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You're Wearing THAT?

The Montreal Expos completed their transformation on Monday, officially becoming the Washington Nationals at a press conference that closely resembled a Los Angeles Lakers ticker-tape championship parade. That, or a some kind of a celebration held by the winner of the Presidency on election night. I'm not sure which.

When the ball finally started rolling towards the Expos' inevitable move, Major League Baseball didn't really do anything to slow the process, and that haste has shown itself ever since the move was made official a few weeks ago. Jim Bowden was hired as the then-unnamed team's GM, and right on cue, he made a couple of boneheaded signings I still don't understand and traded for a good outfielder who's probably going to stir up trouble within the clubhouse before the season's over.

But perhaps the biggest sign that MLB and those involved with moving the franchise to Washington didn't quite take enough time to think things over is in the team's logo, which is one of the lousiest team logos I've ever seen in any sport:



Why did I think the logo was awful? Mostly because it lacks any sort of creativity (Washington Nationals placed over a baseball? Brilliant!), but when I saw it, a strange sense of déjà vu came over me as well. I was damn sure I'd seen a logo extremely similar to that piece of crap in the past, but it took me awhile to figure out that it looks like most every MLB All-Star game emblem in the past five or six seasons. Coincidence? You decide. Either way, the logo still sucks, just as the Nationals probably will in 2005. Book it.

One lonely Royals note ...

>>Ken Rosenthal of The Sporting News reported in an article yesterday that the Royals might be interested in signing Magglio Ordonez to a one-year deal. The blurb was nothing more than speculation, of course, but if Ordonez is healthy enough to make it through 75 games, picking him up would be a worthwhile gamble. Maggs' OPS has slipped the past two seasons from his career high .978 in 2002, but if Allard Baird could get him signed for $4-$5 million and then flip him for a prospect at the trading deadline, the Royals would be better for it.
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