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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mike Trout And Bryce Harper Are Baseball’s Best Young Position-Player Duo Ever

With all the (deserved) hype surrounding Trout and Harper, I was wondering how the duo compares to other concurrent 22-or-under pairs of position players in the history of baseball. To answer that question, I looked at the most productive two non-pitchers age 22 or below in a given season, based on the combined number of wins above replacement they’d generated in the previous two seasons.
...
By that standard, Trout and Harper are the most productive young duo in baseball history.
...
If we’re looking to give extra weight to No. 2s, ensuring that both players in a pair have great stats (to safeguard against a situation such as what happened in 1918, when Rogers Hornsby had 97 percent of the WAR in his “duo” with Ross Youngs), perhaps a better way to rank these kinds of pairings is not to sum up all of the WAR generated by a pair, but rather to take the harmonic mean of the two individuals’ WAR totals.
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By either list, though, Trout-Harper is the best young duo in baseball history.

 

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 22, 2014 at 05:03 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, nationals

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Zuckerman - Character test for battered, beaten Nationals

Span, Zimmerman, Fister, Ramos, Hairston out. Werth day-to-day. Who knew that Adam LaRoche would be the poster boy for the Nationals Institutes of Health???

boteman digs the circuit clout Posted: April 13, 2014 at 10:31 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, nationals

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Nationals star Bryce Harper works hard to take care of his body

a companion piece for the David Wells article…

Bryce Harper’s diet veers between world-class athlete and overgrown kid, which makes sense because that’s what he is. Harper pours glutamine powder into yogurt-and-fruit shakes and drops amino vitamins into homemade organic juice. He also scarfs his mom’s made-from-scratch cooking. He sneaks Klondike Bars, Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes and Double Stuff Oreos. He does not drink Red Bull or Five-Hour Energy, both full of sugar and caffeine and “absolutely terrible for you,” he said. Harper may submit to a craving for Mountain Dew but only in the offseason, and even then he takes one sip and throws the can in the trash.

“I mean, I’m not perfect,” Harper said, laughing as he sat in the Washington Nationals’ dugout this week.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

At 102, Oldest Living Former Major Leaguer Spends Days in Cuba

Marrero was a bright spot on a bad team. He didn’t reach the majors until he was just a few days shy of 39, an age most ballplayers were well into retirement. The Washington journalist Bob Addie once wrote that Marrero “might have become a Hall of Famer had he been plucked at a younger age.”

In just his fifth big league game, Marrero struck out Boston’s Ted Williams with a dancing knuckleball. According to specious news accounts, he patted himself on the chest as he walked off the mound, saying, “Gude. Me want more money.”

Three decades later, a Post reporter visited Cuba and talked to Marrero about facing Williams. He told one of his favorite stories, about another game in which Williams went deep twice. The old pitcher would never forget: once off a slider, once off a knuckler.

“After the game, he put his arm around me under the stands and said, ‘This was my day,’ ” Marrero recalled. “I told Williams, ‘Every day is your day.’ ”

BourbonSamurai Is a Lazy Nogoodnik Posted: March 26, 2014 at 05:10 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban baseball, nationals

Friday, March 14, 2014

Ryan Zimmerman will sit out Nationals’ next two games

Pain isn’t good.

“At first you’re concerned, because you don’t want anything to hurt,” Zimmerman said. “Once every day it starts to feel better, you realize it’s just soreness and not anything structural. At first, you’re always nervous, especially when you had something repaired. It’s okay.
“It feels good enough to play now. Because we’re afforded with the time we have now, we should just give it one or two more days to make sure it’s completely out of there. You can do that down here. Regular season, it would be a different story.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2014 at 10:03 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, ryan zimmerman

Friday, March 07, 2014

Doug Fister injury: Nationals righty has elbow inflammation, MRI

This would be a big blow for the Nats.

SoCalDemon Posted: March 07, 2014 at 04:21 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: injury, nationals, trade value

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Rick Ankiel will retire

An interesting career. I’m sure he’ll be a fine coach if he wants to be.

BourbonSamurai Is a Lazy Nogoodnik Posted: March 05, 2014 at 05:57 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals, nationals

Monday, February 24, 2014

Blue Jays, Astros, Nationals Spring Training Site Musical Chairs

Let’s see if I can make the biggest mess yet with this thread!

LAKE WORTH — Lake Worth city officials think they have a home run of an idea to help revitalize their city and save spring training on Florida’s east coast: A baseball stadium on the shores of Lake Osborne in John Prince Park.

