... half of it is running, but the other half is waiting for the facility to be completed.UPDATE: It appear we have conflicting stories. In the comments below, Shawn Hill's fiancee stated that he (Hill) was back in Melbourne, FL and that the Instructional League was cancelled. Additionally, one of the posters at Capitol Dugout got his confirmation of the league's cancellation straight from the Nationals clubhouse in Melbourne. Also, I found out the following details: "They are cancelled for sure. The reason is that the complex that Jose Rijo was building was not up to par with livable standards, in the [D]ominican, not near DOMINICAN standards." UPDATE 2: I just got off of the phone with Nick Manno, Assistant Director, Player Development for the Nationals. The Instructional League has indeed been cancelled.
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Instructional Leagues NOT Cancelled
At long last, I got an update from Nats beat writer, Barry Svrluga, in today's chat.