Tom Boswell printed a column today (6/2) in the post (and online here). It included some severe criticism of the general manager Mike Rizzo, including this quote:
Instead of scouting for players who might help in 2015, he should have been back home hosing down the Nats’ roof as the wildfires approached.
I may agree (somewhat) with his sentiments about the lack of leadership on the team right now, but I categorically disagree with this statement. The Nats are NOT going to win the world series in 2011, and a few games lost in May fielding a lineup of predominantly players who aren’t even going to be with this team in 2013 is not going to mean squat to the development of this franchise overall.
The BEST place Rizzo needs to be is preparing for a draft where the Nats have 3 of the first 34 picks in a very talented draft, those three picks which could make a huge difference in the outlook of this team in 2013, let alone 2015. And then he needs to prepare even better for the next few rounds, which can make or break a draft. First rounders are high-money, high-visibility but its those 2nd-5th rounders (like, for example, Derek Norris, Jordan Zimmermann, or Danny Espinosa in our own system) that can turn your team around.
Sorry Boswell, I really disagreed with this column’s premise.