Found April 17, 2012 on
The Slanch Report:
There's never been a doubt about the quality of Rick Ankiel's arm. Back when he was a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals he showed exceptional promise until the yips took ahold of him and he lost the plate. Having since moved to the outfield (and the Washington Nationals), Ankiel has shown on numerous occasions that while he might not have been accurate at sixty feet, six inches, from farther away he's deadly.
With the bases loaded on Monday and a mid-outfield flyout, normally one would expect an easy run, particularly with someone as fast as the Astros' Jordan Schafer on third. Instead, Ankiel unleashes a BEAUTIFUL throw, that goes to home plate on the fly and shows that Schafer was quite prudent in staying put.
I agree with the announcers, it's not often that a simple throw from an outfielder, particularly one that doesn't result in a play, deserves a highlight, but this one absolutely does.
BEST OF MAXIM
Rick Ankiel showed again last night that he, hands down, has the best outfield arm in all of baseball. While the throw itself technically didn't stop the Astros from running on him (Zimmerman later said that the Astros weren't going to test Ankiels arm in the first place), and the baserunner actually scored shortly afterword when Strasburg let up a two-run dobule...
He used to be a pitcher.
The irony is he couldn’t throw strikes, so he became an outfielder, and now he’s hitting the mitt from 300 feet (video via D.C. Sports Bog):
“The writer Raymond Chandler once said, ‘When in doubt, have a man come through a door with a gun in his hand.’ The baseball equivalent may be those few seconds between realizing Ankiel is about to unleash...
The Gio Gonzalez effect: Jordan Zimmermann smiling during a postgame interview on TV, even after yet another start with no run support? Who needs run support when you have Natitude?
Jordan Zimmermann on the winning attitude in the #Nats clubhouse: "It's a Natitude." (via @DanKolko, 4/18/2012)
Nationals 3, Astros 2: Run support? Who needs run support...
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By now you’ve seen the highlights of what he did earlier in the week. Dude has an absolute Howitzer attached to his arm. LINK HERE
But you might not be aware that he was the subject of a story recently on the NPR show ‘This American Life’. We’ve embedded the story below...
COOL AS A CUCUMBER
Perhaps the most riveting video so far of the 2012 Washington Nationals season? See above: Davey Johnson reacts to a fire alarm during his pregame press conference before Tuesday's Nationals-Astros game at Nationals Park (link to CSN Washington.com video here). Okay, maybe "reacts" isn't the right way to describe it.
Interestingly, Davey reacted...
New plan: Instead of making Rick Ankiel choose between pitcher and outfielder, we let him do both at the same time.
I’m a little sad that I wrote the The Dugout Opening Days ’12 strip about the Washington Nationals on Monday afternoon, because if I’d written it on Monday night it would’ve been about Rick Ankiel’s monster strike from center that kept the fastest Houston...
In his latest showing of displeasure with Teddy's ongoing losing streak in the Presidents Race, Jayson Werth ran through the finish line before the start of Sunday's race. Riveting slow motion video below. Not surprisingly, Teddy lost again. (Video via Let Teddy Win!)
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The newest sideline reporter to keep your eye on is MASN's Kristina Akra and recently, she's gotten caught in the line of fire.
After the Nationals 4-1 win against the Reds, Akra was interviewing pitcher Edwin Jackson and got caught in a Gatorade bath designated for him:
(Courtesy of Guyism)
Fourteen-time All-Star catcher Ivan Rodriguez will announce his retirement Monday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported, citing sources.
Rodriguez, the 1999 American League MVP, reportedly made the decision after failing to get a decent playing opportunity this season.
The 40-year-old chose Texas as the location for his announcement because...
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jayson Werth drew a bases-loaded walk and Wilson Ramos hit a sacrifice fly as the Washington Nationals rallied in the eighth inning and beat the Houston Astros 3-2 Wednesday night for their third straight win.
The Nationals improved to 10-3 -- they became the first team in the majors to reach 10 wins this season. Texas earned its 10th victory later in the evening...
Last night after the Washington Nationals 1-0 win over the Houston Astros, Nationals managers Davey Johnson was giving his usual press conference until he was interrupted by a fire alarm.
To give Johnson credit, he didn't skip a beat during the distraction:
(Courtesy of Nats Enquirer)
With Stephen Strasburg on the mound, the Washington Nationals lineup erupted for 13 hits and six runs en route to helping their team's ace earn his second win of the season, and giving the club their eighth victory overall. In total, Strasburg gave up six hits, and two earned runs while striking out five batters, putting Washington in position to defeat the Houston Astros 6...
Stephen Strasburg did his job Monday night against the Astros, notching the win and a quality start. He threw six innings and held Houston to two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out five. It was a solid outing and any pitcher across the league would take it, but this was Stephen Strasburg pitching at home against one of the league’s lesser squads. The no-hitter watch...