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An Ode To Clint Robinson

The 2015 Nationals had a 30-year-old rookie on the roster, who ultimately generated 0.4 fWAR. The player, Clint Robinson, is not the type of player who is often written about at length, and there is a reason for this: 0.4 WAR is pretty much the textbook definition of replacement-level. That in turn means they are pretty much, well, non-factors. Here is a player who raked in...
Via Baseball Essential
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Watch Daniel Murphy take on Tottenham MF Eric Dier in the Dizzy Bat Challenge

Daniel Murphy’s first two rounds of the MLB Postseason at the plate last year were nothing short of historic. Eric Dier’s Tottenham team has had a historic start to their campaign that currently sees them second in the Premier League behind Leicester. Naturally, it makes sense that when Spurs supporter Murphy traveled to London, he’d partake in a silly challenge at Hotspur...
Via The Comeback
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jordan Zimmermann and Ian Desmond made Nationals history this winter

Jordan Zimmermann and Ian Desmond made history this offseason, simply by being the first homegrown Nationals to reach free agency with Washington. (Although Desmond, drafted in 2004 by Montreal, arguably needs a small asterisk). From 2005-09, the Nationals drafted 254 players. Zimmermann, taken in 2007, was the first — and so far only — player to reach […]
Via Nationals Journal
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Nats’ 2016 promotional schedule is coming. There will be bobbleheads.

Leading up to the release of their full promotional schedule on Friday, the Nationals are revealing a few of their giveaways for the 2016 season on Twitter over the next three days. Fans who retweet the announcements will be entered in a sweepstakes to win one of nine Nationals branded grills, which, unfortunately, will not be one of the freebies at […]
Via DC Sports Blog
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Eric Dier takes on Daniel Murphy in 'dizzy baseball'

When soccer and baseball cross paths, it usually leads to giant laughs. Our latest tale involving Tottenham's Eric Dier and Washington Nationals' Daniel Murphy added more layers to the evergrowing mountain of hilarity.  Dier and Murphy recently got together in north London for a duel of 'dizzy baseball:' A spawn of 'dizzy bat' and 'dizzy goal.'The rules are simple; 1. Spin around...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Dusty Baker on Nationals: "Why not now, and why not me?"

Speaking of his opportunity with the Nationals as part of an MLB documentary, Dusty Baker explains that both he and the club need a World Series ring. And now is the time.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Longtime Nationals minor leaguer Josh Johnson gave up playing for chance to manage

Josh Johnson toiled, if anyone ever did, on nine different teams in eight minor league baseball seasons. Johnson was a career minor leaguer who played nine seasons before even reaching Class AAA. A few months ago, he decided to retire from the Syracuse Chiefs after 12 seasons in the minors, six in the Nationals organization. […]
Via Nationals Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2016 Washington Nationals Preview & Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep

The Nats were a huge disappointment in 2015, but Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer were fantasy superstars. Is Harper worthy of the No. 1 overall pick?(Note: When a player's fantasy draft status is mentioned - e.g., "he's an SP4" - the number is based on 12-team mixed leagues. ADP references are from NFBC drafts.)ALSO SEE: TEAM PREVIEWS ARCHIVEKey additions: 2B Daniel Murphy, OF Ben...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2016 Nats roster outlook: Can Tanner Roark bounce back as a starter?

Tanner Roark struggled to establish himself as a reliever last year. But in 2016, he'll get another crack at a starting role.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Craig Stammen signs a minor league deal with the Indians

Another former National has found a home elsewhere. Craig Stammen, who had been with the Nationals organization since 2005, has inked a minor league deal with a big league spring training invite with the Indians. Stammen had received interest from several teams in a minor league deal since the Nationals non-tendered him in December, but […]
Via Nationals Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball America No. 1 Nats prospect: Lucas Giolito - Byron Kerr

The image of top prospect right-hander Lucas Giolito pitching in a Washington Nationals uniform could become even clearer this summer. Giolito paved the way to that end with a very positive 2015 campaign in which he pitched in 21 games, 19 of them starts, for 117 innings. He fired 131 ... Read More
Via MASN
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Tyson’s Super Bowl commercial left out the best part

While there were more publicized national Super Bowl commercials this year, the most memorable for local viewers may have been the Michael and Son spot starring Mike Tyson — especially because a five-second clip of Tyson singing the plumbing and heating contractor’s catchy jingle was repeated at least twice during the game’s second half. I’m […]
Via DC Sports Blog
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper Reps DC at SuperBowl

Superstar athletes and celebrities were out in full force for the SuperBowl on Sunday and among those hitting the big game…2015 National League MVP Bryce Harper. But it was what he was wearing that turned heads, not the fact that he made the trip to Levi’s Stadium for the big game. Saturday, the Washington Nationals slugger teased his choice of headgear via Instagram. Travel...
Via Hall of Very Good
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball America Nats No. 2 prospect: Trea Turner - Byron Kerr

