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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Kozma takes disdain from Nats’ fans as a compliment

He feeds upon your rage.

Gamingboy Posted: April 23, 2015 at 06:29 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: @# pete kozma, cardinals, kozma, nationals

Saturday, April 18, 2015


Friday, April 17, 2015

How new baseball stadium will use grassy berms, underground… | www.mypalmbeachpost.com

How much is the taxpayer on the hook for in this deal?

Don’t expect the new $135 million spring training complex for the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros to be a carbon copy of Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2015 at 08:55 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, ballparks, nationals, spring training

Craig Stammen has flexor tended tear, headed for surgery

Rafael Soriano is available.

Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 17, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Friday, April 10, 2015

Roll Call: Nursing Lounge Coming to Nationals Park?

Stella Baines: “Oh, that’s Joey. He cries when we take him out so we just leave him in there.” :)

Responding to a change.org petition started by an Arlington woman, a spokesperson for the Washington Nationals said there are plans to open a “state-of-the-art space to accommodate nursing mothers” at Nationals Park this July, in time for the All-Star break. Women currently have the option to use a designated conference room, but there is no view of the game from it, and the petition complained it lacked privacy and was uncomfortably warm.

“It’s about time. I think that it’s just terrific,” said Kathleen McCue, founder of Bethesda Breastfeeding and president of the Lactation Consultants Association of Greater Washington. “Everybody needs a place to go to nurse their baby that isn’t a bathroom or a bathroom stall. This is going to set a standard for other public arenas and give women greater freedom to do the things in life that they need to do. They shouldn’t be stuck at home just because they are nursing a baby.”

JE (Jason) Posted: April 10, 2015 at 12:48 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: lounge, nationals

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Local Cubs Broadcast Intro Is Just A Disaster

The GIF above cycles through some of the graphics that were used in the intro package that led into ABC 7’s broadcast of yesterday’s Cubs game. Did you catch all those errors? Here, let us slow things down for you.

To be fair, the season is still very young. Everyone’s still working out the kinks!

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 09, 2015 at 01:03 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cubs, giants, mariners, nationals, reds, spelling is hard, television

Monday, April 06, 2015

Nationals Park to host 2018 All-Star game

After a nearly 50-year absence, the MLB All-Star game is set to return to the nation’s capital.

Big news. There hasn’t been an MLB All-Star Game in Washington since the Senators hosted it at RFK Stadium in 1969.

This is also a promise made good by Commissioner Rob Manfred. In the coming years, Manfred is hoping to move toward a Super Bowl-type bidding process to determine which city and franchise hosts the All-Star game, but promised the event would come to Washington and Miami first. The Marlins are officially set to host the 2017 All-Star game.

The other change Manfred is bringing to the All-Star game is removing the tradition of alternating between NL and AL parks every year. As a result, this will make it four straight NL hosts, with the Cincinnati Reds set for 2015 and the San Diego Padres hosting in 2016. But there is a quirk, as the leagues will continue altering being the “home” team. That means the AL will get last at-bats in San Diego and now Washington.

As for potential future hosts, Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park and New York’s new Yankee Stadium seem like locks to host the event in the next decade. In fact, those stadiums along with Tampa Bay’s Tropicana Field are the only active stadiums to never host an All-Star game. The Rays, of course, will never receive serious consideration while playing at The Trop. On the other hand, a renovated Wrigley Field should be ready for its close up by 2019.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 06, 2015 at 03:38 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star, nationals

Sunday, April 05, 2015

The New Yorker: Ways to Stay Sane in Baseball

This offseason, a few ball clubs announced new initiatives to support their players’ mental health. The Red Sox created a new department of behavioral health, headed by Richard Ginsburg, the co-director of the PACES Institute of Sports Psychology, at Massachusetts General Hospital. The Washington Nationals began spring training with a new position known as “life skills” coördinator. The former player Rick Ankiel was hired for the job, and will work specifically with the club’s minor-league teams—where such a position is arguably needed the most. Most minor-league players earn less than two thousand dollars a month and have to cover their own housing and living expenses. Insufficient funds and relatively few days off during a five-month season—which extends well beyond that if you consider spring training and winter ball—separates players from their families and loved ones for long stretches of time. And, after you’ve dedicated your life to the game, there’s the pressure that comes from the belief that you’ve only achieved success if you make it to the majors—a dream that, even for a player in the minor leagues, will likely never be realized.

Remember how curious it seemed when McGwire admitted to seeing a sports psychologist for years?

