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The Fire Dibble Movement Is Complete!

Add this to No. 1 with a bullet on the list of 10 Good Things From the Nats’ 2010: Rob Dibble has been fired by the Nationals. This wonderful news is coming to us from WaPo’s Adam Kilgore, who says the team, nor MASN, had any further comment at this time.

Ray Knight will serve as the color analyst through the rest of this season … and I’d be perfectly happy keeping him around for next year, too. His subdued, straight-forward analysis is a welcome change after two years of screaming, uninformed homerism.

Suck it up, asshole.

Former Managing Editor at UPROXX; former Senior Editor at @SBNation; former ska-zine editor, fan of bad sports teams and good beer.



  1. Krem

    September 1, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    About time. Even as an O’s fan, I still hated this guy.

  2. Thefingerman

    September 1, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    Dibble certainly had his faults, but cheering on the Nats for firing a guy because he criticized the team’s star player is ridiculous. When the next guy says Bryce Harper is chasing bad pitches or has a bad attitude, does he get canned? Dibble’s remarks may have been kind of dumb, but they were made before anyone knew Strasburg needed TJ surgery. And saying young pitchers need to pitch more and not be coddled is certainly a legitimate opinion in the baseball world. I found Dibble’s cheering on the broadcast annoying, but he shouldn’t have been fired for this.

  3. Isitdallasweekyet

    September 1, 2010 at 6:31 PM

    Congrats Mottrams! Strasburg with torn ligament > Dibble.
    Also, not to be a dick, but i assume you mean uninformed.

  4. Jamie Mottram

    September 1, 2010 at 9:16 PM

    Thefingerman, Dibble saying an injured Strasburg should “suck it up,” stacked on top of everything else, is enough. Actually, it was enough, b/c MASN fired his ass.

    What he did was far different than criticizing a batter’s pitch selection, or whatever. Though I’ve heard Dibble’s commentary on that subject, and it consists of, “Get the bat off your shoulder, Dunn.”

    Isitdallasweekyet, good catch. Fixed.

  5. Jamie Mottram

    September 1, 2010 at 9:17 PM

    PS: I’m so glad Dibble wasn’t around to call tonight’s brawl. Knight handled it like a pro.

  6. dingo

    September 1, 2010 at 9:42 PM

    u dont hate dibble as much as muoi…when i was seperated from my x-wife…he did his thing and the next thing you know his wife and myself are divorced and he has a new wife….this is one of the happiest days i’ve seen this baseball season…hope he gets canned from xm and people finally relize the guys a cancer….noone in Ct has a nice word to say about the douche….Hollywood wannabe douche bag :)

  7. kevin conley

    September 1, 2010 at 10:18 PM

    This is the top Washington story of the year and now we all have to agree that this Nats season was a success. Heck, the O’s season is now a success that Rob Dibble will no longer be making our ears bleed with his ranting.

  8. Terps77

    September 1, 2010 at 11:08 PM

    Can Mike Wise be next?

  9. they call me Fitz

    September 1, 2010 at 11:33 PM

    is there a Bob & Ray drinking game yet?

  10. Thefingerman

    September 1, 2010 at 11:37 PM


    If the Nats really decided that they’d “had enough” with Dibble, fine, fire him at the end of the year and just say things weren’t working out. But he was cheering in the booth last year, too, and they kept him this year. He was making the same kind of “gotta be a tough guy” commentary about pitchers last year and nothing happened. He made the comments about the women talking weeks ago and nothing happened. Then, with no comment by the team, he’s canned a week after the Strasburg comments (which weren’t even made on MASN). The comments were dumb (although at the time, he thought Strasburg had thrown the day before–because Rizzo had said so). But say what you will about Dibble, at least he was willing to call out the Nats at times last year and this year when they played like crap. Bob Carpenter and Ray Knight sure aren’t going to do that, and definitely aren’t now.

    As for your comment about my analogy, yeah, pitch selection is probably a bad comparison. But criticism of attitude or effort? Don’t see how that differs that much from the comments about Strasburg.

  11. john reynolds

    September 1, 2010 at 11:57 PM

    Thank God! Dibble was a loud-mouthed crude ignoramus in every sense of the word. It was torture to have to listen to him. Keep Knight even if he was once a member of the equally cheesy New York Mets…

  12. PhP54

    September 2, 2010 at 12:06 AM


    I actually agree with you. Dibs was annoying, but he cheered the team as much as he criticized them. I am a Philly Phan and an XM Listener. Dibs was a LOT more biased TOWARD the Nats than many give him credit. Since I do not live ni the Philadelphia area, I get the MASN feed a lot. He loved the team, and I do not care if anyone thinks otherwise, it was always “We, we, we” and even on his morning show he talked about how good they were even when they were not. I am not a Nat hater actually, I like the team, for the record. I think he should have been fired, but not for this necessarily. He had plenty of other comments he made that were dumber. Just my opinion.

  13. horseydeucey

    September 2, 2010 at 6:59 AM

    I don’t understand this fascination with “willing to call out the Nats.” What’s that do? Do the coaches and players watch the broadcasts? If so would they listen to Dibble? No on both? Ok, as a viewer, does it make you feel better about your baseball acumen when the color guy says something you agree with? ‘Calling out the Nats’ has to be a euphemism– I’m just not sure of what yet.

    Anyway, Dibble was; not interesting, not intelligent, not funny, a distraction, a hot mess, overdue for a firing… with or without the shopping comments… with or without the Strasburg comments.

    You don’t have to agree on the value of Dibble, but no one can say that they didn’t see this one coming.

  14. Thefingerman

    September 2, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    “Willing to call out the Nats”=Criticize the team when it is playing poorly, i.e. be honest about a team that’s been terrible for the third year in a row. Yeah, the team doesn’t hear it, but occasionally it’s nice to hear some honesty from the broadcasting team. I think most fans appreciate that.

  15. horseydeucey

    September 2, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    If that’s your definition, Ray Knight definitely did question the team last night (wrongly, in my opinion). When Nyjer stole second, Ray Knight wondered why he would do that. Apparently other baseball pundits agree with him. I don’t, Nyjer was being aggressive on the basepaths– something he’s paid to do. The complaints I heard were about the lead the Marlins had. If anything, Nyjer singlehandedly got the Nats back in the game.

  16. Rob Dibble

    September 2, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Uninformed? About what? I know you’re not talking about baseball because he knows his stuff. He’s a homer for sure, but it sure beats the hell out of Sutton; an egotistical know-it-all who referred to the braves (the opposition!), as we. I’ll take a homer over that bullshit any day. Dibble was a homer, but if he saw bad baseball, he would tell you about it regardless of the team or player.

    You guys have an unhealthy obsession with Dibble. Why, I don’t know. Steinberg writes as if when Dibble speaks to thousands, hes speaking to him directly. Then, he writes about it. His bogs about Dibble really paint him out to be the bitch that he is.

    I will miss Dibble.

  17. Exnatsfan

    September 2, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    The Nats took the politically correct out of firing Rob Dibble..all you pc pussies that are celebrating,now there’s NO reason to watch these losers anymore..Dibbs made watching a terrible team somewhat bearable

  18. Rob Dibble

    September 2, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Oops, I meant to say “I” rather than “he” in the above post because I am Rob Dibble and yes, I will miss myself..

  19. Rob Dibble

    September 2, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    So, you’re an “ex Nats fan?” That was fast.

  20. Nat123

    September 2, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    No can Carpenter too! He has to be the worst I’ve ever heard …

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