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NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

That shrinking feeling...

"Standard decision, as far as I’m concerned." (Matt Williams, explaining his managerial approach in general or his decision to leave Joe Ross in to face Duda and Johnson in the 7th.) Mets 3, Nationals 2:  NL East lead shrinks to one game over Mets thanks to lack of offense and Matt Williams' "standard" bullpen decisions. The good news is: Drew Storen and Jonathan...
Via Nationals Enquirer
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Matt Williams wants Bryce Harper to stop getting ejected

Bryce Harper is one of the best players in baseball. He’s probably the front runner for National League MVP. However, he hurts his team when he gets ejected and Nationals manager Matt Williams wants that to come to an end. In the 11th inning of a tie game on Friday, Harper was called out on...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

The new-look Washington Nationals bullpen

After the craziness that was the MLB trade deadline, the Washington Nationals were left taking the backseat in the National League East to the New York Mets. The Mets completed huge deals to acquire Tyler Clippard, Juan Uribe and Yoenis Cespedes, while the Nationals stayed relatively quiet except for trading for Jonathan Papelbon from the Philadelphia Phillies within the division...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nats 2015 Draft Class Stats Update (7/31)

We are keeping you up to date on the progress of the 2015 Washington Nationals draft class.  Here are the current stats for the Nats draft class.  Players we gave  * * * are performing well on the season or on a hot, recent tear. * * * OF Andrew Stevenson (2nd RD)  Assigned to Auburn and recently promoted to Hagerstown (A).  Stevenson has appeared in 23 games and is 29 for 91...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals get what they really need at deadline — health

The Washington Nationals made a big, headline grabbing type of move earlier this week, trading for Philadelphia Phillies’ closer Jonathan Papelbon. The move gives the Nationals arguably the best one-two punch for the eighth and ninth innings going forward. It was, however, not the most important move the team made at the deadline. Since the All-Star break, the Nationals have seen...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper’s Hosiery Playing Into His Success

Bryce Harper is finally living up to the Herculean expectations that have been following him since he was a teenager. That’s not to say he hasn’t been good…he has. What I’m saying is that Harper, now in his fourth season, is being that all-world slugger everyone thought he was going to be when he hit the big leagues in 2012. And apparently there’s a reason for that. His...
Via Hall of Very Good
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals trade rumors: Nationals add Papelbon

The Washington Nationals have finally broken the ice as the trade deadline is almost near on July 31. The Nationals went out with the intention to add some bullpen help, as the moves started to unwind this past week the Nationals acquired Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon yesterday to boost their bullpen. Most of you know Papelbon from the 2007 Redsox championship season...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jonathan Papelbon asked Drew Storen for pitching tips in shower

For Jonathan Papelbon, no place is off limits when it comes to seeking pitching advice. Not even the shower. Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Thursday to pick up his first save with the Nationals since being traded to Washington from Philadelphia. He apparently liked what he saw from Drew Storen, the Nationals’ previous...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals serenaded with fart noises during B.P. at Marlins Park (video)

In what may be an unprecedented (and sophomorically delightful) act of music-based psychological warfare, the wacky wisenheimers in charge of the P.A. system at Marlins Park — the already-carnival-like home of the Miami Marlins — pumped in what sounded like fart noises as the Washington Nationals conducted their batting practice session prior to Wednesday’s game....Read More...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Unhappy Drew Storen could mess up Nationals playoff push

View image | gettyimages.com When the Washington Nationals acquired Jonathan Papelbon from the Phillies yesterday, they probably envisioned an enviable situation: Drew Storen and Jonathan Papelbon teaming up to shut down games at the back end. Without a true setup man, the Nationals uncomfortably went through the eighth inning night...
Via Philliedelphia
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Reward Drew Storen Breakout With Jonathan Papelbon

Among the bright spots for the Nationals this year has been the emergence of Drew Storen. Already an effective reliever, Storen tweaked his breaking ball and became something of a strikeout machine. Instead of sitting down two of every 10 batters, Storen has bumped that up to three out of 10, succeeding as the closer […]
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies agree to send Jonathan Papelbon to Nationals

The Jonathan Papelbon saga is over. The Philadelphia Phillies finally pulled the trigger on trading their closer, agree to deal him within the NL East to the Washington Nationals for AA pitcher Nick Pivetta. Interestingly enough, as part of the agreement, Papelbon will be Washington’s closer in 2015 and his option for 2016 will become guaranteed. Source: the Phillies will...
Via The Outside Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals right-hander Strasburg to make rehab start Wednesday at Triple-A

Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg on Wednesday will make his first rehab start since he was hurt on July 4.Strasburg is expected to throw 60 to 70 pitches for Triple-A Syracuse. He has been sidelined with a strained left oblique sustained in a start against the San Francisco Giants.Strasburg won his first two starts after coming off the 15-day disabled list on June 23, allowing...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals set to bring back Jayson Werth on Tuesday

Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday for the opener of a three-game series at the Marlins.Werth, who has been out since suffering a pair of small fractures in his left wrist on May 15, will be activated off the 15-day disabled list, according to the Washington Post.Werth has appeared in only 27 games this season, batting .208 with two homers...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals' Werth, Zimmerman nearing return to lineup

The Nationals could be adding reinforcements to their depleted lineup this week - and not via the trade deadline.Outfielders Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman, both on rehab assignments, are poised to come off the disabled list this week, possibly in time for the start of Tuesday's three-game series against the Marlins. “We have an off-day (Monday). So they can get another game...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Photos: Pedro Martinez’s suit wins HOF induction ceremony

      This embed is invalid   " /> Pedro Martinez stole the show before ever saying a word. Martinez, a true rock star, showed up to the 2015 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony Sunday sporting a light blue suit that featured patches honoring his native Dominican Republic. It was far flashier than whatever Craig Biggio, John Smoltz and Randy...
Via NESN.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Randy Johnson changed hotel rooms because of ghost stories

Randy Johnson is one of four players being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, but his week has been slightly more eventful than that of the three others. When Johnson checked into the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown over the weekend, he was informed by one of his children that the room...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Doug Fister Latest Washington National With Pitching Woes

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Thursday, July 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) In the Nationals’ loss Thursday night to the Pittsburgh Pirates, Doug Fister gave up four runs in five innings to raise his ERA to 4.50, over two runs higher than it was last year...
Via The Sports Journal
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Frustrated Mets fan starts 'Let's Get the Mets a Hitter!' page

The New York Mets (49-47) may be sitting only three games back of the Washington Nationals in the NL East, but the squad could be a lot better off if the team wasn’t batting a league-worst .233. After starting 15-8 in April, the Mets have been a middling bunch at best, and a 2-5 slide...Read More The post Frustrated Mets fan starts ‘Let’s Get the Mets a Hitter!’ GoFundMe...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Jayson Werth leaves $100 tip on $180 tab while on assignment

There are few things that fans find more strangely interesting than documentary evidence of when a millionaire professional athlete leaves a huge tip following a meal at a restaurant. Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth recently became the latest to join the pantheon of overly generous-when-giving-a-gratuity greats. Werth, currently on assignment with the Syracuse Chiefs...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
10 days ago  |  Discuss

The Nationals’ Racing Presidents dressed as Star Wars characters

It was Star Wars Day on Sunday at Nationals Park….and the team’s Racing President dressed as Star Wars characters, because of course they did. Vader, Leia, Boba, Chewie, Darth Maul, and…who in the hell was Calvin Coolidge supposed to be? Anakin? Washington’s mascot, Screech, also got in on the act. .@ScreechTheEagle, I joined today. Hmmm #NatsStarWarsDay #LilScreech pic...
Via The Outside Corner
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Righty Lucas Giolito Impresses, As Expected

Anyone who follows prospects knows that Washington Nationals pitching prospect Lucas Giolito comes with considerable hype. After being in consideration for the first overall pick in the 2012 draft before succumbing to elbow problems, Giolito has repeatedly shown the sort of form that put him in that conversation (one that, given the performance of Carlos […]
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer blames Taylor Swift for power outages

The Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers were forced to suspend Friday night’s game, and if you ask Max Scherzer, it’s all Taylor Swift’s fault. Nationals Park experienced three separate power outages to its stadium lights throughout the night, causing two separate delays that totaled more than two hours. After the third delay at the beginning of the sixth inning...
Via NESN.com
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper skipping HR Derby because of dad's injury

First, it was Giancarlo Stanton. Now, it’s Bryce Harper. The 2015 Home Run Derby will be without another of Major League Baseball’s best home run hitters after Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper said he won’t be participating. The 22-year-old outfielder told reporters Monday he made the decision because his father is recovering from a rotator cuff injury and won’t be...
Via NESN.com
27 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Bryce Harper hits home run with patriotic bat

Love him or hate him, Bryce Harper is a red-blooded, white-boned and blue-bleeding American, and he’s got the baseball bat to prove it. Saturday morning, the Washington Nationals outfielder stepped up to the plate flaunting a patriotic-themed bat. Bryce Harper's bat.
Via Sportsnaut
29 days ago  |  Discuss
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