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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Nats to introduce Calvin Coolidge as latest Racing President - The Washington Post

I hope the fans don’t get out of control.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2015 at 09:50 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Max effort: Scherzer dominates in 100th win | MLB.com

Six days after pitching a no-hitter against the Pirates, Scherzer retired the first 16 batters he faced. He had a chance to join Johnny Vander Meer as the only pitchers to throw consecutive no-hitters.

“It’s so hard. It takes luck. You have to be on point. You make mistakes, they have to mishit it,” Scherzer said. “I made a few mistakes early. They hit some balls hard. Fortunately, they were right at people.”

With one out in the sixth inning, however, Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis then broke up the no-hit bid with a double down the right-field line.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2015 at 08:32 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: max scherzer, nationals

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Tampa Bay Rays’ Steven Souza hits ‘Little League home run’

Baseball is a kid’s game, as they say. And sometimes the adults look like kids when they are playing.

Case in point: This bunt hit by Tampa Bay’s Steven Souza during Wednesday’s game against the Nationals. Thanks to some horrific fielding, Souza rounded the bases and got a “Little League home run.”

Zach Posted: June 18, 2015 at 12:56 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding, little league, nationals, rays

Monday, June 15, 2015

Oh, so close: Scherzer inches away from historic performance | MLB.com

He’s even better when not covered in chocolate sauce.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 15, 2015 at 09:16 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: max scherzer, nationals

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Bryce Harper a future Yankee? Dodgers may have something to say about that - LA Times

He won’t be a free agent for another 3.5 plus seasons. This speculation is more than a little premature.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2015 at 07:56 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, dodgers, nationals, yankees

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Yankees fans are clearly ready for the Bryce Harper Era in New York - The Washington Post

This is amusing.

“Are the Yankees in Bryce Harper’s future?” asked the New York Post. “Fut-ure Yank-ee” and “20-19″ chanted fans in the bleachers at Yankee Stadium during New York’s 6-1 win. (Harper is under the Nationals’ control through the 2018 season.)

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2015 at 06:41 AM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals, yankees

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Simon: Q&A with Max Scherzer

But does having eyes of different colors remain a market inefficiency?

Simon: “Two things have become much more popular lately: pitch framing and defensive shifts. What are your approaches with regard to each of those?”

Scherzer: “Framing is there. Certain catchers get more calls than others, but the pitcher has to put the ball in the right spot to let the catcher do that. It’s more parts catcher, but there is a pitcher part to that, especially if you want to work the outside edges and down and give the catcher a pitch he can [frame]. [The more you’re] able to execute the pitch in the vicinity of where his glove is, the easier it is for him to frame.

“With defensive shifts: You see how they’re implemented, and it’s not just a mad scientist doing this. It’s a real fact that if you shift, you can prevent more hits. Sometimes, it’s a matter of moving your whole infield around to get to the point of it being a positive.

“I put all that on the coaches. The coaches do a phenomenal job of doing their research to try to figure out if they want to shift and who they want to shift against so that they feel comfortable.

“I don’t worry about infield shifts at all—you play where you’re gonna play. I’m just gonna pitch my game.”

JE (Jason) Posted: June 09, 2015 at 11:39 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: defensive shifts, max scherzer, nationals, pitch framing, sabermetrics

Friday, June 05, 2015

WaPo: Nationals Victims of 2 Bad Umpire Calls, Replay No Help

Because the Nationals lost the challenge, they couldn’t ask for any more reviews until the seventh inning, when the rules allow them to as the umpiring crew chief to look at a play and determine if a review is needed. But their next close call came in the sixth.

After the play, Harper lingered at first base thinking Williams would emerge from the dugout to challenge the play. But he couldn’t.

“I think [umpire reviews] should be from the fifth on probably,” Harper said. “There are so many plays from the fifth inning on that are big-time plays. I don’t know if it should be like the NFL where we get one challenge a game until after the seventh. It should be a little bit different. That’s the way it goes right now. Gotta live with it.”

boteman asks Where's My Ring? Posted: June 05, 2015 at 02:03 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, replay sucks, umpiring

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Nationals’ Strasburg Diagnosed With Strained Left Trapezius - NYTimes.com

Washington manager Matt Williams said Tuesday the trapezius was the cause of the neck and upper back discomfort. Strasburg is 3-5 with a 6.55 ERA in 10 starts and failed to last four innings in four of five outings in May.

“As soon as he feels good, he’ll get back to throwing,” Williams said before Tuesday’s doubleheader against Toronto. “We don’t know when that will be, though. ... But it could be within days that it feels better and he’s able to get back out there and do all the things he needs to do.”

Williams said he and his staff have not observed any mechanical issues with Strasburg during his recent struggles.

