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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Nationals’ Trea Turner pulls off steal of home | MLB.com

This kid looks pretty, pretty good.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 06:50 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, trea turner

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

What next for Lopez and Giolito? - Nationals Pastime

Reynaldo Lopez revealed both weaknesses (a very hittable fastball) and strengths (a very unhittable curveball and changeup) in his major league debut last night, enough to leave the Nationals plenty intrigued to see more of the 22-year-old.

“He’s young, this is the big leagues, and you’re facing big-league hitters,” manager Dusty Baker said after Lopez gave up six runs and 10 hits but struck out nine in 4 2/3 innings. “But he’s very bright. Just gotta tighten up a few things. I think he’ll be here for a long time.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2016 at 10:39 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, reynaldo lopez

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Sources: Dodgers are open to trading struggling Yasiel Puig | FOX Sports

It’s easy to forget how young he still is.

Perhaps the Dodgers will keep Puig, buying into his latest surge and banking on the fact that he is only 25. Or perhaps they finally are at wit’s end with his performance if not his personality, and will try to sell relatively high, assuming Puig does not regress in the next two weeks.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2016 at 11:22 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, indians, nationals, notes, padres, twins, yankees, yasiel puig

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

MASN Dispute Won’t Be Resolved by MLB Panel

Just another baby step toward the (non) resolution of the MASN dispute between the Orioles and Nationals.

A New York Supreme Court justice ruled Monday that the Orioles-controlled Mid-Atlantic Sports Network won’t have to return next month to a Major League Baseball arbitration panel to have its long-running television rights fee dispute with the Washington Nationals decided.

Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: July 13, 2016 at 06:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: legal, masn, nationals, orioles, tv rights

Bryce Harper Has Lots Of Opinions. And They’re (Almost) All Correct.

The DH

Appearing on Colin Cowherd’s program Monday morning, Harper was asked about Cowherd’s contention that defensive shifts are bad for the game and should be outlawed.

I think a lot of guys would agree with you,” Harper said. “I don’t think it will ever happen, but I think we should outlaw the DH, as well.

I was excited about this article until I read ‘Colin Cowherd’. You know what a herd of cows leave behind??


Monday, July 11, 2016

New York Tabloid Cover Asks Daniel Murphy to ‘please go away’

The story about the story.

Daniel Murphy, despite his 2015 playoff exploits and seven decorated seasons with the Mets, is not a popular man in New York right now. He’s become an MVP candidate with the Nationals who leads the majors with a .348 batting average. And against the Mets, he’s been even better. He’s raised his game against his former team to a level not seen from him before.

With his two-run homer on Sunday, Murphy is now batting .423 (22-of-52) with seven homers in 21 RBI in 13 games against the Mets. He’s a huge reason why the Nats are 9-4 in those matchups and why they currently lead the Mets by six games in the NL East.

Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: July 11, 2016 at 03:52 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, mets, nationals, nl east

Friday, July 08, 2016

Trea Turner to join Nationals in New York - The Washington Post

He’s been getting some time in centerfield.

Trea Turner is on his way to New York, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation. It is unclear what move might be made to clear space for him on the Nationals’ active roster, though with Ryan Zimmerman ailing from some as-yet unidentified trouble and an already short bench after Michael A. Taylor was sent down to make room for Jonathan Papelbon, the Nationals need right-handed reinforcements.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 08, 2016 at 01:44 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, trea turner

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Dusty Baker Says Nats Fans Could Be More Boisterous

“Some of the guys on the team wish our fans were a little more boisterous and crazy. A little bit like we see in different stadiums when we’re on the road. We also realize that a lot of our fans are new Nationals fans. A whole bunch of them were Cubs and Mets [fans], wherever they come from. That’s the dynamics of D.C., which you realize. But we’re trying to win everybody to us.

We need their energy, big time. Especially on days, there are some days when you don’t have the energy. There’s some days when you go to work and you don’t feel it. You’re trying to get it. Right? Some days you can just write a story like no problem, and then some days you’re tearing up paper. ‘I can’t get this.’ It’s the same way for us,” he explained.

Maybe the fans are too busy ordering Perrier and pizza on their smartphones?

Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: July 07, 2016 at 09:11 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: dusty baker, fans, nationals

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Bryce Harper Retires From Home Run Derby

On Tuesday, Harper told The Washington Post he has no plans to participate in the 2016 derby in San Diego, either.
In fact, Harper isn’t sure if he’ll ever do the Home Run Derby again. At least, that’s how he feels as of July 5, 2016.
I just don’t want to, plain and simple,” he said after Tuesday night’s loss to the Brewers.


