Found July 28, 2013 on
As the month of July winds down, the trade deadline is now only a few days away. At this time of the year most teams are grouped into one of two categories, buyers, or sellers. The Washington Nationals however, fall somewhere in the middle.
Currently sitting 8.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East standings, any sort of a rental player does not seem like a viable option to Mike Rizzo and Davey Johnson. But with the amount of talent the Nationals currently have on the roster, they are not quite ready to give up on this season. Coming into the season, the Nationals were picked by many as World Series contenders and Manager Davey Johnson infamously announced “World Series or bust”. Though the roster appears to have talent in many areas, there are clearly areas that can be improved upon, but a trade will only be made if General Manager Mike Rizzo does not believe it compromises the future of the franchise.
One area where the Nationals have an opportunity to make an addition a...
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AROUND THE WEB
Washington relief pitcher Tyler Clippard blasted the Nationals' management for the way they have handled fellow reliever Drew Storen.
BALL SO HARD
The man who lit up Ray Fosse in the 1970 All-Star game says that Nats phenom Bryce Harper needs to play under more control if he wants to have a long career in MLB.
"That’s the team I want to see." (Wilson Ramos, via Washington Times, 7/28/2013)
Nationals 14, Mets 1: Who are these guys? After Game 1 on Friday, did anyone see this coming?
Up above, video of Wilson Ramos clubbing his third inning grand slam.
Onward and upward?
(Screencap via MASN/MLB.com video)
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A Washington Nationals fan was spotted wearing this jersey with the names of four Nationals players on the back of his custom jersey (Ryan Zimmerman, Bryce Harper, Denard Span and Wilson Ramos). Not only that, the No. 6 jersey belongs to Anthony Rendon. This is one way to give all your favorite players their love all at the same time.
It would be way more interesting if this guy...
Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper left the first game of Friday's double header with the New York Mets in the fifth inning with a sore left knee.
Harper landed hard on the knee after sliding to make a catch off the bat of Daniel Murphy. He made the catch and stayed in the game initially. He singled in the eighth inning but left for a pinch hitter after pulling...
The Nationals made a run this spring at trying to lock up star shortstop Ian Desmond but didn't reach an agreement Nats-connected sources said.
While nothing appears imminent at the moment with talks apparently stopping once the season began the Nats still hope to keep Desmond who's had a very nice year and barely missed making the All-Star team a second time with an extension...
Bryce Harper, Ian Desmond and Denard Span all homered, powering the Washington Nationals to a 4-1 win over the New York Mets on Saturday.
Dan Haren (5-11) pitched seven innings for his first win since May 9, allowing one run and three hits.
Desmond and Span hit back-to-back homers against Dillon Gee (7-8) in the second inning and Harper followed with a two-run drive in the third...
Very little about this Washington Nationals season has unfolded as expected. Four days from August they sit three games under .500 and 81 / 2 games back of first place in a weak National League East. Their talented lineup has dragged down the rest of the team. Mediocre opposing pitchers have baffled Nationals hitters. One of their biggest offseason acquisitions a leadoff hitter is...
Wilson Ramos hit a grand slam and rookie right-hander Taylor Jordan had six strong innings for his first major league win to lead the Washington Nationals to a 14-1 rout of the New York Mets on Sunday.
The Nationals won their third game in a row and fourth in five to salvage a tumultuous 11-game homestand.
They lost the first six games after the All-Star break, fired hitting coach...
"After that 11-0 game, I think that could be rock bottom there. We don’t have any time for hitting bottom any more. That’s it. If we’re going to hit rock bottom, that was the time and we have to go from there."
(Dan Haren, via Washington Times, 7/27/2013)
Nationals 4, Mets 1: Pigs fly, cats and dogs live in peace, snowball fight in hell, and the Nats give...
Three games ago, Dan Haren declared the Washington Nationals (52-54) had reached rock bottom of their shaky season after getting pounded by the New York Mets (46-55) in an 11-0 defeat.
From rock bottom, there is nowhere to go but up, and the Nationals proved this on Sunday by giving the Mets a taste of their own medicine with a series-winning 14-1 victory. Since that atrociously...
Brad Lidge spent four seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies. On Thursday the former Phillies closer will sign a one-day contract to retire as a member of the team.
Lidge, 36, announced in December that he planned to retire.
Retired closer Brad Lidge will sign a 1-day contract Thursday with the #Phillies and retire in their uniform, throwing out 1st pitch Thu.
— Bob Nightengale...