Rafael Soriano vows to turn down All-Star invite as replacement player after snub

Rafael Soriano is still steaming mad that he wasn't included among the names listed for the National League All-Star roster released on Sunday. In fact, his exclusion from the roster is being called one of the biggest snubs of the entire selection process.With that being said, Soriano has an excellent chance to earn a trip to the game as a roster replacement for another player...
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21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Covering The Nationals’ Biggest All-Star Snubs

I’ve gone on some fairly extensive rants about the MLB All-Star Game in the past. From allowing fan voting in a game that decides who gets home-field advantage during the World Series to managers selecting their own players rather than those who are most deserving, the game is a spectacle. That said, I’m still going to dedicate a post to the Washington Nationals players who should...
Via The Nats Blog
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats down the Cubs 2-1, win series

The Washington Nationals completed a three game series win, taking two out of three from Chicago, by defeating the Cubs today, 2-1.  Ryan Zimmerman delivered a clutch RBI single in the bottom of the 8th inning to lift the Nats to the win and pull them to with .5 games of Atlanta. The Nats were the recipients of another quality start on the mound.  Jordan Zimmermann tossed six shutout...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Jordan Zimmermann selected for his second consecutive All Star Game

Washington Nationals’ starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann has been selected to his second consecutive All Star Game.  Zimmermann has made 18 starts this season and holds a 6-4 record with a 2.79 ERA.  Over 109.2 innings, Zim has only allowed 20 walks while fanning 96 batters.  Of the 18 games, he has tossed 2 complete games. Stunningly, Nats’ closer Rafael Soriano did not make...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats down the Braves 4-1, split four game seriesR

It was a huge four game home series.  The Washington Nationals were hosting the Atlanta Braves.  The Nats entered the series with a 1.5 game lead over the Braves prior to the commencement of the series.  At best, Washington would win the series and gain more space at the top.  A solid result would be hold the 1.5 game lead and split the series.  That is precisely what happened...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Video of a fan in a bear suit during Saturday's Nats-Padres game

We'd be remiss if we didn't make note of the fan in a bear suit who made an appearance on TV during Saturday night's Nats-Padres game, dancing and carrying on in the stands, long before Rafael Soriano blew a 3-2 lead in the 9th. Weird night. MASN's FP Santangelo and Bob Carpenter got into it, especially once the obligatory Aaron Barrett / Guy in Bear suit split...
Via Nationals Enquirer
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Walkoff Halts Nats’ Win Streak At Four

After the seventh, it looked like tonight would be another classic late-inning win. But the San Diego Padres would not go quietly into that good night. A rare blown save from Rafael Soriano wasted an impassioned comeback from the Washington Nationals (31-29), and the Padres (28-34) came through with the walkoff in the 11th inning, winning 4-3. The Nats trailed 2-0 after the sixth...
Via The Nats Blog
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Watch Jayson Werth rob Daniel Murphy of game-tying home run in the 9th

Up above, video of Rafael Soriano trying to give up a 5-2 lead in the ninth by walking two guys with two outs and serving up a meatball to Daniel Murphy, but Jayson Werth would have no part of it. Werth with the Save: "I probably should've untucked my shirt." -- Jayson Werth — Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) May 17, 2014  
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May 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Nats Keep Early Lead To Beat Mets In Opener

The Washington Nationals’ (22-19) inability to score runs in the first inning has earned them the reputation of being the “comeback Nats.” But during Friday’s game against the New York Mets (19-22), no comeback was needed, thanks to Jayson Werth. In the top of the ninth inning, Rafael Soriano put on another adrenaline-filled performance en route to his ninth save of the season...
Via The Nats Blog
May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Fan slammed by security at Nats Park

And there's the video above (video by e_mcinerney13 on Instagram via @recordsANDradio) of a (Mets?) fan getting bodyslammed by Nats Park security after running onto the field in the 9th inning Friday night and running the bases. And here he is being escorted to jail by security, via @MJFlamini: Fan that jumped on the field and got DDT'D during 9th inning of Mets game...
Via Nationals Enquirer
May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

The Nats Blog On Baseball In The District with ESPN 980′s Tim Murray and CSN Washington’s Chase Hughes

Yesterday morning, I joined Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and Chase Hughes of CSN Washington on their Baseball In The District podcast. We discussed Stephen Strasburg and the starting rotation overall, my piece on Rafael Soriano from earlier this week, and the host of Nationals’ injuries. They also had a great segment with Will Carroll, @injuryexpert on Twitter, about the drastic increase...
Via The Nats Blog
May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Giving Rafael Soriano Credit Where It’s Due

Like many Washington Nationals fans, I’ve been fairly brutal toward Rafael Soriano this season. I certainly harbor some left over frustration about his lackluster 2013 season, and any time he allows a walk or a runner to reach base, I have a “here we go again” mentality. So, I decided to look into his numbers to see if there was any logical reasons for this thought process...
Via The Nats Blog
May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Roark Stellar, Soriano Blows Save In Oakland’s Walk-off Win Over Nats

