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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Bryce Harper signs biggest endorsement deal for MLB player

WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE

Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper has signed a 10-year extension with Under Armour that is believed to be the largest endorsement deal in history for a baseball player, a source with knowledge of the deal told ESPN.

Under Armour announced earlier Tuesday that Harper signed a multiyear extension but said terms, including the length of the deal and compensation, would not be disclosed.

The brand, which has had Harper as an endorser for five years, will begin selling Harper’s first signature cleat, the Under Armour Harper One, in July. The company previously sold shirts with a phrase Harper filed to trademark—“That’s A Clown Question, Bro.” Harper abandoned his pursuit of that trademark in 2014.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 03, 2016 at 12:20 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, endorsements, nationals, under armour

Monday, April 25, 2016

WaPo - Twins and Nats Combine for 16-innings of Wackiness

Sunday’s game had everything a game could offer, from dramatic highs to head-shaking oddities. Bench coach Chris Speier, first base coach Davey Lopes and Baker, in his 21st season as a manager, have seen thousands of games combined, and the three agreed this was the wildest game they had been a part of.

It was definitely not the cleanest game ever played, but there were so many uncommon events that this one will be remembered for quite some time.

Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: April 25, 2016 at 08:13 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, dusty baker, nationals, twins

Friday, April 22, 2016

Bryce Harper rising to No. 1? Execs still prefer Mike Trout | New York Post

So I asked 13 executives and scouts: If money were no object and you could start a franchise with either Trout or Harper, who do you got?

Three said they actually would take Houston shortstop Carlos Correa, and one also mentioned Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado. But the request was Trout vs. Harper, and eight took Trout and five went with Harper — with two of the Harper voters admitting they only had changed recently. One Trout voter actually wavered toward Harper in the midst of an email response before stating, “I’ll stay with Trout, but it’s as close a vote as you can get.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2016 at 09:06 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, bryce harper, mike trout, nationals

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Bryce Harper has knocked it out of the park. Now Lerners must step to the plate. - The Washington Post

Step up to the plate or back up the truck?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 20, 2016 at 08:24 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Bryce Harper Bat Now With 100 Emoji

Bryce Harper >>>>> Billy Ripken


Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Bryce Harper wants to Make Baseball Fun Again

CSN video of interview in question.

But noted Minor League hurler Brent Honeywell aint havin’ it!!11!!

Brent Honeywell @brent_honeywell:
“Make baseball fun again” it must not be too fun being one of the youngest super stars. It must not be fun to face the best of the best. Baseball is not a “tired” game either. It’s been played 155 years and people still want to play it. Real “clown move”. It sucks to see it because guys in MiLB are workin to death to be in his shoes and he’s basically complaining. Grow up.

Honeywell specifically denied in later tweets that he would be throwing at Harper, so Bryce can rest easy.

Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: April 05, 2016 at 03:20 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, fun, nationals, party poopers

Friday, April 01, 2016

Dale Murphy on Brycer Harper & Bautista

Dale Murphy was talking with his wife Nancy about this supposed rift between generations. You probably have heard something about it. Bryce Harper wants the game to be more fun, livelier, with more feeling expressed, with bat flips and fist pumps and raw emotion. A few other younger players have said similar things either with words or, in the case of Jose Bautista, with an epic bat flip for the ages.
And in the last couple of weeks, a couple of great players from my childhood — Goose Gossage and Mike Schmidt — took issue with Harper’s words and Bautista’s tactics and the young players’ desire to be more demonstrative. Schmidt wrote that such displays “show a lack of respect for your opponent and the history of the game.”

Gossage concurred. “It was a bleepin’ disgrace,” he said.

Dale Murphy played when I was a kid too; he was a hero of mine. I have three Dale Murphy autographs in this house basically because, if you were a Dale Murphy fan, you just ended up with autographs the way that jeans end up with loose change. He was that kind of nice guy. Murphy was a fantastic player in the time of Schmidt and Gossage. He won back-to-back MVP awards just after Schmidt did. He faced Gossage 23 times, hitting just .130 against the Goose (Murphy did manage a homer against Gossage the very last time they faced each other).