They just need Palm Beach County, which owns the land, to buy into the idea. And that might not happen anytime soon.

...Still, city officials say they are cautiously optimistic about the prospect of the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals sharing a spring training complex on 80-some acres in the 728-acre park just south of Lake Worth Road and west of Lake Osborne.

Place your bets, place your bets!

boteman digs the circuit clout Posted: February 24, 2014 at 09:29 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, blue jays, florida, nationals, spring training

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Nats, Rays swap Lobaton and Karns

The Washington Nationals shored up their catching corps and added more talent to the upper levels of their Minor League system on Thursday, acquiring catcher Jose Lobaton, left-hander Felipe Rivero and outfielder Drew Vettleson from the Tampa Bay Rays.

In exchange, the Nationals sent right-handed starter Nathan Karns to the Rays. To clear space for Rivero on the team’s 40-man roster, right-hander Erik Davis was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow sprain.

BourbonSamurai Is a Lazy Nogoodnik Posted: February 13, 2014 at 04:03 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, rays

Saturday, January 25, 2014

NatsFest Fallout - Strasburg’s Loose Bodies, Harper’s Knee, Espinosa’s Wrist (Shoulder), More!

Strasburg finally opens up at NatsFest about cavorting with loose bodies:

The way loose bodies work is that when you get hot and you get the blood flowing, your [arm] straightens out and you feel [normal]...

Harper’s knee hurt before he hit the wall

Espinosa also had an interesting quote regarding the broken wrist (shredded shoulder} he played with last season. He said he should have rested the injury when it first occurred in April (really 2012).

I shouldn’t have [played]. But at the same time, I’m not the doctor reading the film. So yea, I shouldn’t have been playing on a broken wrist the whole year. Like I said, if you’re told you have a bruise, you play through a bruise. Everybody plays through bumps and bruises. I wouldn’t have played if I knew I had a broken wrist. I shouldn’t have been playing at all.

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boteman digs the circuit clout Posted: January 25, 2014 at 06:45 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: fandom, nationals, strasburg

Thursday, January 09, 2014


Wednesday, January 08, 2014

MLB’s Five Positive Regression Candidates

Jonah Keri has the audacity to not write about the Hall of Fame or steroids!

The biggest reason for Boston’s worst-to-first season, however, was that the players who failed miserably in 2012 were amazing in 2013. David Ortiz, Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, and John Lackey went from off years, lousy years, or entirely missed years to huge performances during the team’s ride to rings. Everything that could have gone wrong two years ago did, but then everything that could have gone right last year did, too…

From 2010 to 2012, Castro’s first three big league seasons, only five other shortstops (Troy Tulowitzki, Jose Reyes, Hanley Ramirez, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Derek Jeter) were more productive offensively on a park-adjusted basis. Castro was just 22 at the time, and he’d posted a .297/.336/.425 line over his first three seasons. While not all players develop at the same rate, Castro looked poised to improve over the course of the deal if he joined the majority of baseball players who peak in their mid-to-late twenties.

That’s what makes me doubt that Castro’s disastrous 2013 season has much predictive value

Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: January 08, 2014 at 12:48 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: 2014, angels, blue jays, brewers, cubs, nationals

Monday, January 06, 2014

Neyer: Bryce Harper’s winter plans: Eating.

Instead of making sandwiches with bread, use Pop Tarts! Instead of chewing gum, chew bacon!

ESPN.com’s Anna McDonald got to wondering how baseball players spend their winters, and actually broke a bit of semi-surprising news:

“I’m excited to take a month off, that’s something I’m excited for, let the body rest,” Bryce Harper said recently. “Let the body heal a little bit and get as big as a house. ... That’s the biggest thing I try to do.”

Wait ... what? While the rest of us were trying not to add to many extra pounds over the holidays, Harper is trying to gain weight?

“I want to go into spring training about 240, 245,” said Harper, who weighed around 218 pounds at the end of the 2013. “I’ll lose about 20 pounds during the season.”

What’s probably going to happen is Harper… will get bigger and hit more home runs, but make fewer plays in the outfield. That’s usually a solid trade…

McDonald’s article is also a useful reminder that players work harder in the off-season than ever before… That’s worth remembering when you’re reading a column by an old baseball writer who questions the integrity of modern players.

The District Attorney Posted: January 06, 2014 at 03:59 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, bsohl, food, nationals

Thursday, December 19, 2013

A’s acquire Corey Brown from Nationals

Corey Brown was designated for assignment by the Nationals last week and today they traded the 27-year-old outfielder to the A’s for cash considerations.


