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Would Jonathan Papelbon be willing to pitch the eighth?

When he was the general manager of the Red Sox, Theo Epstein once asked a young Jonathan Papelbon to be a starter. Papelbon declined. He is a closer, always has been — in mentality, if not so much his arsenal lately — so the attempt to convert him did not last long. He made three […]
Via Nationals Journal
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Papelbon Gives Up First Runs of July, Blows Save

WASHINGTON — The San Diego Padres hit back-to-back homers off Shawn Kelley in the eighth inning and scored four runs off Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth to beat the Washington Nationals 10-6 on Sunday. San Diego won two of three against Washington to earn its first series victory over the Nationals since May 2011. Ryan Buchter (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth to earn the victory...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Jonathan Papelbon loses his mind following Stephen Drew’s walk-off triple

Stephen Drew cared out a curly W for the Nationals on Saturday evening with a pinch-hit walk-off triple that scored Anthony Rendon. As teammates ran out to celebrate with the ailing Drew, Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon just could not contain himself. Papelbon chasing Rendon like he was livestock — Danny (@recordsANDradio) July 24, 2016 First Papelbon...
Via KCM Sports
1 day ago

Did Nats Fans Actually Miss Jonathan Papelbon?

I cannot believe I am asking this question. How far have we come as a fan base where we can even consider missing a player like Jonathan Papelbon? I was at the exhibition game in Nats Park this year. You know the one, the first time Nats fans got to greet Papelbon after choking out the MVP in the dugout last year. It wasn’t all sunshine and roses. A good number of fans cheered...
Via The Nats Blog
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats Reinstate Papelbon, Send Taylor to AAA Syracuse

WASHINGTON — The Nationals announced they have recalled Jonathan Papelbon from the Disabled List and sent centerfielder Michael A. Taylor to Triple-A Syracuse. The #Nats have returned from rehab and reinstated RHP Jonathan Papelbon. OF Michael A. Taylor has been optioned to Triple-A Syracuse. — Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 4, 2016 Taylor has been inconsistent...
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Jayson Werth has profane message for his critics

For the second time in four games, Jayson Werth delivered a walk-off hit for the Washington Nationals. His most recent came on Wednesday evening against the Chicago Cubs — capping off on a thrilling 5-4, 12-inning victory in D.C. It’s been a standout week for the 37-year-old outfielder. He’s posted a .421 batting average over the past seven days and a .333 mark in June....
Via The Sports Daily
June 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Jonathan Papelbon talked out of wearing controversial shirt

The Washington Nationals are playing with fire this season by keeping Jonathan Papelbon, and they were reminded of the type of handful the veteran closer can be before he issued an apology last week. Papelbon kicked off spring training by apologizing for choking teammate Bryce Harper in the dugout late last season. There’s a good chance the Nationals told him to do that. They...
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 22, 2016  |  Discuss

MLB executive: Jonathan Papelbon is 'untradeable'

The Washington Nationals might have a hard time finding suitors for closer Jonathan Papelbon. Papelbon has been the subject of trade speculation since about the time he choked Bryce Harper in the Nationals’ dugout toward the end of the regular season, but CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman wrote last week in his “Inside Baseball” column that Washington has a problem if it wants to deal...
November 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Nats plan to keep Papelbon, think he can ‘play nice’

The Washington Nationals aren’t going to move Jonathan Papelbon, at least that’s what they’re saying through back channels. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the Nationals don’t intend to trade the polarizing closer, despite the fact he got into a dugout altercation with star outfielder Bryce Harper during a late-season game. Additionally, the Nationals plan...
November 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Jonathan Papelbon bought $2.9M home in DC on Sept. 14

Washington Nationals reliever Jonathan Papelbon recently purchased a rather expensive home in the D.C. area. Can you say bad timing? According to the Washington Business Journal, Papelbon and his wife Ashley closed on a $2.9 million home in Belle Haven on Sept. 14. The five-bedroom house was assessed at $1.5 million. Why might that be an issue? As you have probably heard, Papelbon...
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

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