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Washington Nationals Opening Day 2017: Things to know before Opening Day...

With Opening Day next Monday, here are some fun facts to get Washington Nationals ready for the big game... Opening Day is approaching. Its crazy how time flies. It feels like just yesterday when the Washington Nationals were competing in the postseason. To get you ready for the first game of the story, here are a few fun facts about the Nats on Opening Day. The Nationals hold...
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
42 minutes ago

Washington Nationals’ Spring home: A late review of The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches

The Washington Nationals new Spring home isnt extraordinary, but doesnt cut any corners. I was on-hand for the March 28th game between the Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Here are a few thoughts: After ten years at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, the Nats finally got the new spring training stadium theyve been looking for this past spring...
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
2 hours ago

Nationals’ plans for their rotation becoming clear

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Washington Nationals have not announced their season-opening rotation, as is their custom. The longer they wait, one theory goes, the less time their early season opponents have to prepare. It’s not like the Marlins and Phillies have seen any Nationals starters before … Just kidding. Of course they have. […]
Via Nationals Journal
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Nats Blog is Recruiting!

Have you ever wanted to write for a press-credentialed Nationals blog? Here’s your opportunity. The Nats Blog is recruiting! We’re looking for writers who can commit to writing at least once a week during the 2017 season. We’re looking for skilled, thoughtful writers who can contribute original content. In-depth knowledge of baseball is a must, as is a dedication to writing...
Via The Nats Blog
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Wire Taps: Nationals may have deepest bullpen in team history; Is Washington's World Series window closing?

Links and lots of them for you to read before the final Grapefruit League game of the season. After this it's two more this weekend and then Opening Day in Washington, D.C. Nationals links to keep you busy until Monday... Tonight, the Nationals will board a plane to Washington, D.C. and officially end their Grapefruit League season (with a losing record). And maybe then, we'll know...
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
8 hours ago

Stephen Strasburg throws final tuneup before Opening Day

JUPITER, Fla. — At this point in March, when the days feel long and Opening Day cannot come soon enough, the only thing that matters for a team like the Nationals is staying healthy. So when Stephen Strasburg pitched against the Cardinals on Wednesday in what will be his final start before Opening Day, all […]
Via Nationals Journal
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Your Annual Reminder: Don’t Put Too Much Into Spring Numbers

 Bryce Harper has regained his home run stroke ahead of Opening Day, but let this serve as your annual reminder, don’t put too much stock into spring training numbers. No, there’s nothing wrong with Harper hitting eight home runs or putting up a .302/.415/.811 slash line in spring, it’s just not necessarily indicative of how Harper will hit in the regular season. During...
Via CBS DC
23 hours ago

WATCH: Trea Turner Makes Insane Diving Catch, Throw

Trea Turner is an incredible offensive weapon, with speed for days and a knack for putting the bat on the ball. He’s also got some inherent power, as evidenced by his two-homer game on Monday. Oh, and he is a natural shortstop who is just finally about to get his chance to play shortstop. And in case anybody wasn’t sure, Turner is awfully good at shortstop. Which is more impressive...
Via CBS DC
1 day ago

Nationals Release Vance Worley

The Nationals have announced the release of veteran righty Vance Worley. With several other pitchers re-assigned to minor-league camp, fellow righty Jeremy Guthrie is left as the only non-roster hurler in MLB camp, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post notes (Twitter links).
Via MLB Trade Rumors
1 day ago

Circle Change: Daniel Murphy Raises the Ghost of an Idea by Zach Crizer

Can whatever got into Daniel Murphy get into Ryan Zimmerman and, maybe some day, Eric Hosmer?
Via Baseball Prospectus
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Race Trea Turner (and Win), Get Nats Tickets

Trea Turner is really fast. You probably knew that already. He’s so speedy, he earned the nickname “Trea Burner” in our very official 106.7 The Fan poll last year. But perhaps you’re speedier? (It is highly unlikely you’re speedier, but hang with us here.) If so, head over to Ryan Zimmerman Field at Randall Recreation Center on Friday morning for a chance to prove it....
Via CBS DC
1 day ago

Report: Trump ‘in talks’ to throw ceremonial first pitch at Nationals’ Opening Day

With the Nationals scheduled to open their season on Monday at Nationals Park, the team has yet to announce who will throw the ceremonial first pitch. As part of the more than 100-year-old tradition of presidents (occasionally) throwing the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day in D.C., Presidents Bush and Obama took the mound at Nationals Park in […]
Via DC Sports Blog
2 days ago

