Found November 12, 2012 on
The Nats Blog:
Throughout the offseason, The Nats Blog will look back at every player’s 2012 season to summarize and analyze his performance, and we’ll look ahead to his possible role in 2013. We’ll go from #1 Steve Lombardozzi all the way to #63 Henry Rodriguez with about two posts per week until Spring Training. Enjoy.
Outfielder Corey Brown was one of the reasons the Washington Nationals were able to remain resilient during the 2012 season when a multitude of injures struck. Brown spent most of his season at Triple-A Syracuse, where he hit 22 doubles and 25 home runs, combining for a slash line of .285/.365/.523. His stellar performance there earned him the right of being called up with the likes of Bryce Harper and Tyler Moore to fill holes in the Nats often injury-riddled roster.
Although he traveled back and forth from the majors to the minors for much of the season, simply filling in for the Nationals when he was called upon, Brown wasn’t without his major league highlight-reel moments. He showed off his potential for power on the big stage by hitting three of his five hits on the year for extra bases: two doubles and a home run. The home run – against the Milwaukee Brewers on July 28 – was also his first major-league hit.
But perhaps his biggest moment of the year, and even of his career, was the walk-off single he hit to lock up a win for the Nats against the Miami Marlins after a deluge, a two-hour and 33-minute rain delay, a chicken salad and a Jayson Werth home run.
Next year: At 26 years old, Brown still has potential to develop into a powerful major-league hitter. But despite his coming up big for the Nationals in situations like the rain-delay game, they simply don’t have room for him in their already clogged outfield. Brown’s big bat is what will make him an excellent trade piece if he is not sent back down to the minors for the 2013 season.
Next up: #11 Ryan Zimmerman
BEST OF MAXIM
In other important Washington Nationals Hot Stove news, Stephen Strasburg watched his beloved SDSU Aztecs lose to Syracuse on the USS Midway in San Diego on Sunday. Up above is a a shot of Strasburg taking in the game, courtesy of a Tweet by @MattPark1.
Pic below is the view from Strasburg's seats via at Tweet by @stras37 himself ("Battle at the midway! #goaztecs"...
Davey Johnson named NL Manager of the Year
Congrats, Davey. Now, time to finish that unfinished business before riding off into the sunset. Wonder if Davey called Jim Riggleman yet to thank him for quitting back in 2011?
(Screencap of Davey Johnson via MLB Network)
Here's the official release from the Nationals:
NATIONALS DAVEY JOHNSON NAMEDNL MANAGER OF THE...
This is Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez showing off a custom t-shirt given to him by his brother. Gonzalez uploaded the image to Instagram on Tuesday and is apparently extremely happy how life is going for him right now. Well, if I had raked in $3.25 million in base salary like he did last year, I would probably be "Living the Dream" as well. Kudos...
Davey Johnson has been chosen as the NL Manager of the Year after guiding the Washington Nationals to the best record in the major leagues.
Johnson easily won Tuesday in voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Johnson, who turns 70 in January, was picked for the second time. He was the AL's top manager in 1997 while with Baltimore - that honor came hours...
On Friday, Adam LaRoche rejected a $13.3 million one-year offer from the Washington Nationals, the team he’s been with for the past two years. the $13.3 million offer was the average of the previous year’s top 125 salaries in baseball. However, although Adam rejected the offer, the Nationals can still try to re-sign him. If [...]
Bryce Harper is National League Rookie of the Year.
Youngest position player to win NL ROY, first National...congrats, kid.
Seems like only yesterday Harper was making his Major League debut in LA and getting mooned by Dodgers fans in the process...
(Headline swiped from @BallWonk. Screencap of Bryce Harper via MLB Network)
Here's the official release from the Nationals...
Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was named the National League Rookie of the Year on Monday, barely beating out Arizona pitcher Wade Miley. Harper received 16 first-place votes and 112 total points, and Wiley received 12 first-place votes and 105 total points in the balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. It was the fourth-closest margin in...
Davey Johnson of the Washington Nationals and Bob Melvin of the Oakland Athletics have been chosen as managers of the year.
Johnson easily won the NL honor on Tuesday after the Nationals bolted to the best record in baseball. Melvin was picked narrowly for the AL award over Baltimore's Buck Showalter in voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
The National League Rookie of the Year Award was won by Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper. Harper, 19, burst onto the scene for a Nationals team that surprisingly won the National League East.
Harper did his share of hitting for the Nationals as he finished the season with a .270 batting average to go along with 22 home runs and 59 RBI. Harper was called up to the majors...