NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo on the very, very difficult decision to not bring Dusty Baker back as manager...

It doesnt all add up just yet. Mike Rizzo talked to reporters on Friday about the decision to move on from Dusty Baker. Dusty Baker conducted himself with class and dignity, won 95 and 97 games here with the Washington Nationals, and is a Hall of Fame-type of manager, GM Mike Rizzo said in a conference call with reporters on Friday, after announcing that the 68-year-old would not...
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
17 hours ago

Report: Nationals interested in Alex Cora as manager

The Washington Nationals have reportedly registered their interest in the offseason’s hottest managerial candidate.Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported Saturday that the Nationals intend to seek an interview with Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora once the ALCS concludes Saturday night. Cora has been linked to every single available job this offseason, despite his lack of...
Via Larry Brown Sports
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Report: Nationals to interview Alex Cora for managerial position

The Nationals may be too late to nab managerial candidate Alex Cora.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
17 hours ago

The Washington Nationals just shot themselves in the foot by letting Dusty Baker go: What happens next?

Will the Nationals find a manager who can take them to the next level? Why did they move on from Dusty Baker? It could have been so simple, even when it didnt seem like it. The Washington Nationals could have locked up Dusty Baker before the season and avoided all of this. They could have done it in the middle of the season and saved some of the drama. Hell, they couldve announced...
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
19 hours ago

Latest on the Nationals’ Managerial Search

The Nationals announced on Friday that they will not bring back Dusty Baker as manager for the 2018 season, despite praise from his players and rumblings that the two sides had been discussing a reunion in recent days. In fact, the club intends to replace the entire coaching staff. The decision comes in the wake of yet another tough NLDS loss for a club that fought injuries to many...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
20 hours ago

Daniel Murphy Undergoes Knee Surgery

Nationals first baseman Daniel Murphy underwent surgery Friday to repair articular cartilage in his right knee. The Nationals say Dr. Timothy Kremchek, an orthopedic surgeon in Ohio, performed the debridement and microfracture procedure. No timetable for return has been set, but Murphy’s rehab will begin immediately and continue throughout the offseason. It’s unclear if a specific...
Via CBS DC
1 day ago

Murphy undergoes successful knee surgery - Byron Kerr

The Nationals announced this afternoon that second baseman Daniel Murphy underwent successful surgery to repair cartilage damage in his right knee. The club said Murphy's rehabilitation will begin immediately and "progress throughout the offseason." Specifically, Murphy underwent a debridement and microfracture surgery to repair damage to the articular cartilage in ... Read More
Via MASN
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Dusty Baker calls Nationals dismissal ‘hard to understand’

Count Dusty Baker as one of the people quite surprised by his departure as manager of the Washington Nationals.Baker said he was “surprised and disappointed” to learn that the Nationals would not renew his contract despite two NL East titles in his two seasons as manager — but no playoff series wins.“I’m surprised and disappointed,” Baker told USA Today on Friday. “They told me they...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Reflecting on Werth with the Nats and where he might be next season - Byron Kerr

A few days have passed since the difficult Game 5 National League Division Series loss and reflection continues on the impact of left fielder Jayson Werth and whether or not 2017 was his final year in a Nationals uniform. Werth played seven seasons with the Nats from 2011-2017, the longest ... Read More
Via MASN
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Get to know the 2017 CMT Artists of the Year

On October 18, CMT will air its eighth annual "CMT Artists of the Year" special, which honors country music's biggest and most successful acts of the last twelve months. This year's nominees are Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean and Keith Urban. In preparation for the upcoming special, here are a couple of facts about each honoree that you might not know. 
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: Another disappointing NLDS exit

Since the Washington Nationals debuted in 2005, they have been a relatively successful franchise. Since their move from Montreal to Washington, D.C., the Nationals have won four National League East Division Championships and have developed some promising young stars, including superstar Bryce Harper. There seems to be a growing awareness of the fact that the Washington Nationals...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Tale of the Tape: National League Championship Series

The tables have turned in the upcoming edition of the National League Championship Series. In a rematch of last year’s NLCS pairing, the parallels are stunningly consistent. A year ago, the Cubs stood supreme as baseball’s best team, and held the home front down for the series. Now it is the Dodgers who are the beneficiaries of pole position in the NL, and are preparing to take on...
Via Yardbarker
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Clown question: Reporter asks Bryce Harper about NLCS

