whole reasoning with shopping him around and taking offers for him was that they didn't think they could sign him long term. Why did the Nationals have such a sudden change of heart on their thoughts of signing him long term?
-- J.M., Bath, Maine.
Oh please, give us a break with that crap. That's a dumbassed question. Go to hell. Or Maine, whatever.
With Daryle Ward's solid numbers, why doesn't he get more starts?
-- P.H., Arlington, Va.
You tell us where to put him, and then we'll tell you why he doesn't get more starts.