President Trump may throw out first pitch for Nats' Opening Day

After a couple months on the job, President Donald Trump is reportedly going to throw out the first pitch on Opening Day as the Florida Marlins take on the Washington Nationals next Monday.While the White House didn’t comment on Politico‘s report, considering that it takes a lot of planning to bring a U.S. President to a baseball stadium, it’s likely to happen. Trump would...
Via The Comeback
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Scherzer makes Tebow look silly in spring training at-bat

What would it look like if Tim Tebow actually got a shot to play in the majors? Max Scherzer gave us a glimpse of how it might turn out in a spring training game on Monday.Scherzer pitched five innings in the Washington Nationals’ exhibition against the New York Mets, and he got a chance to face Tebow. He put him away on three straight fastballs. Observe: The chances of Tebow ever...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals release Joe Nathan, Matt Albers

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — The Washington Nationals released veteran right-handers Joe Nathan and Matt Albers Monday, a move that felt inevitable from the moment the Nationals added Joe Blanton to their bullpen mix. Now, Neal Cotts, Vance Worley, Jeremy Guthrie and Jacob Turner are the only nonroster pitchers left in camp. Nathan’s deal included […]
Via Nationals Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Predicting the Washington Nationals Starting Lineup 2017

Its March and one the best part of the sports calendar is right around the corner. I’m not talking about the Final Four, although that is not to minimize anything that South Carolina, Gonzaga, Oregon and UNC will accomplish next weekend. I’m talking about Sunday afternoons at the ballpark, home runs, strikeouts, and eventually, the World Series. The Washington Nationals return...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Relive "Nationals Classics": Some baseball to whet your appetite for the regular season - Nationals Buzz

The regular season is so close, you can almost taste the Ben's Chili Bowl half smokes, popcorn and peanuts. It'll be April 3 before you know it. But before the Nationals host the Marlins on South Capitol Street next Monday, there are still a couple of exhibition games left - ... Read More
Via MASN
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Yoenis Cespedes: MLB would grow if they played with Latin culture

Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes has a message for American baseball players and fans.The New York Mets outfielder recorded a video shared by “We are Mitu” on Facebook in which he explained the difference between the Latin and American cultures of baseball. He said that Latin players celebrate because it’s part of the culture and not a sign of disrespect. He also said he thinks...
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Ian Kinsler hopes kids appreciate US way of baseball over Puerto Rico, Dominican

The United States has reached the final of the World Baseball Classic, which is reason enough for American baseball fans to celebrate. But comments like what Ian Kinsler had to say is rubbing some the wrong way.The New York Times published an article on Wednesday ahead of the WBC championship game between the US and Puerto Rico and talked about the differences between how each country...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer says finger is healed, no longer an issue

The Washington Nationals and their fans can rest easy. Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer — who was dealing with a knuckle injury — threw in Grapefruit League action on Wednesday and had no negative effects. Scherzer went 4.2 innings, surrendered five hits, walked one, allowed two earned runs and struck out four.But as is so often the case with pitchers in spring...
Via Sportsnaut
7 days ago  |  Discuss

2017 Player Preview: Trea Turner

Trea Turner might have been the most exciting story coming out of the 2016 season. Sure, Max Scherzer won a Cy Young award, but he’s expected to be one of the best pitchers in baseball year in and year out. The Nationals did make the playoffs, but by coming up short in the NLDS yet again, it’s not something many fans are celebrating. Turner, though, made a huge impact on the...
Via The Nats Blog
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Nats need Daniel Murphy in-form and healthy

World Series requirements for the Washington Nationals, Part III: Daniel Murphy As I stated in a previous article: “Daniel Murphy was spectacular in his first season as a Nat. He hit 47 doubles, 25 home runs, had a .347 BA, a .390 OBP, and an NL-leading slugging percentage of .595. He finished second in the NL MVP voting. Since going off in the 2015 post-season with the New York...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins split squads split games against Nationals, Mets

NATIONALS 10, MARLINS (ss) 4 Working on ways to prevent tipping his pitches, Stephen Strasburg worked 4 1/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits while striking out three. Ryan Zimmerman hit his first spring home run in the sixth. Miami starter Adam Conley went 2 2/3 innings was touched for seven runs on five hits and three walks. MARLINS (ss) 7, METS 5 Marlins starter...
Via Associated Press
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Adam Eaton’s Defensive Numbers Keep Getting Even Crazier

In 2017, I am probably more interested in Adam Eaton than I am any other player in baseball. As the centerpiece of a controversial blockbuster, coming off a monster season where a lot of his value was tied a huge swing in his defensive value, Eaton was always going to be a fascinating experiment for paying a perceived premium price for outfield defense. But it gets even more interesting...
Via Fangraphs
12 days ago  |  Discuss
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