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...which hopefully doesn't mean becoming a champion and icon in New York and later attempting to kiss Suzy Kolber on Monday Night Football while bleep-faced. Broadway Bryce?
(Up above, a photo of Joe Namath in all his hairy-chested glory with Farrah Fawcett back in the day, in a photo lifted from Life magazine's Google photo album.)
And so, on Tuesday, Bryce Harper spoke with MLB.com's Bill Ladson, and talked optimistically about how he hopes to break camp with the Nationals out of Spring Training. We're on board with that plan, for the record.
Harper went on to explain his approach to off-the-field stuff, including speaking his mind on Twitter. And then, he said he hopes to be like Joe Namath. Uh oh...
"I'm going to be my own person. There are a lot of professional athletes back in the old days that did what they wanted to do. That's how I'm going to be. I'm going to prove myself on the field, so I can be that kind of guy off the fiel...
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The Washington Nationals signed OF Rick Ankiel to a minor-league contract on Monday, and he will likely make the team either as a fourth outfielder or as part of a platoon in center field. The ultimate decision for Ankiel's role may tell us exactly what the Nats expect from Bryce Harper.
The Nats have signed a bevy of veteran utility type players this offseason, including...
What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2012 title for all 30 teams.
To think, the season started with people dreaming about how the Nationals could have been real contenders if only they hadn't been outbid for Prince Fielder by the Tigers. That...
While the Nationals reveled in the fact that Baseball America ranked their farm system as No. 1 in Major League Baseball prior to the Gio Gonzalez trade, ESPN's prospect wiz Keith Law has ranked their system as the 21st best in baseball in its current form. Here is what Law had to say:
"This was potentially a top-10 system before the Gio Gonzalez trade, no worse than top...
How did Bryce Harper feel after hearing manager Davey Johnson is going to give him every chance to make the club? "I feel really positive about going to Spring Training this year," Harper said. "I really feel I have a legit shot at making the club."
Bryce Harper may be only 19 years old and have enormous baseball potential, but he is not exactly the most lovable character. Harper marches to the beat of his own drum and doesn’t seem to care what anyone thinks about it. That confidence likely has contributed to his success on the baseball field, but it also tends to irritate the people around him. Harper has struggled in the...
Lidge leaves for the Nats. (MLB)Washington Nationals reliever Brad Lidge joined “The Sports Bash with Mike Gill” on 97.3 ESPN FM on Tuesday. Lidge was very candid about the Phillies not wanting him back and the team’s signing of Jonathan Papelbon over friend Ryan Madson.“I came back to the Phillies and I said, ‘Let’s talk. My heart’s still here,” said Lidge....
ESPN’s resident prospect guru has released his Top 100 list for 2012 and the Cleveland Indians have a lone representative among a list featuring names like Mike Trout and Bryce Harper.
Francisco Lindor, the team’s first-round draft selection in 2011 slots in 35th overall, apparently being weighed down by the fact that he’s only 19-years of age. Per Law:
The Puerto Rican-born...
Washington Nationals 2011 Minor League Review
Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America:
2011 (14) | 2010 (24) | 2009 (21) | 2008 (10) | 2007 (30) | 2006 (24)
2011 Affiliate Records
MLB: [80-81] NL East
AAA: [66-74] International League – Syracuse
AA: [80-62] Eastern League – Harrisburg
A+: [68-71] Carolina League – Potomac
A: [75-64] South Atlantic League – Hagerstown...
The Nats Blog's very own, Joe Drugan, hoped on SNY's Mostly Mets Podcast to talk about the Washington Nationals upcoming season. Check out the Podcast below, and make sure to take a look at all of the great baseball blogs on the SNY Network. While the show is great through and through, if you'd like to fastforward to Joe's segment, it begins at about the 21 minute...
The San Diego State baseball program has announced that it will retire the number 37 jersey worn by Stephen Strasburg in ceremonies prior to the season opener against Washington on Friday, Feb. 17. Head Coach Tony Gwynn will present the former Aztec All-American with the framed jersey that he wore during his three-year standout career on Montezuma Mesa.
The first email arrived to the entire baseball operations staff around 3 p.m. on Feb 1. The surprise was in the sender: Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, who rarely corresponds via email. The pride was in the topic: "Congratulations." Baseball America, one of the industry's pre-eminent publications, had ranked ...
Earlier this week, Bryce Harper gave a candid interview to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, in which he candidly suggested he might want to have a lifestyle like that of Joe Namath. Much credit for the historical knowledge. But still, an interesting choice. Quoting from Ladson:
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