ESPN analyst: Nationals’ Trea Turner will be ‘easy choice’ for MVP this season

Former major league infielder and ESPN analyst Eduardo Perez predicted Thursday that a Nationals player will win the National League’s most valuable player award in 2017, which puts Perez in the same camp as Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Bleacher Report’s Zach Rymer and a host of and MLB Network experts. Except unlike those other guys, who predict Bryce […]
Via DC Sports Blog
43 minutes ago

After months of speculation, Nationals finally tab Blake Treinen as starting closer

With Opening Day just a week away, the Washington Nationals were still unsure of who would be the starting closer. After the team didn't re-sign Mark
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
55 minutes ago

Nationals name Blake Treinen closer

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Blake Treinen will begin the season as the Nationals’ closer, Dusty Baker announced Thursday, hours before his team headed north to Washington, ending a spring of speculation about who would pitch the ninth. The Nationals chose Treinen over Koda Glover and Shawn Kelley, both of which come with health questions, and the […]
Via Nationals Journal
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Washington Nationals Name Blake Treinen as Closer

Via FOX Sports
1 hour ago

Washington Nationals officially name Blake Treinen closer

It took a while, and Dusty Baker got frustrated with everyone asking, but the Washington Nationals finally named their closer for 2017: Blake Treinen. While
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
1 hour ago

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
4 hours ago

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
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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
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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...
1 day 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...
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

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
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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
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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
3 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...
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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
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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...
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
13 days ago  |  Discuss

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