NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Bryce Harper knows why he didn't play well, but he won't specify why

Bryce Harper struggled by his standards in 2016 and he says he know why it happened last year. While it was rumored last season that
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
12 hours ago

State of the Washington Nationals 2017: Part III

In this third installment of The State of the Washington Nationals 2017, the positions of shortstop, third base, right field, and left field will be examined. Shortstop Trea Turner was sensational in the 73 appearances he made last season, finishing second in the NL Rookie of the Year race.  In those 73 games, he had 13 home runs, 33 stolen bases, and a terrific OPS of .937. At...
Via isportsweb.com
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper’s first day: cliches, mysterious hints and a bit of his old bravado

WEST PALM BEACH — Bryce Harper tossed a red rubber ball back and forth between his hands as he answered questions from the media for the first time since last October, which he did in a red shirt that read “Warm Body, Cold Mind,” standing on the new agility field that is among the more […]
Via Nationals Journal
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Highlights of 2017 Nationals promotional schedule - Byron Kerr

A review of the 2017 Nationals promotional schedule includes some quality bobblehead giveaways again, "Star Wars" Day, a '90s night, a first Easter egg hunt and a Mother's Day brunch. The giveaways are always the best for the Nationals fan interested in team apparel and collectibles. The bobblehead giveaways are: ... Read More
Via MASN
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals’ Daniel Murphy on launch angle, exit velocity and his hamstring injury...

Daniel Murphy has been doing his work to prepare for this season and studying up on launch angles and exit velocity. Daniel Murphy had a polite request/suggestion for reporters on Friday, after the third or fourth time last years glute or butt injury was mentioned: Lets just go with well go with hamstring injury last year, Murphy said. And for the record, Murphy said the glut hamstring...
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
22 hours ago

Harper won't elaborate on 'exactly why' 2016 was down year

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper says he knows ''exactly why'' his production dipped last season from his MVP-winning performance a year earlier - but he did not elaborate. Harper met with reporters Saturday, the day before Washington's first official full-squad workout of spring training. After saying he did know what happened to make him...
Via Associated Press
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Daniel Murphy worked out with Tim Tebow (and other offseason notes)

WEST PALM BEACH — As Daniel Murphy sidled in for infield drills Friday morning, someone joked about the paleness of his legs — both of which, it should be noted, are healthy now. “I wore Lululemon comfy pants all offseason,” Murphy joked, an unexpected revelation from a man who looked as comfortable beginning his second […]
Via Nationals Journal
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Trea Turner excited to take over short for Nationals?: “Heck yeah.”

Nationals shortstop Trea Turner talked about the move back to short and what he needs to work on in his third season in the majors. So is Trea Turner excited about the opportunity to move back to short after playing center field upon being called up to the majors last season?
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
23 hours ago

Strasburg Found Distance Running, Patience this Offseason

 If the Washington Nationals hope to compete with the beasts of the National League in 2017, they will need the consistent contributions of Stephen Strasburg. Over the course of his career, when Strasburg is healthy, he’s among the best arms in baseball. When he’s not, it usually has to do with injury. So looking back over the course of his career, his 2014 season is one to replicate...
Via CBS DC
1 day ago

Trea Turner and Daniel Murphy arrive, at the center of field and attention

WEST PALM BEACH –Trea Turner and Bryce Harper went out for pizza Thursday night, the eve of spring training, as Washington Nationals position players were officially due in camp Friday. Fellow pizza parishioners flocked to Harper, who took selfie after selfie. “I was just sitting there,” said Turner, who reveled in the anonymity. He acknowledged […]
Via Nationals Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nationals 2B Murphy on Tebow's batting: 'The power is real'

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) No less an authority on hitting than last season's runner-up for NL MVP thinks Tim Tebow has some ability with a bat - he just needs more work. Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy says Friday that he recently spent some time working on batting with Tebow, the Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback who is pursuing a baseball career...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Knuckle injury may force Max Scherzer to miss Opening Day

Spring Training is not off to a good start for the Washington Nationals. A knuckle injury on the right ring finger of ace Max Scherzer may keep him from Opening Day.“The most recent MRI results of Scherzer’s finger showed the stress fracture that developed late last season is, as he put it, ‘essentially healed,’” Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reported. “But the...
Via Sportsnaut
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Nationals only interested in one-year deal with Matt Wieters

The Washington Nationals are still interested in free agent catcher Matt Wieters, but only on a short-term deal.According to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, the Nationals do maintain an interest in Wieters, who remains unsigned even as pitchers and catchers report to spring training. However, Washington is unlikely to offer more than a one-year deal. Wieters would help the Nationals, and...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Baker able to hit ground running in second season with Nats - Byron Kerr

It is a brand new spring training facility for the Nationals, but the good thing for Dusty Baker is it's not a brand new team and new job for him as the manager. Baker arrived at the new spring facility in West Palm Beach with the knowledge and experience of ... Read More
Via MASN
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper spotted wearing Dallas Cowboys cap

Some Nationals fans who watched WWE’s Monday Night RAW might have woke up on Tuesday morning with a conflicted feeling.Nationals star Bryce Harper was spotted in the crowd with a backwards cap. He briefly turned around and inadvertently revealed a Dallas Cowboys logo.That must have felt like a punch in the gut to Washington D.C. sports fans who root for both the Nationals and...
Via The Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

State of the Washington Nationals 2017: Catcher, first, second base

In this second installment of the State of the Washington Nationals, the positions of catcher, first base, and second base will be examined. Catcher The recently acquired Derek Norris is expected to be the team’s starting catcher. The one-time All-Star (2014) had a tough season offensively in 2016 with an OBP of .255. Norris is a massive setback from Wilson Ramos. Unsurprisingly...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Job Posting: Washington Nationals Research & Development Internship

Position: Washington Nationals Research & Development Internship Location: Washington DCDescription: The Washington Nationals are seeking a motivated intern to join the organization’s Baseball Research and Development team for the upcoming season. The Research & Development internship includes an emphasis on computer programming and data analysis. The intern’s main responsibility...
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Relive "Nationals Classics": Walking off into spring training - Nationals Buzz

It's so close you can almost feel the Florida sun. Spring training - when Nationals pitchers and catchers report to The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach - is nine days away. Meaning, by this time next week, you'll have baseball activities just a couple of sleeps ... Read More
Via MASN
14 days ago  |  Discuss

The Nationals Have a Depth Problem

If baseball teams had 10 man rosters, the Washington Nationals might be the team to beat heading into 2017. With an enviable group of star talent, the top of the Nationals roster compares favorably with just about any other group in MLB. For instance, here are our projections for the just the 10 best players on the Cubs, Dodgers, and Nationals, who we have forecasted as the three...
Via Fangraphs
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Rich Hill: “A Role Model for Failure”

The Dodgers and Rich Hill announced their agreement at a ballroom podium in a sprawling Marriott hotel property in National Harbor, Maryland, in December. Hill fought back emotion through the press conference after signing a three-year, $48 million agreement at the winter meetings. “I told myself I wasn’t going to do this… There’s a lot of emotion up here,” said Hill to...
Via Fangraphs
18 days ago  |  Discuss
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