Trea Turner, 22, got his first taste of the majors last season with the Nationals. It was a season that saw him play for four different teams after beginning the year as property of the San Diego Padres organization and ending up in a Nationals uniform for 27 games. He ... Read More
Via MASN
4 days ago  |  Discuss

#TBT: Anthony Rendon charges grounder, makes great play to first - Nationals Buzz

He's got pop in his bat and range while manning the hot corner. Unfortunately, third baseman Anthony Rendon was limited to 80 games last season due to injury. However, some experts are saying that Rendon could become a top infielder in the National League in 2016. Rendon certainly showed off ... Read More
Via MASN
6 days ago  |  Discuss

How Nationals can flip the script and win NL East in 2016

One year ago, the Washington Nationals were given the most meaningless of honors: preseason champions. The addition of starter Max Scherzer in free agency and the development of Bryce Harper gave many good reason to tout the Nats as World Series favorites. The National League East, it appeared, was a foregone conclusion. But Washington in 2015 is the most recent example of how enormous...
Via The Sports Daily
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros address huge back-end rotation need with Doug Fister signing

Houston Astros starting pitching was a huge plus in 2015. Dallas Keuchel continued to be a revelation, posting his best season to date with a 20-8 record, 1.02 WHIP, and 2.48 ERA, earning his first career Cy Young. Behind him was Collin McHugh, a waiver claim turned perfect number two. The 28-year-old won 19 games, threw over 200 innings, and had a 3.89 ERA. Behind the duo was...
Via The Outside Corner
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Take the Doug Fister Chance

Just gonna go ahead and borrow from a colleague: I wonder what kind of odds you could have gotten on “Doug Fister and Rich Hill will sign almost the same FA contract” 12 months ago. — David Cameron (@DCameronFG) January 28, 2016 Rich Hill signed for a year and a guaranteed $6 million. He’s nearly 36 years old, and he just started all of four games for the Red Sox, and...
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals haven’t done much to improve this offseason

The Washington Nationals were set for big changes this offseason. After being pegged to be among the best teams in the league, the Nationals stumbled to an 83-79 record. Their struggles were personified in late-September when Jonathan Papelbon choked out teammate and franchise star Bryce Harper in the dugout, and inept ex-manager Matt Williams not only didn’t immediately punish...
Via The Outside Corner
15 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 ZiPS Projections – Washington Nationals

After having typically appeared in the very hallowed pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past couple years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Washington Nationals. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Arizona / Atlanta / Baltimore...
Via Fangraphs
16 days ago  |  Discuss

The Risk of Signing Ian Desmond

A year ago today, things were looking pretty good in Ian Desmond‘s world. He was 29 years old and the starting shortstop for the Washington Nationals, heavy favorites to win the National League East. A few months earlier, Desmonds completed his third straight season of at least 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases. Defensive metrics indicated he was roughly average to above average...
Via Fangraphs
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper and baseball’s new golden age

In 2015, the prophecy came true. Bryce Harper, the precocious prodigy whom since his mid-teenage years had been heralded as the game’s eventual foremost force of nature, delivered on his substantial promise. He won the National League’s Most Valuable Player in an overwhelming fashion, being one of the sole lights in the foggy waters of a lost Washington Nationals campaign. ...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
December 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Danny Espinosa says shortstop is 'where home is for me'

Danny Espinosa is one determined fellow. And we aren't just talking about the hardihood with which he grew a mustache that could double as a character on "The Muppets."The 28-year-old was drafted by the Washington Nationals as a shortstop but has predominantly played second base in his six years in Washington. Per The Washington Post, Espinosa is looking toward 2016 as his opportunity...
Via Yardbarker
December 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Wale releases 'MVP' track in tribute to Bryce Harper

In tribute of Bryce Harper’s National League Most Valuable Player season, hip hop artist Wale has released a new track (contains explicit lyrics — listener discretion is advised) in honor the Washington Nationals slugger, fittingly entitled, “MVP (Bryce Harper).” “Got the seats all filled,” raps Wale, as transcribed by D.C. Sports Bog. “I’m the reason y’all here...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
December 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Why the Nationals will win the NL East in 2016

  The Nationals were supposed to win the World Series this year. They were coming of a 96-win season, were loaded with all-star talent in the middle of the lineup, and had just added Max Scherzer to what had been the best rotation in baseball in 2014. They were an unstoppable juggernaut in the weakest division in baseball. No one was picking against them.   Then 2015 happened...
Via The Sports Quotient
November 30, 2015  |  Discuss
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