In any case, Dale was talking with Nancy about this goofy rift between old school and new, this disagreement between these crazy kids today with their antics and the staid, respectful players of old who kept their heads down, when Nancy interrupted. ‘Wait a minute? Wasn’t there a player in your time who used to come on to the field doing backflips?”

That was Ozzie Smith, of course. And everybody loved it.

“Funny thing about us old guys,” Murphy says. “We don’t always remember our own time so well.”


Sunday, March 27, 2016

Coordinators make sure players learn the ‘Nationals way’ - The Washington Post

I can’t wait for the book.

“But that’s all of us,” Garber said. “Really what Tommy and I do, we organize the thoughts of Doug [Harris] and [Director of Player Development] Mark [Scialabba] and all the coordinators. Because what we’re trying to do is have a developmental system that produces Washington Nationals major leaguers. . . . Things we’re consistent with from rookie ball to the time they get to the big leagues. A style of play, how we’re going to compete, how we’re going to go about our business, what we think, how we think.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2016 at 06:35 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Saturday, March 19, 2016


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Nationals Bronson Arroyo scratched from start | MLB.com

It’s sounds like it’s over.

Bronson Arroyo’s Major League comeback with the Nationals may have come to an end. The 39-year-old right-hander was scratched from his scheduled start on Wednesday with right shoulder soreness, which a source told MLB.com is the result of a tear of his labrum. MLB Network’s Peter Gammons tweeted that the tear was “80 percent.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 17, 2016 at 08:08 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: bronson arroyo, nationals

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Bryce Harper: Baseball ‘a tired sport, because you can’t express yourself’

“If a guy pumps his fist at me on the mound, I’m going to go, ‘Yeah, you got me. Good for you. Hopefully I get you next time.’ That’s what makes the game fun.

Fun?  This is baseball we’re talking about.  You’re not supposed to look like you’re having fun.

Srul Itza Posted: March 10, 2016 at 12:12 PM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Sunday, March 06, 2016

What to do when your window of opportunity is closing (Mar 5, 2016) | FOX Sports

The Blue Jays want to build on last year’s success, while the Detroit Tigers and Washington Nationals hope 2015 was an aberration. All three teams are trying to keep their championship windows open, and it isn’t easy.

‘‘At some point, some teams get into an all-win-now mode because they’re right there,’’ Tigers general manager Al Avila said. ‘‘It’s very hard to get into the playoffs. It’s very hard to get into the World Series, much more even to win it. When you feel you have that chance, you’ve got to go for it.’‘

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2016 at 06:09 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, nationals, playoffs, team building, tigers

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Ian Desmond, Ryan Howard, Gerrit Cole and tough truths about contracts | NBC SportsWorld

So is the Players Association going to pay him the difference?

In other words, from a baseball perspective, Desmond would have to be certifiable to ACCEPT a deal that far below market value. And here’s where it gets even trickier: One of those unnamed sources told me that Desmond wanted to sign the deal, but he felt pressure from the Players Association not to take a low offer that might depress the market for other players.

Desmond said this very thing publicly after turning down the deal:

“If you said, ‘Hey Ian, we want you to play here for the rest of your career,’ OK. Yeah. Absolutely. Duh.  Where do I sign up?” he told The Washington Post. “At the same time, there have been a lot of people that have come through this game that have sacrificed a lot for us, the players that are coming through now. I don’t want to sign a deal … that is so bad that a future shortstop gets screwed because I signed a terrible deal. I’m not going to be that guy, that kink in the chain.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2016 at 05:53 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, ian desmond, nationals

Friday, February 26, 2016

Hiring Mike Maddux might be the Nationals’ smartest offseason move - The Washington Post

ince the Lerners bought the Nats, they’ve studied where money can be wisely spent and where it’s superfluous. The family’s been slow to grasp that managers and key coaches have significant value, even though it’s harder to quantify to homers and ERAs. And to get those men, you have to pay them well. The Nats never have. For Max Scherzer, $210 million, yes. But more than $3 million total for a manager and two coaches, no. In some years, a third that much.