Tuesday, July 05, 2016

After the Nationals nearly gave up on him, Danny Espinosa has finally found himself - The Washington Post

He’s having a good power year and his defensive metrics are good. Can he keep it up in the second half?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2016 at 06:30 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: danny espinosa, nationals

Monday, July 04, 2016

Brewers bat out of order | MLB.com

The Brewers became the first big league team in nearly three years to be penalized for sending the wrong man to the plate, the result of an incorrect lineup card that had Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy listed in the wrong spots. It cost Braun a base hit and gave Lucroy an 0-for-1 start to his day, even though he’d never made it past the on-deck circle.
...
After Braun smacked a single to center field off Nationals starter Max Scherzer, Washington manager Dusty Baker immediately emerged for a discussion with the umpires, who called Braun out. Lucroy was charged with an out, credited unassisted to the catcher.

Braun batted again leading off the second inning and grounded out. The two combined to go 0-for-8, with three strikeouts.
...
According to a database at Retrosheet.org, the Brewers were the first team to bat out of order since 2013, when the Rangers did so following a flurry of personnel changes in a game against the A’s. The last instance of a team batting out of order to start a game was earlier that same season, when the Giants did it against the Dodgers.


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

No. 1 prospect Lucas Giolito to start Tuesday | MLB.com

I know what I will be watching tonight.

Right-hander Lucas Giolito, the No. 1 prospect in baseball according to MLB Pipeline, will make his Major League debut in the 7:05 p.m. ET game at Nationals Park against the Mets and right-hander Matt Harvey. He was called up from Double-A Harrisburg, where he was 5-3 with a 3.17 ERA in 14 starts.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 06:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: lucas giolito, nationals

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Danny Espinosa, Trea Turner, and the Value of Patience | FanGraphs Baseball

I’ve watched Espinosa a number of times over the years. He’s a useful player. I watched Trea Turner up close last night at Pawtucket. After the Super Two cutoff, the Nationals will be putting an inferior shortstop on the field if they stick with Espinosa.

Danny Espinosa is not a star, and maybe Trea Turner will turn into one. But for 2016, the Nationals have correctly identified that Espinosa as their starting shortstop may very well be their best option, and not just their best option until the Super Two deadline passes. With a quality all-around game, there’s nothing wrong with the Nationals committing to Espinosa as their starting shortstop for the rest of the year.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2016 at 02:55 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: danny espinosa, nationals, trea turner

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Ever spot a French press in the Nationals dugout? Here’s how it got there. - The Washington Post

The secret is out.

That same day, a few minutes after Espinosa chose the French press, Clint Robinson opted for the normal coffee pot.

“Too bitter,” Robinson said. “I couldn’t get it down.”

The French press coffee, it seems, is an acquired taste. Thanks to two of their most productive contributors off the bench, though, these Nationals have acquired it — and with it, though perhaps not related to it, a firm hold on first place in the National League East.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2016 at 07:17 AM | 80 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Nationals place Jonathan Papelbon on DL | nationals.com

The Nationals placed right-hander Jonathan Papelbon on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, retroactive to Monday, with a right intercostal strain.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2016 at 02:56 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: jonathan papelbon, nationals

Monday, June 13, 2016

Bryce Harper will make half a billion—and he’s worth it - Sportsnet.ca

I know how much money is in the game. It’s still tough getting my mind around this.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2016 at 08:00 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Saturday, June 11, 2016

When a slump isn’t really a slump — and why the Cubs might come back to Earth - The Washington Post

Tom Boswell believes the Cubs are lucky.

The Nationals combined have a subpar .282 BABIP after posting normal marks of .300 and .303 the past two seasons. Nats pitchers have a lucky BABIP against of .283. Both those marks would usually trend back toward the high .290s.

In all of baseball, there is only one stunning “outlier” in BABIP for an entire batting attack or pitching staff: Cubs pitchers. Their BABIP is a ridiculously lucky .248. I don’t care how smart their defensive shifts are or how swift their defenders. Nobody is anywhere close to that good at turning batted balls into outs. In this decade, only one team has had a season under .272. The Cubs likely will watch dozens of “reversion” singles, doubles and triples elude them all summer.

The Cubs are MLB’s best team. But not by as much as it seems. Contrary to what their 41-17 record would seem to imply, it may be a good idea to go ahead and play out the rest of the season.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2016 at 01:11 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, nationals

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

NYP: Bartolo Colon told Nationals: ‘Throw it down the middle, [I’m] not swinging’

I paid good $ to see BartoLOLo swing the bat at Nats Park and instead this happened:

Colon later admitted he has battled lower-back soreness for the last two-plus weeks. Not wanting to risk aggravating the back, he kept the bat on his shoulder and was called out on strikes three times.

“I thought it wasn’t worth it to swing,” Colon said. “I swing at the balls pretty hard and I thought, ‘Not worth making my back worse,’ so I told their catcher from the beginning, ‘Just throw it right down the middle, [I’m] not swinging.’ ”

Also, take note:

WOR radio will rebroadcast Game 6 of the 1986 World Series (with play by play from Bob Murphy and Gary Thorne) on Thursday at 7 p.m. The Mets will celebrate the 30th anniversary of that World Series title — the franchise’s most recent — this weekend.