Livan Hernandez Auctions ‘97 World Series ring, MVP trophy

The MVP trophy and World Series ring aren’t the only items Hernandez has placed in the auction. Also up for grabs: his 2002 San Francisco Giants N.L. championship ring, 2004 Silver Slugger Award, and the first-pitch baseball he threw from the first Washington Nationals game.

I used to love that Large Tub of Goo, but now he’s just a Large Tub of Poo to me.

boteman digs the circuit clout Posted: December 19, 2013 at 01:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: livan hernandez, marlins, nationals

Saturday, December 07, 2013

MASN: Nationals sign Nate McLouth to 2yr/$10.75 million deal

The Nats also have a club option for 2016 at $6.5 million on this deal but I’ll eat my topsiders if they end up exercising it.

Mike Rizzo got his experienced starter in Doug Fister earlier this week. Now he has his left-handed-hitting reserve outfielder in Nate McLouth.

The Nationals have signed McLouth to a two-year contract, a source confirms, giving the Nats their fourth outfielder, one who can play any outfield spot and has a little bit of pop from the left side of the plate.

FOXSports.com was the first to report the signing, and according to the Baltimore Sun, McLouth will get $10.75 million over the two-year deal. [...]

The Nationals came into this offseason looking to bolster their bench, add more of a left-handed presence and get a solid defensive outfielder.

They paid nearly $5.5 million per season to get McLouth for two years, but get a guy off the bench who is a bit of a threat from the left side of the plate, gets on base at a decent rate, is defensively versatile in the outfield and has good speed.

Funny market.

Esoteric Posted: December 07, 2013 at 12:36 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore, nationals, orioles, washington

Monday, December 02, 2013

Nationals acquire Doug Fister

Bolstering their rotation and checking off one of their major offseason goals, the Nationals traded the Detroit Tigers for Doug Fister, according to several reports. It is not immediately clear what the Nationals sent Detroit in return.

 

Guapo Posted: December 02, 2013 at 09:24 PM | 309 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, tigers

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Sources: Nationals Want Tax Dollars To Put Roof On Nats Park

The Washington Nationals want to put a roof over the team’s stadium and they want taxpayers to pick up the tab.

Multiple sources tell WNEW Senior Correspondent Mark Segraves that team executives have approached several District officials, including some inside mayor Vincent Gray’s office, to propose the addition to Nationals Park.

While the discussions are in very preliminary stages, diagrams of the proposed roof have been presented to the mayor’s office.

The project would cost roughly $300 million to complete.


Saturday, November 16, 2013

WaPo | Nationals all-star Bryce Harper’s unique contract could lead to a grievance hearing

As the Washington Nationals seek to augment a roster core they believe is built for long-term success, an unusual and previously unreported aspect of outfielder Bryce Harper’s contract remains unresolved.


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Nationals are willing to listen on center fielder Denard Span - CBSSports.com

This is a quick turnaround.

Span was acquired a year ago from the Twins for top pitching prospect Alex Meyer when folks figured the Nats might go for a free-agent center fielder such as Michael Bourn. The Nationals wound up having a disappointing season.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2013 at 11:43 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: denard span, nationals

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Baseball America: 2014 Washington Nationals Top 10 Prospects

And still no info on James Kocoloski…

TOP 10 PROSPECTS
1. Lucas Giolito, rhp
2. A.J. Cole, rhp
3. Brian Goodwin, of
4. Matt Skole, 1b/3b
5. Robbie Ray, lhp
6. Sammy Solis, lhp
7. Michael Taylor, of
8. Jake Johansen, rhp
9. Nate Karns, rhp
10. Steven Souza, of

After sending numerous young stars to the big leagues in recent years, Washington’s farm system has been left somewhat depleted. The return of righthander A.J. Cole—traded away in the Gio Gonzalez deal but re-acquired from the Athletics last offseason in the three-team Michael Morse trade—helped immensely. Cole thrived in his return to the organization and established himself as one of Washington’s top prospects. Brian Goodwin, Robbie Ray, Nate Karns and Steven Souza all joined Cole in spending meaningful time in Double-A last year, and any of them could contribute in Washington soon.

The Nationals are also starting to reap rewards from their rejuvenated Latin American program. Exciting young talents like Jefry Rodriguez and Rafael Bautista had sterling U.S. debuts, helping the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Nationals put together an incredible 49-9 season.

Repoz Posted: November 06, 2013 at 07:22 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Sunday, November 03, 2013

John Torres: Nationals turn over reins to a cheater

Fawlty Torres strikes again!

