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NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Nationals forced to re-issue massive bobblehead order

The Washington Nationals have been planning a massive bobblehead giveaway on August 30th to commemorate Jayson Werth’s walk-off home run in Game 4 of the 2012 NLDS. Unfortunately, the 25,000 fans that would have taken home one of those commemorative bobbleheads will now have to settle for a voucher instead. The team made this announcement on Twitter Friday evening. The Washington...
Via Sportsnaut
38 minutes ago  |  Discuss

With Span done for season, news on Taylor a relief for Nationals

After losing one centerfielder for the season, the Washington Nationals received some good news on another Friday.Michael Taylor, who has been a mainstay in the lineup since Denard Span was sidelined for seven weeks, said tests came back clean on his right knee, which he hurt while crashing into the wall in Thursday's game.The Nationals cannot afford to lose Taylor for an extended...
Via Fox Sports
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

The Mystery of the Same Old Stephen Strasburg

The Nationals are in a pickle, and not one of those delicious hipster pickles with fresh dill and organic garlic cloves placed in a mason jar by a guy with lots of tattoos in some nondescript warehouse in Brooklyn. I’m talking a problem pickle. The kind you don’t want to see on your doorstep, the kind some hipster would make a horror film about with a hand-held camera in some...
Via Fangraphs
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper doesn’t seem to care if Nationals make playoffs

To hear it from Bryce Harper, it doesn’t matter much if the Washington Nationals make the playoffs or not. In fact, he doesn’t particularly seem to care. Or that’s at least how it sounded when the superstar slugger was asked to weigh in on the plight that the struggling and sputtering Nationals find themselves in as the division rival New York Mets continue to distance themselves...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Denard Span heading to DL again, season appears finished

Denard Span’s 2015 appears to be ending with a whimper. According to Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington, Span is heading to the DL for the third time this season, and this time, it’s because of a sore hip. Span is out again, this time with inflammation in his left hip suffered as he attempted to return from a lower back injury that sidelined him the previous seven weeks. The...
Via The Outside Corner
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Drew Storen wants a trade this winter – and he’ll likely get it

Buried in this early autopsy of the 2015 Washington Nationals is an interesting line from Robert Boswell of the Washington Post regarding deposed closer Drew Storen. What you have is demoted, dissatisfied Drew Storen wanting a trade that he will almost certainly get this winter. Storen was dragged from the closer’s role for the second time in his tenure with the Nationals just...
Via Bloguin Best
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Melvin Upton Jr. channels Willie Mays with catch

Melvin Upton Jr. (or the artist formerly-known as B.J. Upton) is trying to rehab his image around baseball this season and lately he has been doing just that for the San Diego Padres. On Thursday night against the Washington Nationals, Upton threw out two runners, tripled and made one of the catches of the season. In the bottom of the first with two on and two out, Ryan Zimmerman...
Via Rumors and Rants
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Michael Taylor slams into center-field wall, leaves game (video)

Washington Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor was involved in a scary moment during Thursday’s game against the San Diego Padres. Taylor attempted to make a leaping catch in the seventh inning of the game, but he crashed into the center-field wall. He was eventually helped off the field by teammate Jayson Werth and a trainer. The Nats then made some defensive adjustments. Michael...
Via The Sports Daily
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Reliance on fastball has Nationals' Strasburg in dominant form

While Max Scherzer is considered the unquestioned ace of the Washington Nationals starting rotation, Stephen Strasburg is emerging as a difference-maker for the stretch run.Strasburg turned in his fourth consecutive superb outing this month since coming off the disabled list, leading the Nationals to an 8-3 victory over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.Two stints on the DL and...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Should Matt Williams keep his job?

At 63-61, the Washington Nationals appear to be one of the biggest underachievers in baseball history. Their playoff hopes are not dead, but they certainly are on life support. The New York Mets are red-hot, and do not appear poised for a collapse that will let Washington back into the division race. Despite the fact that Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard have combined to allow five...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Could The Nationals Be Turning It Around?

