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Baseball in the District – Nats prospect Trea Turner

Jul 9, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT


We had another two-guest episode this week on ‘Baseball in the District.’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed in Nationals prospect Trea Turner, as well as Orioles Insider Rich Dubroff to preview Nats-O’s.

It was great getting to know Turner, who was recently promoted from Double-A Harrisburg to Triple-A Syracuse. He has an interesting story involving his trade to Washington from the San Diego Padres, and he told us all about it.

Turner also spoke on his transition to the Nationals, comparing minor league baseball to college, rooming with Joe Ross and observing Bryce Harper from afar. Nats fans are really going to like the guy.

Dubroff gave us a good recap on the Orioles at this point of the season with the Beltway Series up next. The Nats travel up to Baltimore this weekend to face the Orioles right before the league breaks for the All-Star Game.

Check it out:

You can also listen to the show on ESPN 980’s website or download it on iTunes.

  1. laddieblahblah - Jul 9, 2015 at 7:49 AM

    Thanks, especially for the interview with Turner. He has the “character and makeup” that Rizzo likes. For a 22-year-old he is mature and analytical. Listen to his comparison of pitching at the AAA level compared to AA. He knows what he is doing and how he has to go about it – “keep it simple.”

    • laddieblahblah - Jul 9, 2015 at 8:00 AM

      Turner has played only 13 games in AAA, but just look at his progression over the past 10 games:

      Note that after a dismal start, Turner has gone 9 for his last 21, with only 2Ks balanced by 2 bases on balls, with 2 stolen bases. From hitless in his first few games he has already raised his cumulative BA to over .300, and climbing.

      That kid is a very fast learner.

      • rayvil01 - Jul 9, 2015 at 8:14 AM

        Before it’s all said and done, the Ross & Turner for Souza Jr. trade may be one of Rizzo’s best. Lot of comments at the time from “Major League Executives who asked to remain anonymous” that it was a steal. Time will tell. But, there are a lot of positive indicators.

        Now Rizzo needs to gin up a couple of Outfielders. If the GM job in baseball isn’t one of the more complicated on earth, it’s got to be close.

      • nats128 - Jul 9, 2015 at 9:33 AM


        From my childhood they always talked about the most one-sided trade in baseball history was Frank Robinson in his prime to the Orioles after the 1965 season for Jack Baldschun, Milt Pappas and Dick Simpson. Frank Robinson goes on to win the Triple Crown, MVP, and the teams 1st World Series in 1966.

        This trade could be as one-sided when you consider the Padres didnt even get Souza as he went to Tampa. Lets hope in 7 years we are calling this the greatest trade fleecing of the decade.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2015 at 9:38 AM

        That was a good interview with Turner.

      • nats128 - Jul 9, 2015 at 9:41 AM

        Think of how strange the whole Trea Turner trade started as the PTBNL

      • Doc - Jul 9, 2015 at 9:47 AM

        Rizzo’s steal is mostly about scouting. Time and again, whether it’s grabbing lesser lights like Thornton, Carpenter, etc. or prizes like Joe Cool or Trea Turner, a bunch of scouts are working in the background.

        Rizzo once said that he hated the movie “Moneyball” because of the way it made fun of the scouts. The best part of Mike Rizzo might be a proud baseball scout.

      • tcostant - Jul 9, 2015 at 9:54 AM

        As a former Mets fan our worst one-sided trade (and maybe the worst in baseball history) was trading Nolan Ryan for Jim Fregosi. Whitey Herzog quit the Mets over this deal, as they asked his option and then ignored it.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 9, 2015 at 11:21 AM

        In Chicago they are still bitter about Lou Brock for Ernie Brogilo.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 9, 2015 at 11:23 AM

        Not a trade, technically, I guess, but the worst deal of all has to Ruth for $125K (which was a lot of money then).

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 9, 2015 at 12:58 PM

      The Turner interview starts at about 19:40.

  2. homeparkdc - Jul 9, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    About trades – what would it take for the Nats to get Billy Burns back? Can den Dekker be better, sooner?

    • virginiascopist - Jul 9, 2015 at 10:42 AM

      Question: “What would it take for the Nats to get Billy Burns back?”

      Answer: Beane suffering a really bad case of heat stroke.

      • homeparkdc - Jul 9, 2015 at 11:00 AM

        +1 answer. If he was in a coma, he couldn’t deal.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 9, 2015 at 11:01 AM

        Billy has certainly exceeded expectations, even mine, and I was big on him from before the Nats traded him. He still has a few holes in his game at the plate, not sure how much he’ll improve, or even if he’ll continue to play at the level he has played this year. But that said, I wish we’d never traded him, now more than ever. The A’s really aren’t using his speed on the base paths as much as expected, at least not so far. He has been timed at almost exactly the same speed as Billy Hamilton, and by some ratings he is even faster getting to 1st base.It would be fun to see him play with a better lineup following him, but the guys he has behind him now credit him for rattling the pitchers while they are at bat. BTW, Burns hit the minimum PA’s to qualify for the leader boards last night. He has the highest BA in the AL for all qualifying outfielders.