#TooSoon, Jimmy?

Renegade JE (((Jason))) Posted: May 24, 2016 at 09:24 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: 1986, bartolo colon, mets, nationals

Friday, May 20, 2016

Tommy John, Stephen Strasburg and Matt Harvey: A ligament runs through them

So for a night, with two pitchers who endured this bizarre procedure that is now considered rote, there was a contrast. That had Collins not only evaluating whether Harvey would make his next start — “We’re going to look at that,” he said — but also using Strasburg as an example for Harvey.

“That guy that pitched tonight for them, he had a couple of mediocre years, and now he’s resurged,” Collins said. “. . . [Harvey] went above and beyond last year, and I’m not sure he’s recuperated from it.”

 

Guapo Posted: May 20, 2016 at 07:06 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets, nationals, secondguessing, tommy john

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Batavia Muckdogs Sale Could Bring Minority Owner

The slow-but-sure demise of the Batavia Muckdogs (New York-Penn) franchise might soon open the door to a new chapter of Minor League Baseball history. If all goes according to plan, the Muckdogs will soon become the only majority black-owned team in baseball.

The Muckdogs have reached an agreement to sell the franchise to a group of black businessmen in the Washington area who plan to move the team next season to the D.C. suburb of Waldorf, Md., according to three sources who requested anonymity.

There are some obstacles to the deal, however.

Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: May 19, 2016 at 02:16 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, nationals

Tuesday, May 17, 2016


Friday, May 13, 2016

WaPo: No One Expected a Strasburg Extension, then Boras made a call

A really interesting in-depth look at how the Strasburg extension came together. RTFA


What’s realistic to expect in the end from .409-hitting Murphy? - Nationals Pastime

The purpose of this exercise? There are two conclusions worth drawing: 1) Murphy deserves a whole lot of credit for what he’s done to date, because not many have been able to do it over the years, and 2) Barring a complete collapse from a guy who has been a very good hitter his entire career, Murphy should end up with a batting average well north of .300 by season’s end.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2016 at 09:17 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, nationals

WTOP.com: Racing FDR: Disaster or opportunity?

My suggestion is that the Nats race the Presidents before the game, then instruct the journalists to report that FDR sprinted to a convincing victory. Hey, it worked like a charm in the old days…

The WHHA [White House Historical Association] is currently celebrating each president in chronological succession with their annual White House ornaments. Last year, that meant Calvin Coolidge, who also appeared as the Racing President for the 2015 season. This year, that meant Herbert Hoover, or “Herbie.”

Aside from the actual mascot’s general creepiness, Hoover seemed at odds with the Rushmore Four and his other predecessors. Nevertheless, as unpopular and poor a President as he may have been, his selection follows in line with the WHHA’s process. All of which leads us to 2017.

Those well-versed in Presidential history already know where this is going. After Hoover drove the country into the Great Depression, America elected Franklin Delano Roosevelt the 32nd President of the United States. FDR was actually elected four straight terms (back before term limits) and was incredibly popular, known for his New Deal, and for his fireside chats, delivered to the nation via radio.

He was also in a wheelchair for most of his adult life. ...

There would be “absolutely nothing wrong with featuring a Racing President in a wheelchair,” said Rick Smith, Executive Director of the Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program, the leading provider and promoter of adaptive sports and accessible recreation for children and adults with physical disabilities in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

“If anything it can bring awareness to the fact that people with disabilities can be athletic in the same ways that able body individuals are,” he added.

Smith’s point might alleviate concerns over perceived insensitivity. A disabled Racing President winning races and competing on an even playing field with his peers could help facilitate a larger discussion and help normalize the stigma of disability in America. The CDC estimates that one in five Americans — 53 million — have a disability of some kind, while 2.2 million people in the U.S. depend on a wheelchair for basic mobility.

Renegade JE (((Jason))) Posted: May 13, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mascots, nationals, presidents

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Special K’s: Max Scherzer’s 20-strikeout night is an ode to efficiency - The Washington Post

This was Scherzer Wednesday night: 96 strikes in 119 pitches . No one, in the history of the game, has thrown so many strikes in so few pitches, according to baseball-reference.com. The previous “record,” if it can be termed such a thing, would be from Roy Oswalt, when he pitched for Houston and needed 125 pitches to throw 98 strikes in a shutout of Milwaukee in 2001.

So this was everything — history on the face of it, for sure, because that “20” under the “K” category in the box score has been matched just four other times in nine innings. But also in difficult-to-capture ways. Yes, his start was marred by solo homers to Jose Iglesias and J.D. Martinez. But forget all those frustrating nights, screaming at the TV, pleading with a pitcher to throw strike one. Scherzer faced 33 hitters Wednesday. He started 24 of them with a strike.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: max scherzer, nationals

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