The Washington Nationals’ (19-17) 4-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics (22-15) was almost a lot of things. It was almost Tanner Roark’s third win of the year after a lights-out performance. It was almost Rafael Soriano’s eighth save and 14th scoreless inning of the season. It was almost a win for the Nationals and a chance for them to even the series against a competitive American...
Via The Nats Blog
May 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Rafael Soriano working on new pitches

During spring training, Nationals closer Rafael Soriano fiddled with a new pitch and he is considering adding it to his repertoire this season. However, he is coy about it and won’t commit to how much he will use it. He does admit that his aunt’s husband, who played baseball, showed him a new grip this winter in his native Dominican Republic. And when he threw it this way, the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball Team Previews: Washington Nationals

Note: This article is simply a preview of content that was originally published in TheFantasyFix.com’s 2014 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide. Average draft position and other data have not been updated since. This preview does not contain all the content from the original piece. You can find the draft guide here. OFFSEASON OVERVIEW The Washington Nationals were picked by everyone...
Via The Fantasy Fix
March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros Bash Soriano, Beat Nats

It is often said that Spring Training baseball is worlds different from the regular season, and this is obviously true for many reasons. But even though the experience may be different, many aspects remain the same, like the green grass, blue skies, and Rafael Soriano blowing up in a non-save situation. After giving up two runs on three hits in a non-save inning of work against...
Via The Nats Blog
March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals showing interest in Grant Balfour

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Washington Nationals are showing interest in free agent pitcher Grant Balfour. Balfour was signed by the Baltimore Orioles earlier this offseason, but they pulled out of the deal due to some health concerns that showed up on his physical. He would join an already lethal bullpen and be yet another piece to a potential contender. The Nationals...
Via Sports-Glory
January 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Was Brian Cashman for the Alfonso Soriano trade before he was against it?

What is Brian Cashman up to these days? Monitoring the New York media and reading columnists "the riot act" for not casting him in the most positive light is apparently a huge priority for him these days. (If only he monitored players for the MLB draft with such precision!)Here's what I am talking about: I was pleasantly surprised this morning when I saw a Wallace Matthews...
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August 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Harper makes fantastic catch in 9th inning

"You’ve got to make the catch in that situation, no matter what. Bonifacio can run a little bit, so if I drop that ball, he’s probably on third base and that guy probably scores. It was a huge play." (Bryce Harper, via Washington Post, 8/24/2013) Up above, video of Bryce Harper's fantastic diving catch on an Emilio Bonifacio blooper in the ninth with a man on...
Via Nationals Enquirer
August 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Portly Nationals fan goes with bare-gut-slapping to prematurely celebrate win (GIF)

A chubby Washington Nationals fan seated behind home plate during Thursday’s game lifted his shirt began to slap his belly during the top of the ninth inning with the Nats holding a 3-1 lead. This was done presumably as a means to help inspire Nats pitcher Rafael Soriano to finish off the San Francisco Giants […]The post Portly Nationals fan goes with bare-gut-slapping to prematurely...
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August 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Soriano Blows Save, Nationals Fall To Giants

For the second game in a row, Rafael Soriano gave up a long fly ball with two outs in the ninth inning that would represent runs for the San Francisco Giants (53-67). Only this time, Soriano’s outfielders couldn’t bail him out, as the ball rocketed into the right-field bleachers, and the Washington Nationals (59-61) ultimately fell to the Giants, 4-3. Hector Sanchez...
Via The Nats Blog
August 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Gut Punch

Giants 4, Nationals 3: Winning streak should've been six. Seems oddly fitting that on the day Drew Storen is recalled from AAA, Rafael Soriano blows a 3-1 lead in the 9th. The guy slapping his belly behind home plate in the 9th tried his best. It didn't work. (Vine by @ChrisMottram) Befriend Nats Enquirer on Facebook. Follow on Twitter. Related articles ...
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August 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Watch Denard Span's spectacular game-saving catch

There's not much else left to say after Denard Span bailed out Rafael Soriano and the Nats with a spectacular game-saving catch with 2-on and 2-out in the 9th in a 6-5 game. Video above. Let's set aside that this was at one point a 6-1 game, but not after Krol and Mattheus were done with it. Five in a row; 8 back in the Wild Card? We'll take it. Befriend...
Via Nationals Enquirer
August 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Is Brian Cashman being insubordinate? Why is he making a stink about the Alfonso Soriano trade?

Sorry, folks, but I am not buying Brian Cashman's claim that he was against trading for Alfonso Soriano, and I think he has an agenda behind his claims to be against the trade. Here's the story: Joel Sherman wrote in Saturday's New York Post that Cashman opposed the trade: Alfonso became the second straight Soriano that Brian Cashman advised Yankees ownership not to...
Via Subway Squawkers
July 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Brian Cashman overruled in Alfonso Soriano trade

For the second straight Soriano, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was overruled by Yankees ownership. Assuming it came from Hal Steinbrenner, but the Yankees owner advised Cashman to pull the trigger on acquiring Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano. Back in 2011, the Yankees had lost out in the chase for pitcher Cliff Lee who had eventually signed back with the Phillies. With the...
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July 28, 2013  |  Discuss
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