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Yunel Escobar hits walk-off home run, slides headfirst into home plate

So Yunel Escobar's walk-off home run to bail out Drew Storen and the Nats last night (video above) was pretty great. But the GIF of Escobar's headfirst slide into home plate after the fact is pretty much the greatest thing ever. It features the slide, a Gatorade shower, Denard Span freaking out over getting hit with said Gatorade, and a majestic Bryce Harper hair flip: ...
Via Nationals Enquirer
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Offense Quiet Again, Blue Rocks Drop First Two To Potomac

WILMINGTON, DE – Potomac right-hander Brian Rauh was lights out on Tuesday evening, going seven scoreless innings leading the Potomac Nationals to their second consecutive win over the Blue Rocks, 6-0. For Wilmington, it is the first time they have been shutout this season. Rauh also held the Blue Crew to their fewest hits this season (2), beating their previous low mark of six...
Via i70baseball
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals Drop Cardinals 2-1: Pieces Falling into Place for World Series Favorites

Washington Nationals’ Yunel Escobar celebrates the game winning solo home run as he slides into home during the 10th inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in Washington. The Nationals won 2-1, in 10 innings. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Las Vegas odds makers ranked the Washington Nationals as the stand-alone preseason...
Via The Sports Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals “Walk Off” 2-1 Over Cardinals in Ten

The Nationals blew a 1-0 lead in the ninth inning, but Yunel Escobar’s third career walk off solo home run in the bottom of the tenth inning gave Washington a 2-1 win over St. Louis on Tuesday night at Nationals Park. Heroes welcome for Yuni!! #Walkoff #SafeAtHome pic.twitter.com/zNebCB43EA — Washington Nationals (@Nationals) April 22, 2015 Drew Storen came on in the top...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Interesting Life Unfolded For Ex-Expo Brian Holman After Baseball

The people at Ronald Blue admired Brian Holman so much that even a telephone receptionist at headquarters in Roswell, Ga. remembered him. Holman had never worked for the U.S. financial giant in Roswell but the receptionist recognized the name when I called to find out how I could get a hold of him after I had checked what was really an outdated website version of the company that...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats Minor Affiliates: Strong starts at the plate and mound

Here is a brief update on each of the Washington Minor League affiliates.  The update includes one offensive and one pitcher who are off to strong starts. Syracuse Chiefs (AAA) 5-7 Offensive:  Jason Martinson is off to a solid start at AAA.  Martinson has had on and off season in the Washington Nationals system.  The 2010 draft pick is 26 years-old.  He needs a strong season...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Wilmington Blue Rocks Go Silently in Series Opener Against Potomac Nationals

WILMINGTON, DE – Potomac’s Nick Pivetta was brilliant on Monday, blanking the Rocks over seven innings, and leading the Nationals to victory at Frawley Stadium by a final of 3-1. Pivetta allowed only three hits and two walks while notching five strikeouts. A home run by catcher Spencer Kieboom got the offense started for the Nationals, as the Rocks fell to 6-5 on the season...
Via i70baseball
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Roundup: Zimmermann Continues to Scuffle

On Saturday Nationals co-ace, Jordan Zimmermann, took the mound at home against one of the easiest offenses in baseball, the Philadelphia Phillies. Through two starts Zimmermann had returned mixed results, holding the Mets in check in his first start yet getting demolished by the Red Sox in his second. Before Saturday’s game against Philly, I wrote this: In his last start Zim...
Via Baseball Professor
5 days ago  |  Discuss

NL East Top 10 Prospects Round-Up

The 2015 season is well underway and that means the minor-leagues are abuzz with activity. All the way from Single A to the majors, below is our weekly round-up of the top 10 prospects in the NL East. 1. Lucas Giolito RHP – Nationals: Not assigned to roster. For more analysis of Giolito, please click here. 2. Noah Syndergaard RHP – Mets: While Syndergaard is regarded...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryan Zimmerman Hits Ball Twice with One Swing

On the box score it will appear Ryan Zimmerman collected his second RBI with a single up the middle to score Ian Desmond in the seventh, nothing special. But what will not show up in the box score is the swing that gave the Nationals a 4-0 lead was anything but normal. Zimmerman managed to hit the ball twice with one swing. The ball initially hit near the handle of the bat and rode...
Via KCM Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Denard Span Back In Nationals’ Lineup Sunday

Center fielder Denard Span has finally rejoined the Washington Nationals. As of Sunday morning, Span has been penciled in to lead-off and play center for the team, as they take on the Philadelphia Phillies Sunday afternoon. Although no lineup is official until it is in the hands of the umpire, the Nationals have already made the corresponding move of sending down outfielder Michael...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

