The Washington Nationals’ biggest need for 2015, second base

Photo Credit: federalbaseball.com The disappointment of the 2014 season heals, day by day. As general manager Mike Rizzo looks back on the most recent season, in absolute terms he has to feel optimistic. For the most part, the Washington Nationals still have in place a competitive team. For the Nationals’ 2015 season, one key question will be “who plays second base?” Sure,...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch home plate umpire Vic Carapazza get hit on the head by foul ball off the screen (Video)

Yay! The only good thing to happen in the 18th inning of NLDS Game 2? That would be home plate umpire Vic Carapazza getting hit on the head by a foul ball off the bat of Danny Espinosa that ricocheted off the screen. Carapazza didn't exactly cover himself in glory last night with his strikezone (which was awful for both teams), but specifically on Jordan Zimmermann'...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Umpire gets hit in head with ricochet, everyone laughs

It wasn’t a good night in Washington DC for home plate umpire Vic Carapazza. Eight innings after ejecting Nationals manager Matt Williams and second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera, he got hit in the head with a foul ball off the bat of Danny Espinosa that ricocheted off the screen behind home plate. The remaining crowd at Nationals Park, and members of both teams’ benches, had a laugh...
Via The Outside Corner
October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals acquire Asdrubal Cabrera from Indians for Zach Walters

The Washington Nationals made an eleventh-hour move, acquiring Asdrubal Cabrera from the Cleveland Indians. But the move came at a price. Cabrera traded to Washington Nationals. — paul hoynes (@hoynsie) July 31, 2014 Indians receive Zach Walters from Washington. He's played 32 games in the big leagues. — paul hoynes (@hoynsie) July 31, 2014 Coming out the All-Star break...
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July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Farrell's Fantasy Baseball Frenzy

In this week's episode of Farrell's Fantasy Baseball Frenzy, Dennis Farrell gives his top picks of the week, including Danny Espinosa and Odrisamer Despaigne.   Dennis Farrell is a former ESPN Radio, NBC Sports Radio Detroit host and is currently the host of fantasy sports shows on The Fantasy Sports Cable network, airing on Thursdays and Fridays at 1 p.m. EST.  Check...
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals trade rumors: Danny Espinosa edition

It’s no secret that the Washington Nationals will face an excess of position players once Bryce Harper returns from injury next week, but Manager Matt Williams insists he has a plan to combat the potential problem. Whether the organization’s plan involves a trade is still unknown, but if they do trade a player who is currently in the majors, it will most likely be Danny Espinosa...
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June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Death, taxes, and the Atlanta Braves beating the Washington Nationals

(Up above, Matt Williams writes himself a reminder to beat the Braves at least one more time this sesason. Screencap via MASN/MLBTV) "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Benjamin Franklin forgot to mention the Braves beating the Nationals. Braves 3, Nationals 0: Remember that time the Nationals beat the Braves? Nats fall to...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: The Danny Espinosa problem persists

The Washington Nationals were pleasantly surprised by Danny Espinosa’s early season progress, but his solid start has quickly turned into another slump. As the opening month of the season ended, Espinosa was hitting a reliable .288 with a .341 on-base percentage and .828 OPS. To go along with his solid bat, Espinosa was playing a stellar second base and was adequately subbing...
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May 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Espinosa and Frandsen hit 9th inning home runs to bail out Nats

Up above, video of the 9th inning home runs by Danny Espinosa and Kevin Frandsen in Arizona. Espinosa's blast tied the game at 5; Frandsen's pinch-hit job made it a 6-5 game. Nats win it 6-5.
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May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals batter Reed in ninth to beat Diamondbacks

PHOENIX -- Pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen and Danny Espinosa each hit solo homers in the ninth inning, helping the Washington Nationals rally for a 6-5 win over Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night in Matt Williams' return to the desert. Williams was a fixture in Arizona before becoming Washington's manager this offseason. His new team scored four runs early, shut down for four...
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May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: Danny Espinosa

Although Danny Espinosa has had his struggles at the dish from time to time, he has done a good job so far at filling in at second base while Ryan Zimmerman is on the DL. Espinosa is currently hitting .269/.317/.473 with 5 HR, which would put him on pace for about 20 if he played the whole season. While it may not look like it at times (cough cough, 2013), I believe there is still...
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May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals Injury Updates: Bryce Harper, Doug Fister, Danny Espinosa, Taylor Jordan, Wilson Ramos, Scott Hairston

The Washington Nationals (14-12) may lose another player for a few days, as second baseman Danny Espinosa was hit in the kneecap by a pitch in the fourth inning of last night's loss to the San Diego Padres (12-14). Espinosa said he could see the seams of the baseball in his knee but does not believe he will miss any time, reports Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider. The Nationals...
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April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Rizzo on the Braves: "We feel we’re better than this team"

Mike Rizzo channeling his inner Danny Espinosa? Here we go again. Remember back on April 14, 2013, when a certain strikeout-prone 2nd baseman who would eventually be exiled to the minors made the following ridiculous statement about the Atlanta Braves, on the heels of being swept? "I still don’t think that they’re better than us. They’re hot right now. They’ve...
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April 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Danny Espinosa’s Walk Off Homer Lifts Nats Over Marlins 6-5

Danny Espinosa homered twice and Doug Fister looked solid in his return from elbow inflammation as the Nationals continued their march towards the regular season. Fister, who missed the past couple of weeks with an inflamed elbow, looked solid in his return. The righty threw three and two-thirds innings and allowed two hits while striking out four. Fister, a key offseason...
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March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: Has Danny Espinosa improved?

