Found September 29, 2013 on
Pro Sports Daily:
Cal Ripken Jr.
Jayson Werth understands his role with the Washington Nationals. He has opinions and no matter how much weight they carry inside the clubhouse they may not matter to the front office. That did not prevent him from expressing one Saturday evening about the most pressing topic of the Nationals’ offseason.
If Werth could pick the Nationals’ next manager he would start — no matter if it may seem far-fetched — with the biggest name possible: Cal Ripken Jr. the baseball legend whom Werth played in the same organization with at the start of his professional career as a Baltimore Orioles farmhand.
“He would be my No. 1 choice” Werth said.
The Nationals’ season inched closer to the end Saturday night with their 2-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Dan Haren ended his seesaw season — and likely his Washinton tenure — with seven scoreless four-hit innings. With a day left in his managerial tenure Davey Johnson ensured his career record will finish at least 300 wins above .500 the biza...
BEST OF MAXIM
Stephen Strasburg ended his season with a strong performance, Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos each hit three-run home runs and the Washington Nationals opened their final weekend with Davey Johnson as manager by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-4 Friday night.
Strasburg (8-9) gave up two runs and six hits in seven innings with four strikeouts, two walks and a hit batter.
"It’s not like I’m dying tomorrow. Good lord. There’ll be something I can do."(Davey Johnson, via Washington Post, 9/30/2013)
Here lies the body of the 2013 Washington Nationals. 86-76. It should've been different.
The good news is: there's always next year. Just not for Davey around here.
(See also our 2011 and 2010 Nationals gravestones here)
The season is over for the Washington Nationals and outfielder Bryce Harper.
Harper does not plan to watch the post season since the Nationals are not in it telling the Washington Post he will watch College Football instead.
The 20-year-old outfielder is also planning to work out, a-lot.
“Body-wise, I felt pretty good except for when I did run into the walls,” Harper told the...
Lame-duck manager Davey Johnson did not need long to see that his ''World Series or Bust'' proclamation for the Washington Nationals might be on its way to being a bust.
The calendar still read April, long before Washington would eventually fall way short of expectations by finishing 86-76 to miss the playoffs a year after leading the majors with 98 wins, and Johnson...
In their penultimate game of the season the Nationals got some big-time performances from a couple of guys who mostly disappointed in 2013. Dan Haren making his final start tossed seven scoreless innings scattering four hits to earn the win. Chad Tracy starting in place of an injured Adam LaRoche reached base three times and launched a home run. Denard Span also recorded his MLB...
Bryce Harper will not be watching the playoffs he said. He won’t even pay attention to the results. He cannot stomach postseason baseball when his team has been eliminated. “I couldn’t care less about it” Harper said. “I like college football. I’ll be watching that.”
Harper eventually plans to lose himself in offseason weight lifting and to arrive at spring training...
Matt Williams is still considered the leading candidate to take over for Davey Johnson as Nationals manager if the team hires from outside the organization.
But will the Nationals look outside?
It's no longer a given that they will and people who speak regularly with Nationals management now believe bench coach Randy Knorr also has a strong chance to get the job. Knorr is said...
Those concerned that Bryce Harper, at the fragile age of 20, may already be injury-prone need not worry. He’s already deduced the source of some of his struggles last year, and he’s decided that the way to prevent future pain is to, you know, stop running headlong into walls.
Harper was pretty bloodied up last spring when he smashed into an outfield wall trying to make an out...
Washington Nationals wunderkind Bryce Harper plans to train vigorously and get “as big as a house” this offseason. The 6-foot-3, 230 pound Harper batted .274 with 20 homers and 58 RBI over 118 games in 2013. However, Harper was plagued by lingering shoulder and knee ailments after violently colliding with the outfield wall at Chavez Ravine on May 13. Hence, it’s virtually impossible...
Dan Haren brought his disappointing season with Washington to a strong conclusion on Saturday night, blanking the Arizona Diamondbacks on four hits through seven innings in the Nationals' 2-0 victory.
Haren (10-14), the former Diamondbacks pitcher who signed a one-year, $13 million deal with the Nationals and struggled mightily for much of the season, struck out five and walked...
In 2013 Stephen Strasburg swapped his exasperating innings limit for a series of minor calamities controversies and oddities some within his control and some not. What remained was the gnawing perhaps unfair sense that his frequent excellence remains a tease for what he can become. “He’s good” catcher Wilson Ramos said. “And he will be better.”
The Washington Nationals...
The Nationals have already helped Davey Johnson accomplish his pre-retirement goal. The Diamondbacks, on the other hand, still have work to do to avoid their first losing season in three years.
Both second-place clubs will end their seasons Sunday at Chase Field.
The 70-year-old Johnson, who will be managing for the last time Sunday, recently told his players he wanted to finish...
PHOENIX (AP) -- A.J. Pollock beat out a run-scoring infield single in the eighth inning and the Diamondbacks sent Davey Johnson into retirement on a losing note with a 3-2 win over the Nationals on Sunday.
After losing the series' first two games, the D-backs scratched out a pair of runs off Ryan Mattheus (0-2) in the eighth inning to finish the season at .500 (81-81). Martin...
It was a trying season for Nats fans as many expected 2012 to simply be a sign of what was to come in 2013. Unfortunately, a host of factors, including injuries, caused the Nationals season to end today. There will be no baseball in October in our Nation's Capital.
But despite this disappointment, there are many reasons to be optimistic about this season and about years to...
It wasn't extra innings or a walk-off but the D-backs did leave it late scoring twice in the eighth to come from behind and beat the Nationals in the season finale at Chase Field. They end the year with the same record as last at an even 81-81.
Things started brightly the D-backs getting a run in the first inning on a Paul Goldschmidt sacrifice fly after an error by the pitcher...