Nationals Review

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Another 5-4 Win!

The Nats won yesterday, 5-4, completing a successful 5-4 road trip against the Angels, Rangers and Buccos and today the Supreme Court ruled, 5-4, that "local governments may seize people's homes and businesses -- even against their will -- for private economic development." This presumably will make it easier for the city to buy off the assortment of strip clubs and isolated homes around the Southeast ballpark site for the new ballpark.

At first glance, I'm not a big fan of the ruling, even though it may be one of those good policy, bad judicial logic type of decisions. (i.e. Roe v. Wade, to abortion rights advocates) It seems to give arbitrary power for governments to seize land without giving enough consideration But then again, I'm no expert on eminent domain law, so check out smart lawblogs (like Volokh) for more insightful commentary on the decision.

Some tough roster decisions will have to be made in the upcoming days. Travis Hughes has been great in his two appearances with the club, so when Joey Eischen returns from the DL at month's end, one of Ryan Drese, Hughes or Sunny Kim will have to be sent down. I'd bet Hughes would be the odd-man out, but I'd like to see him a bit longer with the Nats.

When Jose Vidro is activated off the 15-day DL -- perhaps as early as tomorrow -- one of the Nats' trio of utility infielders will have to be sent down. I'd say the no-brainer candidate is sub-.100 hitter Wil Cordero. He's contributed absolutely nothing to the team all year and I doubt his "chemistry" points will push him ahead of Jamey Carroll or Carlos Baerga.

Final note: ESPN Radio dissed the Nats again this morning with Steve Phillips' NL top five power ranking. No mention of the Nats at all, but the Braves placed #2, the Marlins #3, and the Phils #5. Where's the love?

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