  3. Joe Seamhead - Jul 9, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    BTW, Trea Turner’s speed ratings by scouts is right up there with Hamilton and Burns. The kid is definitely one of the top 4 or 5 fastest guys in organized baseball. That level of speed is a part of the game the Nats have never had on the ML roster.

  4. Joe Seamhead - Jul 9, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    BTW, speaking of worst trades in history, as an old Senators fan I have to put Bob Short’s trading half of the starters to get Denny McLain as being right up there.

    • rayvil01 - Jul 9, 2015 at 11:15 AM

      Oh My, that was AWFUL! It was a ghastly trade.

  5. Section 222 - Jul 9, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    So did anyone hear of the reaction of the Reds or MLB to last night’s game being postponed? There really was no reason to do that (other than to rest our injured players, of course.). The weather radar couldn’t have convinced any unbiased observer that a postponement was necessary. Does MLB ever second guess a team’s call based on the weather?

    Not that I’m complaining really.

    Also, any word on the starting pitchers? With the postponement, Scherzer wouldn’t have to start on Sunday if they wanted to let him start the ASG. My thought is that MW should call Bochy and say, if you’re going to start Max, I’ll start someone else on Sunday and let him have that honor. If not, I’ll start him Sunday against the O’s.

    • rayvil01 - Jul 9, 2015 at 11:21 AM

      This is from “It’s a bad forecast,” said Reds manager Bryan Price. “My understanding is yesterday was the first day they haven’t had rain here in along time. They didn’t feel the field could take much more rain and still be playable. They were very communicative with me that the weather and field conditions might create this environment.”

      Doesn’t sound like they’re complaining. Although, they’ve been hit with more weather delays than the Nats.

      Weekend starters should be interesting. JZimm off with Paternity Leave (possibly) really complicates things.

      • Section 222 - Jul 9, 2015 at 11:31 AM

        Thanks. Hadn’t head about Zimm. That does make Max on Sunday more likely, if not necessary. I guess I need to read the comments here on a more timely basis.

        Note to Chase and Mark if you’re reading: Please ask your website guru’s to stop this and other CSN sites from starting videos without the reader actually clicking on the play button. It’s very annoying to have the “CSN WASHINGTON DOT COM” announcement blare out of your speakers without warning. And don’t force me to turn my volume down or mute my computer just to protect myself from CSN’s intrusions. That’s obnoxious.

      • nats128 - Jul 9, 2015 at 11:36 AM

        rayvil01, thats a good scoop. Where did you hear that on JZ

      • rayvil01 - Jul 9, 2015 at 11:41 AM

        I’m pretty sure that was on WAPO in James Wagner’s piece this morning about the rotation.

      • Doc - Jul 9, 2015 at 12:10 PM

        Amen to the annoying interruptions by CSN!

        Jeezus, get the *^$###* fixed before my computer suffers damage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 9, 2015 at 12:51 PM

        I too would like to associate myself with the comments of my esteemed colleagues from the gallery, to have the video starts be a user-option, as they were previously.

        It is especially pointless when there are multiple videos in the same post, and they (or the commercials that front them) all start at once.

    • Steady Eddie - Jul 9, 2015 at 11:56 AM

      In addition to what rayvil wrote, I saw a tweet last night showing the warning track under water. I suspect with all the rain we’ve had lately that even the sand base under the field may be close to saturated, so even without more rain later on last night, the field and warning track may have been too soggy (not draining well enough) to play on safely.

      Re starters this weekend, even if JZimm is unavailable, there’s always Roark and Fister to follow Gio, even if Max doesn’t pitch.

  6. veejh - Jul 9, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    This kid is gonna be quite the upgrade over Dez. Can’t wait.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 9, 2015 at 12:53 PM

      That’s what they said about Desmond over Cristian Guzman. To be fair, Desmond was quite an upgrade over Guzman by that point.

  7. ptindc - Jul 9, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    OK, Mariners fan here. I still remember when they traded Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek to Boston for Heathcliff Slocumb. Ugh. Fleecing of the decade. Well, except for that time they traded Adam Jones, Chris Tillman and George Sherill to Baltimore for Erik Bedard. Perhaps this was the fleecing of a different decade..

  8. stoatva - Jul 9, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Bad trades? How about Glenn Davis from the Astros to the Os for Schilling, Harnisch and Steve Finley?

    When Kornheiser was new in town and funny he wrote that when Davis stepped to the plate the batters box looked like the chalk line around a murder victim.

  9. senators5 - Jul 9, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    I am glad somebody remembers when Kornheiser was funny, as funny he is not and his radio show’s audience is his small group of personal friends who suck up to him to stay on his payroll. My personal worst trade was when the Senators sent Mickey Vernon first to Cleveland with future HOFer, Early Wynn and then a few years later after they got him back he was traded him to Boston along with our best pitcher for virtually nothing. That tells you how old I am. However, I agree that the Brinkman, Rodriquez and Coleman to Detroit for McLain is probably the all time worst and sent our team to Texas and a 35 year hiatus.





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