“We’ve looked at it extensively,” the manager said. “There’s minor adjustments that guys make over the course of a season, but nothing that glares at us that he’s changed that is drastically different, no.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, stephen strasburg

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Nationals’ Bryce Harper doesn’t care about his so-called ‘breakout’ | Toronto Star

“Truly, I don’t care,” Bryce Harper said.

He wasn’t even being cocky. Well, not any more cocky than is inherent for someone who was splashed on the cover of Sports Illustrated as a 16-year-old and touted as “Baseball’s Chosen One.”

“I’m not saying that just to say that,” he added, genuinely. “I know what I can do and I just don’t really care what people think or say or anything like that, because at the end of the day it’s what I think, it’s what my teammates think and what my family thinks.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2015 at 06:25 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Friday, May 29, 2015

Dan Uggla is a good hugger, Washington Nationals say

Uggla is known for his hugs. Freddie Freeman, with the Braves, is perhaps more well-known for his many on-field hugs, but Uggla said he taught that to Freeman. Fans have held up signs at games such as “I Want a Huggla from Uggla” at games. His nickname is, sometimes, Huggla.

“That’s one of our pregame things: hugging before the game,” Harper said. “I don’t konw. Hugs for Uggs, right? That’s what everybody says. I’m a big hugger, too. I hug [Drew] Storen out there every time he closes a game.”

Uggla also shares a daily hug with Tyler Moore. Why?

“It’s a hard place to be in, man,” Moore said, referring to the major leagues. “Getting a little bit of love every day won’t kill anybody.

Bourbon Samurai in America Posted: May 29, 2015 at 02:29 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, hold me gently, nationals

Saturday, May 23, 2015

WaPo: Aaron Barrett wins epic post-anthem standoff

Aaron Barrett proudly displays his Star-Spangledtude.

The game hardly mattered by the time it began. A mere baseball game, especially one played in May between the charging Nationals and the sputtering Phillies, could not possibly carry the emotional weight of the test of human spirit, of will and of hope, that preceded it. The Nationals won Friday night’s game, 2-1, and that was good, of course. But first, Aaron Barrett won one of the longest post-anthem standoffs in recent memory — one the baseball world will little note, but one those who witnessed it will long remember.

As with many of baseball’s inexplicable but time-honored traditions, the origins of the post-anthem standoff are obscured by the blur of numbers on jerseys, of bored players, of long pregame ceremonies and long baseball seasons. It sums to this: “The Star-Spangled Banner” plays to a reverent crowd, and both teams line up, hats off, held over their hearts. The song ends, the crowd cheers, and the players disperse. Most of them, anyway.

One hearty soul on one side stays. Someone on the other side notices, considers consequences of surrendering without standing up for himself, then engages. The standoff ensues. Barrett said later he did not want a fight Friday night. The challenge came, and he did not back down.

Barrett has a decorated history with such things. Umpires nearly threw him and Rockies’ outfielder Brandon Barnes out of a game in Colorado last season when they refused to leave the field before the first pitch. Like that July staredown, Friday’s showdown was the stuff of which legends are written, the stuff about which novels are scratched out by candlelight. Had he been following on Twitter, exhausted at Marathon, Pheidippides himself would likely have thrown an olive wreath Barrett’s way to honor of his endurance.

JE (Jason) Posted: May 23, 2015 at 11:20 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: contests, nationals, nats, silly, star spangled banner


Friday, May 22, 2015

NYTimes Columnist: Bryce Harper coming to Yankees, A-Rod is worse than Satan.

Come for the arrogance:

When Harper was on the cover of Sports Illustrated at 16, he told the magazine that two of his goals in baseball were to play in Yankee Stadium and to do it in pinstripes.

When I reminded Lerner, one of the Nationals’ owners, of those comments this week, he laughed.

“Every 16-year-old kid says that,” he said.

But not every 16-year-old kid is Bryce Harper. And what Bryce Harper wants, Bryce Harper seems to get.

Stay for the random shots at A-rod, who had literally nothing to do with the topic of the article:

Today’s Yankees are aging and aching, with their biggest star, Alex Rodriguez, a serial liar pushing 40 (years, not homers). The rest? C. C. Sabathia and Carlos Beltran are on the downside of their career. Jacoby Ellsbury, the former Red Sox star, cannot seem to stay healthy and is now on the disabled list, where Mark Teixeira has also spent substantial time in recent years.

Like it or not, Rodriguez is the face of the Yankees, whether he is bashing homers and striking out in the ninth or repeating, over and over again, that “I just want to play baseball.”

If Harper does join the Yankees Mancur will no doubt suddenly find that she loathes him because of the same qualities she’s lauding him for in this article.


wtop.com | Marvin Hudson is a stooge

Marvin Hudson is, by most accounts, not a bad umpire. He’s been in the league since 1998, and has been largely forgettable, which is one of the qualities an umpire should strive for.

