Nationals’ Shawn Kelley ready for closer’s role if the Nats ask him to work the ninth...

In an MLB Network Radio interview this morning, Nationals reliever Shawn Kelley said he was ready to close out games if the Nats asked him to do it. Dusty Baker was asked this winter what he looks for in a prototypical closer as the Washington Nationals searched for relief help and tried to add a ninth-inning arm.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
19 days ago

Shawn Kelley’s Much Deserved Opportunity

Are you overshadowed by a rock-star colleague? Maybe you’re great at your job, but this person occupies a similar role and is amazing at theirs. This super-you exceeds expectations on every project, perpetually radiates serenity, and never burns popcorn in the office microwave. In actual talent level you’re not far behind this person, but in management’s eyes you don’t measure...
Via Fangraphs
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Shawn Kelley on the Nats-O’s rivalry and the fans who root for both teams

Nationals reliever Shawn Kelley grew up in Louisville, making him well qualified to discuss the animosity between fans of the University of Louisville and fans of the University of Kentucky. During his in-studio appearance with 106.7 The Fan on Wednedsay, Kelley was asked about the less-storied and less-vitriolic rivalry between the Nationals and the Orioles and […]
Via DC Sports Blog
August 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Shawn Kelley Likely Out Friday: ‘I Hate Being Honest’

WASHINGTON — Honesty is always the best policy, right? In most situations, the alternative to honesty can hurt feelings and damage relationships. But in some situations, it can be much worse. Washington Nationals reliever and interim closer Shawn Kelley understands that concept, having torn his ulnar collateral ligament twice, requiring a pair of Tommy John surgeries. Now, when...
June 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Our lucky horse head is gone

Today, Shawn Kelley, the Yankee bullpen lug nut known for mixing overpowering performances with brutal whippings, was dealt to the San Diego Padres - (yes, Virginia, there is a San Diego Padres) - for a middling, 22-year-old, Double A, RH relief pitching prospect named - (cue the Scarface soundtrack) - Johnny Barbato. This is one of those Cashman clunkers that makes no sense, unless...
December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Shawn Kelley (Future Closer?) to Padres

The Padres acquired yet another player today, as the new General Manager continues to trade away the prospects the past General Manager acquired for win-now assets. You could call Shawn Kelley just a reliever, but that doesn’t make him sound special. He is a little special, though, and he could absolutely close. A word from […]
Via Fangraphs
December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Odd good-luck charm credited for Yanks' winning streak

With time winding down on the season and the New York Yankees’ hopes of making the postseason dwindling, relief pitcher Shawn Kelley may have inadvertently stumbled upon the team’s good luck charm while perusing Amazon. Kelley last week debuted a particularly disturbing-looking horse head mask during pregame stretches and since then, the Yankees have not dropped a game. Since...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
August 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Laz Diaz once again decided to make a spectacle out of himself last night

On Monday night, Laz Diaz gave the 39,701 fans at Angel Stadium what they wanted when he put on a show in the eighth inning before ejecting Yankees pitcher Shawn Kelley. After Kelley jawed with Diaz for what he felt was a tight strike zone, Diaz spent ten seconds essentially brushing Kelley off and antagonizing him before ejecting him from the game. The crowd roared with pleasure...
Via The Outside Corner
May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees Closer David Robertson to DL

The New York Yankees defeated the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 today, and it was Shawn Kelley who earned the save for the Pinstripes, not David Robertson.  After the game Joe Girardi told the media that Robertson will be placed on the 15-Day disabled list with a pulled groin.  Kelley got Matt Wieters to fly out, Nelson Cruz to pop out and Steve Lombardozzi to ground out, and needed just...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

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