With their payroll down by $50 million this season, the Nationals have followed the advice that they’ve been hearing for a decade from baseball people. When the idiot Rangers fired Maddux after last season, baseball rendered its collective opinion. Maddux’s phone blew up with six offers in four days.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 26, 2016 at 10:57 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mike maddux, nationals, pitching coaches

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Dusty Baker keeps accidentally referring to Bryce Harper as ‘Royce.’

This is just a tweet, but I couldn’t not link it.

PreservedFish Posted: February 24, 2016 at 06:41 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, dusty baker, nationals

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Bryce Harper: ‘I don’t think I’m a leader’ - The Washington Post

“I don’t think I’m a leader,” Harper said. “I think I’m more just a guy playing the game. I think [Werth] and [Ryan Zimmerman] and all those guys are the leaders.

“I’m still at that stage of where I’m still looking at J-Dub, I’m still looking at Zim to do everything they can to make the best for this team. Then play as hard as I can out there and lead by example.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 23, 2016 at 11:27 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

MLB - Dusty Baker’s last stand

More love for Dusty.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 23, 2016 at 11:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dusty baker, managers, nationals

The Nationals are stunned that Ian Desmond is still looking for work | FOX Sports

What is Desmond asking for? Is his agent still working to make his decision to turn down a seven-year, $107 million contract a good choice?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 23, 2016 at 08:28 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, ian desmond, nationals

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Dusty Baker survived ruin and humiliation. With the Nationals, he can go out on top. | The Washington Post

He seems like a likable guy. He shouldn’t talk about things which he doesn’t know much about, however.

“He’s like everybody ought to be,” said Bishop, the songwriter and blues guitarist who befriended Baker after they met years ago at John Lee Hooker’s house. “He treats everybody with respect and an open mind. He’s just a beautiful person. If the Martians ever land here, this is the guy I want to send to go talk to them — to represent the human race.”
(snip)
“My biggest [role] was to tear down the negativity people have about him,” Miller says. “He was very open to ideas from the front office [in Cincinnati] — as much as we wanted him to be. He’s still an old-school guy, and he’s still going to go by his gut and listen to his players.

“But he believes in sabermetrics more than the sabermetrics people believe that these are humans playing the game and that some things can’t be measured.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2016 at 08:18 AM | 196 comment(s)
  Beats: dusty baker, managers, nationals

Friday, February 05, 2016

Stephen Strasburg: This Could Be the Year | FanGraphs Baseball

Tony Blengino’s take.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 05, 2016 at 10:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, sabermetrics, stephen strasburg

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Suddenly Frugal Yankees Playing Long Game With Eye On Bryce Harper

For those who have more than a Passan interest in the Yankees and/or Bryce Harper’s future:

Nobody with the Yankees dared comment on Harper, even off the record, because their future marriage is considered so inevitable by most in the sport that the team dare not trifle with tampering charges. Considering the pains to which the Yankees are going to tighten finances, Harper as the endgame makes worlds of sense.

His age – and the ability to cull prime years from a free agent, a rarity – is as much of a selling point as his ability. And Harper’s transformation from enfant terrible to the most marketable player in baseball by a large margin fits the Yankees’ ethos. Star power matters to the Yankees more than any other team.

How much they’re willing to pay for their ideal fit is the question. Presuming Harper plays at a similar level for the next three years, his contract floor will be $400 million – a number, surely, at which the Washington Nationals won’t balk in their efforts to keep Harper in their uniform for his entire career. Their presence creates the prospect of a bidding war, and the idea that Harper skips $400 million altogether and aims for a half-billion-dollar deal is not altogether far-fetched. If that’s the price it takes to ensure he’s in the same lineup as Greg Bird and Aaron Judge and Jorge Mateo and Gary Sanchez, the homegrown core that the Yankees hope will have developed by then, it’s just money, something the Yankees in the past have all but printed.

Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: February 04, 2016 at 07:38 PM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, free agents, nationals, yankees

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Peter Gammons: Old deals forcing Nationals to stay idle in the market - GammonsDaily.com

Sorry, this is just whining.