A reporter who asked Bryce Harper about the NLCS shortly after the Washington Nationals’ NLDS Game 5 elimination loss to the Chicago Cubs is getting ripped over the arguable audacity of the inquiry. In fact, it was such an outrageous situation that Harper’s infamous “Clown Question, Bro” quip from years back was immediately resurrected in response.Harper was fielding questions in...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Nationals’ Protest Case

In a win-or-go-home game that finishes 9-8, there are going to be a lot of important moments. Big plays made or not made by players. Important decisions made or not made by managers. Huge calls made or not made by umpires. We never want to focus on the umpires if at all possible because it takes away from the more important and more entertaining aspects of the game. At some point...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Devastating NLDS loss sends Washington Nationals home early again in 2017

Out of all the heartbreaking defeats the Washington Nationals have taken over the past few seasons, this one might have hurt the worst. The Nationals’ magical 2017 season came to an end last night with a 9-8 game five defeat to the Chicago Cubs. The series was an awesome, back and forth battle you love to see at this time of the year. This is going to be a tough one to get over as...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Moving on: Cubs survive Game 5 thriller in Washington

Wow. What a game it was Thursday night in the nation’s capital. Game 5 of the NLDS between the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals lived up to the hype.Let’s just jump to the action shall we? There was quite a bit of it.The Cubs would get the ball rolling in the first. After a leadoff double by Jon Jay and a wild pitch from starter Gio Gonzalez, Anthony Rizzo would drive in Jay...
Via The Sports Post
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Twitter reacts to controversial pickoff call that went against Nationals

The Nationals and Cubs battled it out in an instant classic on Thursday night, in a game that lasted over four-and-a-half hours.When it was all said and done, the Cubs won Game 5 of the National League Division Series by a 9-8 margin, and will advance to take on the Dodgers.The loss for the Nationals added to the long-standing history of playoff losses for a Washington D.C. pro sports...
Via The Sports Daily
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals seek divine intervention

Following their Game Four win over the Chicago Cubs Wednesday night, the Washington Nationals have brought in a heavy hitter for the series finale.Thursday, the team enlisted priest Father Steve to come out to the park and bless their bats. Should Father Steve’s call get answered, this will be the Nationals first trip to the NLCS since moving to the nation’s capital in 2005. The...
Via The Sports Daily
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Strasburg, Taylor carry the Washington Nationals to Game 5

We are heading back to the Capital for Game 5 of the National League Division Series.After the Cubs took a 2-1 series lead, the Nationals kept their season alive on Wednesday after a wild 24 hours that revolved around weather and Stephen Strasburg.Let’s start with the weather. Game 4, which was originally scheduled for Tuesday, would be postponed. The game was then moved to Wednesday...
Via The Sports Post
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Twitter reacts to Jon Lester picking Ryan Zimmerman off

In the eighth inning of Game 4 of the NLDS between the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs, baseball fans got to see the rarest of all things. Jon Lester — the left-handed pitcher who essentially can’t throw to first — not only threw over, but actually picked Ryan Zimmerman off. Zimmerman was initially called safe. But after a review he was clearly out and the call was overturned...
Via Sportsnaut
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch Stephen Strasburg throw one of the filthiest changeups ever to destroy Ben Zobrist

Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg has long had one of the best changeups the MLB world has ever witnessed. It’s a big part of why he was so successful when he first entered the league, as combined with his-then 100 mph fastball, he was virtually unhittable when healthy.Some questioned if he’d be able to have the same filthy changeup pitching out of the stretch. The short answer...
Via The Sports Daily
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Stephen Strasburg now set to start Game 4

The Washington Nationals are just simply looking to win Game 4 of their NLDS series against the Chicago Cubs to force a Game 5 back in the nation’s capital.But that has not stopped drama itself from unfolding in a big way after Tuesday’s game at Wrigley Field was rained out.Immediately afterwards, Nationals manager Dusty Baker announced that Tanner Roark would start Game 4 over ace...
Via Sportsnaut
10 days ago  |  Discuss
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