Cloude Atlas (Voxter) Posted: April 05, 2015 at 11:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mental health, minor leagues, nationals, red sox

Friday, April 03, 2015

The Man They Love To Hate: Why is it so easy to dislike Bryce Harper?

Here he comes again, full bore, the only gear he knows, like the baseball version of a top fuel car. When Bryce Harper answers a question, just as when he chases a fly ball to a wall or zooms helmetless around the base paths—with the most vigorously windblown hair since Pete Rose’s—he fairly leaves in his wake the aromas of spent nitromethane, burned rubber and exhaust smoke, which is to say, he wears the scent of danger like cologne.

“You’ve got to have the confidence to win the World Series,” the Nationals’ rightfielder says, seated on a folding chair on the warning track near first base after a spring training workout at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla. “I truly believe if we’re hitting on all cylinders and guys do what they need to do, we’ll win, plain and simple.

“Am I saying that it’s going to be easy for us? No. But do we have the confidence? One hundred percent. You have to. I don’t care if you pick us to win the World Series or not. [Editor’s note: We’re not.] Every day when you get out of your car and walk into the park you better have that chip on your shoulder, that confidence to believe, We’re the best team in baseball.” [Editor’s note: They are.]

Joey B. Posted: April 03, 2015 at 09:54 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Who is the best player in baseball? The most overrated? We poll 117 major leaguers to find out.

These results are not binding. Unless Proposition 29 passes. And we all pray that it does.

Yes or No: I’m happy to see Alex Rodriguez back from his yearlong suspension.
Yes 41 percent
No 29 percent
I don’t care 30 percent
“He burned the union. That didn’t sit well with players, so we’ll see how that plays out on the field this year.”—American League pitcher

You’re commissioner for the day. What is the first thing you would do?
Top answer: Shorten the season 19 percent
“We get two days off a month. People with regular jobs get more days off than that!”—American League outfielder

Which player would make the most entertaining reality-show star?
“C.J. Wilson. He’s into racing cars, he travels everywhere. and he’s [married to] a supermodel.”—American League outfielder

“It’s Yasiel Puig. He’s completely insane. He’s got to be up to some wacky stuff. That would be the show to watch.”—American League pitcher

“Didn’t Madison Bumgarner bus down his cattle for spring training? And he bought his wife a baby bull as a wedding gift. You’re telling me you wouldn’t want to watch that?”—American League pitcher

“Wade Miley. It’d be like Duck Dynasty.”—American League pitcher

 


Keri: 2015 NL East Preview

New York Mets

Worst Offseason Move: Signing Cuddyer to a two-year, $21 million deal. I’m still trying to figure out what the Mets were thinking here: Cuddyer hit .332 with 30 combined homers in 2013 and 2014, but (1) he did it at Coors Field, and Citi Field sure as hell isn’t Coors Field, (2) injuries limited him to just 49 games last season, and (3) he hasn’t played in more than 130 games since his last season with the Twins in 2011. Oh, and (4) Cuddyer is 36 years old, (5) he’s one of the worst defensive outfielders in the game, and (6) the Mets gave up what would have been the no. 15 pick in the draft to sign him.

Honestly, the conspiracy theory suggesting the Mets were throwing Colorado a free compensation pick as part of a wink-wink agreement before an eventual Tulo trade still seems more plausible than New York thinking signing Cuddyer was a good idea.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 31, 2015 at 02:46 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, marlins, mets, nationals, phillies

Monday, March 30, 2015

Mets find lefty reliever, land Torres from Padres

Still smarting from Josh Edgin’s season-ending elbow injury, the Mets addressed their left-handed relief problem in two quick strikes on Monday, acquiring Alex Torres from the Padres in exchange for pitching prospect Cory Mazzoni and a player to be named, then Jerry Blevins from the Nationals for outfielder Matt den Dekker.

depletion Posted: March 30, 2015 at 08:59 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, nationals, padres

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Nats have tough decision to make on Uggla

Is it ableist to keep the good players and unload a few Ugglas?

[Dan] Uggla’s disastrous 2014 with the Braves (and briefly the Giants) left him in this position, forced to accept a minor-league contract with the Nationals and nothing more than an opportunity to compete for a spot on the big-league roster.

Thing is, Uggla’s performance this spring suggests he is worthy of making a big-league club. An 0-for-3 showing Saturday in Port St. Lucie dropped his batting average from .303 to .278, but he still sports a .422 on-base percentage, .922 OPS, only seven strikeouts in 36 at-bats and renewed confidence after undergoing a breakthrough vision treatment program…

What, then, do the Nationals do with Uggla?...

the 35-year-old admitted he wouldn’t be real comfortable in a reserve role.

