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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 | 54 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

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

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