Found September 16, 2012 on
The Nationals farm system is a lot like other farm systems. When teams move from the cellar to the penthouse, the farm system goes through a number of changes. Players either graduate from the farm system to the ML lineup or they are traded to acquire players that become integral parts of the teams turnaround. In the case of the Nationals, they had both at the same time.
Bryce Harper and Stephen Stasburgh came of age at the same time. Naturally, both took different paths to the regular lineup. Strasburgh went through some injuries before finally making it while Harper was the natural. Having both elevated to the big leagues coupled with the four key prospects they traded for Gio Gonzalez have changed the farm system, but Gonzalez is on the verge of winning 20 games. You’d have to say it was worth it.
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Washington Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa underwent an
MRI this afternoon to determine the extent of his shoulder injury. While he will be out for at least the club’s
next three games, the Nationals could be without Espinosa for the remainder of
the year, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post:
The Nationals are reviewing the results from an MRI of...
Jeff Zelevansky/Getty ImagesBefore I get into Washington Nationals star pitcher Gio Gonzalez and his achievements, I would like to acknowledge the success of the the team as a whole so far this season.Washington is off to an unbelievable start in its effort to win the division, as Gonzalez pitched six solid innings to become the Majors’ first 19-game winner in a 5-1 win over the...
On his way off the field in the sixth after missing out on his 20th win of the season, Gio Gonzalez tipped his cap and gave a thumbs up to Chipper Jones (who was on third thanks to a walk and then a Freddie Freeman double).
(Screen cap via ESPN/TV)
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Washington D.C. may have a pretty exciting sports couple on its hands. It looks like Angela Rypien and Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez might be dating.
Angela, a quarterback for the Lingerie Football League’s Baltimore Charm and the daughter of former Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien, dropped the first hint about a possible relationship when she tweeted on Aug. 31 that she was attending...
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Nationals manager Davey Johnson earned his first ejection of the season after arguing an awful call at first base by umpire Marvin Hudson on Saturday.
Braves left fielder Martin Prado was leading off the bottom of the sixth and hit a come-backer to pitcher Edwin Jackson. The ball went off Jackson’s glove, but he recovered and threw to first...
The Washington Nationals seemed to be waiting to exhale ever since mid-September was pegged as the time ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg was going to be shut down. That day came a little earlier than expected following Strasburg's Sept. 7 start and loss to the Marlins. The Nationals had said Strasburg's final start would come on Sept. 12 in New York, but they announced on...
"I’ve got a prayer, basically, with Andrelton Simmons at third. Just tried to get it as quick as I could and get rid of it. If I set, he’s already sliding in celebrating. There was a probably 1 in 10 chance, and didn’t get him." (Ian Desmond, via Washington Post, 9/15/2012)
Braves 2, Nationals 1: Nats lose on a walk-off fielder's choice, throwing...
There's Davey Johnson in the process of getting ejected for the first time this season on a blown call by first base umpire Marvin Hudson in the sixth, which was immediately followed by a game-tying home run by Jason Heyward. Here's Davey, via Washington Post:
"If I can see it from 150 feet that the throw beats him, and he’s on the
bag and he was out...
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"We’re fine. We’ve put ourselves in a
great position. We’ve played well all year, and we have two weeks left
of playing baseball. Everything is right in front of us." (Ryan Zimmerman, via Washington Post, 9/17/2012)
"I feel fine about where we're at." (Davey Johnson, via Nats Insider, 9/17/2012)
Braves sweep Nats. NL East lead down...
Our Washington Nationals (formerly your Montreal Expos) (89-55) lost to the Atlanta Braves (82-63) 2-1 last night down in Georgia (where the Devil went down to according to Charlie Daniels). Bryce Harper generated the Nats’ offense with a solo home run. It was not your normal game.(AP Photo/John Bazemore)Kris Medlen, who started the season as a little-known reliever, had a career...