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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

What if Nats got Kenley Jansen? The sweet torture of baseball through hindsight mirror. - The Washington Post

Thomas Boswell’s latest.

“What if” is probably a fool’s game. In the real MLB world, you decide, you move on and you decide again. Otherwise, you obsess and become paralyzed. Because things could have been much worse, like Zimmermann and Desmond saying, “I’ll take that deal!” which scares you. But they always could have been far better, like Ray and Rivero still being Nats, which gets your goat, too.

Maybe that’s why we seldom consult Mr. Hindsight. The worst that might have been, and the best that we can reverse-engineer, both leave us dissatisfied.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2017 at 01:51 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Nats trade for Twins closer Brandon Kintzler | MLB.com

After months of bullpen woes and closer changes to begin the season, the Nats continued their bullpen overhaul by trading for right-hander Brandon Kintzler from the Twins. He becomes the third reliever Washington has acquired this month, as it sent left-hander Tyler Watson, who was its No.17 prospect as rated by MLBPipeline.com, and international bonus money to Minnesota.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2017 at 06:57 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon kintzler, nationals, twins

Friday, July 28, 2017

Nationals Acquire Howie Kendrick

The Nationals have struck a deal to acquire infielder/outfielder Howie Kendrick from the Phillies in exchange for minor league left-hander McKenzie Mills, reports PhillyVoice.com’s Ryan Lawrence (Twitter links). Ken Rosenthal of MLB Network first reported that the Nats were working on a deal to land Kendrick (on Twitter).

The 34-year-old Kendrick hasn’t had his healthiest season, but he’s been extremely productive when on the field. Through 156 plate appearances, he’s posted a brilliant .340/.397/.454 batting line with a pair of homers, eight doubles, a triple and eight steals (in 11 attempts). Once a pure second baseman, Kendrick took on more of a super utility role with the Dodgers in 2016 and has played corner outfield with the Phillies in 2017. Over the past two seasons, he’s spent time at second base, third base, first base and in left field.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 28, 2017 at 10:46 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: howie kendrick, nationals, phillies

Must C: Nats’ five homers in 3rd | MLB.com

Jim Furtado Posted: July 28, 2017 at 08:16 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Bryce Harper got thrown out of a game because his playlist got him too fired up

“Before the game today, I think I need to change my playlist because I get a little fired up from my playlist,” said Harper, citing a mix of Logic and Chance the Rapper as the instigator.

” ‘5AM’ really got me fired up, by Logic. I called my brother and was like, ‘Man, I’m so fired up to play today,’ ” Harper said. “I guess it got me a little too fired up. I guess I need to mix in some Temptations and some of those jazz bands to calm me down a little bit.”


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

With injuries piling up, will the Nationals need to change their deadline strategy? - The Washington Post

Not another one.

But Sunday, the shock of Strasburg’s early departure, and the nebulous “forearm stiffness” that caused it, affirmed a disturbing reality. For as easily as the Nationals have built this lead in the National League East, they are one or two injuries away from being another elite team that fell short in the end. With a week until the trade deadline, will they alter their plans accordingly?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2017 at 09:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, nationals, stephen strasburg

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Should Washington celebrate Ryan Zimmerman’s franchise HR record? It’s complicated.

On Monday, Ryan Zimmerman hit a solo home run in the first inning in Cincinnati that was the 235th of his career. Depending on your vantage point, it was historic or trivial, momentous or meaningless. That blast gave Zimmerman one more home run than Vladimir Guerrero hit over his entire career with the Montreal Expos.

Wait. Montreal? Canada again? Man, baseball’s been back in these parts for a dozen years. Can’t we sever ourselves from their history — for once and forever?

Let’s ignore that debate for a moment. We know Frank Howard hit 382 homers over the course of his career, and 237 of them came with the Washington Senators. So, then, can we celebrate with Zim when he cranks three more and becomes the District’s dinger leader?

“I don’t pay much attention to that,” Howard said by phone.

But we’re baseball fans in Washington. What are we supposed to pay attention to?

“I like when history is messy,” John Thorn, Major League Baseball’s official historian, said. “It’s fun.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 20, 2017 at 11:52 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: expos, nationals, ryan zimmerman

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Nationals acquire Ryan Madson, Sean Doolittle from A’s to bolster bullpen

The Washington Nationals moved aggressively Sunday to patch the glaring hole in their otherwise dominant ball club, acquiring relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson from the Oakland Athletics for their opening-day closer, Blake Treinen, and two high selections from their 2016 draft class.

It’s a significant jolt for the beleaguered Nationals bullpen and it comes a full two weeks before baseball’s non-waivers July 31 trade deadline. It certainly came plenty late for both Nationals manager Dusty Baker and fans who grew accustomed to late-inning pratfalls from their relief crew….

