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Matt Williams and what we don’t know

Their season ended Sunday, a week — if not a month — shorter than had been planned, and the Nationals jumped right into their off-season by firing reigning Manager of the Year Matt Williams. Williams has been a lightning rod for criticism since the Nationals started to falter in the middle of the year so it’s no surprise that he was relieved of his duties, especially since...
Via Fangraphs
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INFOGRAPHIC: 2015 AL and NL MVP Candidates, Visualized

Bryce Harper. Mike Trout. You’ve heard the names a million times—almost always together—as the two players that are going to take over baseball. Well, the take over is here, people. Each player, still just 22 (Harper) and 24 (Trout) in age, led his respective league in Wins Above Replacement (WAR) as measured by FanGraphs. Trout won the AL MVP last season, and looks to be...
Via The Sports Post
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Bryce Harper, Max Scherzer create stir with choking routine

Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended for the remainder of the season, but that doesn’t mean Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper will go the rest of the season without having a teammate’s hand at his throat. On Thursday night, Harper and Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer created a buzz on social media when Scherzer jokingly choked Harper...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

GM on Harper: 'Not a lot he could have done differently' in fight

Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo almost exactly echoed manager Matt Williams when he indicated there wasn’t much Bryce Harper could have done differently regarding his dugout skirmish with Jonathan Papelbon. In fact, Rizzo, who pointed out the brouhaha wasn’t “the first dugout fight that I’ve ever been involved in,” seemed to entirely lay the blame for...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Dad Makes Bryce Harper Pancake to Raise Money for Charity

Randy Phelps a blogger and father is raising money to help provide clean drinking water to those without access by taking requests for him to make in a form of pancakes. His most recent request was Nationals outfielder and NL MVP front-runner Bryce Harper. Your NL MVP, @Bharper3407 Pancake made for @charitywater. Cheer up, @Nationals fans. #Nats pic.twitter...
Via KCM Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Williams addresses his future, Harper’s role in scuffle

With a nightmarish season winding down and coming to a merciful end, Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams was asked some pointed questions Wednesday about his future with the organization and the fallout from the Jonathan Papelbon-Bryce Harper skirmish. Williams, making his weekly appearance on 106.7 The Fan, was asked about whether he’s heard anything about his future...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
7 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Bryce Harper, Jonathan Papelbon brawl in dugout

    Bryce Harper and Jonathan Papelbon got into a fight in the Nationals’ dugout on Sunday, almost metaphorically capturing the disappointment and frustration with the team’s season. Papelbon came into the game during the eighth inning after Washington blew a 4-2 lead to the Phillies and got the final out of the inning. He was in the dugout for the top of the ninth and...
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper hopes Mets win the World Series

Bryce Harper is a gracious loser. After a walk-off double to give the Washington Nationals a win in the 12th inning on Saturday against the Philadelphia Phillies, the man many believe should be the MVP of the league offered his well-wishes to the New York Mets, saying he hopes they go on to win the World Series. Harper wishes Mets the best. Says he hopes they win the World...
Via Sportsnaut
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Examining the role of context in determining the best

Here’s a statement I think most people would agree with: Bryce Harper has been the best player in baseball this year. Harper leads the majors in batting average, on base percentage, and slugging percentage, so naturally, he also leads in wOBA, wRC+, and just about any other offensive metric you can find here on FanGraphs. In most cases, it isn’t even close; his 205 wRC+ is 30...
Via Fangraphs
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals fans can win season tickets by hitting home run

The Washington Nationals have announced a “Swing For Your Seats” promotion where fans renewing a season ticket plan for 2016 can get their seats for free … if they can somehow manage to hit a home run at Nationals Park. All fans have to do is re-up their season tickets before Oct. 15 and they are eligible to sign up for the chance to hit a very profitable dinger. The official...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
15 days ago  |  Discuss

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