Found July 08, 2012 on Mr. Irrelevant:
The 2012 All-Star break is here, and Washington is four games up on the NL East. Baltimore is also second in the AL East, somehow. It’s unclear which is more unlikely, but I will take them both and always remember fondly what was one hell of a half-season of baseball. The Nats, seemingly a year away from entering an extended run as contenders, have baseball’s third-best record (and fifth-best run differential) despite five top regulars — Ryan Zimmerman, Mike Morse, Jayson Werth, Wilson Ramos and Drew Storen — missing time. Bryce Harper arrived in full, though, ahead of time, and is now only the third 19-year-old All-Star ever. He even would’ve been the fourth-youngest player in this year’s Futures game, which may be my favorite Bryce Harper figure yet. Their starting pitching is superb, perhaps historically so, and Tyler Clippard, Sean Burnett, Craig Stammen, Ian Desmond and Adam LaRoche picked up where the fallen left off. Strasburg will be shut down in September, but Werth and ...

Tyler Clippard says it was 140 degrees in the bullpen today

In case you've been living under a rock and/or living outside of the convection oven that is Washington DC (say, Alaska): there's a heat wave going on in DC. Friday night, Stephen Strasburg wilted in the 96 degree heat (again). On Saturday, Gio Gonzalez earned his 12th win with 6 innings of 3 hit-ball in 101 degree heat. Tyler Clippard earned his 14th save. After the...

Here's Bryce Harper receiving his NL All-Star jersey from Mike Rizzo

Up above: video of Bryce Harper receiving his NL All-Star jersey from Mike Rizzo on the field at Nationals Park before Sunday's game (video via NatsTown2K10). And here's Harper, via Washington Post, on his upcoming trip to KC: "Going home would have been pretty good. I still get to see my family out there and that’s the biggest thing. I think I’m still...

Ryan Zimmerman Engaged

Another hot wife will soon be joining the Baseball’s Hottest Wives fold.  Ryan Zimmerman and Heather Downen have known each other for the past two years.  Ryan is the second highest paid third baseman in the MLB behind only A-Rod and Heather works for an apps development company, but unfortunately its not mine.  They live together in Arlington with their dog Miley.  If you’re...

Bryce Harper Becomes the Youngest Position Player to Make the All-Star Game

Bryce Harper is an All-Star: Photo courtesy of USATODAY Time to exhale for the Washington Nationals’ fans. Bryce Harper has been named to the 2012 MLB All-Star Game. After not originally getting the selection and not receiving the fans’ “Final Vote,” Bryce Harper has been announced as the replacement player for injured National League All-Star Giancarlo Stanton. It may not...

Here's Bryce Harper handing out freeze pops to fans

In case you've been living under a rock and/or living outside of the convection oven that is Washington DC (say, Alaska): there's a heat wave going on in DC. Also, Bryce Harper was named to the NL All-Star team on Saturday, joining Bob Feller and Doc Gooden as the only teens in history to, like, be named All-Stars or something. In spite of the heat on Saturday (140 degrees...

Orioles reinstate OF Nick Markakis from DL

The Baltimore Orioles have reinstated outfielder Nick Markakis from the 15-day disabled list and optioned infielder Joe Mahoney to Triple-A Norfolk. Markakis was reinstated Monday after going on the DL June 1, retroactive to May 30, with a broken hamate bone of the right wrist. It was the first time in his career that he was on the DL. Markakis batted .300 with a double and two...

Nick Markakis Activated from DL

The Baltimore Orioles have activated outfielder Nick Markakis from the 15-day disabled list on Monday. Markakis suffered a broken hamate bone in his right wrist on May 30th. The former first round pick in the 2003 amateur draft is batting .256 on the season, with eight home runs and 26 runs batted in. Markakis is currently available in 43% of Yahoo standard leagues, and could be...

Markakis Excels at Bowie

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BP Unfiltered: Almost Every Oriole Lost Track of How Many Outs There Were by Sam Miller

Everybody knows the inning ended after the third out. What this post presupposes is ... maybe it didn't? Umpire: Literally couldn't care less. Hang on. Let me try to care less.  Umpire: /juxtaposes stakes of baseball game with reality of world where 170 million live on a dollar a day in China alone. Umpire: No. Same. That ball was fair by the way.  Umpire: I&...
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