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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

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Sources: Nationals CF Adam Eaton done for season with torn left ACL

Washington Nationals center fielder Adam Eaton, who was carried off the field Friday, has a torn left ACL and will not play again this season, sources told ESPN, confirming multiple reports.

The team announced earlier Saturday that Eaton had been placed on the disabled list with what was initially diagnosed as a left knee strain.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 29, 2017 at 09:04 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: acl, adam eaton, nationals

Monday, April 24, 2017

Nationals trade rumors: Washington interested in David Robertson, Alex Colome

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the Nationals have “touched base” with multiple teams regarding their closers, specifically the White Sox’s David Robertson and Rays’ Alex Colome.

Washington has been searching for ninth-inning help since the end of last season. On top of losing Mark Melancon as a free agent, the Nationals also whiffed on Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen. This isn’t the first time Robertson’s name has come up in connection to the Nationals, either. The White Sox seemingly tried all winter to find a trade partner, but no team was willing to part with the necessary prospects and take on the final two years of Robertson’s deal. He’s making $12 million in 2017 and is due another $13 million in the final year of his contract in 2018.

While the Nationals may be poking around closers, Bowden reports the asking prices on Robertson and Colome remain extremely high.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Jayson Werth speaks out following bizarre ending to Braves-Nationals

Chase d’Arnaud struck out, and the Washington Nationals were ready to celebrate their 3-1 win.

Or so they thought.

Home plate umpire C.B. Bucknor called a foul ball on the Braves catcher’s swings, and the game was extended. The grounds crew was already on the field. It was chaotic.

d’Arnaud swung and missed on the next pitch after the confusion was cleared up and the Nationals won. But Washington outfielder Jayson Werth was displeased with how the whole thing played out.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 19, 2017 at 12:14 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: jayson werth, nationals

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Eaton out to prove he’s still an elite center fielder - Nationals Pastime

In the bigger picture, Eaton admits at least some motivation this season to show his detractors he still can be an elite center fielder.

“Yes and no,” he said. “A part of me thinks: Who cares what other people think? That’s kind of been my motto my whole life. You can tell me I can’t do something, and I don’t really care what you think. I’m just going to go out and do the best of my ability. That’s one of my thoughts.

“And the other one is: Yeah, tell everybody that I can still do something that they don’t think I can do. But five years ago, if you asked any scout if they thought I was going to be in the big leagues, they’d say no, too. So there hasn’t really been much praise throughout my career in most aspects. So I wouldn’t say it’s any different. I’m getting kind of used to that.”

 

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2017 at 11:39 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: adam eaton, defense, nationals

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

There Is No Stopping Daniel Murphy [FG]

Since Fangraphs articles seem work in opposites, this must mean that Nationals fans should be very afraid of Murphy suddenly tanking now that this has been published.

You could be forgiven, heading into last season, for thinking that Daniel Murphy would fail to carry over the magic of his 2015 playoff performance into the 2016 campaign. Many teams seem to have had similar suspicions: a free agent, Murphy received just $37.5 million over three years to sign with Washington. The Nationals were immediately rewarded: Murphy recorded nearly six wins for the club, basically providing a full return on Washington’s investment in just the first year of the contract.

Bote Man Posted: April 12, 2017 at 10:49 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, hitting, mets, nationals

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Don’t Change The Channel With These Hitters At Bat

The bosses gave me an impossible assignment: Write up the definitive list of players whose at-bats you can’t afford to miss…

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

Key attribute: Can’t outsmart him

Stat to know: Led majors with .332 average against off-speed pitches (curves/sliders/changeups/splitters) in 2016

Cabrera has hit .300 11 times in his career and has won four batting titles. He has nine seasons hitting at least .320; since World War II, only Wade Boggs and Stan Musial (10 apiece) have more. That makes him one of the best hitters for average in the past 70 years—oh, and he’s hit 446 home runs, won two home run titles and is capable of blasts such as this one:


Sunday, April 09, 2017

Nine tweets show how historically awful Jeremy Guthrie’s start was Saturday

ormer Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie turned 38 on Saturday, and he was having a great day until the early evening.

