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Nats Officially Shift Dominican Operations As Fallout Continues
Published February 27, 2009
|Nationals Officially Fire Rijo In
Fallout From Prospect Scandal
CAUGHT IN A RUNDOWN: In DC, Thomas Boswell writes amid "this mess, the right man has been given more authority" -- Rizzo. Kasten Thursday praised Rizzo for "relocating the Nats' entire operation in the Dominican Republic -- from one baseball complex to another -- in a 72-hour whirlwind of logistical, legal and leg work." Boswell added, "What engulfs the Nats these days seems like pure pain and embarrassment. And it is. But, mixed in, is progress" (WASHINGTON POST, 2/27). But in Philadelphia, Paul Hagen writes under the header, "Nationals Making Headlines For All The Wrong Reasons." The FBI investigation into the alleged skimming of bonuses paid to Dominican prospects is a "nasty, ugly mess," and it will "get only nastier, uglier and messier." While "nobody thinks the Nationals are the only team with baseball people who funneled off money intended for the players," there "probably isn't a franchise less ready to withstand this sort of spotlight" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 2/27).