The Nats complain they’ve barely been paid over the last three years, which is why every deal they offer has to be heavily backloaded with deferrals.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 26, 2016 at 08:57 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Monday, January 25, 2016

Brisbee: Absolutely nothing has gone right for the Nationals this winter

What utter nonsense. Why just the other day, Rizzo signed Billy Joel to perform another midsummer night concert.

The targets that joined

The Nats did add some bullpen arms, though, in Shawn Kelley and Oliver Perez. That allowed them to trade Storen away, and it made it palatable to lose out on O’Day and Aroldis Chapman. Still, there won’t be a lot of Shawn Kelley shirseys at their FanFest, I’m guessing.

No, the big splash was Daniel Murphy, whose best-case scenario is probably something like what Yunel Escobar gave the Nationals last year. They traded Escobar away to make room, exchanging tens of millions after the trade to buy a slightly younger, slightly more consistent second baseman. The move allows them to take their time with prospect Trea Turner, and it gives the lineup a lefty/righty balance it didn’t have before.

It’s not like Murphy is a bad player. On the contrary, he’s been helping the Mets win an extra game or two every season for six years, now. As the face of an entire offseason, especially an offseason that followed the most disappointing regular season in franchise history, he’s completely underwhelming.

Or, to put it another way, have you looked at the Nationals’ projected lineup this year?

  Ben Revere
  Anthony Rendon
  Bryce Harper
  Ryan Zimmerman
  Daniel Murphy
  Jayson Werth
  Danny Espinosa
  Wilson Ramos

For three names, you’re getting excited. Revere doesn’t walk, but he’s one of the few players in baseball you might trust to buoy his OBP with his batting average. Rendon had a disappointing season last year, but he’s still just 26 and preternaturally gifted. Harper stepped out of Baseball Simulator 1.000, and the rest of the league can’t do anything about it.

After that, though, it’s bleak. Zimmerman had a .308 OBP last year, and his body is an old soul. Murphy is a fine complementary player, but he makes you wince as a #5 hitter. Werth is coming off his worst season, and he’s 37. Espinosa is coming off one of his best seasons, but that still makes him a defense-first player you hide at the bottom of the order. Ramos has been a net-negative hitter for two seasons now.

The Nationals probably needed Cespedes more than the Mets did, really.

JEe (Jason) Posted: January 25, 2016 at 12:19 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mike rizzo, nationals, nats, offseason, sucks, trades

Friday, January 22, 2016

Sources: Yoenis Cespedes torn between five-year offer from Nationals and his desire to stay with Mets, who won’t go beyond three years | FOX Sports

Or, more likely, the Nationals are the only serious bidder and his agents are floating this rumor to extract a larger offer from the Nationals.

By all accounts, he enjoyed his brief stay with the Mets, who acquired him from the Tigers July 31—Cespedes’ third trade in 12 months. Changing teams again might not appeal to him. Joining the Nationals also might concern him, given the number of strong personalities in their clubhouse. The Nats hired Dusty Baker as manager in part to help mold the team into a more cohesive unit.

Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward reportedly rejected superior bids from the Nationals to join the Cubs earlier this offseason. But in the end, Cespedes might act like a more typical free agent and accept the highest offer, be it from the Nationals or another club.

Or maybe not. Maybe he just wants to be a Met.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 22, 2016 at 05:28 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mets, nationals, yoenis cespedes

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Washington Nationals pursuing Yoenis Cespedes after missing out on fellow free-agent outfielder Justin Upton, major-league sources tell Ken Rosenthal | FOX Sports

The Nationals?

Which position would Cespedes play?

The Nats recently acquired Ben Revere, presumably to play center, possibly in tandem with Michael Taylor. Jayson Werth, guaranteed $42 million over the next two seasons with a full no-trade clause, is the left fielder. National League MVP Bryce Harper is in right.

The addition of Cespedes likely would mean that either he or Harper would be in center. The Nats, however, want Revere to play regularly—they acquired him in part to be their leadoff man. Perhaps Revere and Werth could share time in left, with Revere occasionally rotating into center and even right to rest Harper.

A trade of Werth would appear highly unlikely.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 21, 2016 at 09:14 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, nationals, yoenis cespedes

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