Oakland also receives a pair of prospects, most notably pitcher Jesus Luzardo, the Nationals’ third-round pick in the 2016 draft. Luzardo, who has a chance to become the major league’s first Peruvian native, was a projected first-round pick who underwent Tommy John surgery in March 2016. He’s made three starts this season for the Nationals’ Gulf Coast League rookie team.

Sheldon Neuse, 22, was Washington’s second-round pick - 58th overall - in 2016 out of the University of Oklahoma. He’s having a strong first full season at low Class A Hagerstown (Md.), with nine homers, 51 RBI and an .818 OPS.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 16, 2017 at 01:55 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, nationals, ryan madson, sean doolittle

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Nationals declare ‘major legal victory’ after court ruling vs. MASN

An appeals court has ruled that a committee of Major League Baseball owners and executives can determine the amount of rights fees the Washington Nationals can earn from television broadcasts of their games.

The Nationals declared Thursday that they’ve “won a major legal victory” with this ruling.

This is the latest chapter in a lengthy dispute between the Nationals and the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, which is controlled by the Baltimore Orioles. MASN was established in March 2005 after the Montreal Expos relocated to Washington and became the Nationals, moving into what had been Baltimore’s exclusive broadcast territory since 1972.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 13, 2017 at 01:43 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: legal, masn, nationals, television rights, territorial rights

Friday, July 07, 2017

What if the gave a Rain Delay and no rain showed up?

The most unusual aspect of the game was the fact that the teams sat through a nearly rainless 3-hour, 5-minute rain delay before the first pitch. What went unsaid, but seemed widely understood, was that Nationals officials delayed the start over concern that approaching rain would halt play in the early innings and they’d lose starter Gio Gonzalez and have to turn things over to woeful bullpen.

Time of delay: 3:05
Time of game: 3:10

Justin Turner Overdrive Posted: July 07, 2017 at 01:57 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Bryce Harper Has a New, Lower Gear

tl;dr Harper is not swinging for the moon and it’s paying off.

What’s interesting, at least to this author, is that Harper is willing to tinker with a gift that allowed him to reach the majors at 19. What’s perhaps troubling for the opposition is that he continues to look for ways to improve despite already possessing an NL MVP on his resume and returning close to that form thus far in 2017. He’s still just 24 — he won’t turn 25 until October — and is four months younger than Aaron Judge. His youth suggests he’s still learning himself and the game. And on the ESPN telecast, Harper debuted an apparent decision to trade power for control — or at least explore it. It’s not a swing I recall him taking — at least not regularly — a swing seemingly executed at 80% effort.

Bote Man Posted: July 05, 2017 at 04:04 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: batting, bryce harper, hitting, nationals

Joe Ross Now With Extra Pitch And Extra Stamina

I think they finally found Car 54.

Bote Man Posted: July 05, 2017 at 09:01 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: car 54, joe ross, nationals, training

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Nationals speedster Trea Turner fractures wrist on hit by pitch

The Nationals have lost Trea Turner indefinitely due to a broken wrist suffered Thursday.

In the bottom of the seventh inning of Washington’s 5-4 loss to the Cubs, Turner was hit in the right wrist by a 96 mph fastball from Chicago reliever Pedro Strop. Turner glanced briefly at Strop, then walked slowly to first base.

The 24-year old shortstop remained in the game and caught a pop-up in the top of the eighth inning, but was replaced in the top of the ninth by reserve infielder Wilmer Difo.

“I didn’t know,” Turner said. “I had tape on my wrist, so initially it didn’t feel that bad. But I went out there and tried throwing. It hurt to lob the ball, but it felt fine when I threw it as hard as I could or basically full speed. “So I stayed in there a little bit, and then after a little while it started stiffening up on me so I figured I’d get out of there. In a close game, didn’t want to make a double-cut play or whatever it might be. I figured (Stephen) Drew might have a better shot or Difo. They’d have a better shot at playing some defense.”

X-rays confirmed the break. The Nationals did not give a timetable for Turner’s return to the team.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 29, 2017 at 11:43 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, trea turner

Monday, June 26, 2017

Nationals fan’s obituary blames bullpen for blowing ‘yet another lead’

Some type of salve could have prevented this.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2017 at 07:00 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Nationals’ bullpen killed a man.

KILLEBREW, Patrick, “Pat,” age 68, passed away peacefully at home, June 20, 2017, after watching the Washington Nationals relief pitchers blow yet another lead.

Random Transaction Generator Posted: June 25, 2017 at 05:33 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpen, nationals, obituary

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

At Long Last, Video Of One Of The Most Ridiculous And Unforgettable Plays In Nats History (WaPo)

This is pure awesomeness!! MLBAM swept away the cobwebs and wrestled out of their archives this video gem for which Nats fans have been clamoring for centuries.