Guthrie made a start for the Washington Nationals on Saturday, his first appearance in the majors since his days with the Royals in 2015. It should have been a happy day for him.

But it was a terrible outing for Guthrie, as the Phillies pounded him to the tune of 10 runs on six hits and four walks. He got just two outs. The Phillies ended up scoring 12 runs overall in the opening frame.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 09, 2017 at 02:57 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: jeremy guthrie, nationals

Monday, April 03, 2017

OTP 3 April 2017: The Nationals Leave Politics Aside

Honestly, if Adam Eaton said something on Twitter that I disagree with, I would probably think he was the other Adam Eaton anyway.

Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said he issued no new directives after the 2016 election than he has in the past. … “I’m all about players speaking out when they feel like speaking out. They’re grown men,” Rizzo said. “You’ve seen it when people on our roster have said negative things toward me and my decisions. I salute their right to express their opinion.” …

Adam Eaton said he stays away from Twitter because he has “gotten crushed” for sharing his opinions before.

“For me, it’s not worth it to speak your mind as an athlete because you do get burned,” Eaton said. “Even if 95 percent of the country agrees with you, there’s that five percent that doesn’t. And if a media personality picks it up and disagrees with you, you’re in trouble.”

(As always, views expressed in the article lede and comments are the views of the individual commenters and the submitter of the article and do not represent the views of Baseball Think Factory or its owner.)

 

 

BDC Posted: April 03, 2017 at 08:11 AM | 1356 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, politics

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Nats tab Treinen for Opening Day closer

At least for now.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 30, 2017 at 01:07 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Friday, March 24, 2017

Heyman: Nationals leaning toward Koda Glover for closer role

Unknown long shot Koda Glover, who has zero major-league saves, emerged as the favorite to win the coveted Nationals closer job, sources suggest. Glover has impressed Nats people with his fastball and moxie — especially his moxie.

“He doesn’t give a (hoot),” one Nats-connected person said, admiringly.


Nationals people are expected to meet within the next three days to discuss the situation, and perhaps solidify things.

There’s still 10 days to go and things can change, but Nats people don’t believe Glover’s gutsy ways will change, so it appears he has the inside track despite Blake Treinen’s almost flawless statistical spring.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 24, 2017 at 11:24 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: koda glover, nationals

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Monday, March 20, 2017

Trea Turner loves baseball so much, he can hardly feel the pressure - The Washington Post

“I never really played anything but baseball growing up. My parents would have let me play anything. My dad played all three sports,” Turner said. “But I loved baseball. I always wanted to play baseball. In Florida, I got a chance to do it year round. So it was fun for me.

“I didn’t do some of the things kids are doing now — all the lessons, like video my swing when I was 10 years old. I think that’s a little too much,” Turner added. “I just had fun with it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 20, 2017 at 06:36 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, trea turner

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Nationals place Derek Norris on waivers

Derek Norris, who lost his starting catching job with the Washington Nationals due to the late signing of Matt Wieters, has been placed on waivers by Washington.

There is no likelihood anyone would claim him and take his $4.2-million salary at this stage, but the Nats are believed only responsible for 30 days termination pay (around $700K) if, as expected, they wind up releasing him. Arbitration year salaries are generally not fully guaranteed. Teams can release those players and pay only one-sixth the contract if the player is released by March 15.

The Nats have been trying to trade Norris but have not been successful doing so.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 11, 2017 at 09:46 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: derek norris, nationals

Friday, March 10, 2017

Why Max Scherzer is a true rarity among baseball’s best pitchers | FOX Sports

Scherzer, early in his career, struggled to identify the proper off-season throwing program.

“I had problems up to 2012,” Scherzer said. “It all stemmed from one thing — taking time off.

“The baseball book says don’t throw a ball until Jan. 1. And that’s what I did. I never touched a ball in October, November, December. Then, when I would start my throwing, my shoulder would kill.”

So after ’12, Scherzer stopped shutting down his arm once the season ended, playing catch on occasion in November and December to make it easier for him to ramp up in January.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 10, 2017 at 07:45 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: max scherzer, nationals

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