“I’d have to say no,” he said. “I’ve never done it before. It’s not where I feel like I’m at in my career. That’s not what I’m looking to do.”

That puts the Nationals in a tough spot. They’ve probably seen enough this spring to be convinced Uggla can help them, but how exactly would he fit on their roster? And given that he has an opt-out in his contract, according to sources familiar with the deal, he won’t remain in the organization unless he makes the Opening Day roster.

The District Attorney Posted: March 29, 2015 at 01:20 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: dan uggla, nationals

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Callis: Ranking the best farm systems of the past five years

No Phils.

In today’s Pipeline Perspectives, Jonathan and I debate which farm system has been the most productive since the end of the 2009 season. My choice was the Nationals, who have developed three budding superstars in Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon, two more All-Stars in Ian Desmond and Derek Norris, plus a bunch of complementary players and trade fodder….

4. Royals
Kansas City nearly rode its system to a World Series championship last year, building the second-most homegrown playoff team in 2014—behind only St. Louis. The Royals’ in-house highlights included Kelvin Herrera, Greg Holland, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi (the key pieces in the James Shields trade), Salvador Perez and Yordano Ventura.

5. Reds
Cincinnati has harvested a nice combination of blue-chip talent (Aroldis Chapman, Todd Frazier, Billy Hamilton, Devin Mesoraco) and solid contributors (most notably, Yonder Alonso, Brad Boxberger, Zack Cozart, Didi Gregorius, Yasmani Grandal and Mike Leake), though it has traded most of the latter group.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Nats fan gets ‘Nationals World Series Champs 2015? tattoo

Bryce Harper is confident in his ability to help bring a World Series title to D.C., but the Nationals outfielder isn’t as, um, bold as 29-year-old fan Pete Johnson.

Johnson, a lawyer in the D.C. area, was taking a post-lunch stroll in Silver Spring with a friend on Sunday when his friend stopped, opened the door to Ambrotos Tattoo and said, ‘Why don’t we do something dumb?’

For Johnson, something dumb meant getting ‘Nationals World Series Champs 2015′ in his handwriting tattooed on the top of his foot.

Jacob Posted: March 24, 2015 at 01:23 PM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

SI cover: 2015 MLB Preview: It’s anyone’s year

The last time Sports Illustrated anointed the Cleveland Indians as favorites to win the World Series was 1987.
With Joe Carter (who would have his own World Series moment years later) and Cory Snyder on the cover, SI declared that “Cleveland is the Best Team in the American League.”

No, this is not the script of the movie “Major League,” as the previous five seasons before 1987 Cleveland finished 5th, 7th, 6th, 7th and 6th in the American League East.

Well, 1987 was no different as the Indians pitching staff, that featured two aging future Hall of Famers, was pummeled to the tune of allowing an absurd 957 runs with a team ERA of 5.28. Cleveland finished with baseball’s worst record at 61-101, 37 games behind division winner Detroit.

The losing would continue for the next seven years, before a breakout season in 1995, when the Indians went to their first World Series since 1954. (The Indians were beaten in six games by the Atlanta Braves).

So what makes this year any different? Could MLB see another “Indian Uprising?”

Cleveland hasn’t won a World Championship since 1948 but boasts loads of talent, with leftfielder Michael Brantley, first baseman/designated hitter Brandon Moss, first baseman Carlos Santana and reigning AL Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber, who went 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 269 strikeouts last season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 24, 2015 at 11:58 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, mariners, nationals, royals, sports illustrated

Monday, March 23, 2015

Nationals’ Jerry Blevins as much a renaissance man as he is a baseball player

He became an avid film watcher then, too. His mother always made time on Sundays to take him and his brother to the movies. As a minor leaguer with a lot of free time on the road, Blevins always found the local video store.

“I remember Clinton, Iowa,” said Blevins, whose favorite movie is “The Shawshank Redemption” and who loves the documentary “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.” “They had a riverboat casino and a Blockbuster down the street. You could go and get five movies for 25 bucks. I’d get the most obscure movies and watch them.”

Blevins also reads a lot, from the news to books. His favorite genre is science fiction and fantasy. He is reading Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series. He goes to sleep each night reading on his Kindle.

Martin Prince: As your president, I would demand a science-fiction library, featuring an ABC of the genre. Asimov, Bester, Clarke.
Student: What about Ray Bradbury?
Martin Prince: I’m aware of his work…

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 23, 2015 at 01:35 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, jerry blevins, loogys, nationals

Monday, March 09, 2015

Denard Span out at least 4-6 weeks

Washington is the favorite for the pennant? Nat so fast.