Friday marks the 10th anniversary of one of the most unforgettable plays in early Nationals history, a moment right up there with Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn wearing “Natinals” jerseys for a home game in 2009. If you haven’t seen the play, there’s a decent chance you’ve heard it.

MLB video direct link

What’s your “favorite” bone-headed play? Or your favorite sandwich?

Bote Man Posted: June 21, 2017 at 05:21 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: baserunning, bone-headed plays, nationals, nook logan, videos

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo says Buck Showalter, Baltimore Orioles should ‘quit whining’ about rainout

“Their GM [Dan Duquette] was nowhere to be found for three, four hours. We wanted to play the next day. They refused to play then, so the next [open] day was [Thursday]. They drove 32 miles to get there. We flew 3,000 [expletive] miles, and we beat their [behinds]. So quit your whining. Quit whining.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2017 at 03:53 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, mike rizzo, nationals, orioles

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Unlikely Albers-Glover combo has stabilized Nationals bullpen - Nationals Pastime

Maybe they don’t need a “veteran” closer.

“Things go in streaks,” manager Dusty Baker said. “I still feel very confident in my bullpen. Quite honestly, I’m kind of tired of talking about it. Everybody wants to go on a day-to-day thing, and that’s not how you do it. That’s why you play six months of the season. We’ve played two months. We’ve still got two-thirds of the season left to go.”

Whether it’s coincidence or not, Glover’s ascendance to the closer’s role has mirrored the entire bullpen’s return to form. The rookie right-hander is now 7-for-7 in ninth-inning save opportunities, having allowed one hit and zero walks in those games, striking out seven batters. Since returning from a brief stint on the disabled list earlier this month, Glover has retired 25 of 31 batters faced.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 31, 2017 at 09:40 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Hunter Strickland, Bryce Harper suspended | MLB.com

Major League Baseball announced disciplinary measures for Giants reliever Hunter Strickland and Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper on Tuesday following their fracas on Monday afternoon in San Francisco. Strickland has been suspended for six games and was fined an undisclosed amount for throwing at Harper, the Nationals star who was suspended for four games and also fined for charging the mound and throwing his helmet at Strickland.

Both players have elected to appeal their suspensions, and their respective punishments will be held in abeyance until the appeal process is completed.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2017 at 07:10 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: brawls, bryce harper, giants, hunter strickland, nationals

Bryce Harper, Hunter Strickland spark fracas | MLB.com

Two dopes. Luckily, Buster Posey didn’t join the madness.

Giants catcher Buster Posey did not immediately react as Harper charged the mound, saying after the game that it can be dangerous to get in there. And although both benches cleared, there appeared to be no other punches thrown, with both sides focused on separating the two.

“After it happened, I kind of saw Harper point and the next thing you know, he’s going out after him,” Posey said. “There’s some big guys tumbling around on the ground. You see Mike Morse, he’s about as big as they come, and he was getting knocked around like a pinball. It’s a little dangerous to get in there sometimes.”

“It looks bad, so you had two guys that probably don’t care for each other much,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “It’s unfortunate, it is. That was a pretty good pile. We’re probably lucky somebody on either side didn’t get hurt in that situation.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2017 at 06:41 AM | 143 comment(s)
  Beats: brawls, bryce harper, hunter strickland, nationals

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Stephen Strasburg sets career high with 15 K’s | MLB.com

Should it really count when it’s against a bad AAA team?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 28, 2017 at 08:38 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, padres, stephen strasburg

Saturday, May 27, 2017

With 95 mph slider, Glover seizing opportunity to close - Nationals Pastime

Glover is doing his job thanks in part to some extra oomph on his secondary pitches. In the last few days, he has thrown six sliders that registered at least 94 mph. His final pitch last night to Renfroe was a slider that officially clocked in at 95.6 mph, the hardest slider for a swinging strike in the majors this season, according to MLB.com’s Statcast figures.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2017 at 10:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: koda glover, nationals

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Bryce Harper’s strange signing for 2018 won’t mean much in the long run | FOX Sports

This is a bit odd.

The oddest of tea leaves fell on Saturday — news that Bryce Harper and the Nationals had agreed upon a $21.625 million contract for 2018, avoiding his final year of arbitration.

I cannot recall another deal like this being struck in mid-May, and the curious timing raised the usual questions about Harper’s future with the Nats, and whether he will sign an extension before reaching free agency.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 14, 2017 at 06:06 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Bryce Harper agrees to $21.625 million deal with Nats for ‘18

The Washington Nationals have agreed to terms with star right fielder Bryce Harper on a contract for the 2018 season, the team announced Saturday.

Harper will make $21.625 million next season, as first reported by FanRag Sports and confirmed by ESPN.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 13, 2017 at 03:48 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals, nats

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