Coming into 2015, the Washington Nationals were the one team that nearly everyone thought was going to make the playoffs. They were in a so called “weak” NL East division and they were far and away better than their divisional counterparts. Thus far in 2015, however, it has not been the Nationals team we expected at all. They went out and signed ace Max Scherzer and in the beginning...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper surprises youth baseball players at team’s practice

Bryce Harper took advantage of an open date on the Washington Nationals’ schedule Monday to brighten the spirits of some young baseball players by surprising them during practice. Dressed in full uniform, the slugger threw batting practice and hit grounders to members of a Nationals youth team from the Prince George’s R.B.I. (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) League. Surprise...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Struggling Nationals call on Trea Turner

It’s no secret that the Washington Nationals have fallen short of expectations this season. At 62-61, the unanimous NL East favorites from the preseason sit 5.5 games behind the Mets with a discouraging 19% chance of winning the NL East. Things have been particularly ugly of late, as the Nats have won just 11 of their last 30 games. As Dave Cameron pointed out last week, several...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Giants to have offseason interest in Jordan Zimmerman

In Ken Rosenthal’s Monday column for Fox Sports, he had an interesting note about the San Francisco Giants. Specifically, Rosenthal noted that the Giants would likely be interested in impending free agent Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann this offseason. *Add Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann to the list of free-agent starters that the Giants are likely to consider...
Via The Outside Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The season isn't completely lost for the Washington Nationals

Bartolo Colon The Washington Nationals are in free fall.  They have lost 8 of their last 10 games and now own a record that is below .500.  Their offense has seemed to disappear and so has their defense.  A team that once was the favorite to win the National League East is now 5 games behind the New York Mets.  Wait, what?  The Mets?  The Nationals are behind a team that...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals’ Yunel Escobar Exits Game after Colliding with Wall, Fan

Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar exited Friday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning after running into the wall and fan sitting along the third base line. Escobar chased down a foul ball hit by Ryan Braun. Trying to make an over-the-shoulder catch, he banged against the short wall. His momentum sent him face-first into the chest of a standing Nationals’...
Via KCM Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Wilson Ramos Turns Passed Ball into Lucky Break, Throwing Runner out At Third

Nationals’ catcher Wilson Ramos turned a lucky bounce off a passed ball into a great play to record an out at third. Ramos was unable to field Blake Treinen slider. As the ball got away from the catcher it bounced off the back catcher’s wall right into Ramos’ hand. In one motion he was able to turn a potential catastrophic play into a lucky break, throwing out a loafing Rockies’...
Via KCM Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer buys $5.2 million home on Potomac River

YouTube Max Scherzer and his wife Erica recently purchased a home in McLean, Virginia on the Potomac River for $5.2 million – or about 1/40th of the amount the Nationals will pay him over his $210 million contract.  An article in the Washingtonian Magazine reports that the Scherzers plan on a multi-million renovation for the four bed, four and a half bath house that totals...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
7 days ago  |  Discuss

What's wrong with the Washington Nationals?

On July 17th, the Washington Nationals stood 3 games above the New York Mets in the NL East standings, with a record of 49-39. Riding high on an another impressive campaign from their best player Bryce Harper, it seemed as though this team was still underachieving its vast potential. They were the clear front runner at the start of the year to win the East and many baseball pundits...
Via The Sports Quotient
10 days ago  |  Discuss

The Washington Nationals Are The Greatest Team That Never Was

Despite being the early favorites in the National League East, the Washington Nationals’ season is quickly turning into a nightmare. They have dramatically played below expectations, and their season hit a shockingly new low over the weekend. They were swept by the San Francisco Giants, which extended their losing streak to six games and put […]
Via Mets Merized Online
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Doug Fister’s value has tanked more than any other free agent

We’re about two and a half months away from the qualifying offer deadline this offseason, and we’ve been getting to thinking about players that have played themselves into and out of situations where the offer would apply. For instance, Wei-Yin Chen of the Orioles has pitched himself into a position where a qualifying offer seems to be a certainty (assuming there’s not...
Via The Outside Corner
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Examining the collapse of the Washington Nationals

A month ago, as baseball was just finishing up the All-Star break, the Nationals looked to be in a pretty good position. They were 48-39, sitting atop the NL East, and were expecting a host of quality reinforcements from the disabled list. The team hadn’t quite lived up to pre-season expectations, but a lot of that could be chalked up to health issues, and even their somewhat disappointing...
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

The Washington Nationals can't afford to miss the playoffs

The Washington Nationals began the 2015 season with high expectations, including repeating as NL East champions and winning the World Series, but midway through August, they find themselves with a 58-57 record and 4.5 games behind the New York Mets in the NL East and 8.5 games back in the wildcard standings. The self-destruction in Washington has peaked as of recently as the Nationals...
Via isportsweb.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily Pitcher Duels: Aug. 6

It’s an extremely lean day pitching-wise across the MLB slate, but we dug in to find some aces for you to keep an eye on. Check ’em out: Warm-Up Tosses Here’s a look at today’s “aces in isolation:” Michael Wacha (opposed by Cincinnati’s Michael Lorenzen), Zack Greinke (Philadelphia’s David Buchanan), and Joe Ross (Arizona’s Jeremy Hellickson). Wacha had one...
Via The Sports Post
22 days 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
26 days ago  |  Discuss
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