ESPN’s Britt McHenry ignored towing warnings before going on mean girl rant

ESPN’s MLB reporter Britt McHenry, who went on a mean girl rant against a tow truck company employee, reportedly ignored a warning about leaving her car overnight at a restaurant parking lot before it was towed away. The warning is on a sign posted on the front door of the restaurant McHenry visited.  
Via Speleb
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Bryce Harper on Stats; Storen, Gausman, Eflin, Almora, more

When I first met Drew Storen, his train had yet to reach Big League Station. The Stanford product was 22 years old and pitching in the Arizona Fall League, his Nationals debut still six months away. Since that time he’s ridden a roller coaster. The 27-year-old right-hander has a 43-save season on his resume, but […]
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper nearly runs past Jayson Werth, runs through stop sign, to score from first

Run until they tag you... The best part of Ryan Zimmerman's two-run double in the 6th inning of Thursday night's 5-2 win over the Phillies? That would be Bryce Harper scoring from first, nearly passing Jayson Werth in the process, and running through third base coach Bob Henley's inexplicable stop sign: (Screencap via MLB.TV video. Vine by @bencelestino)
Via Nationals Enquirer
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper Nearly Runs over Jayson Werth Running Bases

Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-run double in the sixth of the Nationals 5-2 win over the Phillies, scoring both Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth. Aside from extending the Nationals lead, Zimmerman’s double nearly cause a problem. Bryce Harper only knows one way to play baseball and that’s hard and fast. His speed is one to marvel over. He displayed that speed running from first home...
Via KCM Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals reliever Stammen needs surgery, could miss rest of season

WASHINGTON -- Washington Nationals reliever Craig Stammen has a torn flexor tendon in his right forearm that requires surgery and could force him to miss the rest of the season. Manager Matt Williams gave the new Thursday after Stammen had an MRI. The operation has not yet been scheduled. ''Depends on the extent of the damage,'' Williams said of Stammen's chance of missing the season...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals reliever Craig Stammen needs surgery

Washington Nationals reliever Craig Stammen has been diagnosed with a flexor tear in his forearm following an MRI and will need surgery, manager Matt Williams said today. Williams told reporters Stammen could miss the remainder of the season, which would be a bad blow to an already-think and struggling bullpen. Stammen, 31, has thrown at least 72 innings each of the last three seasons...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Washington Nationals aren’t this bad, right?

Through seven games, the National League standings are a mess. The 6-1 Braves, roundly projected to finish fourth in the NL East, are doubling up their opposition on the season. The always erratic Colorado Rockies are 5-2 – and are 4-0 on the road, always a challenging task for them. After rolling through the bulk of the rest of the league, hovering around the .500 mark, you get...
Via The Outside Corner
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Williams on a Dreadful Defensive Day

Matt Williams wasn’t a happy camper after yesterday’s loss at Fenway Park. It wasn’t so much the final score – Boston won 9-4 – it was the manner in which it transpired. The Nationals played defense like they were allergic to horsehide. A pair of sky-high fly balls were allowed to fall untouched. Ground balls […]
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

The Nationals Are Horrible

I can say this right now.The worst defensive game I ever saw. #Nats #Nationals #MLB — William Ladson (@washingnats) April 13, 2015 What would make William Ladson, who has covered the Nationals franchise since 2002, tweet that during Monday’s Nats-Red Sox game? Well, how about this: Or maybe THIS from the SAME INNING: Or maybe it was Ian Desmond’s fifth error in seven...
Via Mr. Irrelevant
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals sued for religious discrimination

The Washington Nationals were hit with a $300,000 federal religious discrimination lawsuit on Tuesday. The complaint – available here – alleges that the team illegally discriminated against three former ushers – all Seventh-day Adventists – due to their religious beliefs. Although the team allowed the men to miss games during the 2013 season in order to […]
Via Fangraphs
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Top D.C. Power Brokers are Regulars at Nationals Park

It appears that the thing to do following a long day on the Beltway in D.C. is to attend a Washington Nationals game. The Nationals, who relocated from Montreal and became the first MLB team in the nation’s capital since 1971, are among the best teams in the sport. Despite the team’s success, it still hasn’t earned that elusive World Series title. This hasn’t stopped some...
Via Sportsnaut
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Bryce Harper finally primed for that breakout campaign?

It seems like every year, the baseball world discusses the possibility of that particular season serving as a breakout campaign for Bryce Harper. And it seems like every year, by his own design (read: playing like his hair is on fire) or otherwise, Harper has found a way to let us down. Could this year be different? Is it time for Harper to become the superstar we were all promised...
Via The Outside Corner
21 days ago  |  Discuss
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