Washington center fielder Denard Span had surgery Monday to repair a right core muscle injury and will miss the Nationals’ opener next month.

Manager Matt Williams said the projected time for Span’s return is uncertain and added “you’re looking at four-to-six weeks before he can start doing baseball activity again.”

Span had surgery to repair a sports hernia injury in December and reported discomfort at the start of spring training, which he attributed to offseason training…

Washington outfielders Jayson Werth and Nate McLouth are rehabilitating from offseason shoulder surgery. Williams said Michael Taylor is likely to get the majority of time in center while Span is sidelined.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 09, 2015 at 10:51 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: denard span, injuries, nationals

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Bryce Harper says ‘people want to see us fail’ - The Washington Post

“You know, I say the things I say because I have confidence in my team,” Harper said. “I have confidence in their ability to go out there and play every single night. And some people don’t have confidence in us, so we’ve got to have all the confidence in the world. We’ve got to have that chip on our shoulder going out there, because people want to see us fail. Other teams want to see us fail. And that’s just baseball. That’s just how it is.

“And I want to go out there, I want to succeed, I want my team to succeed, and I want to have all the confidence in the world,” Harper went on. “So I’m gonna build them up, I’m gonna talk as much as I can to them and tell them hey, I’ve got confidence in you. We’re going out and playing every single night under these lights, and we’ve got to bust our butt and play hard and have the confidence in our abilities to go out there and win. And if we have that, then we’re ahead.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2015 at 09:34 AM | 109 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Robothal: Walk away from $144 million? No sweat, Scherzer had it covered

The policy, Scherzer said, would have provided him with $40 million tax-free if he suffered any type of injury that prevented him from receiving an offer below the Tigers’ original $144 million proposal. Scherzer was covered if he injured his shoulder. He was covered if he required Tommy John surgery on his elbow. He was covered for every possible injury under a policy that he said cost him $750,000.

“Don’t get me wrong. I know finance. I know deferral money. I get all that. But this was the best offer. If another team wanted to make a better offer without a deferment, we never received it. This was the best offer.”

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 03, 2015 at 12:13 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: max scherzer, nationals, tigers

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Bryce Harper says he’s reporting to spring training as light as he’s been since college - The Washington Post

In college?

Harper spent a lot of his offseason working out after the Nationals were eliminated in the National League Division Series by the eventual World Series champion Giants, but he isn’t reporting to spring training “as big as a house,” as he vowed to do after the 2013 season. Harper, who was listed at 225 pounds last season, says he arrives in Viera with about 7 percent body fat and as light as he’s been since he weighed 205 pounds in college.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 24, 2015 at 08:30 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Monday, February 23, 2015

Maury Povich’s baseball past includes a stellar batboy stint and a sportswriter dad | MLB.com

Who’s he going to expose is the baby daddy?

He’ll be on MLB Now live Monday at 2 p.m. on MLB Network, talking about that and more.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 23, 2015 at 05:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Friday, February 20, 2015

Washington Post - Jayson Werth on jail time: ‘It’s not a destination you would choose’

“Where I was wasn’t the same kind of thing you may have seen on TV or the movies,” Werth said. “That goes for the guys that were in there. The inmates were very supportive. The guards were very supportive. Nats Nation holds no bounds. It’s grown a lot since I got here, I’ll say that. It wasn’t so bad I’m like a different person. It was just an experience you went through. You get over it. You get through it.”

Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: February 20, 2015 at 01:36 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: jayson werth, legal, nationals

Friday, February 13, 2015

Ranking the teams: 6 through 1

6. Seattle Mariners

Probably unintentional, but the number 6 meme lives!

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: February 13, 2015 at 06:52 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, indians, mariners, nationals, pirates

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Baseball executives don’t like Max Scherzer’s deferred money deal

I wonder what Bobby Bonilla thinks.

The contract is for seven-years and $210 million. But as Buster notes, a huge amount of deferred money in involved. It stretches over the next 14 years and includes a $50 million signing bonus. For luxury tax purposes the contract is considered to be a $191.4 million deal based on present value, with an annual salary for such purposes determined to be $28.69 million.

Why this bugs other teams is a mystery. In response to other folks on Twitter, Olney cites executives displeasure with the $210 million figure now being the standard for an elite pitcher. I presume they also now worry that the expectation from agents will be that future deals for other pitchers include all of that deferred dough.

Which seems kind of unimportant. A $191 million deal or a $210 deal? Eh.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 10, 2015 at 11:43 AM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: deferred money, max scherzer, nationals, player contracts

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