Washington Nationals: Has Danny Espinosa improved?Coming into camp, Danny Espinosa is the Washington Nationals player with the most to prove. As he competes for a spot on the roster, Espinosa knows this is his most important spring training as a big leaguer. So far Espinosa has played with extraordinary effort and has received nothing but praise from manager Matt Williams. However...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Nats Trounce Cards Behind Solid Performances From Espinosa, Ramos, And Others

The Nationals put a hurting on the St. Louis Cardinals in front of a big crowd at Space Coast Stadium on Sunday afternoon. It was a great game to watch, not only because of the 11-1 victory, but because we got to see a lot of interesting storylines play out over the course of the three hour, four minute long game. Stephen Strasburg was on the mound, and it looked like he was...
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March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

The Importance of Danny Espinosa

In 2011, it appeared that Danny Espinosa was the future at second base for the Washington Nationals. Espinosa started at second base for the club and the switch-hitting rookie hit .236/.323/.414 with 21 home runs in 500+ at bats. His future looked bright, and things looked promising for the Nats middle infield. Fast forward to the present and what was once a promising future...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals' Danny Espinosa ready to reclaim second base

Along with the news that outfielder Bruce Harper's knee feels better, the Washington Nationals got some good news about their second baseman. CSNWashington.com's Mark Zuckerman and Chase Hughes report that Danny Espinosa has fully recovered from the broken wrist he suffered early in 2013 and is ready to reclaim the starting role at second base.By Keith Allison, via Wikimedia...
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January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals rumors: Danny Espinosa is on trading block

The 2013 MLB Winter Meetings have begun. With all of the banter about the big-names available via free agency or trade, many lesser-known but very serviceable players could also find themselves on new rosters when Spring Training begins. One such player is Danny Espinosa, currently of the Washington Nationals, but for how long? MLB Trade Rumors' Luke Adams reports that the Washington...
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December 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Nationals’ Danny Espinosa’s wrist and shoulder are healthy

Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa played his last Major League game on June 6. He then spent 16 days on the disabled list while recovering from a fractured wrist. He never made it back to the Major League roster as he spent the second half of the season in Triple-A. He did not even return during the September stretch. Espinosa first suffered the fracture when hit...
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November 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Phillies Fan Hit in Head Trying to Catch Anthony Rendon Home Run Ball (Video)

After hitting 21 and 17 home runs, respectively, over the past two seasons, Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa struggled mightily to begin 2013, and currently finds himself in Triple-A Syracuse. However, for the Nationals it actually solves a problem with what to do with their glut of infielders. Ryan Zimmerman has reclaimed his role at third base, while 23-year-old...
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July 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Danny Espinosa Is Doing Even Worse Down On The Farm

Today’s Nats chatter included much about how Danny Espinosa is no longer “rehabbing” and is now just down in AAA, working on his swing. Thing is, after hitting .158 in the bigs, he’s doing even worse with the Syracuse Chiefs. Like, 2-for-21 with 14 strikeouts worse, including an 0-for-4 with four strikeouts yesterday. Today is no better. Reporting from Charlotte, my brother...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Mullet-Headed Anthony Rendon Makes First HR A Game-Winner

The Rendon smile in the dugout after his first career home run is incredible! #Nats https://t.co/4DLQGKsUlc — Danny (@recordsANDradio) June 16, 2013 Anthony Rendon has been a hitting machine since taking over for Danny Espinosa, but the power hadn’t been there. It showed up last night, though, as Rendon dropped his first MLB home run over the rightfield wall into the Nats bullpen...
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June 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Nats Talk On The Go: Episode 55

In this penultimate episode before Craig leaves on his honeymoon, we have a lot to talk about since last week. We talk about the moves made around the Danny Espinosa DL trip, the walkoffs, the wins and losses, and everything in between. We also heap praise upon Jordan Zimmermann some more and add MLB draft talk into the mix, along with the usual shenanigans.
Via The Nats Blog
June 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Anthony Rendon battles DC Sun Monster

So Anthony Rendon lost a battle with the DC Sun Monster in the third inning of Game 1 against the Twins on Sunday. "Why isn't he wearing sunglasses!!??" screamed everyone everywhere. "No big deal" said Rendon in his postgame interview on MASN (video here). "No big deal" said Davey Johnson in his postgame presser (video here). Rendon went on to catch...
Via Nationals Enquirer
June 09, 2013  |  Discuss
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