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    For tonight's game, when the starting lineup was announced over the PA system, Soriano was announced as the LFer. But when the players took the field, Soriano refused to take the field. So, only 8 guys apparently took the field. (George Michael said the only thing he could surmise was that Zimmerman moved to LF.) Could a suspension be in the works for Soriano?

  • #2
    he's a pansy and needs to get his act straightened out. he's doing nothing but hurting himself by acting like this.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by vasprtsfn
      For tonight's game, when the starting lineup was announced over the PA system, Soriano was announced as the LFer. But when the players took the field, Soriano refused to take the field. So, only 8 guys apparently took the field. (George Michael said the only thing he could surmise was that Zimmerman moved to LF.) Could a suspension be in the works for Soriano?
      I hope they trade him.
      Cristobal

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      • #4
        A Malignancy

        I haven't seen anything on the net while surfing my usual media haunts. WTOP radio reported this at 6:15 pm-

        He refused to take left.

        Robinson switched OFs currently in the game then inserted Watson in center.

        The Nationals will schedule him for left during Wednesdays game.

        Bowden talked to Soriano.

        If Soriano refuses to play left on Wednesday, Washington will request from the commissioner that Soriano be placed on the disqualified list.

        Bowden also said the Nationals haven't received a trade offer for Soriano that they would consider.


        Let him rot. He was signed to play baseball, not second base. Bowden's at fault for not ensuring this would work prior to trading Wilkerson. Seems we lost Brad for a bunch of nothing. Having Soriano play for this squad this year is nothing but trouble.

        Lance the boil. Cut off the rotting limb. Stop the bleeding. Get anything you can for him and then look for a new GM.

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        • #5
          One report online

          From the AP wire

          The meat of the story is the last half. You know the rest from stories these last couple of months. The choice tidbits regarding the consequences as the Nationals see it-

          "We told him if we get to Thursday, and he refuses to play left field, we told him at that point we will request that the commissioner's office place him on the disqualified list, at that time -- no pay, no service time," Bowden said.

          "If he refuses to play and goes home, and the commissioner's office accepts our request to place him on the disqualified list, then at that point, if he were to sit out this year, he would not be a free agent, he would stay our property because his service time would stay the same."

          Nationals manager Frank Robinson sat down privately with Soriano for 20 minutes before the game Monday to explain the team's position.

          "If he's going to play here, he's going to have to be out in left field," Robinson said. "He said he's ready to play, he needs to play, he's ready for the season, and I penciled him in the lineup in left field."

          Robinson said the meeting with Soriano was civil, but the player's position was clear.

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          • #6
            I still can't believe the Post isn't reporting this! For Pete's sake, they would post updates on the City Council faster than they are dealing with this!

            BTW, I heard an unconfirmed report that Soriano has now left the Nats' training camp.

            Eddie Cunningham
            20 20

            Finally---something Nats and Birds fans can agree on!

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            • #7
              im just wondering why this is starting to escelate like this. Maybe u can move Vidro or trade vidro or trade soriano. I dont know but this could turn out to look something like the terell owens incident.....ruin a whole season.....
              Our future.....Colby Rasmus.....Im his biggest fan!!!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by eddiejc1
                I still can't believe the Post isn't reporting this!

                Eddie Cunningham
                http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...062000884.html

                You want it? You got it.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Senior skittles
                  im just wondering why this is starting to escelate like this. Maybe u can move Vidro or trade vidro or trade soriano. I dont know but this could turn out to look something like the terell owens incident.....ruin a whole season.....
                  Perhaps because for all his offensive numbers, Soriano is the worst-fielding second baseman (for those with over 650 at bats) in the past 50 years?

                  Eddie Cunningham
                  20 20

                  Finally---something Nats and Birds fans can agree on!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Senior skittles
                    im just wondering why this is starting to escelate like this...
                    At the beginning of spring training the parties met and agreed the matter would addressed after the World baseball classic. The lines of the Nationals and of Soriano had already been drawn at that time. This is nothing new to either side. It just had to be played out.

                    It could have been avoided if Bowden had done his homework prior to the trade. Simply getting Soriano's input prior to inking the deal would have been a deal buster. But nooooooooooo...Bowden had to make the trade.

                    Thanks Jimbo.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by eddiejc1
                      Perhaps because for all his offensive numbers, Soriano is the worst-fielding second baseman (for those with over 650 at bats) in the past 50 years?

                      Eddie Cunningham
                      Loverro was right in his column. This will define Bowden's tenure in Washington and ensure Jimbo a one way ticket out of town.

                      Good riddance.

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                      • #12
                        No respect for the game. Could care less to ever see him on a field again.
                        Custom Made Wood Bats and Bamboo

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Bob Hannah
                          At the beginning of spring training the parties met and agreed the matter would addressed after the World baseball classic. The lines of the Nationals and of Soriano had already been drawn at that time. This is nothing new to either side. It just had to be played out.

                          It could have been avoided if Bowden had done his homework prior to the trade. Simply getting Soriano's input prior to inking the deal would have been a deal buster. But nooooooooooo...Bowden had to make the trade.

                          Thanks Jimbo.
                          In slight defense to Soriano, the Rangers refused to let Bowden talk with Soriano, and few people thought he would be this obstinate. Sadly, a lot of people look at baseball only through offensive statistics. Sports Illustrated lists Soriano as the number one second baseman in their fantasy baseball line-up. Unsuprisingly, it does not list his errors in their statistics.

                          Eddie Cunningham
                          20 20

                          Finally---something Nats and Birds fans can agree on!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Bob Hannah

                            It could have been avoided if Bowden had done his homework prior to the trade. Simply getting Soriano's input prior to inking the deal would have been a deal buster. But nooooooooooo...Bowden had to make the trade.

                            Thanks Jimbo.
                            This, from Sheinin's article in today's Post:

                            Before the Nationals would give their final approval to the deal, Vice President-General Manager Jim Bowden phoned the suite of his Texas counterparts with one final request: Would the Rangers grant Bowden permission to speak to Soriano first, so that the Nationals could gauge his willingness to move to left field?

                            The Rangers, who had the power to grant or deny permission because Soriano was still under their control, said no, according to sources with firsthand knowledge of the request who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the negotiations were private.

                            A reasonable person would take the Rangers' keeping Bowden from talking to Soriano as a red flag. But, as Bob said, nooooooooooo...Bowden had to make the trade.:grouchy

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by eddiejc1
                              Perhaps because for all his offensive numbers, Soriano is the worst-fielding second baseman (for those with over 650 at bats) in the past 50 years?

                              Eddie Cunningham
                              i know he is a horrible defender but u have to make succesions in order to become better and if that means moving vidro than so be it....I really do not understand what the nats were thinking when they thought that soriano would change when he came over i mean cmon....he said he wasent going to move from 2nd!!!!!
                              Our future.....Colby Rasmus.....Im his biggest fan!!!

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