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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Bryce Harper’s Future in the League

“Whichever team that Harper signs with will instantly become a contender.”

Hank Gillette Posted: October 18, 2018 at 04:25 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, free agents, washington nationals

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Anthony Rendon, the Nationals’ super-quiet superstar, finds a reason to use his voice

“I love baseball. I love being on the field. I love competing,” he said. “But I’m not a fan of everything that comes with it. No offense — I’m not a fan of the interviews. I’m not a fan of people coming in the clubhouse. I’m not a fan of everyone treating you different because you play a sport. How am I different than anyone else? I’m a human being, and I have my faults, too.”

Hank Gillette Posted: September 30, 2018 at 05:08 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony rendon, washington nationals

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

WaPo: Tom Boswell: Juan Soto Has Been The Best Teenage Hitter Ever

Juan Soto’s superlative age-19 season finally getting some attention:

But right now, Soto has generated more offense than any teenager ever, according to FanGraphs, which puts his value at 29.2 runs. And Soto has done it in just 421 plate appearances. To compare, Harper was worth 16.8 runs in 597 plate appearances.

Ott holds many marks for 19-year-olds, but perhaps the most impressive is his on-base-plus-slugging percentage, the most widely-used catch-all offensive stat in baseball. Ott’s mark of .921 dwarfs everyone except Tony Conigliaro (.883), who got to 100 homers faster than any American Leaguer before a fastball hit his eye and derailed his career. Next best was Harper, well back at .817

Then the dropoff in OPS at 19 is stunning, considering the greatness of most of the players in the top 10. Mickey Mantle (.792). Supernova Cesar Cedeno, who had a higher career WAR through age 25 than Willie Mays. Hall of Famer Freddie Lindstrom. Edgar Renteria, the only outlier, who nonetheless was World Series MVP at 21. Oh, and Ty Cobb (.749) and Ken Griffey, Jr. (.748). Entering his 100th game Wednesday, Soto’s OPS was at .950.

Much more at link.


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Looking back at the Gio Gonzalez trade.

On December 23, 2011, the Washington Nationals made a deal with the Oakland Athletics that helped to shape the best six-year run in franchise history. The Nats obtained Gio Gonzalez and minor league pitcher Robert Gilliam for prospects A.J. Cole, Tommy Milone, Derek Norris, and Brad Peacock. Less than a month later, the Nationals locked Gonzalez in to a seven-year extension that bought out his first three years of free agency. Seven years later, let’s see how the deal turned out.

spanx for the memories Posted: August 15, 2018 at 11:15 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: oakland athletics, washington nationals

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Latest bigotry reminds us that baseball is a white man’s game.

When Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones famously said two years ago that “baseball is a white man’s sport,” he was castigated in some corners, lauded in others, the bifurcated reaction a pretty reasonable foretelling of America today. Jones was right, of course. Major League Baseball is a white man’s sport. Its teams are owned, disproportionately, by white men. They are run, disproportionately, by white men. The league’s top executives are, disproportionately, white men. The power structure neither represents the labor pool nor the fan base – the latter of which is, in most places, overwhelmingly white, if not entirely male.

spanx for the memories Posted: August 14, 2018 at 10:48 AM | 319 comment(s)
  Beats: atlanta braves, washington nationals

Monday, July 16, 2018

Max Scherzer doesn’t fear hitters or swimming with sharks

Q: What drives you?
A: To be better. That drive to get better for me is my No. 1 goal. To find deficiencies within my game that I believe I can get better at.

Hank Gillette Posted: July 16, 2018 at 10:25 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: max scherzer, sharks, washington nationals

A rival’s struggles may make it even tougher for Mets fans

Of course the Nationals are mired in mediocrity … at a juncture at which the Mets would kill for mediocrity.

Hank Gillette Posted: July 16, 2018 at 10:24 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: new york mets, washington nationals

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Angell: Night Moves

The Mets’ new manager, Mickey Callaway, has so far proved imaginative and unafraid during the first sixteen games of his tenure, encouraging steals and the unexpected extra base in mid-rally. What is needed now to exorcise the bogey-team Nats is for him to emulate Fry’s example. Since baseball’s dimensions are different, he need only pee at the termination of the right- and left-field foul lines, where they meet the wall, and then—in consideration of the heavy in-game traffic around the plate—in the nearest men’s room behind home.

Citi Field can be still populated at midnight after or during most games, but Thursday, May 3rd, brings us a day game against the Braves, Mickey. Plenty of time for you to suddenly remember a forgotten watch or wallet, and rush back, late, to get this done. Do it, Mickey.


 

 

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