Braves hire ex-Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee
The Phillies let Rich Dubee walk a month ago after serving as the team's pitching coach for nine seasons under Charlie Manuel, and now he has a new job.
Dubee will stay in the National League East and join the Braves as their minor league pitching coordinator. Dubee takes over for Dave Wallace who left to become the Orioles' pitching coach.
With Dubee in store, the Phillies saw quite a run of pitching. Cole Hamels won a World Series MVP and Roy Halladay won the NL Cy Young in 2010.
Just look at the Cy Young vote getters under Dubee while he served in Philly:
2013: Cliff Lee, 6th
2012: Hamels, 8th
2011: Halladay, 2nd; Lee, 3rd; Hamels, 5th
2010: Halladay, 1st
2008: Brad Lidge, 4th
2007: Hamels, 6th
Not a bad run for the guy.
Former Nats draft pick Aaron Crow on the trade block
Royals reliever Aaron Crow never played for the Nationals, but he'll always be tied to them. The Nats drafted Crow in the first round in 2008 and couldn't sign him. He came back the next year, went 12th overall to the Royals, and became an All-Star.
Now it appears the Royals are ready to see what they can get for the 27-year-old. Crow is arbitration-eligible for the first time in his career, so that is a consideration. His 3.19 ERA over 187 appearances is pretty decent, though.
The Nationals got the pick back as compensation for not signing Crow and took Drew Storen in 2009 with the 10th overall pick. He has since saved 55 games in the majors including 43 in 2011 alone.
Desmond loves the Hot Stove, too
You aren't the only one getting antsy as what seems like everyone around the Nats is making major moves, Ian Desmond wants more news as well.
Check out this tweet he sent out on Monday:
— Ian Desmond (@IanDesmond20) November 25, 2013
One Direction to play at Nats Park next August
It started as a rumor over the weekend as a photo featuring the band in Nats jerseys came out on Twitter, but the Nationals have confirmed that One Direction will perform on South Capitol St. The band will play at Nats Park on Aug. 11 with tickets going on sale Dec. 7.
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) November 26, 2013
This will be the fifth concert held at Nats Park, the other four were all sellouts. Elton John and Billy Joel came in 2009, Dave Matthews band and Zac Brown Band played in 2010, Bruce Springsteen in 2012 and Paul McCartney last summer.
Nats season ticket holders will be given a special pre-sale to purchase tickets. The team says that window should be Dec. 5 and 6. Look for an e-mail on Dec. 3 with more details on the pre-sale.
One Direction and the Nationals, all in one article. Yep.