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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Mike Rizzo feels Bryce Harper will stay in DC | MLB.com

“I think we have as good a chance to sign him long-term as anybody in baseball,” Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said on MLB Network this week. “He’s the type of iconic, historic type of player that would love to be with the same organization throughout his whole career, such as [Derek] Jeter and that group of guys. I think he wants to be here. We want him here. I think there’s an opportunity for him to make history here.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2017 at 05:41 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Monday, October 30, 2017

On-Topic Politics: Angelos Scraps Nats Naval Academy Baseball Classic

The Naval Academy Baseball Classic was slated to be held yearly through 2019, but due to a territorial issue with the Baltimore Orioles, the event will no longer take place, according to multiple sources.

Because the Nationals playing in the Orioles’ domain violates the MLB Constitution, Baltimore could have canceled last spring’s game. The Orioles instead agreed to allow the 2017 game to go on as scheduled, given its nature.

Bote Man Posted: October 30, 2017 at 09:25 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: exhibitions, nationals, orioles, peter angelos, scumbags

s Nationals agree to three-year deal to make Dave Martinez their next manager | WaPo

The Washington Nationals have agreed to a deal with Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez to become their next manager. The team is finalizing a three-year contract with an option for a fourth, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Martinez has served as Joe Maddon’s bench coach in Chicago and Tampa Bay for a decade but will be a first-time manager.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 30, 2017 at 01:50 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dave martinez, nationals

Sunday, October 29, 2017

WaPo: Dave Martinez to Manage Nationals

The Washington Nationals have agreed to a deal with former Cubs bench coach Davey Martinez to become their next manager, and are finalizing the details of what will be a three-year deal with an option for a fourth, according to a person familiar with the situation….

Martinez gives the Nationals a different look — a fresher face than Baker or Davey Johnson, but a more relaxed leader than Williams. He is fluent in Spanish, well-versed in advanced analytics and multiple Nationals players have spoken highly of him.

fra paolo Posted: October 29, 2017 at 11:57 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, managers, nationals, rays

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Joe Torre Confirms Nationals Hurt By Blown Call In NLDS Game 5

The Nats bizarre, bewildering and sometimes-Byzantine Game 5 loss to the Chicago Cubs included more than a bit of controversy, most of it taking place during Max Scherzer’s disastrous four-run fifth inning. And the controversy concerned whether, with two outs and two strikes, Javier Baez should have been allowed to run to first on a passed-ball swinging strike three, since his bat made contact with catcher Matt Wieters.

The rule book seemed clear:

  If a batter strikes at a ball and misses and swings so hard he carries the bat all the way around and, in the umpire’s judgment, unintentionally hits the catcher or the ball in back of him on the backswing, it shall be called a strike only (not interference). The ball will be dead, however, and no runner shall advance on the play.

Wieters felt the same way; “I believed I was protected under the rule,” he said, and the Nationals did not think there was space for umpire discretion. (Read Kilgore’s breakdown from that night. See also, Jorge Castillo’s breakdown of the entire inning.)

Let the second-guessing resume!

Bote Man Posted: October 26, 2017 at 05:03 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, playoffs, protests, umpiring

Monday, October 23, 2017

Ray Knight Parties, Beats Up Friend

Fairfax County police responded to a call about a fight in the 7500 block of Ashby Lane around 4 a.m. Sunday after an argument between Knight and a 33-year-old acquaintance. After a verbal altercation, the fight became physical and both men had visible injuries, said Officer Kent Bailey with the Fairfax County Police Department.

There is no truth to the rumor that 33-year-old Dan Kolko bit Ray Knight’s hand.

Bote Man Posted: October 23, 2017 at 09:07 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, pugilism, ray knight

Looking Back At Five Great Baseball Moments At RFK Stadium

Sunday night was quiet around the baseball world in anticipation of the World Series, but it was also quietly the end of a small era connected to the sport’s history. Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, which was previously home to the Nationals and the second iteration of the Washington Senators, bid farewell to its last tenant, Major League Soccer’s D.C. United club.

And the movable left field stands were a-bouncin!

 

Bote Man Posted: October 23, 2017 at 03:45 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, senators, stadiums, washington

Friday, October 20, 2017

Dusty Baker Will Not Be Back as Manager

The Nationals on Friday announced that Dusty Baker would not return as the team’s manager in 2018. Baker this past season led the Nationals to 97 wins a second-straight NL East title. However, the team once again failed to advance past the division series in the playoffs. In two seasons on the job in Washington, the Nationals on Baker’s watch posted a winning percentage of .593.
Baker’s now managed for 22 seasons, and over that span his teams have gone 1,863-1,636. Those 1,863 wins rank 14th all-time, and Baker’s also led four different teams to the playoffs. As well, he’s been named NL Manager of the Year three times. It’s possible, though, that his never winning a World Series will keep him out of the Hall of Fame. At age 68, Baker may also have managed his last big-league game.

Not fired, just simply let him go at the end of his contract. That seems really rare to me, but it’s the third time out of his four stints where the team has simply let him go at the end of his contract.