I guess Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were unavailable.

If you can’t have the most high-profile cheaters, then maybe you go for the next best thing and own it. Make them first. Being first is a good thing in most cases. Here? I’m not so sure.

In any event, the Washington Nationals made Matt Williams — the steroid-infused slugger who was later exposed in the Mitchell Report — the first of the known steroid cheats to become a major league baseball manager. It’s good to be first. Williams can be the Jackie Robinson of muscleheads. He can pave the way for others.

It won’t be long before Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa are managing big league teams and inspiring a younger generation to do whatever it takes to ensure you make the money you want, teaching the lesson that it never matters how you play the game, as long as you can cash in.

Bravo, Nationals.

What a great example the hiring of Williams sets for the youngsters who will never be big enough or strong enough or fast enough without the assistance of performance-enhancing drugs. You may not make it into the Hall of Fame — yet — but you can still lead a baseball team. Hey, maybe when this experiment fails, the Nationals will replace General Manager Mike Rizzo with Alex Rodriguez.

...The problem with hiring a cheater is that we will never know what parts of his career were real and what parts came from a vial. You can look at his statistics and almost guess. There were years where the homers tallied in the 20s interspersed with others in the upper 30s and 40s.

I’m all for second chances in life. You just don’t name known embezzlers the new president of your bank.

Repoz Posted: November 03, 2013 at 01:41 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Zuckerman - Nationals Big 3 Players Go Under Knife

Attention players! Rush to aisle 1/2 for our blue light special on loose body removal! And for a limited time only get your bursa sac debrided at no extra charge!

boteman digs the circuit clout Posted: October 26, 2013 at 12:43 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals, strasburg, surgery

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Beasley: Bryce Harper “can handle” starting season with Nationals

Beasley: Bryceslist: Killer job.

New Triple-A Syracuse manager Tony Beasley believes Harper could use some more seasoning but has also demonstrated hints of the complete package
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“I would hate to see him come all the way through the system quickly, skip levels and then get the major league level and really skid,” Beasley said. “The thing he has that is special, and I have talked to him about it, is his mindset - the way he believes and the level of confidence he has and his ability to play the game of baseball. I don’t think you want to shake that, especially at this age. I don’t think you want to take the chance of shaking that.”

...But all you can go on is what you have seen and Beasley believes in what Harper has produced in one season. He believes it is a very positive sign for what lies ahead for the Nationals and their top prospect.

“I think so far he has done outstanding. That is the tough call for general manager Mike Rizzo and manager Davey Johnson (to make). All we can do as a minor league field staff is to prepare him as best we can for on and off field situations. I think so far he is way, way ahead of his years and he gets it. I think (Harper) really understands it,” Beasley said.

So, is Harper ready?

“If he gets the call out of spring training this year,” Beasley said, “I have a feeling that he can handle it.”

Repoz Posted: January 21, 2012 at 12:03 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, nationals, prospect reports, scouting

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Kilgore: The Nationals look like Prince Fielder favorites

Prince busters…going one step beyond?

And if the Rangers aren’t going to sign Fielder, the Nationals have to be considered the frontrunner now. Who else is there? Any team planning to make a stealth run at him probably would not have risked waiting until late January to make its move. The Brewers and Mariners have been on the periphery, but not as involved as the Nationals. You never know, but it looks like the Fielder sweepstakes is the Nationals’ to lose.

The process has been fascinating, and it looks for now as if the Nationals have played it perfectly. They held firm at their price for Fielder, and with the apparent (and stunning) relative lack of interest in one of baseball’s great sluggers, the market has come to them. They let agent Scott Boras dictate the terms of the Jayson Werth negotiations last winter. The Lerners struck back this time. Or at least that’s the appearance right now.

In the background of their discussions with Fielder lies the Nationals’ under-construction television deal with MASN. Like the Rangers, the Nationals could soon be expecting more cash from their rights fees. The details are few, but the stakes are explained in the story from today’s paper, with help from Chuck Greenberg, an architect of the Rangers’ massive TV deal.

The Nationals, experts say, can expect enough new revenue from their renegotiated rights fees to pay for Fielder’s potential contract – and then some. Andrew Zimbalist, an economics professor and sports business expert, said signing Fielder could enhance the Nationals’ argument for higher rights fees from MASN.

“I think it would,” Zimbalist said. “Somebody like Fielder offers the possibility of not only the team being more competitive, but generating excitement in his own right.”

Repoz Posted: January 19, 2012 at 02:50 PM | 87 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, nationals

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