Found March 13, 2012 on
The Victory Formation:
I don’t know a lot about the Washington Nationals. That’s a relative statement of course. I know alot more than the average person about the Washington Nationals. I know that they’ve been a mediocre team since the franchise moved from Montreal, never reaching the playoffs. I know that they just signed Ryan Zimmerman to a large contract extension that seems somewhat questionable since his primary skill, defense, appeared to take a huge step back last year. Defensive statistics are of course questionable in one year samples but the eye test and the, um, actual test that measures what you actually did, point to a sudden serious question as to if Zimmerman can remain at third long term. They’re paying him like he can, and like he can be good at it, so that’s worrisome. I know that they didn’t block his possible move to first by signing Prince Fielder this offseason, as was heavily rumored. This was wise because WOW Elderly Detroit Owner Person that was quite a contract you handed out. Thankfully Adam LaRoche can continue to cause pain to whatever team choose employ him for another year. I know that in Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, and Anthony Rendon Washington has a superduperstar level of potential awesomeness that should be unleashed in full around opening day 2013.
I know all this but of all the teams in the major leagues the Nationals are almost certainly the one I find least interesting. They’ve never had a good team, a good season where you cared what they were doing. Their history in Washington dates back only to 2005 and the Expos feel like a different franchise. A different franchise that has their own history of ineptitude, save that awesomely cursed 1994 team from the strike shortened season and their lone playoff appearance in 1981. Plus, their primary columnist is Thomas Boswell, and I hate that guy. In short the Nationals have never mattered to me. I think that’s about to change.
The Nationals play in what is basically a new stadium, while in a major media market that just needs a reason to care about its **************** team. They have an ownership that is clearly willing to spend money (see Werth, Jayson) and a situation that can become very nice should they manage to win a few games.
This year they win a few games, some of them in a row. They probably aren’t ready to win the NL East, though with the second wild card they could sneak into the playoffs. They’ll have an upside heaven type rotation with Strasburg, potential breakout Jordan Zimmerman, Edwin Jackson (Cards fans are probably the only base that is sad to lose Edwin Jackson), and the entirely overrated Gio Gonzalez manning the top four spots. John Lannan, former opening day starter, finishes it out. Plus, somehow Livan Hernandez and Jason Marquis no longer work here. For the bullpen they already had Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard, plus they added Brad Lidge, who damn it all I just sorta like. While they have to find a solution at center they’re going to field an adequate if unexciting offense, that is unless manager Davey Johnson gets his “I’m old dammit” wish that Bryce Harper makes the team out of spring training and promptly destroys people. He probably won’t do the second part. Micheal Morse needs to show up and continue to hit homeruns in an unlikely manner wherever they play him and it would be nice if Jayson Werth remembered to be a good baseball player but overall the Nationals should be relevant. In a year or two they probably matter. I look forward to caring about them while I save a few brain cells on the Mets.
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Nothing puts the stamp on legendary potential like having a burger the size of a fat newborn baby named after you. The Washington Nationals are pulling out all the stops in driving up attendance this season from the 'Take Back the Park' campaign, the #FUphilly campaign by local radio stations, and now the 'Eat this Gigantic Burger named After Stephen Strasburg so that...
Since moving over from Montreal, the Washington Nationals have not had a winning season. They have come close a couple times and are improving as of late, but they still leave a lot to be desired. Nationals fans are waiting on Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper to take over the franchise, but more often than not they leave the ballpark with an empty feeling in their stomachs. This...
SS - Ian Desmond
2B - Danny Espinosa
3B - Ryan Zimmerman
LF - Michael Morse
1B - Adam LaRoche
RF - Jayson Werth
C - Wilson Ramos
CF - Rick Ankiel/Roger Bernadina
SP - Stephen Strasburg
SP - Jordan Zimmermann
SP - Gio Gonzalez
SP - Edwin Jackson
SP - Chien-Ming Wang
CL - Drew Storen
Five things to think about:
- Nineteen-year-old super-prospect Bryce...
Rather than get hung up on a bad spring training start by Stephen Strasburg on Wednesday night against the Braves, let's focus on more positive things. Like, Bryce Harper returning to the lineup after spending time on the shelf with a left calf strain, and handling his surprise start in CF without incident (through six innings, anyway). Why CF, Davey?
"He runs good. He’s...
Washington Nationals pitcher John Lannan continues to be heavily mentioned in trade rumors across the league, and with good reason. He's a lefty starter who can eat innings and be solid at the back of the rotation, and that's exactly why the Nationals shouldn't trade him... yet.
Lannan is essentially the only starting pitcher remaining on the Nats 40-man roster eligible...
The Nationals decided this afternoon to give two of their top prospects in big league camp a chance to get acclimated with the team’s minor league program as they optioned starting pitcher Matt Purke and infielder Anthony Rendon. The team also removed seven other players from their spring roster, including Corey Brown, Jarrett Hoffpauir, and Sandy Leon.
Bryce Harper, Washington...
VIERA, Fla. (AP) -- Washington right-hander Edwin Jackson struggled through three-plus innings Tuesday, and the Detroit Tigers defeated the Nationals 6-3.
Jackson allowed four runs, two earned, while giving up five hits, walking two and striking out two in 3 1-3 innings. The two-run homer he gave up in the first inning to Detroit's Ryan Rayburn came with two outs, one batter...
During a stroll through the Nationals’ minor league camp last week, we heard Washington’s Director of Player Development, Doug Harris, tell a group of players that they must respect the “W” on their hats, because the Lerner family is trying to build a brand. While that may be true, it is becoming more and more apparent that over in major league camp, Mike Rizzo and Davey...
Ryan Zimmerman homered for the second time this spring and added a double in the Washington Nationals' 8-4 victory against a St. Louis Cardinals split squad on Monday.
Zimmerman is hitting .587 this spring, going 7 for 12 with three doubles.
Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann had a rocky outing, allowing four runs - including three in the first inning - seven hits and one...
As we approach the midpoint of spring training and cast a wanting eye towards opening day, it is probably fair to wonder about the status of currently unsigned free agents. One such free agent is future Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez, whose dalliances with the Mets a week or so ago proved fruitless, and thus may be pushing the legendary backstop towards retirement whether he wants...
With the 2012 MLB season on the cusp, here's a look at the Washington Nationals from an attendance perspective.
2010 Total Attendance: 1.82 million
2010 Average Attendance & Sell-Thru: 22,568 (54% of capacity)
2010 Record: 69-93, Missed Postseason
2011 Total Attendance: 1.94 million
2011 Average Attendance & Sell-Thru: 24,877 (60% of capacity)
2011 Record: 80-81...
The Red Sox are still trying to figure out who will be their fifth starter this season, but the Nationals' John Lannan might not be the guy. Despite a recent report stating otherwise, the team has not made an offer to the Nats for Lannan, according to WEEI.com's Alex Speier. This news comes on the heels of a report by ESPN's Jim Bowden that essentially stated Boston was...