Greg Pope Posted: October 20, 2017 at 01:59 PM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dusty baker, giants, nationals, reds

Friday, October 13, 2017

For vanquished Nationals, an inning that will live in infamy | WaPo

“Some things like that happen and you just have to be able to deal with it,” Scherzer said. “This game – you can execute pitches and sometimes that’s not enough. You just got to keep going out there, stay within yourself and keep executing pitches. “

And sometimes, as the Nationals found out, you just can’t.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 13, 2017 at 10:27 AM | 236 comment(s)
  Beats: choking dogs, cubs, nationals, nlds

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Strasburg rises from mold malady to throttle Cubs, send NLDS to Game 5 | Chicago Sun-Times

The headline is just wrong.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2017 at 07:11 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, mold, nationals, stephen strasburg

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Stephen Strasburg’s legacy on line now - Washington Times

This is a weird on. What’s his real issue?

The news that, with Game 4 of the NLDS against the Cubs in Chicago Tuesday pushed back to Wednesday because of rain, that Strasburg, even though he is fully rested, will not start Game 4 was met with howls of laughter and tears — especially when manager Dusty Baker told reporters, that Strasburg is “feeling under the weather.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2017 at 08:18 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, stephen strasburg

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Cubs-Nationals Game 4 postponed until Wednesday

Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field was postponed by rain, and will be played at 4:08 ET on Wednesday, Major League Baseball announced.

The Cubs will stick with scheduled starter Jake Arrieta for Game 4 regardless, instead of Game 1 starter Kyle Hendricks, manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday afternoon.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker would not yet say whether he would replace scheduled Game 4 starter Tanner Roark with Game 1 starter Stephen Strasburg - who would be on regular rest - though that appears highly likely with the Nationals facing elimination.

Discuss.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 10, 2017 at 06:25 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, nationals, nlds, weather

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Real Bryce Harper shows he’s on his way back in a big way - Chicago Tribune

Doing the bat flip thing.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2017 at 07:33 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, cubs, nationals

Thursday, October 05, 2017

LAT: Reconstructing the Dodgers’ 2016 Game 5 NLDS Win Over Washington

An essay by Andy McCullough that many say is very good.

As Kershaw loosened up in the bullpen, a phone rang inside Friedman’s suite. It was a member of the training staff. “Kersh is going to see if he can get loose,” the trainer said. “And there was nothing we could do to stop him.”

 

Bote Man Posted: October 05, 2017 at 03:23 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, kershaw, nationals, nlcs

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Nationals reinstate Bryce Harper from DL | MLB.com

Clown injury bro.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2017 at 08:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Monday, September 25, 2017

Please enjoy Jayson Werth as Jon Snow and Bryce Harper as his trusty Direwolf | MLB.com

I guess winter is coming.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2017 at 06:47 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Svrluga-No Joke, The Nationals Have Evolved Into One Of Baseball’s Best Franchises

His Most Reverend Barry puts the Nationals’ journey into perspective. A good read.

Stephen Strasburg was first out of the clubhouse and up the dugout steps, and Bryce Harper was right behind him, and that’s just the perfect introduction to the 2017 National League East champions – the two players who best represent the transformation from irrelevant, 100-loss jokes into what the Washington Nationals are now, which is a contender for best franchise in baseball.

Bote Man Posted: September 10, 2017 at 10:07 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: history, nationals, nl east

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Stephen Strasburg extends scoreless streak, overcoming cramps to beat Marlins

MIAMI — In the sixth inning of the Washington Nationals’ 2-1 win Tuesday over the Miami Marlins, Stephen Strasburg fell behind Giancarlo Stanton 3-0. Strasburg was also experiencing calf cramps at the time, a minor problem he cannot seem to shake, and it all combined to create a rather discouraging set of circumstances for the Nationals right-hander.

But Strasburg fought back into the count against the man on a mighty home run tear and induced a groundout. He then struck out Christian Yelich on his way to completing his 26th consecutive scoreless inning — all while leaping awkwardly off the mound after every pitch, bitten by a cramp in his calf that eventually forced him from the game.

No Nationals pitcher has ever had a scoreless streak as long as Strasburg’s 26 innings. No homegrown Nationals pitcher has been as consistently dominant as Strasburg has been when he is healthy — or even when he is not-quite-healthy, as he was Tuesday night.


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Strasburg Goes Yard, Pitches A Gem Vs. Marlins

Dusty the Arm-Shredder is at it again!!

https://twitter.com/Nationals/status/903025708875833346
One of these men homered today.

Bote Man Posted: August 31, 2017 at 11:51 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, nationals, stephen strasburg

Sunday, August 27, 2017

The art of hitting by Daniel Murphy - Byron Kerr

“Every at-bat to him is extremely valuable,” says third base coach Bobby Henley of Murphy’s work. “He’s up there to try to do something to help the ballclub. He wants to drive runs in, that’s the big thing. He wants to do whatever he can to drive a run in, understanding what the pitcher is trying to do to him and staying with his plan. I think he has shown over last year and the course of this year that he’s pretty good when he stays with his plan. It’s been fun to watch, I know that.

“I think that comes with at-bats over the course of years. He’s a veteran ballplayer, veteran hitter. I think from years of hitting and years of understanding what it takes for him to be successful, he’s kind of found that and he’s staying with that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2017 at 09:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, nationals

Sunday, August 13, 2017


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

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