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Monday, February 04, 2019

Sean Doolittle Calls His 2019 Star Wars Bobblehead One Of The Highlights Of His Career

The Nationals are harnessing The Force this season:

The Nationals’ 2019 promotional schedule released on Monday includes a camo tank top, Racing Presidents tote bag and the return of Friday night fireworks. It also features a Sean Doolittle “Obi-Sean Kenobi” Star Wars bobblehead, and no one is happier about that than the Nationals’ closer. “I’m not kidding that this is like one of the highlights of my career,” Doolittle said in a phone interview. “I finally have a Star Wars bobblehead, and I’m super excited about it.”
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Doolittle’s Star Wars figurine is one of seven bobbleheads on this year’s promotional calendar. The Nationals will give away 10,000 Captain America-inspired Ryan Zimmerman bobbleheads for Marvel Super Hero Day on May 25. The other bobblehead giveaways, which will go to the first 25,000 fans through the gates, are Juan Soto (April 12), Trea Turner (May 15), Max Scherzer (June 21), Adam Eaton (July 2) and Patrick Corbin (Aug. 17).

Juan Soto already has a record breaking age-19 season and a bobblehead? Must be a Hall of Fame cinch, eh?


Thursday, January 03, 2019

Deadspin: It’s Time For Some Bryce Harper Game Theory

Is the news of a meeting with the Nationals evidence that the Nationals are still interested in Harper? Or is it evidence that they are trying to make his price higher for the Phillies?


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 | 17 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.


 

 

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