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Did Danny Espinosa deserve the Gold Glove Award? Who should the Nats get to play center field? Beat reporter Bill Ladson answers questions from fans in this week's mailbag.

Wang is huge, but Morse is pretty big too in Taiwan

(Wang fans love Morse, too. Photo via Here's Michael Morse, talking about the Chien-Ming Wang phenomenon in Taiwan: "I can't even imagine what it must be like to be Wang here in Taiwan. He's easily the biggest celebrity." (Michael Morse, via, 11/6/2011) To the surprise of nobody, The MLB "stars"...

Players A to Z, Livan Hernandez

Livan Hernandez pitched for the Washington Nationals in 2011. He currently seeks work as a free agent. He completed his 16th season in the majors, posting a 4.47 ERA. Over the last four years, Livan posted a 4.86 ERA, the highest in that time for a pitcher with at least 650 IP. The Nationals do not plan to bring him back in 2012. Hernandez depends heavily on his defense. With...

So maybe the sore elbow explains why Yunesky Maya sucks?

("30 year old" Cuban defector Yunesky Maya and his frosted tips, seen here giving an interview. Screen cap via this LatinoBaseball clip on YouTube.) So that's why he sucks! reports that Yunesky Maya is experiencing elbow soreness in Puerto Rican Winter ball: Nationals pitcher Yunesky Maya has a sore right elbow, but the injury is not considered...

Best Moments of 2011 - #5: Livo Blanks Cards in 10-0 Nationals Win

Welcome to another offseason series for The Nats Blog.  Over the next weeks and months that will take us to the start of Spring Training in March, we'll feature some week-long series recapping the 2011 Washington Nationals season.  This is the first of those, so be sure to check back in with us on a daily basis, and be sure to comment with your memories and thoughts. ...

Nationals Interested In Tsuyoshi Wada

The Nationals have expressed interest in Japanese left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada, according to's Bill Ladson. Wada, 30, is eligible for free agency and appears to be eyeing MLB. Wada posted a 1.51 ERA with 8.2 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9 in 184 2/3 innings for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in 2011. Washington has scouted Wada quite a bit, according to Ladson, and the Dodgers also appear...

Boxberger Perfect for AFL Rising Stars

Brad Boxberger and the AFL West Rising Stars blew out the East Rising Stars by a score of 11-2. Boxberger did exactly what you would expect him to do, throwing a perfect inning, including a strikeout of Washington Nationals' super prospect Bryce Harper. He got his other two outs via a fly out and a ground out. He threw 17 pitches, 13 of them for strikes. This kid continues...

Learning to Love the "Links"

Already this offseason the Nationals have been "linked" in one form or another to free agent starting pitchers C.J. Wilson, Mark Buehrle, Roy Oswalt and Edwin Jackson, as well as potential Japanese imports like Yu Darvish and Tsuyoshi Wada. And that's just the pitchers. The Nationals have also been named as a potential destination for free agent hitters from Prince...

MLB All-Stars sweep Taiwan series with win

Chien-Ming Wang started before his local fans, but big flies from Cano and Wigginton down Chinese Taipei.

Nats show interest in Japanese lefty Wada

The Nationals have expressed interest in left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada of the Japanese Pacific League, according to two baseball sources.
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