He has been these things to most every team. Most every team except, that is, for the Washington Nationals.

Hudson was born in Marietta, Ga., just outside of Atlanta. This is interesting only because since 2012, when the Nats flipped the switch from perennial doormats to contenders and forged their rivalry with the Braves, Hudson has been a bizarre thorn in their side.

Consider this: Hudson has ejected just eight players or managers since September of 2012, a number that is quite reasonable and fewer than a good number of his peers. But of those eight, six have been Washington Nationals.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

After Harper’s ejection, Span lifts Nats past Yankees 3-2

“I don’t think 40,000 people came to watch him ump tonight. Plain and simple. Plain and simple. I mean, I really don’t think they did. Especially when we’re playing the Yankees.

“The Yankees are a good team, we’re a good team and we’re rolling. And, I mean, the way I’m hitting, I don’t want to get tossed,” Harper said. “I don’t think I really did anything bad to get tossed. But maybe he just had a bad morning. Maybe he didn’t get his coffee.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2015 at 06:24 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Alex Rodriguez relates to Bryce Harper on and off the field - NY Daily News

I just hope A-Rod didn’t give him any advice on supplements Harper can take to become a record breaker.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 19, 2015 at 09:46 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, bryce harper, nationals, yankees

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Doug Fister placed on DL with forearm tightness; A.J. Cole recalled (UPDATED) - The Washington Post

The Washington Nationals fearsome starting rotation suffered a blow Friday when Doug Fister was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right forearm tightness. The Nationals wouldn’t speculate on the severity of the injury, although elbow injuries sometimes present themselves with symptoms in the forearm.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 17, 2015 at 07:09 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: doug fister, nationals

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Alarming stretch has Strasburg searching for answers | Nats Insider

“I think he’s thinking too much,” catcher Wilson Ramos said. “In this game, when you’re thinking too much, it’s hard to do everything right. It’s like, for example, a hitter. When a hitter’s going to the plate and thinking too much, you’re not going to hit the ball well. It happens, too, with a pitcher. He has to go out there and fight and try to do the best he can. You can’t go out and think too much. I think that’s what’s happening with him right now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2015 at 08:13 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, stephen strasburg

Thursday, May 07, 2015

WaPo: Yunel Escobar’s long and winding road to the big leagues

The two started dating. She told him she could him get out of Cuba, and he trusted her. When she returned to the States, she contacted smugglers and agents in the United States, including Joe Kehoskie, then an agent who represented several Cuban players, and introduced herself as Escobar’s girlfriend.

boteman asks Where's My Ring? Posted: May 07, 2015 at 04:31 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: carribea, cuban, nationals, yunel escobar

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Bryce Harper Hits 3 HRs in 3 ABs Before Grounding Out - NYTimes.com

I can’t believe he grounded out!!

Jim Furtado Posted: May 06, 2015 at 07:52 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Right-hander Stephen Strasburg of Washington Nationals leaves start after three innings

Best laid plans…

“He’s got a little issue under his shoulder blade. Had it last start,” Nationals manager Matt Williams said after the game. “Could be an alignment issue, but as he finishes pitches, it grabs him every once in a while. Tonight it got a little bit worse. So we’ll have to have the chiropractor look at him.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 06, 2015 at 06:11 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, stephen strasburg

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Nationals Baseball: Anthony Rendon - what it costs the Nats

Why don’t you tell us?

Anthony Rendon, is now down with an oblique strain. What does that mean? What does THAT mean? What does that MEAN?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 05, 2015 at 11:21 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony rendon, danny espinosa, nationals, yunel escobar

Friday, May 01, 2015

Bryce Harper voted MLBs “most overrated player” by his peers for second consecutive year

For the last three years the baseball world’s been waiting for Bryce Harper to break out. Yes, his forearm muscles have certainly popped onto the scene, which isn’t quite the impact everyone around the sport expected when the Nationals took him with the first overall pick in the 2010 amateur draft.

All told, in parts of three seasons Harper’s put up a slash line of .272/.351/.465 with 55 home runs. Solid, respectable numbers. The key number when talking about Harper is games played. Across those three seasons he’s played in only 357 games. His rookie year in 2012 was limited since he began the year in the minors, but after that he only played in 118 and 100 the next two years respectively.

Watching from afar, it feels like we’ve only seen glimpses of what Harper is capable of doing on a baseball diamond. The NLDS vs. the Giants last October was a brief glimpse of this still untapped potential. Harper hit four home runs in 17 at bats, doing his best impression of beast mode — baseball style.

Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: May 01, 2015 at 09:34 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

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